Grünberger Strasse 23 / HH, Berlin, Germany
Doubles from: $48 to $67
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With its hippie-chic flair and raw industrial setting, the Odyssee Hostel (formerly the Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee) is as pleasant as it is inexpensive. Welcoming and well run, the hostel offers both dorms and private rooms. Its low-key comforts, laidback staff, and close proximity to Friedrichshain's lively, up-all-night Boxhagener Kiez make the hostel particularly appealing to the low-maintenance backpacker crowd.
Pros: Cool, interesting location. Unique décor. Good facilities.
Cons: No elevator. Can be noisy. Location can feel far from central Berlin. Some strange rules and quirks.
No two rooms at the Odyssee Hostel look alike. Dorms sleep between three and eight people, with one mondo 22-bedder. Some sport metal bunks, walls painted intense shades of red, brown or green, and a smattering of artwork. Other have seen better days but are clean, with wooden bunks and colorful sponge-painted walls. All dorms are mixed with the exception of one female-only, six-bed option.
If you upgrade to a private double or single, go for one of the artist-designed ones. The blue room reflects the hostel’s graffiti-covered ‘hood, while a feminine, flower-bedecked number looks like a little garden of Eden. Our favorite room is covered in a swirling black-and-white design. Older rooms are less interesting but fine, with candy-colored walls and printed tapestry curtains.
All rooms have lockers (but bring your own lock) and no other amenities. Bed linens are included (although you’ll have to put down a deposit).
The big mama dorm has a private (so to speak) bathroom, and some doubles have a private shower but share toilets. All other rooms share facilities, which are utilitarian and as clean as shared bathrooms usually are. (Hint: It’s a good idea to bring along your shower shoes.)
The Odyssee Hostel’s uncommon common areas exhibit an offbeat sense of humor. With their faux-medieval walls and oversized statues, the lobby and adjoining library-lounge-computer room reminded us of a kitschy haunted house.
The group kitchen isn’t as funny, but—like the rest of the hostel—it’s big, well-equipped, and clean. The hostel also has laundry facilities and a back courtyard (popular with the smoker set). And the Red Rooster Bar & Stage offers comfy couches, fun live music and tasty, affordable eats and drinks.
There are a few quirks of note at the Odyssee Hostel. First, there is only one key per rooms, and guests must have an ID card to enter the building (which we assume is to keep the one-key rooms more secure). Kitchen hours are limited (and some guests report that permission is required for kitchen use). Outside drinks are also not allowed on property, which may prove bothersome for guests looking for a cheap pre-game option or quiet(er) night in.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas, and breakfast is available for an additional €3. Note that the hostel does not have an elevator.
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
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About the Odyssee Hostel neighborhood
South of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain is young and edgy, with a good art scene. While Friedrichshain is not as densely hipstery as Prenzlauer Berg, it has a distinctly bohemian vibe. The neighborhood's culture is thrown into relief by the neighborhood's stark Soviet-reminiscent architecture. A Sunday flea market at Boxhagener Platz only reinforces the hood's hipster credentials. Friedrichshain is bisected by the mammoth Karl-Marx-Allee.