Berlin is home to some of the top-rated hostels in Europe. Why? Because Berlin attracts a huge amount of young people who want to party without spending much money — there’s a reason why Berlin is said to be “poor but sexy.” In fact, this popular travel destination has over 105 hostels but we’ve narrowed down this list to what we consider to be the best hostels in Berlin.
Berlin Hostel Prices
Good news! Berlin’s hostels tend to be some of the lowest-priced when compared to other major European cities.
At the very low end, hostels start around €12-€15/night during the busy season — these tend to be fairly poorly rated but they’re cheap.
If you want a high-rated hostel in the city center you should expect to pay around €20-€35/night.
NOTE: prices tend to rise on the weekend (Friday and Saturday).
Check Hostelworld to get exact prices for your dates.
Quick Facts About Berlin’s Hostels
- Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early: Hostel prices are fairly standardized (there are a few outliers) but the quality does vary quite a bit. The best options do get booked up quickly (especially in the summer). We recommend booking a little early if you have your eye on a specific hostel.
- Party Hostels: Berlin is one of Europe’s great party cities so some of Berlin’s hostels also take on this same party vibe. Check the reviews to ensure your hostel matches up with your travel style.
- Check The Location: Berlin is a physically huge city (it’s 4X the size of Paris but has 1/4 the population) so check your hostel’s location to ensure you’re not crazy far away from the sights.
- Bedding Isn’t Always Free: Many hostels in Berlin charge a mandatory deposit/fee for linen. Unsurprisingly, these hostels tend to be cleaner.
- Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: Many hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.
- New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.
Berlin’s Best Hostels
This list of Berlin’s best hostels is based on overall quality, location, price, and guest reviews. We do encourage you to check out Hostelworld to search through all the hostels in Berlin as this city is adding new properties all the time.
NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.
Grand Hostel Berlin
Grand Hostel Berlin is constantly rated as one of the best hostels in Berlin and Germany. It’s located in the center of the city and they give you a free welcome drink at their bar. Grand Hostel Berlin isn’t a party hostel but it still has a lively, welcoming atmosphere — thanks to the bar. The staff is friendly, everything is clean, and the beds are great (no bunk beds).
The only real downsides of Grand Hostel Berlin are the lack of a kitchen, a small mandatory fee for bed linens, and the fact it’s one of the more expensive hostels in Berlin.
Circus Hostel is another award-winning in Berlin that also has its own on-site microbrewery. The Circus is a large hostel so it has a slight “hotel” vibe but there are plenty of places to meet other travelers—especially the bar. The staff is super nice and they keep the hostel very clean and organize multiple events (like a free walking tour). It’s also well-located so you can walk to a lot of sights (there is also public transport close by). The Circus also went through a major renovation in 2022 where they updated much of the hostel so it’s even better than ever.
The main downside is the lack of a kitchen but otherwise, it’s a very solid hostel.
Heart of Gold Hostel
Heart of Gold Hostel gets solid ratings — especially considering its low price. It features a 42-person room that’s only around €22/night. It’s also located a short walk from Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, and the Bundestag.
Heart of Gold Hostel has a bar with cheap beer and a beer garden. They also offer free walking tours. As an added bonus, they have a well-equipped kitchen. There is a €5 deposit for sheets and towels.
PLUS Berlin Hostel
PLUS Berlin was the most popular Berlin hostel in 2017 so it’s obviously good. It’s located in the hip/artsy Friedrichshain neighborhood and it is super close to the East Side Gallery. It’s also near lots of clubs so it attracts a lot of party-goers. This place has it all — big rooms, a bar and restaurant, a swimming pool, sauna, and a courtyard garden. Whew. Ohh, and they give you a free shot upon arrival.
There’s no laundry or kitchen, though. I did read a review that said this hostel is used by Topdeck and Contiki tour groups… so that’s something to consider.
EastSeven Berlin Hostel
EastSeven Berlin Hostel was voted the best hostel in Germany in 2018… so it’s safe to say this is a solid place to stay. What we love about EastSeven is the vibe. It’s super chill and relaxed. It’s not a party hostel but it’s still lively and friendly.
The hostel is super clean with great showers and beds. The staff is amazing. The hostel has a private garden and happy hour from 8-10 pm (€1.50 beers). There is a well-equipped kitchen and plenty of common space to meet other travelers. That said, it is one of the more expensive hostels and it’s located a bit outside the center of Berlin.
St Christopher’s Berlin Hostel
St Christopher’s Berlin is another nice hostel that’s part of the St Christopher’s chain. There is no kitchen but there is an American sports bar in the hostel.
Like all St Christopher’s hostels, this hostel has a bit of a hotel feel and attracts a lot of groups so it’s not a super social hostel. But if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay that’s also centrally located (Alexanderplatz station), then this might be a good option. It is a little expensive though.
MEININGER Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus Hostel
MEININGER Berlin Mitte is a large quiet hostel that’s in a nice location. It’s not a very social hostel (no bar and not much common space) so it’s more suited for people who just want a clean, quiet, and comfortable place to stay (i.e. it’s not a great place for solo travelers).
Eastener Hostel is a small independent hostel that’s quiet and super laid back. There isn’t much “excitement” so it’s more suited for people who would rather cuddle up with a book than go out and party.
On the plus side, it’s clean, comfortable, affordable, has a kitchen, and is located in a great part of the city.
Riverside Lodge Berlin Hostel
Riverside Lodge Berlin is a tiny and super welcoming independent hostel in Berlin’s cool Kreuzberg neighborhood. The owner will personally take great care of you and give you personalized recommendations and attention that you won’t find at big chain hostels. Everything is clean, the beds are comfortable, and the rooms are spacious.
Riverside Lodge Berlin is not the best choice if you’re looking to meet a lot of other travelers (since it’s a tiny hostel) but it’s great if you want a peaceful stay. Plus, it’s affordable.
Packing Advice For Hostel Travel
Staying in hostels poses a few unique packing challenges so I’m here to help by recommending a few of my must-have items. Check out my Hostel Packing List for the full list but below are the absolute necessities:
- Padlock For Your Hostel Locker: Master Lock 1505D, Master Lock 1535DWD, & Master Lock 1500iD are all affordable options on Amazon.
- Hanging Toiletry Case For Tiny Hostel Bathrooms: AmazonBasics Hanging Travel Toiletry Kit Bag and emissary Large Hanging Toiletry Bag are two cheap options on Amazon.
- Quick Drying Travel Towel: I like the Sea to Summit Drylite Towel & Rainleaf Microfiber Towel because they’re only around $25.
- Eyemasks and Earplugs for Loud Roommates: These Flents Protechs Sleep Ear Plugs are designed for sleep.
- Prepaid SIM Card W/ Mobile Data: Having high-speed mobile data is basically a requirement these days so I recommend buying a SIM card before you arrive in Europe. Here’s my guide to the best Prepaid SIM Cards for Europe.
More Helpful Budget Travel Advice
Here are some helpful links to articles that we think you’ll find interesting if you’re staying in hostels and traveling around Europe on a budget.
- Hostel Etiquette: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel
- How To Be A Good Hostel Guest: The unwritten rules about staying in
- Backpacking Europe Packing List: What you should (and shouldn’t) pack when traveling to Europe.
- The Best Travel Insurance: Tips for choosing travel insurance.
- The Best Travel Shoes: Finding comfortable and stylish shoes for travel.
- The Best Travel Backpacks: Our favorite backpacks designed for traveling Europe.
Learn More About Visiting Berlin
- Read our Ultimate Berlin Travel Guide to find out what to see, do, and eat in Berlin.
- Read our Berlin Pass Review to see if this sightseeing pass is worth the money.
- Visit our Berlin Destination Page for all our Berlin-related articles.
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