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Hostel dwellers looking to stay in Kreuzberg will find good, clean rooms and a hip scene at the baxpax Hostel Berlin. Located inside the courtyard of a 19th-century factory (as if that's unusual in Berlin!), the baxpax is brought to you by the same team that runs the baxpax Mitte Hostel (one of Berlin’s original art-hostels) on Chaussestrasse.
Pros: Fun, themed rooms. Party hostel (fun youthful vibe).
Cons: Very basic. Party hostel (noise). Lockers outside the rooms. No elevator.
Rooms at the baxpax Kreuzberg are individually designed. Guests may stay in the "Germany" room, decorated with photos from the fall of the Berlin Wall, or a purple "Beetlecar" bed (which we're told is uncomfortable for two).
Aside from some funky décor elements, rooms are no-nonsense and basic: Single beds are lined up against the walls, usually with individual reading lamps. Otherwise, you’ll find little else here, save for perhaps some shelving or a table and a couple of chairs.
Private rooms may provide a bit more décor, in the way of iron headboards or a plant or two, but they are also pretty simple. Private singles, doubles and triples are available, and dorms sleep anywhere from six to 16 people.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, but the list of in-room amenities stops there. Lockers are available, but not inside the rooms.
Some private rooms have en suite bathrooms, but most rooms at the baxpax Kreuzberg share facilities. These are adequate, but as is often the case with hostels, they see a lot of traffic and are likely to get a bit messy.
Like its sister hostel in Mitte, the baxpax Kreuzberg is all hostel and all heart. The accommodations here are basic, but the focus is on community (and party). The self-proclaimed “Party Hostel in Berlin,” the baxpax Kreuzberg is home to a lively and affordable bar, frequently hosts artists and musicians (translation: raucous after parties) and offers discounts to Berlin clubs.
The lounge scene is picture-perfect bohemian Berlin hostel, with colorful walls, worn-in sofas, an Internet station, maps and a pool table. Unsurprisingly, the shared kitchen is a colorful and lively scene as well. Guests hang out and eat in the dining area or, weather permitting, on the outdoor terrace. The hostel also offers free city tours, bike rentals and discounts.
The hostel does not offer breakfast, but the guest kitchen is great for keeping things cheap. In addition to free Wi-Fi throughout, there are a few Internet stations (for a charge).
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel neighborhood
Funky Kreuzberg is split between two postcodes, a posh-leaning one and an immigrant/artist one. The posher part of Kreuzberg feels like stroller brigade central on the weekend, with boho dads and mums descending on the streets with little ones in tow. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kreuzberg was the edgiest, coolest neighborhood in West Berlin. Nowadays, it retains a strongly alternative vibe, even if it has been challenged for pole position in the ultra-bohemian stakes by Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, both in the former East Berlin.