I am writing this review about 2 years after we stayed in Bruges, but I really wanted to share our experience.
Prior to our stay at Charlie Rockets in Bruges we had stayed overnight in a hostel in Paris; however, we arrived late and left early so I didn't have a lot of time to get the full hostel experience in Paris. Bruges, on the other hand, was a different story.
When looking on Hostel World to book our stay in Bruges, we had come across another hostel, the name of which escapes me currently, which was said to be "the best" in the city; however, it was fully booked at the time. Charlie Rockets was our next choice, and I am very glad this is where we ended up.
Charlie Rockets is a hostel/bar/Italian Restaurant. The main building itself consists of a very cool backpackers bar, with a stage, pool tables, round bar, and very friendly staff. We had our first taste of true Belgian beer upon arriving, and were treated with amazing hospitality.
Many of the tours, and pub crawls either start our at Charlie Rockets, or make their 2nd stop here which makes it's location very convenient. Also, it is within a 5 minute walk from Bruges' main square.. also extremely convenient!
We stayed in a 6 person shared room, and our roomates were very respectful,and quiet at night.. which is a plus when you have to be up early for continued travel/events. If I had to make any complaint about the room itself, it is that they are generally directly above the bar, so you will hear noise from downstairs especially on the weekend. If you are a light sleeper, invest in a pair of ear plugs and you will be fine!
All in all, this was an exceptional experience for my first time in a hostel. If I ever plan on returning to Bruges and staying in a hostel, this would be my first choice.
If you are going on a pub crawl and/or tour.. ask for Liam if he is still around!
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