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Very basic, but cheap and great location Mar 14, 2010
Close to the main square in the small town of Bruges, the Passage Hotel and Hostel Bruges is a good cheap option to stay at. Not really sure of the exact name, and I often refer to it as the Passage Hostel. And this review will be for the hostel part only.
Finding it will be a little difficult, as it is located on a side street. And the Passage Hotel part is clearly marked, but the hostel part may not be. About a 10 to 15 minute walk from the train station, make sure you get directions online, either from a guidebook or an online booking site.
The hostel is located above a bar, so noise may be a problem for some people. And the doors don’t lock, as there is no key given. So security may be an issue as well.
The rooms are very basic, with bathrooms down the hall. And the bathrooms are shared by both the hostel and the bar. Plus there is only one shower room, so that can be a huge issue if the place was crowded. And no lounge to hang out at, or a kitchen to store and cook your own food.
Despite these flaws, the hostel itself is a nice place to stay at. Beds are comfortable enough, and the staff are really nice. If there was any reason to pick this place, it would be for the price and location.
I went during the offseason, which is still crowded on the weekends, but nearly empty on the weekdays.
Part of the Belgium 2010 travel blog
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Adequate yet overrated little place. Jun 18, 2010
This place was consistantly recommended in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide etc but I was pretty disappointed. The location was good, in Dweerstraat on the South side of the Markt, about a 10 minute walk away. You could also walk from the station in about 10-15 minutes (the streets are cobbled though if you had a wheely-bag probably not recommended). It is in the main shopping area of the town.
The hotel is located in a big house next door to the hostel, restuarant of the same name and the reception. You have to walk down a narrow passage rather than through the restaurant to reception and the staff were all consistantly, well, firm. There were quite a few rules and no flexibility, but you knew what was happening.
We were staying for 2 nights and had to change rooms: the first a twin with bathroom, the second night in a double with toilet (1 level up) and shower (1 level down) outside. We had to check out of our room by 11 and put our bags on an open storage shelf before we could check back in at 3pm. No apologies were made for this inconvenience, as though it was our fault for agreeing to stay for 2 nights.
There was a breakfast option for 5€ and you have to agree the night before and pay upfront. Don't bother, the awesome cafe (Juliette's) over the road is also 5€ and heaps friendlier and cheerier - they want you business.
The rooms were adequate. The 1st twin room (#12 on the ground floor) was large with big windows overlooking a courtyard. The bed was really comfortable but the walls were very thin. The bathroom was tiny and the shower had 1 button which needed to be re-pushed every minute to keep the lukewarm water trickling (like the kind the have in cheap public toilets). Don't plan to wash your hair here. There's no TV.
The second room's door didn't close unless you figured out the tricky combination. The room was smaller and faced the street but was quite charming. Walking upstairs to the tiny toilet and downstairs to the even tinier shower (same style as described above) was inconvient. Although you did feel like you were ligitimately in a house in another time.
The price was a strict 65€ with bath, 50€ without. My recommendation would be to pay an extra 5-10€ and get a nicer place...
Just an Average Hostel Oct 30, 2010
"I stayed at Passage Hostel"
Nice atmosphere at the restaurant
No keys for the door
No changing room
Water in the shower stops 20 seconds later, you gotta keep pressing all the time