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Hard to miss on its Weinsbergweg and Rosenthaler Platz corner in Mitte, the bright red Circus Hostel offers cheap sleeps and a “with-it” vibe that’s been attracting the cool kids for years.
Pros: High style, low cost.
Cons: Dorms can feel cluttered.
Hallways painted in shades of red, green and blue set the stage for dorms, privates and apartments that are colorful without being “clownish.” Dorm rooms at the Circus Hostel offer between three and 10 beds, single or bunk-style with metal or faux-wooden frames. Red reading lights affixed to bright walls add punch, and some beds come with shelving units that keep the messy hostel look at bay.
Private rooms offer a bit more style, with framed prints and even a decorative headboard here and there. They also offer a smattering of utilitarian furnishings: bedside tables, wall-mounted hanger unit and (in some rooms) a desk.
This is a hostel, though—rooms don’t offer amenities, save for a safe in privates and lockers in the dorms.
Some single and double rooms offer a private bathroom, while the cheapest privates and dorms share facilities. Either way, the bathrooms are spotless.
Hotel and Apartments
The Circus also operates a hotel, located across the street from the hostel and offering slightly more expensive (though still affordable) rooms with all the usual hotel fixings (TV, phone, safe and free Wi-Fi), plus a range of property-wide “extras.”
The small private apartments, each of which has a balcony, offer yet another interpretation of well-designed comfort, with rattan beds and a small kitchen with an eat-in area facing expansive views of Mitte.
The Circus Hostel’s hang-out areas are small but appealing. The lounge and reception have a vintage-y feel, thanks to clubby leather couches, glass light fixtures and bold, 1930s-style signs. The lobby also offers Internet terminals and a mini-library.
The ground-floor Circus Café is a fun place for a morning coffee, afternoon bite, weekend drink or the odd game of chess, and after hours you can meet fellow guests in the retro-trashy Goldman’s Bar in the basement. Sure, there are cooler places to grab a drink, but we know for a fact that you won’t find a shrine to “The Hof” (yep, that’s right—David Hasselhof himself) anywhere else.
The Circus Hostel also offers a whole array of welcoming “hostel perks,” from organized “underground tours” to free beer or food nights. And hair dryers, alarm clocks, padlocks and phone chargers are all on hand for your borrowing pleasure.
Guests of the Circus Hostel can also take advantage of services and amenities offered by the Circus Hotel across the street. Even if you’re not into renting a Segway, you might just be lured into soccer tickets or a laptop rental.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. The Circus Café serves up a yummy breakfast buffet for just €5, or lighter bites—”French,” California” or “Berlin” breakfasts—for even cheaper. Whatever you choose, it’s available until 1 p.m., so you can bond with “The Hof" as late as you like without worrying that you’ll miss breakfast.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended 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 Circus Hostel neighborhood
One of Berlin's funkiest hoods, Prenzlauer Berg sits to the northeast of Mitte. Speckled with cute restaurants, cafés, and funky retail shops, PB's claims to bohemianism predate the post-reunification creep of gentrification. Prenzlauer Berg was a Jewish neighborhood before the rise of the Nazis and a somewhat arty area in the former East Germany. The weekly markets held on Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz provide additional draws.