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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Very large, well maintained hostel, which suited our inter-railing group well. Bathrooms could use a refresh, and ideally need to be closer to some rooms. Staff were lovely and attentive, and the laundry provision was useful if a little expensive
I don't know, maybe the cleaning service? He entered in our room at 9.30 the day of the check out (i already woke up, I was packing my bags, and he came into the room, without knocking, asking if someone was inside, to tell us that there was a check out, these things are unacceptable, I could be naked or we could change, before entering a room is asked and knocked, lack of respect beyond the incredible.
When I arrived the room was incredibly dirty, I had to complain to get it cleaned. The bar was closed at 11 pm as well so don't expect too much from that.
The beds were pretty comfortable and there are some nice shops around, but I wouldn't stay there again, even for the low pricing.