If you like (or even don't mind) being surrounded by a party atmosphere this is a great place.
In past 19 years I've spent 600 nights in hostels, & seen what works, what's successful. What's missing at VanGogh? Personal Lockers (with outlets inside), reading lamps, a toaster, a water kettle. Showers work well (tho smell of sewer gas), but there are no hooks for your clothes (and since there are no lockers, you end up taking a shower while holding your valuables in one hand). I devised a way of putting my passport/wallet/$ in a baggie and jamming it in the shower door as I closed it.
Beautiful building, not really set up as a hostel though. Lighting in the rooms is terrible: too dark to read by by a big glare in your eyes all the time. Indirect lighting would be nice. And, no reading lights on the bunks. Staff was never unpleasant but not often helpful. There was no internet for one day and no one on duty made an attempt to correct the situation. It was corrected the next day, but the Internet is important to me and my business.
I had to cancel. (My flight was postponed.) They were very nice.
we are 2, totaling in age of 92
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- Male, 18-24
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Nice people, nice housemates.
The directions on Hostelworld on how to get here are totally wrong. They must have gotten messed up in the translation. My advice... when you got off at the termination of Bus 8 cross the street and keep going in the same direction for a block or 2 until you see the TIMELESS HOSTEL sign with an arrow pointing LEFT down an alley... follow the signs.
Great staff... found my camera after I left (which had bounced under opposite bed when I was getting ready for bed). Also, good restaurant recommendations.
Very easy place to be, not overwhelmed by rules, and close to many things.
HostelMan refused help w/ instructions because HE understood them. His map of NRT Terminal 2 doesn't look at all like very clear/understandable map from American Airlines mag. I brought him a copy. He stubbornly refused to look at it, had no interest in improving a Westerner's understanding of where find NRT meeting place. That said, this is a great service for those who are stuck between flights overnight in Tokyo. His free pickup/delivery at NRT is awesome.
This is the best hostel I've stayed at in Panama AND in Central America.
Warning: I was offered a "free night" at a "sister" hostel on the beach (because I'd been a guest in Panama City). I thought I was going to a fishing village. "You can ride in the van with Steve tomorrow night" I was told. Well, the van cost $30 each way, the hostel (very nice rooms) was a totally secluded surf camp; there was no free night; 2 nights for the price of 1, i.e., 2 nights at half price. My 'free night' cost almost $100. But I KNOW I offered a fine dinner to the sand fleas.
Our room smelled of mold/mildew. It could have been the Australian guy who arrived; I don't recall the musty smell before he came. Good Breakfast items. Efficient. A bit sterile.
Home cooked DINNER every night, and a great breakfast in the morning! How can you beat that? I loved the pub crawl.
I was only person in hostel for 3 days. Flavia was great. I didn't get any sleep the first night (6 hours of battle mosquitos). At 3 am I found the switch to the fan and that solved most of the problem. But beware, they tried to charge me 30% more than the rate I booked at through Hostelworld. I proved my point by showing the printout of the Hostelworld Receipt, then went through booking process again for next week to show them that the RATE was STILL the SAME as I booked at.
You can't go wrong here! Lucas and Leonardo really take care of you,
Bed Lamps, lockers w/outlets, and/or electrical outlets in the rooms would add to an already great place
I arrived 5 minutes before 2 pm (check in time) and was told to wait by a person who wasn't friendly and didn't explain that the person check us in hadn't arrived yet. He seemed difficult. (A smile and "The person who checks you in will be here shortly" would have been more reassuring.)
The only down side to this hostel is that the common area closes Midnight to 7 AM, often interrupting a good chat or a good time.
Innovations I've never seen in a hostel, like electrical outlets INSIDE your locker. No longer necessary to leave you iPhone or computer out while it's charging. Great deck, nice staff.
Great staff, great group of hostelers. Great Bar and Restaurant
My only suggestion would be this: In the showers, THERE SHOULD BE HOOKS on the walls for one's belongings, BETWEEN THE TWO SHOWER CURTAINS, so they don't get wet, and are secure. Only one shower stall had a hook, and I saw everyone else putting the clothes, towel, and accessories between the sinks.
This hostel attracts a lot of cool people. I stayed twice and both times had great times with roommates. EarlJive@aol.com USA
For the price you can't beat this hostel. It's great Chill Hostel, with a fun lounge/bar and a dozen seating areas to get lost and chat or read a book. Bikes to rent, and lots of buses just down the hill on the main road across from the Hangzhou Zoo. I returned after my initial stay.
Living above an old pub has its advantages! :)
For some reason this hostel appeared on my my Hostelworld page, and now a review request. I was at this hostel LAST year at this time.
Really a great hostel in a nice, safe feeling neighborhood. It's nice to walk in your bare feet and feel that the hardwood floors in your room are clean. Warning: No check-in until 4 pm (my info sheet said 9am, so I waited 7 hours when I could have been with friends downtown had I known). Storage locker costs $5/day. Internet costs $6/hour. WiFi is free. Staff is very nice.
Great value, awesome hostel. Great staff, nice bunkmates.
Sinks need a screen; lost a few items down there. All in all, a really good hostel. Mostly new in a building with character 2 minutes from Metro.
I spent 8 days here so I had a wide range of experiences. Most of my roommates were great. I left a day after 2 south-of-Londoners arrived. they trashed the room, took the key, left room unlocked, left the floor covered in dirty clothes & garbage. The pissed on the toilet seats, filled the toilet with TP, broke the flushing device. At 1 AM (4 of us are sleeping)...a friend of thier´s bangs on door, turns on light, shakes both bunk beds (waking me & Brazilian guy) to wake up his buddies to come party... repeated at 1:30. At 3 am I got up, closed the door,shut off light. I knew trouble was going to erupt because a 3rd So.-Londerer was going to join them in the room, so I got out. Good points:Staff helpful, fun.Breakfast girls are great but b'fast was poor. Cleaning staff, bartenders, reception all great. Great place to meet other travelers.
Some hooks in the bathroom would be nice. There's really nowhere to hang your clothes other than in the sink or on the floor (2nd floor bathroom) A lamp or some kind of light on the desk would be nice. All else was great.
My room smelled like a homeless person after 6 months of ripening. No HOT WATER whatsoever. Great staff and location, and met some nice people. I should have selected a dorm bed instead of a private roomo (dorms are nicer).
I heard the term "one of the best hostels I've visited" several times while staying here.