I’ve been looking for budget accommodation in Berlin for my attendance at the Travel Bloggers Summit. I’ll be out most of the time so I really just need a basic, clean place to sleep for the night. Ideally l’d like to be near the venue but there is nothing reasonably priced as the Berlin Travel Fair is on. I decided I’d just have to be prepared to travel a bit to and from the venue. I read up on the Generator Hostel in east Berlin. It’s a converted factory. The reviews were fairly positive. I have to admit I’m hoping I get a quiet room and I know hostels can be a bit noisy but I can’t imagine early March is peak season for party goers.
Check Point Charlie in Berlin
I visited the HotelsCombined price comparison site and found a twin (no singles available) with shared bathroom facilities for 4 nights for Â£120 with Reserveahotelonline.com, a twin ensuite cost Â£163 through Hotel-Board.com. I decided to go for the cheaper option with shared bathroom. When I visited the Generator Hostel website there were only twin ensuite rooms available and the price was Â£239. That’s quite a difference a saving of Â£76 or around 30% by booking with Hotel-Board found by HotelsCombined.
The cancellation fees vary greatly between supplier. With Reserveahotelonline I had to pay the total amount upfront for my twin room and the cancellation fees are rather punitive, you lose 50% if you cancel between 30 – 41 days before arrival, 75% if it’s 15 – 25 days and 100% if it’s within 14 days. With Hotel-Board.com the policy wasn’t very clear, it said normally 7 days notice with no penalty but 21 days in peak periods. With the Generator Hostel you pay no deposit and can cancel with no penalty up to 48 hours before arrival.
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