I am not an expert on assessing hostels but can tell you some stuff after comparing couple of hostels I stayed. First thing distinguishing Gastama from other hostels is that the staff is really helpful and friendly. My girlfriend made all the talks, while I was having an inflammation in my mouth, but she got very good information about the pharmacy, restaurants, bus lines, the concert are we wanted to visit and everything else. So special thanks to Kate, she was very nice and speaks perfect English. Apart from that I appreciated the power plugs and curtains beside the each bed. The location is also nice, in the old town and you make a nice 10 minute walk to the center through nice old streets, which is in my opinion better than a hostel in the bustling center itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the most beautiful area of Lille, Gastama offers all types of accommodation that fit every budget. From dormitories to private room, this hostel offers, above all, occasions to share and meet new people from around the world. Gastama is also and especially a team made of backpackers who will welcome you and advice you for your excursions. With its bar, restaurant and all its services, this Hostel offers a place with a warm and friendly atmosphere inviting us to travel. Also open to local people, you will discover the French culture, its values and traditions. Near the most beautiful cultural sights, Gastama is perfectly located in the historical part of the city, around 10 minutes from the main square of Lille, 20 minutes from the train stations. Apart from its rich architectural and cultural history, Lille has an unequalled nightlife to be experienced in its countless bars and clubs. At the crossroads of Europe, this city of 100 000 students became the European Capital of Culture in 2004 and today remains a city of art and culture. ... more less
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