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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First room I stayed in was quite big with a shower and bathroom included but none of the electrical outlets were working except for one in the bathroom that all 6 guests had to share! Staff was also not so friendly; at some point when I was trying to extend my stay, it almost seemed like they didn't even want... More 

Thank Manal A
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72 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel is mostly used by larger groups (schools etc) and therefore lack the backpacker vibe that could be found at more intimate hostels. That much said, it's a pretty well run operation: clean rooms , professional staff and an OK if somewhat uninspired breakfast. Location is also good.

Thank Pär F
Prague, Czech Republic
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a very big hostel with a lot of common areas, so it's easy to meet another tourists! Free breakfast. Next to the metro stop. Nice rooms. In our room, the Wi-Fi didn't work very nice but on the corridors or in the common areas was perfect!

Thank Isabeloliverj94
County Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This hostel is really nice, about a 10 minute walk from the centre and has a couple or restaurants and shops close by. The staff are really nice and theres a bar downstairs that sells nice food and drink. The rooms are pretty basic but thats all we needed because we out sight seeing most of the day.

Thank eark95
adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are so glad you liked your stay with us. We hope to welcome you back in our lovely city. Happy travels, Virginie More 

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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Very welcoming desk employe, large comfy waiting area, laguagge room (in basement down stairs with no elevator for there indeed, but easy acces) with padlock for rent at 4 euro, cutr and cosy bar, huge breakfast area with delicious food no way you can't find somethig at your taste, nice clean rooms but not too clean, don't overexpect, you can't... More 

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9 reviews
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The staff were very good and kind! I had a great time at the bar with the interesting bartender and all people from the world. Really a magical night drinking beer, chatting, singing with guitar! The location is ok, about 10~15 mins walk from station, or if you feel troublesome, a taxi wouldn't cost a lot. I slept on a... More 

Thank 陳小2015
adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for reviewing our hostel. We are so glad you had a wonderful time with us & we agree our bartenders are awesome :) Cheers, Virginie More 

Mesa, Arizona
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights on weekdays. I've chosen this hostel because it's easily accessible from the airport by one bus (272) and is near the city center. To my surprise there was no elevator to the 2nd floor where my room was and I arrived with a 23kg baggage and two heavy hand packs. Luckily a kind staff... More 

Thank Millefoli
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5 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for 5 nights and totally enjoyed my stay, met lots of fun and friendly people. The rooms are reasonably clean and good size. Plenty of outdoor seating areas, game rooms and luggage storage room. I would definitely recommend it to other travellers.

Thank DMX111
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

It had been over 30 years since I had stayed at a youth hostel, and I was blown away by how things have changed. JBYL is a great hostel, professionally managed, with clean/tidy rooms and communal areas. The Hostel is ideally located with two Metro stations within 10mins walk as well the Central station about 20 -25mins on foot. In... More 

Thank Tuco B
adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you so much for this awesome review! We hope to welcome you back in our lovely capital. Happy travels, Virginie More 

Florianopolis, SC
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Very nice location, very nice space! lots of fun people from all over the world and nice rooms! I went there with my sister and my mom and we had lots of fun hanging by the bar and our room was big and clean with a nice view... Even thought we spend little time there, the ambience made me want... More 

Thank car0lw23
adjbrel, Responsable réception at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, it was such a pleasure to host you & your family. We are so happy to get such a great review! We do put in much effort to make sure the standard of the hostel is maintained and so each one of our guests has a unique and fun experience. We are glad this was the case for... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The hostel is ideally located at about 10 min walking from the Brussels Main Square (Grand-Place). Nearby, you'll be able to take a picture of the Manneken-Pis. The hostel is located on the Place des Barricades, a amazing neoclassic square with typical white buildings. A really relaxing and quit place right in the centre of the capital city. From the hostel, you can easily reach the European Parliament, and if you'd rather go for food pleasures, the famous Belgian chocolate makers and local breweries are waiting for you! If you're tempted by fashion, you can easily go to the Dansaert and Saint-Géry as well as to Louise, Porte de Namur and Rue Neuve neighbourhoods. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jacques Brel Youth Hostel

Address: Rue de la Sablonniere 30, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Brussels
Price Range: $33 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Jacques Brel Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 51
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“Some rooms have bathrooms, others just have showers.”
 of 5 bubbles 87manala, 29 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Take the rooms on the 4th floor ! You will be relaxed, no noise”
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 of 5 bubbles SMaxime, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Third floor or 1st Floor is best”
 of 5 bubbles taylenl, 18 Mar 2015 | Read review
“There is a great balcony at the top floor.”
 of 5 bubbles RicardoValerio, 12 Jan 2014 | Read review
“Haven't stayed in the shared dorms, but the private ensuite rooms are definitely real good value for money”
 of 5 bubbles whatahazyday, 25 Oct 2013 | Read review
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