Wombats! My first hostel experience, and in Europe. It is a chain-hostel, with a lot of locations, so it is more or less more reliable. They should have experience catering the need of variety of guests!
Wombats city hostel Berlin is located less than 5 minutes to the closest U-bahn station, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Once we are out, we just need to turn left (not u-turn, just 90 degree turn), cross the street, and while we cross the street we will spot the hostel already. It’s next to a cafe – that will be our breakfast spot if we choose to pay 3.9 Euro to dine in.
The breakfast! I think it's worth it
Well, reading reviews, I know that Wombats is really are an ideal hostel – but an ideal hostel is not really suited to me, it seems. A place to meet new people, hang out and get to know other dynamic, young traveler sounds good, but I am not suited to how they hang out – pub and alcohol. Once we check in, we will be given a voucher of a free drink to use at their rooftop bar. We need to get our own towel, blanket and cover, and don’t forget to strip it off our bed and put it in it’s place near the elevator.
The room was nice and spacious – there are windows, too – although it serves more as a ventilation and not a transparent outside world watcher.
We instantly go up to the rooftop bar- and find it empty, despite how it’s already 10 PM. At what time actually bar/pub start to fill? I am not complaining, I am just asking because I am not accustomed to the culture. And because my friend can’t drink alcohol, I accompany her and use our free drink voucher on juice.
We get free wifi on the lobby, but not on the room. A lot of people in the lobby is playing with their own gadgets. The lobby also have a lot of vending machine and the area have a lot of restaurants to choose from. After we checked out the next day, they let us use their baggage lounge. The breakfast at the cafe next door is filling! Recommended!
All in all, Wombats should be a very satisfying experience. The staff are as friendly as a German can seem to be, the room is good and the breakfast are great and cheap! The location is good, near the station, and not in a shady neighborhood If you search for a company or new friends and comfortable with bar, I think you will be happy!