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3BE Backpackers Bed & Breakfast Eindhoven

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3BE Backpackers Bed is a cross between a hostel and a B&B and the price reflects that. Situated within easy walking distance -- it's within fifteen minutes of the rail and bus station -- it is an ideal base for a stay in Eindhoven. It's easy to find on a tree-lined road that is clean and well kept. The building is located on the left-hand side soon after the canal. A bus stop is close by for those that do not want to walk.

The Location

The imposing, well-maintained building was previously an open-space art gallery that has now been excellently converted into the hostel by friendly hosts Michel and Franklin. On booking, you are handed the key for the outer night door and a safe box. The box took my rucksack easily but a larger backpack would not fit. However, it is a safe spot for the little valuables that usually go walking. There is also a password for free Wi-Fi. As it's been open only for thirteen months, it is sparklingly clean and furnished through out with IKEA furniture, so expect clean lines and a modern look with good lighting and wooden flooring.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Our ground-floor room had four bunks, and even though small, is light and airy. The bed is really comfortable -- the hostel gets full marks for the mattress! The sheets and duvet would be happy in a four-star hotel -- in fact, this option is definitely better. The upper-floor rooms are similar but the stairs are steep -- so we recommend the ground floor. There are no wardrobes, but there is a good-size bench we did not mind. We travel light anyway!

The washing showers and toilets for ground-floor rooms are down a flight of stairs -- not easy if you are sleepy or worse for wear. They are modern, well tiled, and plentiful. The wet room is a good size, and with separate toilet and wash basins, there is all you need.

Common Spaces

The common areas -- bar and lounge area -- are all in one at front of building. There are TVs, books, and a full-size snooker table. The kitchen is not for your use, but coffee is available at set times at extra cost. We had an early start the next day, so we didn't have time to eat as breakfast starts at 8 a.m.

The corridors have original artwork and vending machines for water and snacks and not overpriced. There is a glass-enclosed central smoking room for those that want to -- well, this is Holland. The friendly owners and modern environment make a great contrast from the old converted buildings that are falling down. Lacking is the free use of a microwave and coffee facilities -- the things that save us serious money.

There is a good mix of young and not-so-young people -- we think that reflects the quality of the place. There is no problem with late-night noise. The only minus for us is security -- we would have been happier to have had a key to our dorm as the outer door to the street is left open and not locked at times. It is up to clients to close it, and that is an error that may mean anyone can walk in off the streets -- there is no twenty-four-hour cover here.

Summary

Overall, we rate it very high on our list of pleasant surprises in a great destination that may be missed by many. For the price, it is more than normal hostel fees, but it is worth every extra penny we paid.

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April 2011

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5  Me encantó la estacia -- bien situado, en el centro, la calle de marcha, a 10 minutos de la estación!!! muy amables, acogedor y muy limpio!!! no puedo pedir nada más!!! y es el más barato de la ciudad!!! calidad-precio -- excelente!!!  , age 32, spain ()

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