I really enjoyed the stay at this hostel. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The hostel is spotlessly clean. Breakfast has variety and in a light setting. The minimalist approach might not be for everyone but means the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows for lots of light and a view out. It is quiet, too. The beds are still hostel-style single beds but if you're happy with hostel-style, then this is one of the best hostels I've stayed in. Rooms has plenty of space including lockable storage and en suite facilities much appreciated. Excellent location in the historic city centre. Would definitely stay again.
We stayed for 2 nights. Felt like nobody was there, everything was minimalist and it felt so empty.
At arrival you get your sheets to put on your bed yourself, and you have to take it upstairs to your room. There was stains on it and many holes. We got new ones... there was nothing in the room, no handsoap, no hand towel or a towel. In the shower, you had to press a button and the shower was on for 5 sec... the floors where dirty and the table.
If you are a couple, don't go there. We had 2 beds and you can't even put them together properly.
Overpriced hostel for only a bed and nothing else...
2.5 km from the Antwerpen Centraal railway station, this large beautiful hostel is located at the heart of the city at the fashion-district, close to all the major points of interest at Antwerp. Loved the fun ambiance, spacious double-bed room and delicious breakfast spread here.
A 20 min walk from the Central Station or quick metro ride, this hostel is clean and has the bare bones for a stay. No soap in bathroom but the room was cleaned each day. Beds are comfortable and lockers (that have locks ) are big enough for medium sized backpacks. The walls and doors are thin but I was lucky to be placed in a 4 person room after booking a 6 person room. Breakfast is nothing spectacular but it's not bad and is buffet style. They were also offering tours of the city in both English and Spanish during my stay. Very nice staff at the front desk and easy for a solo traveler!
There are two TA entries for this place: ‘Jeugdherberg Pulcinella’ (38 reviews) and ‘Antwerp Central Youth Hostel’ (59 reviews), which is rather confusing.
We spent a Friday night at Pulcinella Youth Hostel, close to Groenplaats in the centre, because the friend we usually stay with in Antwerp had other people over and she had booked a room for us here. The hostel is housed in a new (2011) purpose-built facility in minimalist style. On the ground floor there is a large reception area with a computer corner, a bar and a lounge. There is a nice-looking library with an odd choice of books, which must have come from a Flemish retirement home. The general impression is rather cold, the hostel isn’t a cosy place.
The girl at the 24 hour reception was efficient and friendly. We paid 62.60 euro and were handed our linen. Our double en-suite (second floor at the back) was bigger than we expected. Apart from two good single beds (covered in a plastic sheet), it had a table and two chairs, a clothes rack and a small key-locked cabinet. The good-sized bathroom was clean. The hostel doesn't provide towels, but sells some at 6 euros. As we didn’t bring our own, we borrowed some from our friends living nearby, together with soap and glasses because there was neither a soap dispenser nor a plastic or cardboard cup for teeth brushing in the room. We had some difficulty inserting the key card in the card reader in our room to have light because the unfortunate way it was installed.
At least on a Friday night, Pulcinella was not a quiet place. We could hear people coming home late, talking and banging doors. There also was a disturbing constant humming noise in our room, maybe from the air-conditioning system. A basic free breakfast is served in a large black and white basement with an outside area. There were no tongs for the bread, which was of industrial quality. The coffee was very bad. Breakfast is served until 10 o’clock sharp, those who arrive a few minutes late find everything gone. All in all, Pulcinella seems a good option if you are staying only one night. For families or groups sharing a larger room, it’s a very good deal.