Freiraum Wohnagentur & Gastehaus
Wiener Strasse 14, Berlin, Germany
Doubles from: $47 to $70
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Ever envied the life of a Berlin student? Book a room (or apartment) at Kreuzberg’s no-frills Freiraum Wohnagentur Gästehaus and find out for yourself what it’s like to live without a care in the world—and without a modicum of luxury. Housed in a small, brick, turn-of-the-century building off pub-lined Wienerstrasse, the spartan guesthouse is a great place to crash if you’re short on funds. Fiercely independent travelers will love the fact that they can come and go as they please without passing through a watchful lobby.
Pros:Unique, “local” experience. Super-Cheapo.
Cons: Strictly frill-free. No real décor.
The dim rooms and apartments at the Freiraum Wohnagentur Gästehaus bear the stamp of DIY decorating. Memories of those dreaded furniture assembly sessions flooded back to us when we caught sight of the make-it-yourself wood-and-cardboard bunks and closets. Bold bedspreads, blue carpeting and a table and chairs better suited for an office add to the mix-and-match look.
There are two rooms on each floor, and they share a bathroom between them. Apartments, located on the top floor and in a nearby building, have private bathrooms in addition to a small kitchen. As expected, both bathrooms and kitchens are just about as basic as they come.
At the Freiraum, you get what you pay for. Rates, which include linens and towels, are so low that the ho-hum interiors are easy to swallow. If you plan on staying in Berlin longer, ask Freiraum, which doubles as a booking service, to set you up with a more substantial furnished apartment (in Kreuzberg or beyond).
Reserving at the Freiraum Wohnagentur Gästehaus
As we point out above, the Freiraum Gästehaus does not offer online booking. To reserve a room, you’ll have to contact directly by email or telephone (see below, under “more information”).
If you’d like a suggestion for other very cheap options that can be booked online, read our reviews of cheap and basic Hotel Friedrichshain, the funky yet low-key Odyssee Hostel or the quietly groovy EastSeven Berlin Hostel.
Reviewed by: Susan Buzzelli, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Bathroom: Private
Wiener Strasse 14
Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
About the Freiraum Wohnagentur & Gastehaus 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.