Published: November, 2013 | Updated: July, 2015
Following research, we loved what we saw about The Cat’s Pyjamas and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
If you’re looking for the best hostel in Berlin, Neukölln, then you may have just found it. Well designed, great location, and cheap too.
Deep within Berlin’s deeply mixed cultural and trendy hotspot of Neukölln lies one of the finest design hostels we’ve had the fortune to stay at – The Cat’s Pyjamas. And whilst our words may sweeten the deal, all of the plus points of this fantastic place (and remarkably cheap accommodation) are best viewed visually.
Design It And They Will Come
As soon as you walk through the glass doors of The Cat’s Pyjamas from the high street you are welcomed into the minimal setting and open space of the communal lounge area and reception where 24 hours a day someone is able to help you with your every need.
The style, design and fitting of this large relaxing area is both minimal and charming without losing any coziness and warmth that you may expect from a hostel full of friendly travellers.
On one side of the room closest to the reception area are two computers open for use by those staying and whilst that might not be anything unusual in the modern era of technology paired with travel, the type of presentation is.
Upon wonderfully worn easels and benches you can sit alone or with a friend to surf websites such as our very own Facebook or Buy Us Lunch pages and in doing so perhaps recall a childhood memory or two of sitting on wooden desks scratching messages into the desk.
Levels of Comfort
On the alternate side of the room are a wonder array of chairs of many an era, almost typical of the trendy and hipster cafes and bars that you’ll see across the city.
From classic armchairs to refurbished cinema seats all the way through to the use of reconditioned denim for the upholstery across the back benches, the level of comfort scales not just across the floor, but also towards the heavens (read: the ceiling) as block upon block creates another area to separate yourself for a moment for some extra privacy.
Working Up An Appetite
Through the connecting doorway from the relaxing communal area and you’re welcomed by the heart-warming sight of an even bigger room, one to put a smile on the face of any traveller who missed the comfort of home cooked food.
After Franca came down from her moment of ecstasy on seeing more than enough pots, pans and cooking equipment to feed an army, seeing so much space to relax and eat in was a sight for sore eyes.
Again using the same minimal eye for design whilst not compromising on comfort, the kitchen area is full of beautiful wooden tables and chairs that a cafe out there in Berlin is crying out and begging for. Also, every seat has a number of plugs to keep us connected long enough to call home or just pass the time away sharing pictures of the hostel over Tumblr; something we’d like to see in many more hostels around the world after having to share one plug between five people more times than we can remember.
On top of that, the breakfast buffet is incredible.
On top of all that there is also an outside common area for the smokers and fresh air lovers out there, and whilst the chill was starting to come into the air, it was still a lovely relaxing space without too much to complicate the area.
Keeping to it’s minimal principles, the hostel doesn’t go overboard with the artwork and design items from floor-to-floor, instead only decorating here and there with stencil and graffiti work – much to our delight
Room At The Inn
The Cat’s Pyjamas has rooms to accommodate all across it’s several floors. No matter if you’re traveling alone or as a family or group, there are rooms for every need.
We stayed in one of the dorm rooms which doesn’t miss out on any minimal design thought either, with super-soft mattresses atop wooden beds, a funky moveable bed light and a plug socket at every bed head; there isn’t much else that you could ask for.
The double and larger family rooms do of course offer a nice level of privacy and intimacy with – again – minimal design adding touches of difference to each room rather than being too over the top and almost comical that you may see in other design hostels elsewhere.
The Cat’s Pyjamas Hostel
Urbanstrasse 84, Berlin, Germany
For the tiny price you pay you’d expect to find yourself in some humdrum hostel on the outskirts of town, but on walking in you’re met with the polar opposite.
It amazes us that somewhere so fantastic can be so cheap and even though the hostel has only just celebrated it’s first full year of being open, everyone that works in the hostel is incredibly professional and looking to help and on top of that, all of the little details that you expect to find in hotels at twice the price (free to use lockers near reception with plug sockets in every one to charge your devices in safety) add onto the great features of this design hostel.
This is one design hostel we’ll always recommend.
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