Where: Lybeer Travellers’ Hostel
Verdict: There was a nice downstairs common room area with a small bar and al fresco. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and they always had pretty decent music playing. The day I arrived there was a beer tasting session on offer for 10 EUR (14 AUD) and as Belgium is known for their brews I decided to give it a go. We tried around 5 different beers and it was a social and fun thing to do and the tasting turned into a night out, surprisingly.
The beds were fairly comfortable, the top bunk was a decent effort to get to and pretty high though! No personal lights or power points. Wifi was great the entire time I was there.
The downfall for this hostel is the bathroom situation. Maybe it was the time of day I wanted one but there didn’t seem to be nearly enough showers in this place and you have to search a few different floors to find an available one at times (they were all clean though!). No big deal you may say..however as the building is old and characteristic there is only one very steep, very spirally staircase with a dodgy banister so it can be an effort. On that note I wouldn’t advise booking here if you have a large suitcase for this reason! There were also no lockers in the rooms.
Location: The hostel is situated on a really cute and charming street and is only about 5-10 minutes walk from the main train station and about 10 minutes by foot to the centre of town. Bruges is not a huge place and Lybeer is fairly central.
Price: 24 EUR (35 AUD) per night for a 4 bed female dorm. I stayed in August, please remember prices may vary depending on season. There are also 6 & 8 bed mixed dorms available in addition to private rooms. The larger dorm room beds are set up really cool, almost as if you’re in your own cubby with a personal hole in the wall, it’s pretty awesome!
Korte Vuldersstraat 31, 8000 Bruges
Ph: +32 (0) 50 33 43 55
Where: KaBa Hostel
Verdict: This was a modern hostel with some seriously cool art work and quotes littered through out the place. Breakfast was included and really great, there was eggs available so you could make them however you pleased, plus your normal tea/coffee, cereals and assorted deli selection. The wifi was excellent. Belgium has great free city maps on offer to backpackers so make sure you take full advantage of the suggestions in them.
The rooms were clean and lockers were provided. Power points by the bed were not available although there was personal lights. The bathrooms were seriously well kept and the water pressure and temperature was amazing! There was a small outdoor area and common room but there wasn’t too many other guests around when I was there so not a lot to report on there.
Location: To walk to the centre of Ghent will take you around 15-20 minutes but it’s a fairly easy route down one main street basically. There are two train stations in the town one (Gent Dampoort) is only about 10 minutes walk from the hostel and the other main one (Gent St Pieters) will take you around 20 minutes by public transport. There was also a cute art house cinema next to a delicious fry shop (a staple must try when in Belgium) only 2 minutes from the hostel.
Price: 29 EUR (42 AUD) per night for a 4 bed mixed dorm. I stayed here in August, please remember prices may change depending on season. There are also 3, 5 & 6 bed dorms available in addition to private rooms. Breakfast was included.
Filips van Arteveldestraat 35
Tel: +32 (0)9 233 53 33