Circus Hotel, like its sister hostel, is located on the lively Rosenthaler Platz on the northern edge of Mitte, central Berlin. You will find plenty of opportunities for dining, drinking and shopping in the area, as well as in its neighbouring district Prenzlauer Berg, which is home to many more shops and cafes. Rosenthaler Platz is on the underground line and close to bus and tram stops.
The hotel’s 60 individually designed guest rooms – including junior suites and apartments - all feature tasteful but minimal furnishings, cheerful blue, hot-pink, tangerine or lime accents, dark-oak floors and antique details. All rooms feature flat-screen televisions with cable and free wireless internet access. Large showers feature rain-fall heads and are big enough for two but, due to the hotel’s eco-friendly policy, there are no toiletries in bathrooms; you can ask for some at reception. Thanks to the tram line, street facing rooms can get noisy, so request a courtyard facing one instead.
Interior designer Sandra Ernst’s cheerful design of the rooms and public areas is supposed to reflect the hotel’s approach to travel – as an experience, and your hostel as more than just a place to stay. It sort of works though loses something in translation.
Eating and drinking
Restaurant Fabisch – a former man’s clothing store – uses locally sourced organic produce in its classic German cuisine with a modern twist, along with offering good cocktails. For breakfast you can choose between a few different types: the Berlin-style platter of cold meats, bread and cheese, or Vitality – fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli.
You can borrow yoga equipment from reception, along with bicycles, segways, iPods loaded with German music and a good selection of Berlin-themed DVDs.
Staff are young, very helpful and good at providing information and advice.
Who stays there
Young travellers and families.
There's no flexibility on prices though the hostel sees this consistency as a positive thing: Apart from New Years Eve, you pay the same price for your room all year round, regardless of when you make your booking. This mean they are slightly more expensive than the competition in the winter but much cheaper during high demand periods such as the summer months and during peak event times (festivals, Berlinale etc.).
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Decent amenities
- Good prices
- Lively area
- Rooms are a little on the small side