i have done 2 topdeck europe trips + i used to live in europe… so any questions you have let me know!!
Berlin - Wombats is amazing!!! They have a gorgeous rooftop bar… the rooms are new and clean. lots of space in them and ours had a bathroom in the room to share between the 4 of us. There is a metro station across the road with quick access to the heart of berlin. located right near alexander platz (good spot)
Amsterdam - Hostel is old… not the best one i have ever stayed at… but its not the worst. hopefully they have renovated and got some new beds since i was last there. but the location makes up for it. and really… its the last 2 night on the tour so by then you won’t really care where you sleep as long as you have a place to lay down for the night!
I did the spirit of europe a few years ago (started my trip in budapest)… if you are staying at the same hostels as we did… the one in poland is right near a highway and is connected to a service station… and is themed orange (like the colour on the message board here) BUT they have really nice new room, a huge dining are and free internet / wifi.
Budapest - was an older hostel but located on the main street. has a bar across the road with cheap beer and a post office about 2 mins away near the burger king.
Prague Plus Hostel - was out of the city centre… but you could grab a tram into town. hostel was HUGE!!! had free laundry in the basement and a heated pool in the basement. internet wasn’t free. and had a weird keycard = money thing. but the keycard was also your room key. made it nice and safe. the rooms we were in were just renovated. so they were great. and the dining hall was in this huge building out back that turned into its own little bar / club after dark… looks like the place used to be a school / hospital cos it was so big + bathroom in the dorm room too.
hope this helps… sorry i can’t remember the names of some of the places
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