First thing's first. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and is more than willing to help. The whole building is newly renovated and is clean and has a modern feel in the way they arranged furniture and painted the walls.
The rooms are basic - this is a youth hostel after all - but spacious and clean. I stayed in a four-bed room (two bunkbeds) with an in-suite bathroom. There were two sinks and the shower with a door in one room, and a separate toilet in another room. You'd have to bring your own towels (or you can rent for a charge), you can't control the shower temperature or water pressure. They provide the linens and comforters, but you'd have to put them on yourself and take them off and throw them in laundry area when you check out.
I brought a group of almost 30 people from the U. S. (17 of them were teenagers), stayed for two nights. We had a great time. I spent an extra night with my family. Very pleasant stay.
The location of the youthhostel is the infamous town of Molenbeek, known to be the home to many European-grown Muslim terrorists and to harbor many of these people. On the contrary to the reputation, it is a town of about 100,000 people, and only about half of them are Muslims, many of them very nice and friendly people. We got lost a little, so we asked a local resident, and he was very friendly and helpful, was willing to walk extra five minutes to show us where we needed to go. As someone who lived in Morocco for a number of years, I right at home in Molenbeek. I could speak Moroccan Arabic with local residents. They were very friendly and hospitable, even inviting me to coffee and treating me to a nice breakfast. Who would do that in the West nowadays? For those with some intercultural competence and interests, the town provides an excellent atmosphere to explore an immigrant community in the heart of Western Europe. There was even a street market on the day we were there where they sold fruits and vegetables at discounted price.
Oh, by the way, this hostel is only 10 minutes in walking distance from the city centre, about 15-20 minutes from Grand Place. For around 20 Euros per day per person, which includes a nice breakfast, you can't really beat that anywhere else. I'd strongly recommend this place to budget travelers who don't mind staying in a predominantly immigrant community of Brussels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BE.Welcome in Brussels, BE.Welcome in Generation Europe! Our Assets: Free WiFi, free parking, complimentary organic and local buffet breakfast, central but quiet place, good connections to discover the whole city and with delicious Belgian Craft beers… Everything for an affordable price! The Generation Europe Youth Hostel is strategically situated near the Canal of Brussels, at about 15 minutes walking from the Grand’ Place and at about 10 minutes from the Rue Antoine Dansaert and Sainte-Catherine district for the shopping lovers, as well as from the Saint-Géry district for the nightlife. The hostel has a big outdoor space which is a big asset in the centre of the European Capital. Situated in the city of the European comic, don’t miss the big mural panels in the hall of our hostel! What can you find nearby the hostel? - Museums/Art Galleries (Belgian Comic Centre, MIMA, La Fonderie Museum) - Historical sites and main attractions (Grand’ Place, Manneken Pis, Sainte-Catherine) - Nightlife (St-Géry District, VK concerts, Brussels Beer Project) - Restaurants - Shopping Centre/Markets (Rue Neuve and Rue Dansaert – Place de Jeu de Balle) SERVICES & FACILITIES - Reception 24/7 - Room check in is available from 2:00 pm. - Check out before 11:00 am - Free Internet (PCs) and WiFI - Buffet breakfast always included in the overnight (including Local and organic food) - Self-serve kitchen at your disposal - Bar serving everyday fresh Belgian Craft Beer. - Foosball and Pool Table - Outdoor garden – unique in town - Tawels renting (1,50 Eur) - Parking for cars, busses and motorhomes - Lift - Disabled accessible - GREEN KEY Label (ecofriendly) ... more less
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