Johns Little Auberge in Old Berlin

Waldenser Str. 30, Berlin, Germany, Distance from city centre: 5km

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Rating: 39%from 3 reviews

  • 33%Atmosphere
  • 46%Staff
  • 40%Security
  • 26%Cleanliness
  • 73%Location
  • 26%Value for money
  • 26%Facilities
The perfect place for single travelers, who like to meet other people in a small, romantic hostel with a cozy but personal atmosphere.

***** perfect for people, who love a romantic cozy atmosphere
***** individual beds, no bunk beds!!!
***** 24 hours access to the hostel, with own key!
***** reception times from 9 am / 9 o'clock till 12pm / 24 o'clock
***** check-in times from 12 o'clock/12 am till 23 o'clock/11 pm
***** a huge kitchen for cooking
***** a cozy and nice common area for chilling out, talking or playing
***** quiet bed-rooms with private bed-lights
***** fresh bed-linen, pillows & blanket-covers for 3,- € per person/ and stay
***** free WiFi / W-Lan
***** many single travelers, no big groups
***** free of drugs, smoke and TV's

- towel-fee is 1,- €
- every guest has to pay 3,- € for bed-linen
- laundry + dryer service total is 7,- €
- maps for free

Music instruments and also dogs are welcome!
John's Cozy Little Hostel: Your sweet little HOME away from home, for lovers of 'spider webs', 'night-ghosts' and 'little dwarfs'.

Limited check-in times (arrival-times) from 09 o'clock/09 am till 23 o'clock/11 pm.
For late-night check in after 24 o'clock / 12 pm we charge every guest 2,- € per every started half-hour of waiting for you.
We will wait for you, until one hour after your given arrival time, which you chose in your booking.

Check-out-times: between 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock (in the morning)...
If you wanna check out b e f o r e 9 o'clock: you'll have to check out the evening before until 23 o'clock (11 PM).

John's Hostel tries to offer a friendly, romantic, cozy & a bit artistic place, with a lot of possibilities for communication with other backpackers and travelers.
It's supposed to be an ideal place for those, who love to be in a cozy and private atmosphere house and don't mind simplicity, but appreciate the laid back atmosphere of a student community.
Some plants and paintings will provide a cozy jungle atmosphere of an artists private home, which is open to individual backpackers, students, world-travelers, artists, and explorers of culture, history or night-life.

Alcohol is only in small amounts permitted, so round about 2 beers or 2-3 glasses of wine per person.
But no smoking at all!
All kind of drugs are as well strictly forbidden, people with drugs get kicked out with no refund!

Johns Cozy Little Hostel is in the ground-floor of a typical Berlin historical building out of the year 1804. The house has the charm of a typical Berliner building from the Kaiser-time (1895), with 'Stucco' everywhere, and high ceilings of 3.5 meters.
In the WW II there happened fightings in this house, footprints of this could be seen in the backyard of the house, bullet holes on the wall from the street-fightings between Russian and Germans back in 1945.

*** gays and lesbians & friends are especially welcome, as well as eccentrics, buddhists, vegetarians, philosophers, magicians, artists, explorers of culture & night-life and students of German language.
Drag-queens get a free beer from John or David!
Berlin is a city with 150.000 gays and lesbians, who are especially welcome in our city and in our place. Those, who do not like that should stay away. People with homophobic attitudes might get canceled right away.

Only the picky people which write negative comments can stay away and should go to hell or to the narrow Hilton-Hotel for 500€ per night.

What John's Cozy Little Hostel is good for and what not, just from the experience:
Our hostel was always loved and appreciated by Italians art students from Bologna , gay canadian activists, laid back australians from the out-back, Israeli vegetarians relaxing from the army or from India, British from Scotland, London & Cambridge, scholars from Finland, Iranian-Americans from New York, artists from Argentina and swedish party girls, young gays & lesbians, Non-smokers, philosophers & cool girls from Chengdu in western China.

It was never liked by people from Mainland-China and people who prefer perfect automatic hotels chains. But if you do so, please go to them but don't come to us!

We are old fashioned and we love it!
John's Cozy Little Hostel is Berlin's German language student's favorite long-term stay residence, the bed from just 350€ per month!

The rooms have wooden floors and the 3.5 meter high walls are painted in in desert orange of Egypt's deserts, combined with the nil-blue door and windows.

The bath-rooms remind on the Arabian built Alhambra of Granada (Spain), some oriental elements originating from the owners' favor for North-Africa & Asia, especially of Egypt, India & Indonesia.

This hostel is designed for single travelers, who like meeting other people, while they are traveling.

It's a small place, with an atmosphere of a big family's home or of a nice students-share-house, quite relaxed where you can feel like being at home.

We are completely free of noisy groups of school-kids and we try to attract especially individual travelers with character, students, especially those of German language & culture, anthropology and arts and more.

Our kitchen provides an atmosphere to meet people, this you can do as well in our nice common area with a jungle of plants and sofas for chilling out, with lots of opportunities for talks and contacts with our nice international guests or travelers from all continents.

Single travelers especially welcome - as well couples and friends traveling together, but please no big groups, we wouldn't take!

Some typical reviews:
'This hostel is perfect for young uncomplicated people.'
(Verena, 19, Austria)

'A very small & cozy home-hostel, for non-smoking or trying to quit.'

'Quiet. No loud party hostel.'

'The place feels more like a home than a hostel. Cool living room, nice staff, clean, small and intimate.'
(Jimmy, 20, Canada)

'It's unique ! It's better than home ! Less boring at least.'
(Sarah, 17, Basel, Switzerland))

'It felt like you were staying at a friends house! Relaxing! atmosphere.'
(Susanne, 21, Mainz, Germany)

Our most beloved recent comment was:
'It was lovely to stay at Johns. The kitchen is a cozy little hub perfect for cooking, chatting with other guests, studying German and drinking vino..... Our room was lovely with nice details, like the cute stuffed pink elephant on our lovely futon bed. The other guests also seemed to be of an interesting variety, less generic than most of the cheap hostels. We will return!'

- free book swap (exchange) - common area with games like chess or monopoly
- CD player for your own music, but definitely no TV
- info-display with maps, information & flyers, about museums, sights & night-life, including 4 Berliner program-magazines with Berlin's Events, clubs, exhibitions, street parties, cinemas, theaters, festivals and flea-markets: Tip, Zitty and the 2 gay magazines, Siegessäule & Blu.

Berlin is a metropolis bigger than the size of London and Paris or New York, but very much affordable, cheaper than any town of western Europe, and so much more fun.
So plan to stay longer, at least 3 days you will not regret it!

Owner: John Blackknight, 29 years old, fan of Arabia, especially Egypt and also Asia especially Indonesia, Bali & Timor Leste,
as well as India especially Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. There might be some flavor of it here.

JOHN's special interests are:
Knights of the Middle ages, play-station 3 and x-box 360,
Final Fantasy, adventures in Africa, Asia and Arabia.

DAVID's special interests are:
anthropology, South-East Asia,India & Indonesia, movie-making, theater & film, and all sorts of adventures in Africa or Asia. Vegetarian cookers, inviting David for dinner, will get brief discounts. Dan from Israel, with his yummy vegetarian food is still in good memory ;-)

Welcome drinks for belly-dancers, musicans/guitar players, singers and magicians!
We can`t await to see you soon!

Cheers John, Joerg, Nina, David & friends
(John's Cozy Little Hostel)

We are in Moabit, in Central Berlin, in a multicultural, quiet, residential area, away from those trendy, expensive and overcrowded areas.

Here are a lot of students living.

Just 10 min. from the central station and 1 min. from the underground, which gets you anywhere.
Long-time stayers we
Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast not included
  • Child Friendly
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • Currency exchange
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Not Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meeting Room
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Taxes not included
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels For Hire

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

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Directions & Advice about :
Tickets, our cash-policy & our limited opening hours

A) Advice about Tickets, our cash-policy & our limited opening hours

1. Tickets:
Berlin has 900km² and is a metropolis with the size of New York, quite big for walking everywhere.
A 2-hours-ticket costs 3Euro, a ticket for 3 stops only 1,5Euro. A better deal is a day pass for 6 Euro, a week pass for 24Euro, or a month pass for 50Euro.

2. Cash: We accept cash only & charge your complete Booking on arrival.
Please withdraw money before your arrival.

3. Our reception hours are from 9 a.m to midnight only.
2 hours after the arrival-time mentioned in your booking,we reserve the right of canceling your booking, and give the deds away.
After midnight we wait for you only on special request and charge 5 Euro extra for each hour after midnight waiting for you .

B) Directions

Address: Waldenserstr.30, near Oldenburger Str. , in 10551 Berlin
Mitte- Tiergarten-Moabit,

1.) From the station 'Zoologischer Garten' :
2.) From 'Hauptbahnhof' station/ Berlin Central station:
3.) From 'Tegel' airport (TXL):
4.) From 'Schoenefeld' airport (SXF),
5.) From the central bus station 'ZOB':
6.) By car:
7.) Near by

1. From the station 'Zoologischer Garten' :
Take the underground 'U9' (two levels down), in the direction of 'Osloer Strasse'.
Get off at the 2nd stop at Turmstrasse. There are 3 exits. Take the exit in the middle of the station. Walk up the stairs and turn left when you get outside. Cross the street and walk along Turmstrasse. Pass Wilhelmshavener Strasse, then Bredowstrasse, Jonasstrasse, and Bremer Strasse. Turn right at Oldenburger Strasse. At the first crossing, turn right again, into Waldenserstrasse. Were at number 30 on the right side. Ring the bell on the door.

2. From 'Hauptbahnhof' station/ Berlin Central station:
Take the exit Washington Platz'. When you come out of the hall, turn left, cross the street and you see bus stop nr. 5. From there, take the bus TXL, 2 stops, until Turmstrasse.
Walk along 'Turmstrasse', into the same direction as the bus was going.
Cross first Wilhelmshavener Strasse, then Bredowstrasse, Jonasstrasse, and Bremer Str.
At Oldenburger Strasse turn right and turn right again at Waldenserstrasse. The hostel is the 2nd house on the right side, after the Cafebar, at number 30 . Ring the bell on the door with the big bamboo-plants.

Berlin has 2 airports in the moment , (TXL & SXF),

3.) From 'Tegel' airport (TXL):
Take the bus 'TXL' a few stops, until the underground station 'Turmstrasse', Exit Alt-Moabit.
From the bus-stop, walk a few meters back, until the traffic-light. There you turn right, cross the street 'Alt Moabit' and walk along Thusnelda-Allee, the shortest street of Berlin, beside the Church.
Cross Turmstrasse , then turn left and walk along Turmstr.
On the right side you will pass Moabit City Hall and Bremer Strasse,

At Oldenburger Strasse turn right and turn right again at Waldenserstrasse. The hostel is the 2nd house on the right side, after the Cafebar, at number 30 . Ring the bell on the door with the big bamboo-plants.

4.) From 'Schoenefeld' airport (SXF),
Take the free shuttle-bus from the airport to the train station 'Schoenefeld' or walk 7 Minutes to it. Take the 'Airport-Express' train, RB or RE, which leaves every 30 minutes, and needs 20 minutes only, until 'Zoologischer Garten'. From there follow the directions of 1.)
( Dont take the S-Bahn, because it takes much longer, and stops about 30 times on the way.

5.) From the central bus station 'ZOB':
Walk out the main exit, then turn left and walk until the underground station 'Kaiserdamm'.
Take the train U1 in the direction of 'Warschauer Str.' until 'Zoologischer Garten'.
Then follow the directions of 1.)

6.) By car:
From the motorway = high-way = Autobahn take the exit 'Beusselstrasse'.

If you are coming from the south, drive first in direction Center, then Tegel, and then Wedding.

At the exit Beusselstrasse, drive into the direction of Tiergarten. After the S-Bahn station 'Beusselstr.', go strait and turn at the church left into Wiclefstrasse. At Oldenburger.Strasse turn right, then left at Waldenser Str. .Our hostel is at number 30. Ring the bell on our door.

Address: Johns Hostel, Waldenser Str. 30, in 10551 Berlin-Tiergarten-Moabit,

7.) Near by:
2 minutes to Turmstrasse, Berlins cheapest shopping street
3 minutes to good and cheap restaurants: Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, German
9 minutes from Hauptbahnhof= Central Train Station
9 minutes from Train-station Zoologischer Garten
20 minutes from TXL= Tegel Airport
30 minutes from SXF= Schoenefeld Airport
30 minutes from BER= Willy-Brandt-Airport / Berlin-Brandenburg

10 minutes to City Center West= Kudamm
15 minutes to Brandenburg Gate, Former Wall of Berlin
20 minutes to City Center East= Alex

Lakes, Parks & Forests:
10 minutes to Ploetzensee-Lake
10 minutes to the Great Tiergarten Central Park
20 minutes to Rehberge Park
20 minutes to Lake Wannsee and River Havel

Located Near

9 minutes from Hauptbahnhof= Central Train Station
9 minutes from Train-station Zoologischer Garten
20 minutes from TXL= Tegel Airport
30 minutes from SXF= Schoenefeld Airport
30 minutes from BER= Willy-Brandt-Airport / Berlin-Brandenburg

10 minutes to City Center West= Kudamm
15 minutes to Brandenburg Gate, Wall
20 minutes to City Center East= Alex

Lakes, Parks & Forests:
10 minutes to Pltzensee-Lake
10 minutes to Tiergarten Park
20 minutes to Rehberge Park
20 minutes to Wannsee Lake

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