Modern, comfortable, plenty of space to move, in a fantastic location in downtown Berlin – these are just a few of the words I’d use to describe my stay at one of Berlin‘s premier hostels – JetPak Flashpacker in downtown Berlin’s West.
There are a number of options for rooms at Jetpak Flashpacker including three bed, four bed, six bed and eight bed dorms, however there are also a few dorms with single beds available if you book in advance.
Whilst most of the dorms share four communal bathrooms between them, some of the rooms contain en suites with showers. All of the bathrooms have showers with decent water pressure and continuous hot water.
I really enjoyed waking up for my morning shower as there were plenty of bathrooms, and could always find an available shower at any point in the morning; Best of all the bathrooms were clean! – always a nice surprise when visiting any hostel.
The rooms have some great features. Every dorm contains an iPod/iPhone charging dock – perfect if you’ve left your charger at home or just need some time to dance around the room whilst getting ready to go out … I swear I didn’t do that (much!) They also have large windows which let in plenty of light during the day, lockers for all your gear, and the larger dorms have tables and chairs for everyone to sit around and chill out.
You also don’t need to be scared that you’ll find creepy crawlies or any other dirt hiding around the hostel as it is the cleanest hostel I’ve been to with a dedicated cleaning team coming in every day to ensure the place is bright and shiny, the bathrooms spotless and the linens clean.
The suburb where JetPak Flashpacker is located is a middle class suburb and off the main street meaning you will sleep easy with no traffic or club noises.
The neighbourhood is safe, even after dark, with the U-bahn only a few blocks away it is easy to get around the city day-or-night, but I found that taking a taxi to most central points in the city only costs about 10€ should you be worried about getting home at night.
The surrounding streets have plenty of restaurants, cafes and shopping areas – many of them at a decent price thanks to a University only a few blocks away. If the area isn’t lively enough for your evenings out then the U-bahn, which is two-blocks from the hostel, is three stops away from the Zoologischer Garten stop which is home to plenty of upmarket restaurants, bars and clubs.
Jetpak Flashpackers have a choice of little extras to cater to their guests. Including;
Wifi and Computers
As the name suggests, the hostel is set up to cater to Flashpackers with a number of computer terminals, free fast wifi throughout the building, and plenty of power points to recharge all of your electronics.
They also have a cosy lounge room, complete with big screen TV, for movie nights, and watching the latest sports.
Breakfast isn’t included in the price of the rooms but they do have a cafe on street level with a choice cereal or toast and fresh coffee or tea for 1€ per item. If you feel like relaxing in the cafe it is open until late each night and also offers you cold drinks, and plenty of benches to sit and work or plan your next adventure in Berlin.
Whilst there are no cooking facilities on site the staff are more than happy to you in the right direction for cheap tasty food or there is a family run Chinese restaurant literally next door.
I would definitely come back and stay at Jetpak Flashpacker on my next trip in Berlin as you are just outside the center of the city discovering an area which is full of nightlife, bars, and shopping, but not in the city center where everything is expensive, and with the U-bahn a short walk away the whole of Berlin is easy to access.
The staff are super friendly and will take the time to sit down and explain where you are, what they recommend you do, and just chat about Berlin.
Being a smoke-free hostel, you can smoke outside on the street but not in the hostel, help you breath and sleep better; and being 100% gay friendly means that you will meet a diverse range of people during your stay.
JetPak Flashpacker is located at Pariserstrasse 58 in Berlin, Germany.
For more information or to book a room please visit their page on Hostelworld.