this was a great hostel, they had many things figured out that made things easier, such as rooms without a key (don't you hate getting locked out when you go to the shower, or to the washroom in the middle of the night?), but lockers downstairs where you could keep your valuables, if you wished. The hostel also had great character, friendly and helpful staff, and 3-euro breakfast including a coffee (or espresso), great!
Hostel Gastama is a great place! It is one of the best hostels I have stayed at. It also operates a bar downstairs -- which is one of the better places to go even for people just living in this area of Vieux Lille -- so you get to meet a nice mix of people from the hostel and the village; a truly great atmosphere. I started chatting to one of the people at the bar, and it turned out that I was talking to the manager of the hostel! And he's a cool guy ... that's how awesome this place is
oops hostel is a great hostel (that also has decently priced hotel rooms) just off of place d'itailie, so if you wish to stay in this area, it is great! The oops hostel is relatively new I think; so soon I bet this will be an up-and-coming place ... i'll be staying here again if i'm in the area. The only negative thing I have to say is that the wireless does not work on the upper floors ... the staff claims that this is because they are still renovating (because they are relatively new)
great hostel, but the only strange thing was that there was 1 washroom for a 16-bunk dorm (dorm 316); it made for long lines in the morning
the location can not be beat . . . a half block from the beach! the staff were super friendly and hospitable, and willing to help you out with anything you need. That said, the building was a bit old, and things seemed a bit disorganized, but this was made up for by the staff (if anything bothers you, you can just tell them, and they will make it better)
great budget option in the centre of town; friendly and helpful staff
nice cozy little hostel with a super-friendly staff; and the wireless internet worked great! (which is quite rare at hostels, even hotels)
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