Hagelberger Str. 53-54, Berlin, Germany star
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The two-star Hotel Transit is tucked away in a courtyard in the middle of the Bergmannstrasse Kiez. This self-proclaimed “youth hotel” is big with school groups, but its simple dorms and privates are ideal for any Cheapo eager to sample Kreuzberg’s inexpensive eats and laid-back bars. And with rooms sleeping up to six people, the Hotel Transit is an especially good deal for groups.
Pros: Spacious, clean rooms. Good for groups. Great location.
Cons: Very basic. Attracts student groups. Can pick up noise from other guests. Can get stuffy in the summer (no A/C).
Light streams through huge windows to brighten the Hotel Transit’s 50 dorms and private rooms. Lined with blue carpet, rooms feature a table and chairs, a framed print or two, an IKEA-esque lamp, bed lights and plenty of storage space.
The Hotel Transit offers six-bed mixed dorms and private rooms for one to six people. Whatever their configuration, rooms are spare but rather spacious, and come equipped with free Wi-Fi. Private rooms also offer a safe, but there no other amenities.
All rooms (including dorms) feature private tiled bathrooms, which are snug and very clean. Note that the showers operate on a push-button timer, so the water stops after a few minutes (but you can push the button again).
The Hotel Transit prides itself on bringing people together. To that end, the spacious and airy reception area is also a fun (often lively) place to meet and mingle. The check-in desk doubles as a bar, and the lobby offers a smattering of tables and a leather sofa. The area tends to become a party zone in the evenings (noise-averse, beware), but if you’re looking to get out, the very laid-back staff is a great source of tips—especially when it comes to live music venues.
The Hotel Transit’s sister property, the Hotel Transit Loft, offers a similar vibe in Prenzlauer Berg.
Wi-Fi is free throughout (but tends to be patchy in the rooms), and a buffet breakfast is included in the room rate—and available until noon to cater to the party set.
The Hotel Transit’s immediate surroundings make eating on a budget a breeze. In addition to the legendary Currywurst stand, Curry 36, you can find all the basics: Döner kebabs (Mustafa’s Gemüse Döner), vegetarian food (Seerose), pizza (Dolce Pizza) and a beer garden (Golgatha, in the expansive, green Viktoriapark).
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.
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- Reception: 24-Hour
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- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
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- Soundproofed Windows
Hagelberger Str. 53-54
Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
About the Hotel Transit 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.