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Youth Hostel Van Gogh (Chab) Reviews

rue Traversiere 8, 1210 Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

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77%

Rating
4288 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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63%

Location was very good and the lady behind the reception was extremely helpful. However be aware that the hostel was much, much more basic than we were led to believe and an extra jumper might come in handy!

  • 18th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Hostel in excellent location with the Botanique metro station 2 minutes away that will take you to the Grand Place within 15 minutes. Hostel is 5 miutes (3 stops) bus ride to the Brussel-Noord, one of three major railway stations in Brussels. Taxi journey from Grand Place, for those wild nights out, will cost you roughly 12 euros. The hostel itself is very clean with all communal areas being cleaned daily. As this was my first trip into Brussels I found the staff to be friendly and helpful.

  • 15th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

It was great being able to walk around the town and come back to the hostel, but it can be a far walk to the main sites although there are a couple of things to do near the hostel. The wifi was horrible, had to go to the main place every time to send or receive anything

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


77%

Decent breakfast to me!

  • 9th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


66%

I really liked the free breakfast, that was good, but the wifi was horrible and there were only two outlets in each of the rooms.


97%

Great environment and facilities, good location, and very clean. Loved the bar and staff was very helpful.


66%

Not really special. I liked the atmosphere a lot but low value for money.


83%

It was a centrally located hostel close to most attractions of Brussels. The staff were very helpful and cordial. The atmosphere was good. Morning breakfast was also useful. The card based security to locker room and dorm room was good. One also has the option of buying dinner at the hostel. There is generally some programme going on at night in the common area. The lockers could have been better / more secure.

  • 25th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


63%

fine location and great front of house staff, but the room i was placed in was right in the courtyard and it was so loud at night with people partying and smoking outside. Couldnt open the window for fresh air because the noise and non-stop smoke. Poor location for a room. Also- very limited toilets to use. And akward because if you have to pee in the middle of the night from room 5, you have to walk through the courtyard in your pajamas past all the people partying. Really disliked that layout


97%

The best is the breakfast included and the bar


63%

The thing that ruined this hostel for me was the fact that I didn't know visitors are not allowed. Beware. do not bring a visitor into your room. I brought a friend of mine into my dorm room and we fell asleep in my bed. The next morning, I was woken up by the staff telling me that I needed to check out even though I still had another night paid for. They said I would be KICKED OUT unless I paid for an entire night/bed for the visitor who slept in my own bed. never encountered this before.

  • 21st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, Of course visitors are allowed! They are just not allowed to sleep without check-in in at the desk that's the point. Otherwise it just become unmanageable... Anybody that sleep has to pay for the night that's why you had to pay for your visitor (same rule in any hostel). If everybody does the same a dorm for 8 would become a dorm for 16 people! Kind regards, Virginie

100%

very good


37%

The staff was very pushy, especially in the mornin for checkout. It was 9:45 and a man barged into our room( of 2 girls) and reminded us that we were checking out and we already knew. Beds were uncomfortable. We asked for a mixed room of 6 and we were the only 2 in there so it was lonely. The bar downstairs is not a good enviornment, it's more of a solo drink than a place to hangout. Only thing I liked was the granola for breakfast. But this was the worat hostel I've stayed in.


54%

No wifi connectivity at all in rooms...breakfast was good....no parking place for the hostel available . ...Staff was very friendly and cooperative...

  • 18th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

Was a nice chilled out hostel. The only downside was that everyone was expected to leave their rooms between 11 and 3 for the staff to clean the rooms whether you were checking out that day or not. If I pay for a couple of nights then I expect to be able to utilize my room all day on the day I do not have to check out. it is find for cleaners to do their job, but surely they can work around you :) would rather that than have to make myself scarce for a couple of hours during the day.


71%

We slept in the lobby although we choosed the arrival time. Why we choose the time while we can't get the room ? It was too bad.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, The arrival time asked is in order to know if you'll arrive late at night or during the night in order not to cancel your booking. But of course if you arrive at 6 in the morning and the check-in is 3pm you can't get the room before that because people are still sleeping at the time you arrived... That's why in a hostel you always have a check-in and a check-out time! But we correctly explained you all this that day when you arrived in the morning. Kind regards, Virginie

77%

The hostel itself was good, and the staff were great! However, the location was not good at all. It got very loud at night, and the other guests staying in the hostel were very rowdy throughout the night. The private room was nice and the bathrooms were alright. Not a bad stay overall, but wouldn't stay again if I had the choice.


80%

It was lovely except for the walk from the main building to the other building at night. I feel if the street were better lit, we would have felt safer. The location was right next to a metro station though so it was safe in that regard. It was clean, good staff, and good map for free. Breakfast was ok, but not as good as advertised.


91%

The hostel is pretty easy to find, several minutes walk from the metro station. Staffs are really friendly and helpful, plus the free map is awesome!!


97%

A bit far from the main train station but it's a not hard to find. Breakfast is standard hostel fare but it's always nice when they offer it. The showers weren't the warmest but were clean and weren't too cramped. The bar has a good selection of Belgian beers, though it's not like you're bereft of choices of great bars in Brussels. Depending on how adverse you are to walking/taking public transport, I'd recommend this place.


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