I've stayed at the Circus at least six times, and every time I've ventured to other hostels in Berlin I've been disappointed, mainly because the Circus is optimal in its combination of location (the part of Mitte that's not far from Prenzlauer Berg/Weinbergsweg with its park and cafés) and logistics (right at Rosenthaler Platz and on an underground line you'll more likely than not be using several times). You also don't really need to worry about invading local neighbourhoods and cramping their style, because Rosenthaler Platz has long since succumbed to touristification; at the same time, a good day/night out in 'real' Berlin is either within walking or U-Bahn distance.
Service is impeccable. Staff (reception, cleaning, bar and cafe) are consistently jovial, helpful and generous (I've had room upgrades where availability permitted). I've always felt safe in this hostel, with luggage rooms downstairs (€4 for full-day rental) and a small safe box by the bed. Bedrooms are usually perfectly clean, showers slightly less so (bring flip-flops). The bedrooms are also more spacious than most hostel dorms I've come across. The breakfast buffet serves all adult needs (=everything bar Coco Pops) for a mere €5. All in all pretty good value for your money.
Finally, there's a pleasant mix of people: many travelling alone, many in groups; younger students, older non-students (30-50); families; couples. Regardless of category, I've found that it tends to attract the extroverted/sociable type even more so than the average hostel. So it's ideal both as a party hostel and non-party hostel. You might not like Mitte personally, but it's still difficult to find fault with the Circus.
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