Berlin, Generator Hostel – Oranienburger Str. 65, 10117 Berlin, Germany
This hostel was amazing. It had a great bar and atmosphere and a courtyard which served as a beer garden but also an outdoor cinema. The wifi was great, the rooms stylish and clean. I would have trouble faulting it. The hostel itself has entertainment staff so there is always an event planned which gives the hostel a student community vibe – which I liked. Its location is brilliant and is what attracted us in the first place as it’s extremely close to Friedrichstrasse, the major cultural and shopping high street in Berlin. The street in which the Hostel is located is great too, there are plenty of bars and restaurants and the tram lines are minutes away.
As I mentioned before the rooms are modern and clean but what’s brilliant is the number of plugs available in the room, which tends to be an issue in most places. The lockers are very secure and are locked by your room key. In regards to showers, each room has en-suite facilitates (2 showers and one toilet per 8 person room).
There is no curfew and a big bonus is the hostel lobby has an ATM machine.
Unfortunately, the hostel does not have kitchen or cooking facilities, so you cannot save money by cooking a hot meal and breakfast is not included in the price but the hostel bar serves food and because of its location – you’ll be spoilt for choice as many restaurants line the streets
Fun and friendly staff , great atmosphere and good value too but a shame breakfast isn’t included.
Vienna, Wombats Hostel – Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien, Austria
This hostel was amazing and ticked every box. The rooms were clean and modern, 24 reception, bar restaurant as well as cooking facilities. With regards to hostel atmosphere, the bar was brilliant with themed nights and different events to take your fancy. There is also a chill out zone full of large plush couches, where guests may nap or read a book. Although I did not have the time to use it – the hostel also has a steam room.
There are en-suite shower facilities and plenty of plugs as well as great wifi. The hostel also has cooking facilities to save money but unfortunately breakfast is not included in the room price. A buffet style breakfast is available for 4.50.
Its location is amazing as it is housed surrounded by famous art-deco architecture, just across from the famous Viennese Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest market, full of food vendors – you’ll be drooling just over-looking it! The staff were wonderful and extremely helpful and as well as being located beside a major city landmark – it is super close to both metro and bus stops
Good value, great location and facilities
Prague, Miss Sophie’s – Melounova 2, Prague, Czech Republic
Advertised as a chic hostel – Miss Sophie’s lives up to the name. Housed along a quiet street. The hostel is a little far from the city centre but as it is close to many metro lines you can make it into the heart of the city in minutes. The hostel itself is nicely decorated within an old Georgian-esque townhouse. There are plenty of showers but these are shared with your dorm and are across the hall as the dormitories are designed like small apartments, meaning an entire floor is the dorm. It is beautifully decorated blending modern and vintage styles.
Wifi is great and the lockers are very secure, however you will need a pad lock as the lockers are wooden crates which can be rolled from under your bunk/bed. There are no cooking facilitates but as Prague is so cheap, this doesn’t matter but the hostel serves a wonderful all-you-can-eat cooked breakfast. This is something I would recommend, it doesn’t come with the room price but the cost is just under 5 euros and includes an array of exotic fruit, pastries, breads, cheeses and meats as well as great tea and coffee. While sitting at your table the chef himself will come to your table with his pan and serve you hot pancakes, omelettes, french toast etc – I loved waking up in the morning and I would definitely return here as the breakfast was a special touch.
In the evening the bar and common room has a great atmosphere. Drink is cheap and the hostel organises a city pub crawl which starts at the hostel bar.
Great atmosphere and warm staff, nice quiet city location & a superb breakfast