Gîte d'Etape - Youth Hostel Jacques Brel Reviews
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It has great variety breakfast. Location was good10mins to train ststion and 20mins to Grand Palace. We stay 2 nights.1st night was not comfortable as one of the dormmate is drunk and he is making noise.
Stayed on a Friday night - hostel is only a 10-15 minute walk from the centre and all of the iconic Brussels locations so it was really easy to explore during the day. The hostel itself had a good international feel and the lobby seems like a good point to meet others as everyone hangs about to get wifi on the ground floor. Went on a mini bar crawl with some guys I met starting in the hostel bar which had good Belgian beer selection and friendly barman. Free breakfast was really decent too.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
The location was alright as it was close to the metro stop nearby and close to attractions. The staff were helpful and friendly. The facilities were fairly clean and had most of what you needed. I also really liked how breakfast was included. However...I will probably never stay here again because the people in the room above our floor had REALLY loud music playing till 5am and were talking extremely loud, so I got no sleep whatsoever.
Pretty nice and big hostel. The staff are very friendly and very nice breakfast. During my stay, it seems to be big groups staying there, which make it difficult to meet people.
American college student - met two friends studying other places in Europe here for a weekend together. The biggest downfall is the lack of wifi in our rooms - we had things to finish and had to post up in the lobby to finish them. Even then, I couldn't get the wifi to function on chrome on my computer like I needed it to. Staff was incredibly friendly, helped us find places to eat and go out, called us taxis, let us know about a free tour. Free breakfast was awesome, they have cookie butter!
Toilet facilities were nice, but I wish I could say the same for the rooms because I felt like they were treated like an afterthought. Also, this hostel desperately needs to find a way to provide wifi to its guests in their rooms. It is incredibly inconvenient to have to make your way down to the lobby every time you need wifi.
Nice block， nice staff, nice room. One weakness, that only the ground floor gets the wifi.
Only complaint is there is no WiFi in the berooms. You must go downstairs in order to use it, which is annoying when trying to plan things with internet. Nice that breakfast is included. I had nice view rom my room.
Decent hostel. Area seemed just slightly sketchy. Wifi only in lobby, not rooms. Men's bathroom smelled Hostel bar near the lobby seemed pretty cool, and beers were pretty cheap.
Was a really clean hostel with an awesome atmosphere. The staff were friendly and the facilities were really good however there was no oven. The wifi always worked and was fast.
One dirty bath mat left in the bathroom - my only fault, otherwise an excellent stay :)
The included breakfast was incredible, we could find varieties of bread, juices and coffee. I had a private double bedroom, which was the best value for money I could find in Hostelworld.com. The only thing that wasn't excelent was the location, because you have to walk for about 20min to get at the city centre (Grand Place). But there are many options of restaurants nearby and also the main train/bus station is a 10min walk away.
It is very safe and easy to get tourist spots. The staffs are very kind and generate harmonic and happy atmosphere. Food is good and cost effective.
We booked a twin room with ensuite yet for the money we paid we got very little. The room itself was nice enough! Bathroom however had no hand soap and when I asked reception, the guy laughed and told me they sold bars of soap for €1.50 or to use soap in the shared toilets across the halls. Absolutely disgusting for a hostel not to provide such a necessity and diabolical for the money we had paid to have our own bathroom. Wifi was also Rubbish and only available downstairs. Very disappointed!!
Free breakfast in the morning - breads, jams, hard boiled eggs, etc. Free computer use downstairs. Wifi doesn't work in room. There's a decent sized game room. Really early check out is possible (we left at 4:30am).
Cons: The lockers in the rooms are small so we had to put our backpacks in the luggage room in the basement. The room had a bathroom only with the shower and the toilet is common to the whole floor. Pros: The breakfast is really great. From the hostel to the city center is a 15 min walk so is not that far. They also have a kitchen with everything you need but during my stay I didn't see no one using it. Be prepared to see a lot of teenagers around 15-17 years old.
I was quite pleased with my double ensuite room. The included breakfast made the stay an even better value. Glad I booked at the hostel instead of a hotel that probably would have been more expensive but not any nicer.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 41+
- (1 review)
It was very crowded with Young noisy school childerens, we had a private room and we expected it to be located somewhere far from the Group rooms for youth. The walls were so thin that we found it very annoying when they even talk. The toilet and showere were located outside the room which was not mentioned at the booking time.Our room was located in a place with almost no access to the wifi. In general these three negative points make us not to consider this hostel again for 56 Euro/ night
Honestly have no complaints about this hostel. Guys at reception were awesome, they gave us advice about places to eat and we had a great experience! Rooms and toilets were clean, facilities were really nice and everyone was very kind to us. Definitely visiting this place again if we ever go back to Brussels! Thanks guys!!