Ostel – The DDR Hostel
Wriezener Karee 5
10243 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 257768660
Overall Rating 3/5
Located in the former East part of Berlin, easily accessible from the Ostbahnhof train station.
This hostel is a good option for everyone wanting to explore the main sights of Berlin at a low budget while taking a journey back in time to the East Berlin of the 70’s and 80’s.
The hostel is located within 3 minutes walking distance from the Ostbahnhof train station (one of the main stations in the city). From the accommodation it is just a short walk to the famous East Side Gallery and the Berghain nightclub area. Two metro stops away from the iconic Alexanderplatz and TV tower and 15 minutes from the city centre “Mitte” and famous sights such as Brandenburger Tor, the Museum Island, the Paliament “Bundestag” and Potsdamer Platz.
The property is situated in a not so appealing residential side street and you might not feel very comfortable walking around at night if you are a single woman.
Unfortunately, the surrounding area lacks of city vibe, decent restaurants and bar options, however a supermarket and a bakery are just across the street.
Style & Character 3/5
The hostel is designed in old East German style which is pretty cool and unique in Berlin.
The building has not a typical hotel/hostel layout – the reception is on the second floor of a former residential building and the rooms are spread over several residential blocks which gives the feeling of being a resident in former East Germany rather than a tourist. Ideal for someone who prefers an authentic accommodation.
The rooms are decorated in East German style with warm sand color wallpapers, basic wood furniture and some vintage decoration (radio, books and lamps).
The bathrooms though are simple and not designed in that style. They could have made more out of it and follow with the East German style throughout all areas of the hotel.
The building exterior and corridors inside the residential blocks look a bit dirty, run-down and uninviting.
Service & Facilities 2/5
Service and facilities are okay, but very basic. The check in is quick, efficient, keys are being handed out but that’s about it. For more information, you have to be proactive and ask. They could definitely be more welcoming and more guest oriented.
Internet (WiFi) is only available at the reception area, not in the rooms which is not very convenient. It would be good to at least have the option to buy an internet package for the room.
No leisure facilities in or around the hotel. Parking in front of the hostel is free of charge.
If you’d like to have breakfast you can pop over to the bakery across the street, the hostel does not have own food and beverage outlets.
It would be nice to get some discount at the bakery for being a hostel guest, but the prices are the same as for any other guest visiting the bakery.
The buildings do not have an elevator which might be a hassle if you arrive with lots and heavy luggage. I’d suggest to request for a lower floor prior to arrival if you know that you will bring heavy suitcases along.
The 40 room inventory consists of Single and Double Rooms with either shared or private bathrooms. There are no dormitories. The surcharge for rooms with an own bathroom is only EUR 5. If you book that room type, be prepared that not all units have the bathroom en-suite, some have the bathroom outside in the hallway (you will get your own key to access it).
Best is to request for an en-suite bathroom prior to arrival, you might be lucky.
The rooms are surprisingly spacious with a separate sofa seating area. All booking websites advertise Double Rooms with a size of 17 sqm, but they are definitely bigger and can even accommodate an extra bed (if requested in advance).
Rooms looks clean at the first sight but you see a bit dirt here and there if you look closer. Amenities are very basic: no TV, kettle, water glass and AC. Towels and soap are the only amenities provided. But hey, it’s a hostel.
Value for money 4/5
The location, accessibility and style is the big plus of the hostel. Dorm beds starts from EUR 44 during low season and EUR 59 during high season which is very competitive to similar hostels in town.
Who is this accommodation for?
Budget leisure traveler with an interest in the history prior to Germany’s reunification.
Even though the West part is about 30 min away by metro, staying at this property makes most sense if you predominantly intent to explore the East side of the city.
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