Location is beautiful and very calm.
Children have their own playground.
Bathrooms very clean.
Now the cooking, I did not book a room for the youth hostel but the food is delicious in the restaurant and if you were to order meet, it comes nice and warm and cooked properly. However, it takes at least 20 minutes to get served and the waiters tend to forget what you ordered, ONLY SOMETIMES. But for the rest it is wonderful and I come here often as it is so beautiful.
This place is about 2km away from the city center, but can easily be accessed with a 20 min. walk. The outside area by the lake is great. Great breakfast. Unfortunately, the internet connection was poor and no network in the dorms, especially those at the end of the hall (rooms 111-113, etc). As well, no hot water in my room during my stay (but it was really hot outside, so not a big issue).
Hostel is good and clean. Each bedroom has a private shower but it is annoying since it is the kind you find in a swimming pool where you need to keep pushing the button to get water. Good breakfast and nice location by the lake. Downside is that it is combined with a sports facility and there were lots of screaming kids running around. The room didn't have any wifi signal either.
Stayed here for one night last night between doing a few walks around Echternach - very nice rooms and facilities, very modern and well kept and an architecturally pleasing building with a great view over Echternach lake.
However, I do have one concern:
The hostel had a lot of youth groups in it, which isn't a problem at all, but the quiet hours were not observed (noise until 1am). When I went to reception at 12am, as I didn't feel comfortable confronting such a large group myself, there was no-one there. But ok, they eventually quietened down.
However, later on this became very concerning from a security/safety perspective. At about 1.30am I could hear somone repeatedly pushing the handle of my door and trying to enter the room. Perhaps they were just drunk and/or confused but it was frightening - and especially so, with noone at reception.
I have stayed in a lot of hostels and at this point have seen it all, but as a woman who often travels alone, things like this have become much more important to me. Perhaps there are more staff around in the peak season. I am prepared to give the hostel another go, as in terms of VFM in the region it is very good, but this is something anyone booking the hostel may want to be aware of, especially solo women.
The hostel is clean, modern and well staffed. It's about a 15 minute walk to the centre of town, the first few minutes of which is along the road with no pavement (useful to know if you're going out to a beer cafe on foot). The breakfast was good; an average hostel selection and nothing special. We didn't use the sports facilities, which looked impressive. There is a beautiful lake behind, and plenty of car parking space. The rooms were basic but clean and well designed. There is wi-fi, but not in the rooms and seems only available around the desk area. The staff were generally good, although one young man seemed kind of bored and not particularly helpful. It would have been good to know that there are no towels or soap supplied before retiring to our room; we weren't told this on arrival, and as we went straight out and returned after the desk had closed, we couldn't get any. I'm sure there's a reason, but for €100, a soap dispenser and towels would be really appreciated. Other than that it was fine, and on a crisp, sunny morning, it's a nice place to wake up.