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Vijverhofstraat 47, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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169 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 65%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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The bed was cheap but for what you got for yout money it is definitely worth spending a wee bit more to get a better hostel. I also felt very ripped off having to spend 5 euros for bedding for one night. It is close to the station but is in one of the not so nice areas of Rotterdam.


This is a really basic hostel - quite cheap but not a bargain, you really get what you pay for. Don't expect much and you'll enjoy your stay here. Staff is nice and there's a good supermarket close. Walking distance to the center is very acceptable (better, rent a bike at the hostel! great way to explore the city). Only one toilet for each gender, and only one shower room for all. Could be cleaner. breakfast is basic but good. Very few plug sockets, only in the common room in one corner.

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Portugal
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great price after staying in overpriced Amsterdam.


Poor breakfast, we would appreciate wider choice (at least some ham or cheese would be nice).


Showers and bathroom were dirty and this is an old school so very few power plugs and rooms were extremely hot during the nights and mattresses were disgusting. free breakfast was toast and coffee.


Location was easy to find, close to the Central Station, the staff was quite friendly! The atmosphere was not bad, but kind of dull - it is a small hostel though not overfilled with people. The toilet was clean, but the dorm beds were old/used - extremely hot and bad air-circulation. All in all okay, what you would get for a cheap price. Plus: breakfast, good coffee and tea!

  • 23rd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I would recommend taking earplugs with you if you go stay at De Mafkees because the rooms are very big and therefore easily noisy. Also check whether you're not to close to the emergency exit sign because that generates a lot of light. Other than that the hostel is okay to stay in. Do keep in mind that the staf only speaks English, not Dutch.


No TV! And limited internet (one PC only, no matter how many guests!)

  • 3rd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Met some great people, staff was relaxed. First night some guy peed in the corner of our dorm, third night about 8 ppl were robbed. Security of the hostel appalling and the way staff handled the situation while it happened was a joke. We had a good time though, thanks to the people we met. Short descr: free lockers, metal beds, bunkbeads, plastic matrasses, sheets for hire for €1, complete linnen set w. pillow €5, fridge, pool table

  • 27th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Should be awesome but some really bad vibes


Lovely pace to stay


Love Mafkees! great value for the money and easy staff, nice location, warm showers,FREE COMPUTER USE-don#t ever change that. Thanks Ill be back :)


This is a very basic hostel, but still good. Security can be a problem as anyone have access to the lounge area and the rooms, their control is only based on bracelets you have to use, but I myself got in the hostel with my bracelet many times without anyone paying attention to it. There are lockers in the rooms though. Its location is great and very easy to find from the main train station. Its staff and atmosphere are friendly and welcoming. Breakfast is included.


If you are looking for a cheap place to stay, close to Central Station this is the place. If you are looking for anything more, consider your options. The common room is good, wifi occasionally cut out but generally good. The showers are cold and the rooms are just ridiculous. Not only are there upto 48 beds in a room, you pay extra for sheets and pillows, and the thin mattress' are plastic coated. Imagine 48 bodies tossing about throughout the night on plastic beds. Looked like a WWII hospital.


good experience. Nice place

  • 4th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Too many people in a room, doesn't give you a security feeling. Staff nice. Valuable for the price.


i loved this place. its a really simple place but the atmosphere makes up for it. everyone was so nice and it was so welcoming. the staff was part of the people you hang around with. in my eyes the perfect hostel. really cheap and 5 mins walk from central station. when you dont try to do something in particular and are just good and friendly this magic atmosphere will arise. recommended!


Really chill staff, had a great time


my favourite hostel and also place to chill, but not after last time:windows are 99% closed! with 30-40 beds in room smell like a salami factory (stinks from the main entrance)... it is a bit isolated, night time could be dodgy if u got lost and after 2am I do not see security around. close to central station,nice shops.staff nice except a guy who was tough with the wristband rule(why not with the limit for staying of a week?!) and moreover rude.spend few euros more and find far cooler places!!


nothing else but place to sleep, too many people, thiefs are operating in the area, once you get there, hope that you're bed wan't be located next to shower atmosphere quite poor; one day one girl from reception was playing depressing spanish music for hours, once she finished her coworker started talking excited and loudly about something in Dutch for 2 hours everyone is required to wear wrist bands for entire time of staying there

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