I am living in Berlin for more than 10 years and know a few places. So I've collected some Hostels and reasonable priced hotels. Since taxi travels are expensive, I only picked locations who are near public transportation hubs around the Estrel.
The good thing about public transportation in Berlin is: If you only travel three stations, the price for a ticket is just €1.60 (short-trip tariff). If you buy the four-trip short trip ticket, you only have to pay €1.40 per ride. Sounds good? It is! So all the locations I picked for my list are withis the three-station distance and not too far away from the next station. The price limit per person is 50 EUR, so you wont find a hotel in my list that costs more per night. Some of them has also breakfast included. Okay, let's begin:
Starting point is the S-Bahn station Sonnenallee
, which is directly next to the Estrel.
One station into the west:
...located at S- and U-station Neukölln
. Appr. 800 meters distance to the con hotel. You could even rent a bicycle or walk. A2 Hostel
(Is also mentioned in the start post, many furs will sleep there)Motel Plus
station, distance 2 stations:Hotel-Pension Grand
, station distance 3 stations:Big City Hostel
And from Sonnenallee
into the east:
... at Ostkreuz
station, 2 stations distance:1st Floor HostelA&O Berlin Friedrichshain
(Also with a bunch of furries sleeping there, I got some good feedback)
(The area between Ostkreuz and Warschauer Str. is Berlin's scene quarter. Lots of bars, clubs, restaurants and rich underground culture.)
...at Frankfurter Allee
station, 3 stations distance:U inn Berlin HostelGeorghof
(This is a real hotel
with luxury looking interior, but affordable.)
Next level: Changing the train at Ostkreuz
station and take any train you like, drive one station to the west
and leave at Warschauer Str.
. You are now in Berlin's party zone. Oh, lots of hostels, too. Your short-trip ticket allows changing trains, so this is no problem!Plus Berlin
(Has an own pool)IndustriepalastEastern Comfort
(What ever floats your boat... this is a hostel boat!)Hotel & Hostel FriedrichshainSunflower HostelAll In Hostel
Don't like the S-Bahn? You can also use the bus with the short-trip ticket. And using buses or trams, you can even ride 6 stations!
Knowing this, you can use the Bus line M41 (operates 24/7) from Ziegrastr
stop (directly at the tip of the Estrel pyramid) to Fuldastr.
stop. Takes just 6-8 minutes.
A little 100m walk through the Fuldastr. and you reach the Rixpack
Maybe you prefer some more privacy? Berlin is full with Airbnb
Also good to know: The S-Bahn doesn't operate in the nighttime during working days (Pause between 1 am and 5 am). Instead, there are buses who goes all 30 minutes. At weekend nights (Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday) the S-Bahn and U-Bahn in Berlin operates 24h, with a train frequency of 15 minutes.
Almost all hostels and hotels are offering bicycle rental, even the Estrel does. Ask for conditions, prices can vary!
This was my first posting here, and I hope I did it right
Last but not least, something to notice for next year's EF:
In spring 2016, Berlin's biggest youth hostel will open it's gates. The new official category IV (top notch) youth hostel will have 445 beds, every room equipped with shower and WC. It is located directly
at Ostkreuz station and has almost direct access to the train platforms.
More informations here: http://www.jugendherbergeberlinostkreuz.de/youthhostel/