Ostel - get it? - is located in an interesting part of Friedrichshain too, amidst the area's towering Plattenbauen (large concrete housing blocks) but close to the Ostbahnhof train station, plenty of cool bars and nightclubs and main sights like the East Side Gallery (the recently re-painted remains of the Berlin Wall).
The hostel's 33 rooms are decently sized and all decorated with original DDR-era pieces, including 1960s wallpaper, armchairs, old school radios and distinctive lamps. It's possible to get a private bedroom as well as shared rooms (called Scout Camps), and there's even a DDR-style holiday apartment in a separate building. The overriding feeling you get from all the rooms is retro chic.
Being a fun kind of place, there are a few places to hang out in Ostel. You'll find a meeting room in a former Stasi office and a summer garden where you can relax with a beer or game of volleyball. You can buy DDR souvenirs at the onsite shop and even test-drive a Trabant. Internet access is available in the lobby
Eating and drinking
A restaurant is planned but for now it's just a hearty East German breakfast on offer.
There's no spa or fitness centre here, but you can keep healthy by playing ping pong or volleyball in the garden.
The service is down to earth and casual, as befits a hostel with a sense of humour and style.
Who stays there
Ostel is suprisingly good not only for backpackers and single travellers but also for couples, business travellers and even young romantic couples looking for something quirky yet stylish.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Unsusual concept
- Very good value for money
- Stylish decor
- Good location
- No spa
- Basic amenities