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Generator Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Opened in 2013, Generator Berlin Mitte is one of the older properties in this pioneering collection of urban hostels that are now sprinkled across Europe and the USA. It appeals to a wide range of travellers from euro-pinching backpackers to a gang of girlfriends off clubbing along with sightseeing couples and families. Both staff and guests are international and the mood easygoing ('I'd love to but no' quips the do not disturb sign). You can choose between shared dormitories and private rooms and both come in a cheerful and comfortable no frills style. As with budget airlines expect to pay for extras, such as luggage storage or a 1pm check-out, but once everything's sorted you're in the heart of the city with plenty of good times ahead.
There's plenty to discover if you just go for a wander, such as the unexpectedly hip boutiques on Linienstrasse.
Mitte is home to all the sights, including the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Dome. Shopping district Alexanderplatz is nearby.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 40-minute drive to the hotel. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel suits international travellers of all ages keeping an eye on costs, stag and hen parties, groups of friends, families and students. Guests who stay in hostels tend to be convivial and respectful of their fellow travellers, and everyone seems be having a good time.
Service & Facilities
Despite the ruthless minimalism, a request for additional pillows was fulfilled promptly.
- Games room
- Free Wi-Fi
With an angled roof and Velux windows, the rooms on the fifth floor have a quiet, hideaway feel. The style may be spartan but the room is warm, everything's clean and the bed, super-comfy.
Dorm, Deluxe Room, Private Room, Junior Suite, Superior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, towels, reading light, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Fun times are steps away. Kick off with mojitos at Cuban bar QBA, then dine on yummy Asian fusion at Hoongy. Across the courtyard, BarbOx is a cocktail lounge that parties hard with a local crowd, quality sound system and addictive espresso martinis.
Gen Café: canteen-style café and breakfast room. Open daily, 24-hour.