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
You like it clean? You dont want to be afraid to go to the shower? You dont want to think about it twice where you can go on the toilet? You like to sleep tight and dont hear every noise from the next room or smell marijuana everywhere? THEN DONT GO THERE
Do not stay here. My daughter and her 3 friends all had their locked up laptops stolen! Police told them there were 4 cases of theft reported already this week. Sounds like an inside job, but no arrest yet. Stay away!
The parking issue. We asked the guy on reception if we could park our car by the bins. He said yes. Only to find when we woke up our car had been towed away. And after spending an hour at the police station trying to find it, we were told it was the local shop that had had it towed as it was by their bins. (We had assumed the bins were the hostels, hense why we had asked). It cost us 250 euros to get our hire car back and the hotel wouldn't accept any responsibility, even though we had asked them if we were ok to park there. The staff were pretty useless and the manager was really unhelpful and rude. So it was an absolute joke and killed over 4 hours of our day and burnt a massive hole in our wallets. The hostel were extremely unhelpful. Also breakfast. You spend 6 euro before you know what it is, you get slices of cheese, ham, cucumber and bread rolls. And a choice of 3 cereals. And something that was ment to be scrambled egg. It was absolutely disgusting 😂 not what you need when you have a hangover! Even worse I can imagine if you were sober. The shower is tiny, and you cant move the shower head so find yourself with your whole body squished against the wall to try and cover your body with water. It's a pretty noisy place but that's expected in a hostel. The only positive thing is the local transport, its easy to get into Berlin on the tram.
Its a nice hostel with clean bed and bathrooms, the location is right next to a S-Bahn and Tram-station. Its a huge building so not very personal but thats okay. The only thing I didn't like were the showers. But the hostel is totally fine for a few nights!!
I spent four nights at Generator. Poor cleanliness of the private bedroom with dust all over the floor, breakfast offers always the same food and beverages, average location, nice staff. I expected something better.