Berlin introduced me to something I’ve rarely experienced in my own travels: luxury hostels.
My first two nights were spend at Circus Hostel, which has a pretty stellar location, right next to the Rosenthaler Straße U-Bahn stop. It’s also part of a chain, which includes Circus Hotel and the newly added Circus Apartments.
First Impression: After a not so memorable hostel stay in Jerusalem, I was immediately drawn to the modern decor and “home away from home” feel. Checking in was pretty painless and my single room had everything I needed: a bed and a desk. It also had a connecting bathroom, fresh towels and a lovely view overlooking the street. Also shocking me was having an actual keycard just like one does at a hotel.
Added Perks: In addition to having a common space, there is free WiFi, which luckily is pretty standard at most hostels in Europe. There is also a popular bar downstairs and they usually try to come up with some sort of happy hour deal to keep costs at a minimum. In the basement of Circus, there are large lockers where you can store your bags during the day if you’ve already technically checked out. They ask for a €10 deposit but you get it back when you return the key.
Overall Verdict: Generally speaking, Circus is a pretty affordable option for hostel goers. Breakfast costs an additional €5 and make sure to read the fine print. I made the mistake of ordering orange juice, not realizing that this canceled out my option for coffee. Prices vary depending on the season but the absolute lowest cost of a dorm room is €19. Options include: 8/10 dorm, 4/5 dorm, 3-bed room, double or twin bed rooms and of course, single rooms.
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