Berlin is home to some of the best hostels in Europe. Why? Becuase Berlin attracts a huge amount of young people who want to party without spending much money — there’s a reason why Berlin is said to be “poor but sexy.” In fact, Berlin has over 105 hostels but we’ve narrowed it down to our favorites.
QUICK INFO ABOUT BERLIN HOSTELS
Average Price For A Bed: Berlin’s hostels tend to be some of the lowest when compared to other major European cities.
At the very low end, hostels start around €12-€15/night in the summer — these tend to fairly poorly-rated but they’re cheap. If you want a high-rated hostel in the city center you should expect to pay around €23-32/night. NOTE: prices tend to be higher on the weekend (Friday and Saturday).
Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.
Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early: Hostel prices are fairly standardized (there are a few outliers) but the quality does vary quite a bit. The best options do get booked up quickly (especially in the summer).
Check Location: Berlin is a physically huge city (it’s 4X the size of Paris but has 1/4 the population) so check your hostel’s location to ensure you’re not crazy far away from the sights).
Bedding Isn’t Always Free: Many hostels in Berlin charge a mandatory deposit/fee for linen. Unsurprisingly, these hostels tend to be cleaner.
Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: Many hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.
New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.
BERLIN’S BEST HOSTELS
This list of Berlin’s best hostels is based on overall quality, location, price, and guest reviews. We do encourage you to check out HostelWorld to search through all of Berlin’s hostels.
NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.
Grand Hostel Berlin
Grand Hostel Berlin is constantly rated one of the best hostels in Berlin and Germany. It’s located in the center of the city and they give you a free welcome drink at their bar. Grand Hostel Berlin isn’t a party hostel but it still has a lively, welcoming atmosphere — thanks to the bar. The staff is friendly, everything is clean, and the beds great (no bunk beds). The only real downsides are the lack of a kitchen, a small mandatory fee for bed linens, and the fact it’s one of the more expensive hostels in Berlin.
Circus Hostel is another award-winning in Berlin that not only has a bar but it’s own microbrewery. The Circus is a large hostel so it has a slight “hotel” vibe but there are plenty of places to meet other travelers — especially the bar. The staff is super nice and they keep the hostel very clean and organize multiple events (like a free walking tour). It’s also well-located so you can walk to a lot of sights (there is also public transport close by). The main downside is the lack of kitchen
Heart of Gold Hostel
Heart of Gold Hostel gets solid ratings — especially considering its low price. It features a 42-person room that’s only around €22/night. It’s also located a short walk from Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and the Bundestag. They have a bar with cheap beer, a beer garden, and they offer free walking tours. As an added bonus, they have a well-equipped kitchen. There is a €5 deposit for sheets and towels.
PLUS Berlin was the most popular Berlin hostel in 2017 so it’s obviously good. It’s located in the hip/artsy Friedrichshain neighborhood and it is super close to the East Side Gallery. It’s also near lots of clubs so it attracts a lot of party goers. This place has it all — big rooms, a bar and restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, and courtyard garden. Whew. Ohh, and they give you a free shot upon arrival. No laundry or kitchen, though. I did read a review that said this hostel is used by Topdeck and Contiki tour groups… so that’s something to consider.
Wombats City Hostel Berlin
Wombats City Hostel Berlin is part of the legendary Wombats chain of hostels — seriously, all Wombat locations are top notch. So what makes Wombats Berlin so good? They have an awesome 7th story rooftop terrace/bar which has great city views, a kitchen, laundry, and plenty of common areas. They also do a good job of keeping the place clean. No free breakfast (€4.50) and people complained about poor wifi reception.
EastSeven Berlin Hostel
EastSeven Berlin Hostel was voted the best hostel in Germany in 2018… so it’s safe to say this is a solid place to stay. What we love about EastSeven is the vibe. It’s super chill and relaxed. It’s not a party hostel but it’s still lively and friendly. The hostel is super clean with great showers and beds. The staff is amazing. The hostel has a private garden and happy hour from 8-10 pm (€1.50 beers). Ther is a well-equipped kitchen and plenty of common space to meet other travelers. That said, it is one of the more expensive hostels and it’s located a bit outside the center of Berlin.
St Christopher’s Berlin
St Christopher’s Berlin is another nice hostel that’s part of the St Christopher’s chain. It does have a bit of a hotel feel and attracts a lot of groups so it’s not a super social hostel. There is no kitchen but there is an American sports bar in the hostel. But if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay that’s also centrally located (Alexanderplatz station) then this might be a good option. It is a little expensive though.
MEININGER Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus
MEININGER Berlin Mitte is a large quiet hostel that’s in a nice location. It’s not a very social hostel (no bar and not much common space) so it’s more suited for people who just want a clean, quiet, and comfortable place to stay (i.e. it’s not a great place for solo travelers).
Eastener Hostel is a small independent hostel that’s quiet and laid back. There isn’t much “excitement” so it’s more suited for people who would rather cuddle up with a book then go out. On the plus side, it’s clean, comfortable, affordable, has a kitchen, and is located in a great part of the city.
Riverside Lodge Berlin
Riverside Lodge Berlin is a tiny and super welcoming independent hostel in Berlin’s cool Kreuzberg neighborhood. The owner will personally take great care of you and give you personalized recommendations and attention that you won’t find at big chain hostels. Everything is clean, the beds are comfortable, and the rooms are spacious. It’s not the best choice if you’re looking to meet a lot of other travelers (since it’s a tiny hostel) but it’s great if you want a peaceful stay. Plus, it’s affordable.
MORE HELPFUL TRAVEL ADVICE
Here are some helpful links to articles that we think you’ll find interesting if you’re staying in hostels and traveling around Europe on a budget.
- Guide to Hostels in Europe: Tips and advice for finding the best hostels in Europe.
- How To Be A Good Hostel Guest: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel.
- Budget Travel Packing List: What/how to pack when staying in hostels.
- Travel Insurance 101: How to choose the right travel insurance.
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