A Traveler’s Guide to EastSeven Berlin
EastSeven Hostel in Berlin, Germany is located in Berlin Mitte and is within walking distance to Senefelder Platz (one of the many metro stops). The hostel boasts that it is a “home away from home” and even though it claims it is not a party hostel, the living room area was often bustling with charismatic guests of all ages. I would definitely recommend this hostel for solo travelers as well as friends, couples and families.
I pre-booked my stay at the hostel via their website as I have found this usually provides me with the best discount. I paid upon arrival for my full four nights stay so I advise you to be ready for this when you are welcomed at the front desk. You can also book using other websites such as Hostel World and Booking.com.
The location of the hostel was excellent for touring around the city. After the first night I had already memorized how to get to Senefelder Platz from many of the metro stops around town. Additionally, my travel partner and I found it easy to walk around the city from the location. Most of the attractions we wanted to see were only a 30-60 minute walk from the hostel and when exploring a new city I think it is important to walk as much as you can!
- Towels available to rent for the duration of your stay
- Free lockers are available as long as you bring your own padlock
- A fully stocked Kitchen is available to use and if you arrange it ahead of time you can cook dinner for up to 30 guests and receive a free beer and 1 nights stay in a dorm room! My friend and I did this and it was so great to get to know the other people staying in the hostel. I would highly recommend this option!
- A Free Food bin is available for guests to leave any unwanted food they have purchased before they leave and for new guests to grab a snack. Sharing is caring!
- A Free money bin is also available for people to leave change in. We found all different kinds of currencies here so it’sis a great spot to acquire some change for your next destination or get rid of unwanted heavy coins.
- A Free items bin is also located near the living room area for people to leave items they no longer want/items left behind. I scored some pretty sweet swag from there!
- Free Wifi is available, you just need to enter a code provided to you by the desk.
- Rentals are available such as phone chargers, padlocks, umbrellas, alarm clocks, etc.
- A Garden Patio area with BBQ is available to use until 10pm
I stayed in a four bedroom dorm which included two bunk beds. The beds themselves were your standard metal beds so were a bit rickety and you could definitely feel the person above/below you move around in the night. The rooms include lockers which was great because they were easily accessible. There were no bathrooms in the rooms so you did have to share with others. Bathrooms were located on every floor and there was a boys/girls bathroom on my floor with separate shower and toilet area.
The rooms were bright but fairly hot. We had a small fan and had to keep the windows open when we were in the room (but were to remain shut upon leaving). I definitely missed air conditioning.
- Bring a padlock with you for the lockers.
- Make friends with your roommates ASAP so you can decide whether the windows should be open or closed.
- Pick the bottom bunk so that you can have extra storage space under the bed.
- Some rooms have a larger bed on the bottom bunk so ask if there are any available upon arrival.
- Cook dinner for your new hostel family! It is a great way to get to know everybody and plan a fun night out!
- Spend an evening in the living room just hanging out and listening to good music in order to meet new people.
- Instead of sleeping in, grab your laptop and make your own breakfast and enjoy it out on the patio to re-charge and get ready for a day of exploring.
- Chat with the staff, they are very helpful and have tons of tips about what to see and do in Berlin.
- If you aren’t happy with something don’t be afraid to ask staff for some assistance, they were always happy to help.
- Check the ‘’free food” bin before heading to the grocery store upon arrival and use the kitchen instead of spending a lot of money eating out.
I would absolutely suggest staying at this “Home away from Home” as it is a much more intimate setting that you will get at many of Berlin’s larger hostels.