t_maia Accommodation Reviews
Dresden HOSTEL review: Kangaroo-Stop
This hostel rocks! Great place with a cool and spacious kitchen, clean, great lounge, free internet, friendly staff and best of all - cool atmosphere and great interior design.
They are not in the old town, but since almost all hostels in Dresden are clustered around Neustadt train station this is no big draw back. As a matter of fact they are very close to Dresden-Neustadt train station, thus being more conveniently located than others. If you stay around Neustadt train station you'll have easy access to Saxon Switzerland and to most of the trains to Prague.
Short, the Kangaroo stop is my new favourite hostel.
Berlin HOSTEL review: Happy Bed Hostel - Hallesches Ufer
This hostel is a large house that frequently gets invaded by teens on school trips. It has a reputation for being a party hostel. There is a bar downstairs that is always busy. The hostel is so big that Sandeman's New Berlin Free Walking Tour and New Berlin Pub Crawl make the Meininger's at Hallesches Ufer a pick-up point. As a result the bar in the hostel automatically gets included into the pub crawl; plus you got people coming home drunk at all hours of the morning. Security and hostel staff try to enforce the rules on silence, but it is almost impossible to maintain during the summer months when the hostel is often full. To top it off there is a noisy street and the Underground trains running in front of the hostel, so bring some earplugs if you want to sleep.
Facilities: They are as good as they say they are. All rooms are spotless and almost everything is new, from toilets and showers down to furniture. All rooms have cable TV (German only).
I am not the partying type, so it is the facilities and the competent and helpful staff that make me come back everytime. It is one of my favourite places to stay in Berlin.
What could be improved is the availability of lockers, not all rooms had them when I last stayed there.
The location is good too. Not too far away from the city centre and you can easily catch the Underground to Wittenbergplatz (KaDeWe) and the bus or underground to Potsdamer Platz or Hauptbahnhof. Only tiny draw back is the lack of direct access to the S-Bahn system and that you need to change trains to get to Friedrichstrasse.
Accessibility: The hostel has an elevator to get you up to the 7th floor, so it is a good choice if you are walking impared. For wheelchairs it is not a good choice because there are stairs at the entrance and some of the doors are narrow. Wheelchair users are better off at the Meininger Hotel and Hostel at Tempelhofer Ufer right across the street. If you stay at Tempelhofer Ufer you can use the facilites of the hostel at Hallesches Ufer too.
Berlin HOSTEL review: Odyssee Globetrotter Hostel
I stayed at this hostel several times. I really like this hostel because it has a cool and artsy feel to it, very Berlin. The rooms are decorated in a funky style, most likely by a street artist.
The building itself is a converted house from the 1900's, it is only accessible through the courtyard of the front house. You have to climb up some steep levels of stairs first to get to the reception and second to get to the rooms. Inside the reception you find a large room and bar that is mainly pirate and sea themed, done up in rough woods. Nice to sit at and have a chat with other people staying there.
The location of the hostel is quite good. It is in one of the hipper and less expensive parts of Berlin with a safe neighborhood. Not as central as one could like, but it is close enough to S+U Warschauer Strasse to make it a convenient base to explore Berlin. Another good feature is that it is ideal if you want to fly out of Berlin SFX at a very early hour in the morning. It is among the 3-5 hostels around S+U Warschauer Strasse that are the closest to Berlin SFX if you use public transport.
Berlin HOSTEL review: Happy Bed Hostel - Tempelhofer Ufer
MEININGER City Hostel & Hotel Tempelhofer Ufer is part of a hostel+hotel chain that has popped up all over Europe. Their name generally stands for good quality, for clean and modern no-frills accomodation either in hostel dorms or in private hotel rooms.
The outfit at Tempelhofer Ufer is a bit special: it is part of the Meininger Hostel at Hallesches Ufer across the street. Likewise the reception and the breakfast room and almost all the things that are advertised as facilities are also across the street. This can be a bit inconvenient. It is only a good feature if you want a bit of quiet and want to avoid the rowdy teens on school trips that sometimes flood the hostel at Hallesches Ufer. Or a cheap place to stay, because the beds in the dorm at Tempelhofer Ufer are usually cheaper than the beds in the dorms at Hallesches Ufer - but you can use the same facilities.
Accessibility: The most positive I have to say about this hostel is that the dorm rooms at the lowest level are 100% wheelchair accessible and completely barrier-free. This includes the toilet and the showers, which is not always a given. And to top it off you can stay in this dorm from 8 EUR per night. If you are travelling in a wheelchair and want a cheap place to stay this is the hostel to be at in Berlin.
The location of the hostel is good, easily accessible by public transport and within reasonable distance from most attractions. Unfortunately there is a noisy street right in front of the hostel (both at Tempelhofer Ufer and at the Hallesches Ufer across said noisy street), if you have a room with a window that goes out in the street you need to sleep with the window closed.
Budapest HOSTEL review: The Groove
The Groove is a converted appartment in a big beautiful old house. Hard to spot from the outside you have enter the archway and either climb to the second floor or take the lift upstairs. The house encases a whole block, there is an open courtyard in the middle and the floor runs around this courtyard like a balcony. Great architecture and a nice feel.
Inside the hostel there is a common room and a tiny kitchen, all in one room. There is free use of the computer with internet access. Showers and toilets are clean. There is a balcony in one of the rooms overlooking the street, it is a good place for people watching.
The feature of the hostel that will stick in your mind is that the walls and ceiling are very high up. This has given the hostel an excuse to have custom-made beds that make full use of the vertical space. The large lockers are under the bottom bunk beds, so even the bottom bunks require small people to jump up to get into them. The top bunks hoover at around 2 meters height. Some beds are on a platform that is built into the dormitory and that is even higher up, so this hostel is definitely not for people who suffer from acrophobia. Upside of this vertical space is that the hostel has a light airy feeling to it, you'll never feel stifled thanks to the large windows.
The location of the hostel is very good, quite a lot of the sights are within walking distance and there is easy access to public transport.
Downside is that it is located above a busy street with noisy traffic well until midnight.
Accessibility: Somebody travelling in a wheelchair would have some problems because the lift is small and there are 3 stairs to get to the lift. Toilets and showers in the hostel are not wheelchair-friendly either. But for somebody who would be able to stand or take a few steps it would be ok.