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Simplon Youth Hostel

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Simplon Youth Hostel is surprisingly the only hostel to be found in the college town of Groningen. The hostel itself is located in an old paint factory with a courtyard in the front, and the surrounding buildings look like they have not been kept up. It is on the outskirts of the city center and it's not more than a 5 min walk to the main city square, and a 20 min walk from the central station. There are dozens of restaurants and bars, as well as a few those famous Dutch "coffee shops" conveniently located around the hostel. The hostel also has scrap books filled with menus and advice from staff members and former visitors to help you find a restaurant or something to see or do while in town.

The hostel has a friendly atmosphere, and the staff is proficient at English. The bottom floor has the bedrooms, showers and laundry room. Upstairs you will find the dormitories, bathrooms, and lockers. The rooms are decently clean, with squeaky metal bunks with very well used mattresses. The hostel rents linen for a fixed price incase you are in need of it. The showers had mildew growing in them and smelled of mold, which is uninviting to say the least.

The hostel has a lockout time between 12:00-15:00 for cleaning and there is no nightly curfew, although to get in during the evening you will have to show a staff member your receipt to get in as they do lock the doors. Even though this is not a party hostel, you can probably expect to hear people coming in from partying during all hours of the morning, which can be a problem for those who are interested in getting good nights sleep.

There is an optional breakfast that runs from 8:30-11:30 which mainly consists of cold cuts, various breads and cheeses, fruits and coffee & tea. It's all you can eat, so it's a good way to eat pretty cheaply if you are hungry. The reception desk also sells snacks such as candy bars and chips, as well as drinks all day.

The common area has a TV, and some board games. Smoking is also allowed in the common area. You will also find an internet terminal with rates varying upon the length of usage. There are lockers available with a refundable €10 deposit. They also have a laundry room where they charge per load. This hostel welcomes everyone so you will come across some travelers who are defiantly not in their youth. This is overall not a bad place to stay and a good location to explore Groningen from.

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April 2006

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4   Good value i have stayed in simplon hostel a number of times and i always find the staff helpful, the facilities are good and it is kept clean which is very important. The rates are also fair.  , Irish (Ireland) ()
4  Well as you can see, I'm Dutch. But anyway, I stayed here one night as well. We were with a lot of people and we were going out that night. Normally a youth hostel is closed after 3 o'clock, but this hostel was open the whole night. So we all could go in and go out whenever we want to. That was great and it was no problem at all. The staff is very friendly, it is clean and inexpensive. I recommend it. Maybe when I'm going to Groningen again, I'll stay there!  ()
4  During a folk singers' meeting I stayed there for several days. It is very clean and inexpensive, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the abundant breakfast I appreciated very much. It was not very loud in the nights. I am afraid that I fought back unconsciously by snoring heavily as I was told in the morning. All things considered I can highly recommend it.  ()
3  Good: clean, hot showers that work, lockers (10E) refundable. Bad: 1 to 3hr lockout for cleaning 12-3? people at front desk disorganized. they overbooked my bed, and put the stuff i left there in the lost & found. the person that was double booked on my bed tried to climb into the bed while was still in it!  ()
4  I stayed here for one night only, and it's a very good hostel. Staff are friendly, the town centre is really nearby, breakfast is okay, showers are good and the rooms are clean and the decoration is really nice. The only bad thing I can say about this hostel is that it was a bit loud when a group of students arrived in the middle of the night.  ()
5  Brill place to stop. Staff are friendly. Two minutes from town centre.  ()

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