The Heart of Gold Hostel - Not Just For Guide to the Galaxy Fans!
The Heart of Gold Hostel in Berlin is one of the best hostels I have stayed in. Located on Johannisstraße just off of Friedrichstraße it is extremely central. Oranienburger Tor and Oranienburger Straße are probably the closest stations but it only takes 5 minutes to walk to Friedrichstraße station (where you can get the S-Bahn to and from Schönefeld Airport). Museum Island is close by while Unter Den Linden and Alexanderplatz are both within walking distance. Oranienburgerstraße around the corner from the hostel has an array of restaurants, cafés and food stations to suit any budget.
As its name suggests, the Heart of Gold is inspired by Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The common room is decorated accordingly with quotes from the book adorning the pillars and if you want to read the book you can choose from a variety of editions. Some of the dorm rooms also have Guide to the Galaxy-esque murals on the walls, but don’t let any of this put you off if you’re not into the book! Behind all the decorations, the Heart of Gold is just an extremely friendly, fun hostel to stay at. The common room has a bar which is open 24 hours a day and people often visit from other hostels to have a drink. One of the reasons I love the Heart of Gold is its extremely sociable atmosphere. I met loads of cool people while lounging on the comfy sofas or playing a game of pool. The staff are also really friendly and helpful. They have a brilliant DVD collection and put on a film night a couple of times a week.
The hostel offers private rooms and dorms. I’ve stayed in both 6 and 8 bed dorms and they are quite large. There are quite a few bathrooms on each floor and it’s nice to have a private shower/toilet cubicle that you can lock. At €14-18 a night the dorms are very reasonably priced. Breakfast isn’t included but it’s worth paying the €3.50 to get fresh rolls, cereal, yoghurt and tea or coffee. [more]
Further Ratings (Average 3.5 of 5):
- Tripadvisor: 3.50 of 5
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