EastSeven Berlin is by far the best hostel I've stayed at in Europe, and possibly ever. - Jaleh Michelle
What sets them apart?
EastSeven Berlin is by far the best hostel I've stayed at in Europe, and possibly ever. Thanks to the welcoming environment and warm staff, it's impossible not to make friends. And due to its fantastic location near bustling Alexanderplatz, EastSeven makes a convenient home base to explore Berlin.
Who's staying here?
The hostel doesn't allow large groups, so it attracts a very similar crowd of solo travellers, or groups of two. I never met more than two people travelling together here. EastSeven has a reputation for being the "solo traveller destination" in Berlin.
However long you think you should stay, add an extra night. Or five.
EastSeven Berlin Hostel
EastSeven is a dream hostel that attracts a very diverse crowd of travellers. It's one of the unique hostels that manages to be super-social but still laid-back. It is almost a guarantee that you'll make life-long friends here.
Guests are friendly, outgoing, and respectful. The central area becomes a massive party in the evenings, but the crowd disperses at 10 PM and the rooms are completely silent. In the afternoons, people hang out in the gardens having a drink, or wander over to the nearby beer gardens as a group.
I found the environment here absolutely perfect. The staff were friendly but relaxed, the guests were sociable but chill, and the location was perfect. I was meant to stay for a week and ended up staying a month.
The dorm rooms are basic and definitely not the selling point of this hostel. Beds are comfortable and clean but otherwise nothing noteworthy. The rooms did get quite hot in the summer evenings and the fans aren't really sufficient to cool off, but in Europe there's not much to be done.
Again, private rooms are comfortable, affordable, and well-kept but nothing special. I had a spacious double bed.
The bathrooms are absolutely spotless and very well-kept. They're cleaned thoroughly daily. The shower always has hot water. I was very pleased with the bathroom facilities.
You can purchase cheap beers from the front desk, which many of us did frequently during happy hour. Outside alcohol is permitted, so after happy hour most of the common areas fill up with travellers having a few beers.
EastSeven doesn't have a restaurant, but it has a kitchen that is open for guest use. Every evening there's a group dinner available which is cooked by a hostel guest. It's cheap, delicious, and was a great way to meet other travellers.
There is a small downstairs lounge area with couches and a computer for guest use. This serves as the central meeting area for guests - it becomes packed and very social in the evenings.
The hostel has a lovely little outdoor terrace with several tables, plus a side patio with chairs and a hammock. Many guests gather in the terrace in the afternoons to chat or have a few beers.
On the north side of central Berlin sits Kollwitzkiez which has easy and quick access to the central part of the city. It's a nice neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, bars, theaters, and more. Parts of the area are also residential, as it is full of parks, schools, and other nice amenities.
The fabulous Prater Beer Garden is just a few minutes walk away from the hostel. The entire area is full of great restaurants, bars, and shops, and is extremely walkable. All the conveniences you'd need are close by also. Lidl Market is just a few minutes away, and the wonderful neighborhood of Alexanderplatz nearby.
EastSeven is just down the street from the Senefelderplatz U Station. It was convenient and seamless to get around the city.
The staff are very keen for everyone to have a good time. The hostel organises free walking tours daily, group dinners, and happy hours. Everyone is encouraged to mingle but the atmosphere is very relaxed.
Plenty of amenities are offered that one would expect from a hostel. Wi-Fi, towels, luggage storage, a kitchen area, and more are available to make your stay more comfortable.
The staff at EastSeven are absolutely FANTASTIC - hilarious, helpful, and always down to hang out. There's no stiff reception here. They'll make fun of you and come with you to the beer garden. I've never met such cool staff in my life and genuinely looked forward to seeing them every morning!
The one issue I had was the warmth of the rooms. This is definitely a personal problem as I overheat easily - but I didn't feel that the fans were adequate to cool off in summer and wished they had air conditioning. Other than that, my experience was flawless.
EastSeven Berlin Hostel
Jaleh is an American solo traveler who's been on the road since 2016. Her blog Jaleh Michelle balances budget with luxury to show fellow travelers where to spend and where to save - her travels are usually a hodgepodge of street stall eats, tasting menus, 5-star hotels, and hostels. Her main goal is to make travel more accessible and inspire others to see the world. To learn more about Jaleh, visit her blog Jaleh Michelle
or her Instagram @jalehmichelle
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