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HI - Stayokay Rotterdam Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Like most of the Stayokay chain of hostels, the Stayokay Rotterdam is everything you would hope for in a modern hostel -- clean, good facilities, and well-run -- with a few surprises.

This is less of a destination hostel than some, meaning you'll probably be going out in the city to find entertainment. But the hostel will provide you with a safe, warm bed to come home to. A basic but ample breakfast is provided, with fresh flowers on the dining tables adding a cheery touch.

Stayokay Rotterdam is popular with school groups, and the common areas such as the main floor lounge and the dining room do feel rather like hanging out in a high school cafeteria. They are kept very clean but very neutral. Likewise the dorm rooms are basic but well-designed. There is ample space between beds, several cupboards for your stuff (but no lockers, those are in the basement), and a table and chairs. The ensuite bathroom is handy and there are additional bathrooms down the hall. All are as clean as you would expect from a basic hotel.

Perhaps the best thing about this hostel is its location. It is just down the street from the major museums, including the Netherlands Architecture Institute and the Boijmans van Beuningen art gallery. One block away is the De Heuvel park, a great place for a morning jog or a starting point for walking along the waterfront to see the Erasmusbrug and the Euromast.

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February 2006

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2   Too Much for Too Little For some reason, a bed in the largest dorm of this hostel costs 40 euros a night. Not sure why it's so expensive, but it was double what you'll pay just about anywhere else. Ironically, the part I thought would be the coolest about this hostel, that it's in the cube houses, actually causes quite a few problems. The layout means that sound is reflected and amplified, so you can hear clearly the conversations in the hallway or next door. There is also no way to shutter the windows. This, combined with the extremely limited range of the wifi leads me to conclude that this place is not worth the money.  , age 20, American ()
4  Pretty good location — a bit of a hike if you're carrying your luggage from the station, but right near the museums. The dorm room I stayed in was a little short on space, but there were cubbies and spaces between beds, under beds, etc., to slide luggage. Nice, comfortable bunks, and no fear of rolling out of the top. Good breakfast, inexpensive meals available at dinnertime. Good showers. Reasonably friendly staff.  ()
4  Good place. It has a considerable breakfast, small rooms with nice big windows, and a bar downstairs. It could have a bit more charm, and also could be cheaper — but overall a nice place.  ()
5  I have stayed in many hostels in Europe and the USA, and this was one of the better ones. I loved this place. I stayed in an eight-bed female dorm — it was spacious, clean and well decorated. I was lucky and shared my room with a few great girls. An extensive buffet breakfast was included in the price, and the as-much-as-you-can-eat thing is great for backpackers on a budget. Cheap food and drink is available in the bar. Its a bit out of the town center but next to a metro station and in day time it's a pleasant walk through the museum park to the harbor area. Rotterdam proved to be a very interesting city with lots to see and do. I would love to return.  ()
4  Lovely. This hostel is safe enough and clean. It's in a quite okay location — very close to Museumpark. It has a very friendly staff and a nice bar/restaurant. :)  ()
5  The ever best-hostel I ever lived! The location is fine, it's just opposite the metro station. They provide a clean bedroom and bedsheets and a spacious, bright and tidy toilet, with a good shower! There are no lockers in-room and the room size is quite small. Breakfast and the restaurant are very nice too!  ()

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