Gîte d'Etape - Youth Hostel Jacques Brel Reviews
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The instructions for finding the hostel are terrible but once you manage to find your way there (I'd recommend a map/tax) it's in a convenient location from everywhere you need to go. Rooms, showers, and the free breakfast were great but I did get bitten by something during my stay and it still hasn't healed nearly two weeks later. So if you're susceptible to bites I might advise you try somewhere else, other than that a great stay.
Hostel has good facilities as the shower at the dorm, but doesn't have lockers. When i was staying there, the cleaning staff once taken out my plastic bag with some of travellers stuff by mistake. Wifi was available in the common room and the breakfast was very good and delicious. There are some building activities still carried out, but they were not really disturbing.
Located at the corner of the city, but still walk-able from the central station. Staff was friendly and approachable. The nightlife at the pub is relatively active and could be quite loud. Wifi could not be reached in the rooms, and there was limited power outlets in the rooms. Overall it was one of the better hostels stayed despite the small problems.
During the stay the hostel is under renovation, have very less power plug in room but overall was okay. just stay a night there.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
Staff is really nice. Rooms are very good. All the furniture is new. Breakfast is really good as well. The only problem I saw was in the bathroom: the light sensor doesn't work properly and everytime was turning out. I had to shower with the lights off. The rest was excellent for me.
During our stay a school group was there and right outside our room was a patio. We didnt get in until 11 pm and about 20 people were on the patio with music blaring and loud singing. We just wanted to sleep. We informed the front desk of the noise but we were disappointed that the 10 pm quiet time wasn't enforced better. The group moved to the courtyard and continued their party there.
When booking the hostel, I didn't realise there was ongoing construction work set to continue until the 15th of October. As a result, the general facilities were pretty dusty and it was hard to move around with the luggage. The luggage storage room was also underground and it was difficult to carry two heavy suitcases down the stairs. The internet only works near the reception and therefore there was no wi-fi in the bedroom.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
I'm sure once they complete the renovations it will be a very nice place to stay. A bit messy through all the construction going on while I stayed. Also a bit of a walk to the main areas.
Great Hostel to meet people as the common areas are a bit small for the amount of people. For me that's the perfect combination for a hostel.Too big you don't talk with anybody, too small could be annoying. Yes, it is far from almost all touristic attractions, but you have the metro down the street or you can hire the bicycles and is a nice way to know Paris a bit deeper. Great atmosphere at night
Best hostel ever. The staff are lovely, really helpful and fun. Gave us lots of good advice on where to go and provided maps which included walking tours. The breakfast provided was so good, buffet style continental food which was tasty and unlimited. It was close to an underground station to get into the centre, though we did once walk in and it wasn't so bad. Really sociable atmosphere, table tennis and a very lively barman all made a good night. We can't wait to come back!
Having stayed in many hostels on my trip, this was by far the worst! The room was run down and covered in graffiti, the shower leaked, flooding the bathroom every shower. The worst bit was the building work being done, starting at 8 every morning, everything was covered in dust, cement mixers, drills and workmen everywhere. Our room didnt have a toilet so we were told to use one the other side of the hostel in a half built room, in the middle of a building site. Very disappointing!!!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Great room. Great staff. Great bar. Great location. Only downside (hence the 2/5 cleanliness rating) was that the hotel was still under going renovations. When that is down, this hostel would be great as a bad to explore Brussels.
The dining room/kitchen is great, good variety for breakfast(breakfast is included). The staff is very friendly, and helpful as well. This hostel is conveniently located, maybe a 10 minute walk to the Grand Pleis. There is a big enclosed gate at the entrance to the property, so security is not an issue at all. The hostel can sell you a voucher for taxis also, so that makes it easy to get to the airport when departing.
location isn't amazing but over all a good hostel. Not a party hostel. Staff are lovely
Terrible wifi that you need to keep logging into constantly while you are actually using the internet. Other than that not.too bad a place.
The staff are friendly and there are one bar with good beers with good prices. The locations it´s good and near to one subway station. Clean and organized.
We only stayed for one night and were quite annoyed by the sensor-mediated bathroom light. It would often turn off while we were in the midst of doing something in the bathroom. There were also renovations going on, so it meant that the place was dustier and noisier than it probably usually is. The wi-fi was only available in the lobby, so that was slightly inconvenient. The room was quite small, but clean and sufficient. Within walking distance to the main tourist sights of Brussels.
Great hostel, rooms are amazing, in room sink and shower. Lockers need to be a bit bigger. Staff were friendly and helpful. In hostel bar had great music and great staff and cheap food and drinks :D the place is 2min walk from metro and 10min walk from city centre perfect location!! Definitely going back :)
Everthing you would want in a hostel
I loved this hostel. The location is good, easy to get to the centre. The atmosphere is great here and the staff are really helpful. They have computer access, a luggage room as well as smaller lockers in the rooms - you need a lock for these. The hostel was clean which is always good. The breakfast was amazing - such a range in different food and drinks - can't believe it was free! Overall I loved this place and will definitely be going back.