7 BEST Berlin Hostels 2023: Hidden-gems in your budget!

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January 5, 2023
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Robin Vochelet
Looking for the perfect budget place to stay in Berlin without any compromises? Don't miss out on the secret gems we've uncovered just waiting for you to book. Make sure you don't let these rooms run out!

As someone whose family is half made up of German immigrants, I have a particular attachment to Germany and its culture.

Visiting Berlin is always a refreshing experience; whether you are on the lookout for new places to visit, new food to try, or exploring the city’s growing artistic culture and community, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life there.

While we previously provided you a summary list of the best neighborhoods to stay in Berlin, finding the exact place to stay is always the trickiest part of planning a trip, especially if you are not lucky enough to know friends in the city on whose couch you could crash.

In order to make the process easier for you, and hopefully alleviate some of the stress that comes with finding accommodation, you will find in this article a compilation of some of the best hostels in Berlin.

You are assured to find the best room to make your trip to Berlin an unforgettable experience, whether you are looking for a calm, restful place to spend your night, or looking to meet new people if you are traveling solo, or simply wish to keep the party going until morning.

Berlin Airport checkup
Photo Courtesy of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)

Finding a place to stay: what to take into consideration

Looking for accommodations is serious business and you should look for what is most important to you. Some of the most obvious criteria revolve around the essentials: does the place offer private rooms, breakfast, linens, is public transit readily accessible, etc.

Price is probably the determining factor when booking a place, although you shouldn’t be afraid to spend a little more to upgrade your experience based on the amenities offered at your intended hostel.

After all, you don’t get to travel to Berlin every week — unless you live there of course, in which case you probably don’t need this post — and you want to make every moment count to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Without further delay, let me introduce to you the 7 absolutely amazing Berlin hostels you have to consider staying at while you're there.

7 Best Hostels in Berlin!

1. Plus Berlin

Plus Berlin Hostel
Photo Courtesy of Plus Berlin

Located a mere 2-minute walk from the Warschauer-Straße station which connects tram and U-Bahn — Berlin’s rapid transit system — Plus Berlin is a modern hostel that provides a wide range of amenities.

While single rooms start at €35/might (or €70 if you are looking for a twin room to share with a friend), dormitory-style rooms cost only €8/night and come with luggage storage spaces. For more privacy, you and your friends can also ask for a female-only dormitory room.

In addition to these very stylish rooms, Plus Berlin also offers complimentary breakfast through a bar, cafe, and restaurant lounge that features a delicious range of pastries, coffees, and sandwiches. If you aren’t afraid of taking over meal prep, you will also have access to a communal kitchen equipped with microwaves and kettles, and open to spacious common rooms, ideal to mix and mingle.

A laundry room is also offered on-site should you require an emergency washer and dryer, because who hasn’t had a clothing accident when traveling? If this wasn’t enough to convince you already, you will also have the option of playing table tennis in the hostel’s game room. 

Who is this hostel for: party animals, social butterflies traveling in small groups

Perks: bar, restaurant, common rooms, Instagram-friendly

Public transit: 2 minutes walk from Warschauer-Straße station

  • Subway: U1 and U3 U-Bahn lines
  • Commuter trains: S3, S5, S7, and S9 lines
  • Trams: M10
  • Buses: 300, 347, and N1

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: from 3 pm

Check-out time: 11 am

Price range: €8-70

2. A&o Berlin Mitte

A&O Berlin Hostel
Photo Courtesy of A&O Berlin

Located in the heart of downtown Berlin, A&O Berlin Mitte combines chic & affordable to provide you with a top-tier hostel experience. The convenient and secure 24/7 security desk works to ensure your safety at all times during your stay.

Public transit is readily accessible everywhere around the hostel: the Heinrich-Heine-Straße U-Bahn station is 2 minutes away, and it takes less than a minute to walk to the Bethaniendamm bus station. If you are unsure how to navigate public transit around the city, worry not: the a&o reception desk staff will be more than happy to assist you and even sell subway and bus tickets.

With many cafes, bars, and restaurants accessible within a 10-minute walk radius around the hostel, you will always have a new place to explore while staying at a&o. Cooking your meal is an option, as the hostel provides several communal kitchen spaces, as well as microwaves.

The facility offers top-quality services and amenities to make your trip as exciting as possible, including a fully operational gym — because we all know that the grind doesn’t stop even when you are away on vacation —, a hotel bar, complimentary snacks, and a free wifi access point. You will also have the opportunity to relax in between sightseeing outings in the hostel’s common room, which features a flat TV screen and table soccer.

Who is this hostel for: social butterflies traveling alone

Perks: perfect location in the city center, common room amenities, stylish rooms

Public transit: 1-minute walk from Bethaniendamm bus station

  • Buses: 140, 147, 165, 265, N60, N65

2 minutes walk from Heinrich-Heine-Straße U-bahn station

  • Subway: U8 U-Bahn line
  • Buses: 165, 265, N8, N40, N60, N65

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: from 3pm

Check-out time: 10 am, 11am on weekends and public holidays

Price range: €15-21 for dormitory-style rooms, €47-52 for twin & single rooms (prices are higher during high-demand periods, make sure to check the website for the latest fares and availabilities)

3. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte

Located in the vicinity of the TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island, St Christopher’s is undoubtedly Berlin’s top party hostel. Probably the most unusual hostel feature, the place has its own nightclub venue with a DJ set, a bar lounge, and a dancefloor, all designed to offer you the best party experience you could hope for while visiting the city.

St Christopher Berlin Mitte Hostel
Photo Courtesy of St. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte

The hostel’s central location within Berlin is also a strong suit, with the Oranienburger Tor U-Bahn station just 3 minutes away, as well as a bus station and commuter train station accessible in less than a minute walk.

Buses and U-Bahn will allow you to explore some of Berlin’s signature landmarks, including the TV Tower and the Museum Island, but if you aren’t afraid of going on an urban walk and gorging on the local scenery, I highly recommend taking the high road — quite literally — and exploring the city by foot.

Definitely, on the pricier side of Berlin’s hostels, St Christopher makes up its higher rates with some top-notch services and amenities.

In addition to providing you with an unmatched nightclub experience, the hostel also allows a wide range of room options, including a female-only dormitory and twin rooms, and even private apartments to share with your friends if you are eager to create some wild memories while in Berlin. The place is filled with wall-wide mirrors, ideal for whoever wants to quickly check their outfit or strike that perfect pre-night-out selfie with your crew.

For only €5 a day, the hostel also offers a tasty continental breakfast that will assuredly please any palate before heading out to discover the best of what Berlin has to offer. While the place doesn’t have communal kitchens, all guests receive a 25% at the Belushi bar & restaurant lounge located downstairs, which serves delicious snacks & burgers as well as creative cocktails. 

Who is this hostel for: party animal looking to party hard and wild as a group

Perks: nightclub, bar, a restaurant in the building, perfect location in the city center

Public transit: 1-minute walk from Oranienburger tram & train station

  • Trams: 12, M1, M5, M6
  • Commuter trains: S1, S2, S25, S26

1-minute walk from Friedrichstaße/Reinhardtstaße bus station

  • Buses: 147

3 minutes walk from Oranienburger Tor U-bahn station

  • Subway: U6 U-Bahn line
  • Buses: N6
  • Trams: 12, M1

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: between 2 pm and 11 pm

Check-out time: 11 am

Price range: CA$24-35 for dormitory-style rooms, CA$65-71 for private twin & single rooms, up to CA$235 for private apartments

4. ONE80° Hostel

Located right on Alexanderplatz, downtown Berlin’s trendiest attraction, ONE80° is probably among the most affordable hostels in the city.

With countless hipster outlets, thrift stores, and local restaurants in the area, you will have plenty of reasons to fall in love with Berlin’s artistic scene and culture. Rest assured you will also have the opportunity to venture elsewhere downtown, or even a little bit further if you are eager to see more of the German capital, with public transit readily available.

One80 Hostel Berlin
Photo Courtesy of ONE80° Hostel Berlin

While you might think that affordable and rudimentary are synonymous, ONE80° will prove you otherwise. The rooms’ low rates are complemented by modern and stylish amenities to enhance your hostel experience, including ensuite bathrooms, and some of the hippest interior designs you will ever see in a hostel. You will have the option to eat breakfast at the facility for only €6.70 (reservation, otherwise €7.20 at the hostel).

The place also features a funky bar with nice, comfortable seating areas to allow you to sit and relax with your friends around a drink after a long day touring the city. ONE80° also offers daily pub crawls in the area to allow you to bond with other guests and explore more of Berlin’s vibrant nightlife.

Who is this hostel for: hip people traveling alone and eager to explore Berlin’s buzzing culture and nightlife

Perks: affordable, stylish, central location

Public transit: 1 minute walk from Mollstraße-Otto-Braun-Straße tram & bus station

  • Trams: 12, M1, M2, M4, M5, M6, M8
  • Buses: 142, 200

5 minutes walk from Alexanderplatz U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U2, U5, U8

7 minutes walk from Schillingstraße U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U5
  • Bus: N5

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: between 3pm and 11pm

Check-out time: 10am

Price range: €20-28 for dormitory-style rooms, €71-94 for private rooms (parties of 4 and 6 only)

5. Amstel House Hostel

Amstel House Berlin Hostel
Photo Courtesy of Amstel House Hostel Berlin

Located in the historic Europacity, Amstel House Hostel is an excellent choice if you are looking to stay in a heritage building and dive into Berlin’s rich history and culture.

While slightly further away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Amstel House is still conveniently located for whoever wants to take advantage of what Berlin has to offer in terms of nightlife, food, and the arts. The building, which was built in 1914 and inaugurated by Emperor William II himself, epitomizes the Art Nouveau Style that characterized the architecture in Berlin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

What is perhaps more exciting is the way Amstel House effortlessly combines heritage architecture with modern decor in the rooms. The lovingly designed common room will take you back to a rustic German tavern, a savvy cocktail if you are eager to try out the hostel’s all-you-can-eat burger bar as well as DJ nights on weekends.

Of course, the night wouldn’t be perfect without a fully equipped game room, which comes with table tennis and pool tables among other exciting games. If you are looking for a more authentic, friendly kind of party, Amstel House might just have what you want!

Who is this hostel for: small groups of friends seeking a chill, cozy time together

Perks: affordable, heritage building, on-site burger bar

Public transit: 2 minutes walk from Rathaus Tiergarten bus station

  • Buses: 101, 123, M27

3 minutes walk from Turmstraße U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U9

5 minutes walk from Birkenstraße U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U9
  • Bus: N9

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: between 3 pm and 8 pm

Check-out time: 11 am

Price range: €18-20 for dormitory-style rooms (female-only options available), €57-82 for private rooms (twin, single, parties of 4)

6. Circus Hostel

Located in the heart of Berlin and less than a minute walk from the Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station, Circus Hostel will assuredly offer you the most of Berlin all in one place.

Circus Hostel Berlin
Photo Courtesy of Circus Hostel

Surrounded by not less than a dozen local restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to independent coffee shops and Mexican eateries and even a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor, Circus is proof that sometimes less (money) is more (experience)! What is perhaps the hostel’s most notable amenity however is its own bar and brewery that offers discounts to hostel guests.

A top-rated bar in Berlin, the place also offers a plethora of events to enhance your stay there, including regular karaoke nights, trivia nights, and more. Complimentary breakfast is offered every day between 8 am and 1 pm, and can be reserved when booking your room.

If you’re unsure what to visit in the big German capital, fear not, Circus provides a range of activities to help you discover the hippest, trendiest places in Berlin, including free walking tours and a “Behind the Curtain” tour and experience that allows you to gorge on the city’s renowned street art scene.

Stylish rooms are the cherry on top of the cake that is Circus Hostel, with party-sized rooms able to accommodate up to 8-10 people, ideal for you and your squad to make the most of your trip to Berlin!

Who is this hostel for: groups of friends looking to visit as many artsy places in Berlin as possible, and party all in the same breath

Perks: onsite brewery, guides, and walking tours experience

Public transit: 1 minute walk from Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U8
  • Trams: 12, M1, M8
  • Buses: 142, N8, N40

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: between 3 pm and 11 pm

Check-out time: 12pm

Price range: €25-30 for dormitory-style rooms (female-only options available), €35-90 for private rooms (single, double, double deluxe)

7. Pfefferbett Hostel

Pfefferbett Hostel Berlin
Photo Courtesy of Pfefferbett Hostel

While you might struggle to pronounce the hostel’s name, you will find that Pfefferbett Hostel is a delightful option for a city as vibrant as Berlin. Located across the street from the Senefelderplatz U-Bahn station and with an on-site patio bar, this hostel will provide you with an exciting city center experience.

Similar to Circus, Pfefferbett was built on the site of a former brewery which has now become a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. In addition to its renowned beers and cocktails, the bar also serves breakfast for all guests between 7 and 10 am every day, ideal for whoever wants to try the typical German continental breakfast experience.

The hostel’s decor is a smart mix of industrial and modern that will undoubtedly appeal to any traveler. The location only adds to Pfefferbett’s charm, with the Berlin Cathedral and TV Tower within walking distance and numerous U-Bahn and bus stations within a 3-minute walk.

If you are a friend of the art, you came to the right hostel: there are about 4 museums immediately next to Pfefferbett, including the popular Museum of Architecture. Pfefferbett offers daily walking tours and free bike rental, allowing you to explore the city in-depth, and provides great wifi as well as spacious meeting rooms and workspaces if you ever need to send an urgent email or hop on a last-minute Zoom meeting.

Who is this hostel for: social butterflies traveling solo, small groups of friends on the hunt for artsy Instagram photos

Perks: onsite brewery, free bike rental

Public transit: 1 minute walk from Senefelderplatz U-Bahn station

  • Subway: U2
  • Buses: N2

Public transit accessible: Yes

Check-in time: between 3 pm and 11 pm

Check-out time: 11 am

Price range: €23-34 for dormitory-style rooms (female-only options available), contact the hostel directly for rates and availabilities of private single and twin rooms

Ich bin ein Berliner, are you?

Regardless of where you are staying, you are guaranteed to have a blast during your time in the German capital.

If you are looking for a cozy escapade from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, on the hunt for Berlin museums or sights with Instagrammable moments, or trying to party hard for the week, Berlin has something to offer.

If you’re still unsure what you should be taking into consideration for your trip, or what you must see while you're staying in Berlin, you can check out the Berlin section of our blog to get some ideas!

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Published on:  
August 7, 2021

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