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hamburger Dec 13th, 2008 01:00 PM

accomodation in East Berlin
We are a family of four - 2 adults, two young teens -- that will be in Berlin for 2-3 days in July. We are seeking an inexpensive accomodation in East Berlin, preferably near the Reichstag. Any tips regarding this location or other good locations for tourists like us to stay at and accomodations that are not too expensive would be great:). We are looking for something a cut above a youth hostel that includes a private bath . . .


Kyliebaby3 Dec 13th, 2008 02:59 PM

Check this out:

I know you said you don't want a hostel, which is how I know of The Circus, but it seems as though they have a budget hotel as well. The hostel was actually one of my favorites I've stayed in, so I wouldn't rule it out before at least looking, especially with the teens. And it's very well-located in Berlin...the hostel anyway. It looks like there are actually apartments where the hostel is as well, so that might be a good option for your budget.

Anyway, have a look. It was perfect for my friend and I, and we were near everything. I'd definitely stay again. Berlin is just too cool of a city!

LN Dec 13th, 2008 04:34 PM


When we were in Berlin last year I booked our hotel through Priceline (Mitte). I thought I would start off low ( 3 or 4 stars) and then build the price up but my first bid of $60. US dollars was accepted and we stayed at the ART Hotel. It was very comfortable and the rooms were supposedly running around $150. a night. If you have a couple days to bid on rooms I would suggest using Priceline - I'm certain you'd get a nice hotel for a low price.

WillTravel Dec 13th, 2008 04:41 PM

If you do use Priceline, make sure to bid for two rooms, as a typical room only holds two people.

I've also heard very good things about the Circus, as well as Wombats and St. Christopher's. No need to stay in the dorms at those hostels. As mentioned, some hostels have private apartments.

traveller1959 Dec 14th, 2008 12:22 PM

The Reichstag is not East Berlin - it is exactly on the former border between East and West. The district you are looking for is called "Potsdamer Platz" or "Mitte" - both rather expensive areas.

Since Berlin has an excellent subway system it is not important where you stay - at least, if it is in walking distance to an U-Bahn or S-Bahn station.

Try also

You will find amazingly cheap hotels, expecially if you accept locations which are not right in the center. The website has a mapping function.

ChevyChasen Dec 14th, 2008 01:30 PM

berlin is not an expensive city,you get double the value you would get for a similarly priced room in paris or london.i dont think there are any hotels "near" the reichstag,only govenment bldings and dont need to be that close anyways as the ubahn will take you there in a wink.i would verify that the hotel is closeby a ubahn stop with google earth (tick the transportation layer to show S & U Bahn stops on the sat image) before choosing.if you dont get a central hotel,a long walk after dark though a lonely berlin construction site might get a bit creepy.

Mainhattengirl Dec 14th, 2008 09:10 PM

We enjoyed renting an apt. for our 2 day trip to Berlin. We used this agency:

But this is not the only agency out there. We liked having a separate entrance, a nicely equipped kitchen, etc. The website will show you the neighborhoods for each apt. We also look on Google Earth when searching for accommodations. This really lets you "see" the neighborhood so you have no surprises.

The metro is easy, no sense staying near the Reichstag. Pick a nicer neighborhood.

hamburger Dec 19th, 2008 03:08 PM

Thanks everyone. A question re hostels in europe: do you need to bring your own bedding? That is the only reason we are not considering them -- in my youth I spent a lot of time in hostels but I always traveled with a sleeping bag, which we do not want to do on this trip. Thanks for clearing this up for me:)


WillTravel Dec 19th, 2008 03:47 PM

No, you don't have to bring your own bedding.

Kyliebaby3 Dec 20th, 2008 07:26 PM

Agree with WillTravel 100%. I have never stayed in a hostel (and there have been plenty) where we had to supply linens.

It definitely depends on the hostel, but it seems like some of the ones I've stayed in would be better titled "budget hotels." If you're staying in a private room with a bathroom, it hardly feels like a hostel at all. Now, the dorms on the other hand ;)

hamburger Jan 11th, 2009 07:07 PM

We'd like to stay in a one bedroom apt in Prenzlauerberg, if anyone has any suggestions. The one I was looking at, Steiner Apts., is already booked. Thanks:).

clueless20 Mar 17th, 2009 03:00 PM

i second the priceline suggestion, if you arent able to find anything decent for cheap. check out for suggestions on bidding strategies/prices people have been winning hotels for. i recently won a 5* hotel in berlin for ~90/night AFTER taxes/fees. obviously could have done better with a 3* or 4*. best of luck! :)

hamburger Mar 30th, 2009 04:55 PM

Thanks everyone. We are staying in an apt we found on some web site in Prenzlauerberg -- 1 BR/BA with large living room and kitchen right on a park:)

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