I came to the hostel in the early afternoon. I hadn't made any reservations, but I had done my research. I was still greeted and slotted in rooms for the weekend.
I slept in the "White Room" on the first night. It's a 7-bunk mixed dorm room. Each bed has a nightlight and European electrical socket on the wall. There is no curtain for privacy in the bunks. The room has a great big window to the street and a ceiling with dark wood beams and wooden carvings. There are half-sized deep lockers where you find your duvet and pillow, and where you can store your things during your stay. The washrooms & showers for the dorm are located in the basement. Clean, white. Both are large-ish and co-ed. There are individual stalls with a tiny bench to set your things down in the showers. Is Europe so carefree that they don't believe in separate women's washrooms and showers? These showers didn't have nozzles. It was like showering under a hose. The downer for the dorm (besides 13 other roommates) is that it is accessible via the common room which closes during the day, and again after 11 p.m. To get to the White Room, you have to climb to the 2nd floor, walk across the hall, then back down to the main floor.
My last two nights, I slept in room 202. It's a 2-bunk room with its own bathroom, a fireplace mantle sans fireplace, and another big window (this time it looked out into the middle of the building, over the common room). There was very limited floor space in the room. I heard other 4-bed rooms had room for a sofa chair. No lockers in this room. Again, I heard other similar rooms had lockers. No nightlight or individual sockets. There was one reading light and there were sockets around the room (...like above the bathroom door...). The shower had a showerhead and the ability to reach as high as necessary to shower a nearly 7' tall person. There is room to turn around in the bathroom. No bathmat or floor towel. Ledges to set your toilettries down. This had to be the smallest room. But it was cozy.
The common room has sofas, tables, a kitchen and all necessary appliances. There were three computers with free-internet. The internet speed was so slow that it often timed-out. Don't bother checking your facebook account. You might get away with hotmail. There is wi-fi in the common room. If you are so rushed, there is an internet shop across the street, the shop also has phones to call home. The kitchen wasn't disgusting.
The staff speak English and French, as well as other languages that I couldn't understand. They were friendly and curteous. They could answer most of my questions or tell me where I can find more information. Cash up front for this hostel... unless your stay is over 100Euros then you can pay with your credit card. 10Euro deposit for your linens. There is also a towel rental service.
The hostel is located just North of the main tourist area. The nearest metro stop is De Brouckère, but if you're arriving at la Gare Centrale you could easily walk to the hostel. There is a huge pedestrian-only shopping street two blocks East from the hostel. The sketchiness starts a few blocks North from the hostel, across the channel. The boulevard to the hostel feels deserted. There is a bank that accepts foreign debit cards a few doors down from the hostel.
Overall a great hostel. Definitely in my top 5.
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