Review of Generator Hostel, Berlin

Good – right next to S Bahn, tram and bus stops, good continental buffet breakfast, clean shared bathroom facilities, reasonable prices

Bad – noisy, mainly from banging fire and room doors but also surprisingly from housekeeping staff starting work early and talking loudly to each other

Rating – 7 out of 10

I choose the Generator Hostel for a stay of 4 nights during my attendance at the Berlin Travel Trade Fair in March 2008. Prices had rocketed at any accommodation close to the Fairground in the west of Berlin, so opted for this hostel, a converted factory, in the east of the city. I’d booked a twin room as I initially thought my husband might come over for a couple of nights. In any case I didn’t want to sleep in a dorm. It cost 213 US dollars for the 4 nights for a twin room including breakfast, booked through a third party, after searching for the best price on the HotelsCombined price comparison site.

On check in I was upgraded to a four bedded room which was more spacious and told jokingly by the receptionist I could have a different bed for every night of my stay. The room was clean, apart from some stains on the carpet and had a small sink. The issue of stained carpets is being addresses as laminate flooring was being laid in the rooms during my stay.

I never had any problems with access to the bathroom facilities which were always clean but the toilet paper was more like kitchen roll.

The breakfast was pretty good, fresh white rolls and sliced rye bread, a selection of cereals, yoghurt, cheese, jams and salami. The coffee from the machine was very good.

My only problem, serious to me, was not being able to sleep. There was a certain level of noise made by other residents from the adjacent rooms, the corridor and slamming doors but I was awakened every morning from around 06.30 by housekeeping staff banging away and talking very loudly to each other.

I have been disturbed by noise from other residents in more expensive accommodation on some occasions and I acknowledge that I am a light sleeper but the experience has really put me off staying in hostels in the future.