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Jacques Brel Youth Hostel
Ranked #11 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Brussels
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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“Did the Job”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

tayed here for one night after a concert at the Botanics. It did the job but the walls in the dorm seemed to have old blood on them and there were some very questionable white stains on the curtains. Despite that, the rest of the place was clean enough. The breakfast was tasty with a wide variety, the Staff were lovely and helpful and the location was fine for me.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

Had a great time at this hotel, and the bartender was great. Good room, nice view, nice employees.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

Stayed there for five nights -didn't book ahead so changed rooms every day-ask for a room on the side with the elevator. The locations pretty good 5-10 minute walk downhill into the city with good metro links. The breakfast -which is free- was nice also. Be warned can't check in till 3 PM but check out by noon. Friendly staff, good atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Amherst Ns
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

I lived here for 3 months as a volunteer intern and loved it. Internet access often crapped out, but wifi was still available if you had a laptop( ground floor, best spots for connection are beside the computers, in the bar, and if you go to the back lounge area, the far far corner gives you another wifi access that is not the hotels, but signal is strong :P Also, there is a plug there.

Many people complained about the self serve kitchen being closed, however that was because it was only open between certain hours in the evening, info at front desk :)

The breakfast food was always pretty good and the kitchen lady is much into Bio/organic food and tried to have in to serve as much as possible.

From the 3 months I spent there, it was great, rooms where cleaned daily, food was fresh, most of the staff was very nice, sometimes it got really loud, but that cant be helped when a group of 50 teenagers are spending the night there!
Location is pretty good, close to everything, however I wouldnt recommend walking around late at night alone. Anywhere in Brussels really. And keep an eye out for pickpockets as with anywhere else.
I would stay there if travelling there again.

Shannon
Summer 2010

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

This hostel is great on so many levels. The rooms are fantastic and clean, and the location is good (being only a 5 minute walk to the nearest metro station). Unfortunately there is little beyond the basics. For example, there is usually only one person on reception which makes checking in a very, very slow process. The self-catering kitchen is apparently closed, without explanation or apology. There is no really lounge area, except for the bar which is only open from 7pm-10pm. The 'menu' consists of only 3 meals, of which only 1 is available - again, without explanation. The wifi is free, but unusable.

This hostel is great for those who need a room, and nothing more. If you are used to hostels with good services and a more social feel there maybe better hostels elsewhere in Brussels.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

We stayed in a room for 4, with bathroom. What to say?! Very nice decorated, clean room. And also the bathroom, that made it possible to one person take a shower while another uses the sink and mirror. The breakfast is very good (juices, coffee, tea, bread, cheese). It's very near the metro station (10 min walking). The staff is friendly, there are computers with internet access in the lobby and also a safe luggage room, where you can put your luggage in separate cages.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review, October 21, 2011
Hello,

Thank you for your comment.
We are glad you enjoy your stay in our hostel.
We hope to see you soon in our community.
Kind regards,

Giada
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

My partner and I stayed here in June this year and made our booking online from Australia based on the pictures and previous reviews. We were backpacking through Europe on a budget and this place was really great to us! The older staff were very helpful, though the young staff were slightly less attentive (as can be expected) but still useful.
The rooms are simple and clean with cupboard space, a desk and bedding. We asked for a double room (with doble bed) and got two singles pushed together haha but we made do. The bathroom was acceptable and just looked like your average shower at home, no serious mold that I could see. We also had a nice window sill with a nice view which made it backpacker romantic.
The buffet breakfast was GREAT with breads, yogurt, eggs, fruit, cereals, etc and the eating hall is beautiful with a gorgoues garden outside. Other things include: ping pong table, cute little bar and courtyard, computers with internet, free wifi in the lobby, little library and laundry (great for backpackers). The hostel also had lots of maps and brochures about the area.
We had no problems staying here and think it is great if a hostel is all you need on your travels!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review, October 4, 2011
Hello Jessska,

thanks for your comments, we are glad you have enjoy your stay.

We hope to see you again on the HI community.

Regards,

Julien (young staff :) )
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Property: Jacques Brel Youth Hostel
Address: Rue de la Sablonniere 30, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Brussels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Jacques Brel Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is ideally located at about 10 min walking from the Brussels Main Square (Grand-Place). Nearby, you'll be able to take a picture of the Manneken-Pis. The hostel is located on the Place des Barricades, a amazing neoclassic square with typical white buildings. A really relaxing and quit place right in the centre of the capital city. From the hostel, you can easily reach the European Parliament, and if you'd rather go for food pleasures, the famous Belgian chocolate makers and local breweries are waiting for you! If you're tempted by fashion, you can easily go to the Dansaert and Saint-Géry as well as to Louise, Porte de Namur and Rue Neuve neighbourhoods. ... more   less 
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