Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
What We Love
- Location in the cool Prenzlauer Berg enclave in the east of Berlin
- High style stay for low budgets
- Guestrooms are a mix of private rooms and shared dorms with purpose-made bunk beds
- Pair with a stay at Generator Hostel Mitte to see two sides of the city
- Close to S-Bahn station, the SSE and Velodrome concert hall
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Guests aged 18 or under must book a private room
- Towels are included in private rooms only
- With multiple beds in each room, public spaces are always bustling
- Check-out is on the early side at 10 am
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a former East German office building in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, Berlin’s second Generator Hostel shows off the brand’s signature hip, urban style in a handsome mix of exposed brick, original artwork and indoor/outdoor communal spaces. There are guestrooms for every budget, from private triple and twin rooms to shared rooms with 14, eight and six bunk beds as well as women-only shares. All come with soft duvets and pillows, full-length mirrors, power sockets and storage lockers; private rooms include fluffy towels, desks and bedside lamps. Hip public spaces foster a community spirit, from the bar that’s open until 2 am throughout the week, to the lounge and games room that’s kitted out with funky design-forward furniture and pool and foosball tables. A light continental breakfast is available from 7 to 11 am each morning, and hot dinners (sausages, burgers, nachos, fries) are available from 6 to 10 pm. Music lovers should time their stay with one of the hostel’s frequent live music nights, or ask one of the young, plugged-in staff for local recommendations.
In the Area
Head south to the artsy neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Pop into Markthalle Neun to load up on snacks from organic bakeries, delis and teahouses. Continuing from Alexanderplatz, Alte Schönhauser Strasse is home to eclectic design stores and kitsch retailers, and along Oranienstrasse you’ll find storefront eateries like the historic Max und Moritz, which serves tasty authentic German dishes. Try an Asian-fusion burger at Shiso Burger or, for Michelin-starred eats, book a table at Tim Raue‘s eponymous restaurant on Rudi Dutschke Strasse.
How to Get There
The hostel is clearly getting by on the Generator name because compared to all others I've stayed at, it's genuinely awful.
-Room: we had a four bed room which was hot, stuffy and only big enough for one single bed let alone four beds.
-Bathrooms: shockingly bad. Too few for the number of people, unclean, many toilet cubicles out of order, one toilet entirely without a toilet seat. The management have replied to other reviews saying they are fixing this but they're clearly lying because nothing has been done for years. Showers have no hooks so good luck with that.
-Public space/food: fine but bar and restaurant closed for most of the time. Reception frequently has new or poorly trained people so you have to wait ages.
-Location: the nasty end of Prenzlauer Berg. V close to S Bahn, but that's about all that's good. It's sterile, there are no houses/nice cafes nearby, and it gets extremely noisy very early.
Overall, I would say it's not even worth the cheap price of a bed. Definitely look elsewhere.
I know it's a cheap option and I know Berlin is expensive but it honestly is NOT worth the money you save by staying here instead of somewhere actually nice. There was a USED CONDOM found on the floor of our room, our key cards were always broken, the showers were ridiculous and unusable, the queue for the reception was always to the door and the staff were never helpful.
My biggest complaint: we did NOT get what we paid for. We booked an 8 person room but when we arrived we realised the doors had been ripped off the frames and we were in what was now a 16 person room. This was completely inappropriate as there was a quiet family now sharing with us, meaning we now had no privacy and could never talk in the room after about 9 pm as naturally the family had to sleep early.
Having read other reviews, this is apparently something this hostel does regularly.
This hostel is honestly a joke. Not worth it and all 8 of us will never be staying in a Generator Hostel again.
Reasons not to stay in this hostel:
We had no door on our room
Filthy bathrooms and rooms
Laundry was broken
Keycards rarely worked
No drinkable drinking water available
Lifts were ridiculously small
It is not in Prenzlauer Berg as advertised
No cooking facilities despite it being in the middle of nowhere
Our room flooded when we left one window open at night.
I couldn’t recommend anywhere less
One of the worst places I have ever stayed. We had booked a room for the whole family, but when we arrived there was no such room and we were put in two different rooms. They also tried to charge us the double amount of money for the rooms, but changed their mind when we showed them the booking confirmation.
In the room next to the room where me and my daughter was put there was a party going on until three in the morning. The walls were paper thin and the people next to us kept screaming, slamming the walls and the door and playing loud music, making it impossible forus to sleep. I called the reception several times but nothing changed.
During one night people threw glass bottles out of the window at the seventh floor that landed on the parking lot next to the parked cars. When we were leaving there was glass all over the parking lot, making it impossible to get out with car. The girl.in the reception offered us a brush to clean it up by our selves, so that we could leave the place in time.
Had a nice time staying at Generator. All facilities were clean, comfortable and public transport was easy access via train or tram to the location. Staff was super friendly and helpful. I would consider staying again next visit.