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Snuffel Backpacker Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
The Snuffel Hostel is a friendly and social hostel in a good location close to the main attractions. The staff are helpful and can provide advice on things to see and do, but are often very busy. The person working the bar is also the receptionist, so it can take a while to check in if the bar is busy.

The Location

The hostel is easy to find, and not too far from the train station. A bus is advisable though. The buses available from the train station are bus 3 or 13, which go to the market place, and from there it is not too far to walk. There is a bus which goes right out the front, but it comes less often and seems to wind around the whole town before it gets there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are clean and tidy, and sheets can be provided if needed. The large room (fourteen beds) can be a bit noisy, but is reasonably spacious for a dorm with so many beds. If you are after a bit more privacy, smaller rooms (four or six beds) are available for an extra cost. If you want a private room, then a four-bed room can be booked as a private. The bathrooms are the biggest letdown. You have to walk through the bar and kitchen, and outside across the courtyard to get to the bathrooms. Once there, the showers are not the best. They have curtains and pull chains, and are not always hot.

Common Spaces

The common places at the hostel are good. The bar is spacious, they have a good variety of Belgian beer, and happy hour provides good value. The bar is a good place to meet other travelers, but can sometimes get a little bit smoky. There are board games to borrow and a library/book swap too. The kitchen is small, but adequate and clean. It has all the essentials for a quick meal.

Summary

Overall this is a decent place to stay and meet other people.

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December 2007

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Snuffel Backpacker Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Great relaxing stay I had a great time staying here (4 nights) in Bruges. The hostel is very friendly and accommodating. They really do have the best prices on beer in town. The wifi only works in the middle of the day when no one else is on it. As soon as more than a couple people connect it dies. Showers are outside through the bar which might be an issue for some people.  , age 31, USA ()
5   Nice hostel Very nice hostel with excellent staff and atmosphere. It is very clean. They have cheap beer. But their showers are so far from the room. We had great breakfast included the cost.  , age 23, Russia ()
4   Well worth a return Great hostel, excellent bar which is renowned in Bruges. Very cheep belgian beer and lots of people from all over the world. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful always. Can't think of any downsides other than the fact the showers are downstairs, through the back court yard and in a different part of the hostel from where the dorms are. Location really is excellent and is only helped by the fact every major attraction is no more than 15 minutes walk from each other making it almost impossible to get lost. Excellent hostel overall, recommendable if you're traveling and want somewhere to party and meet new people in such a small, but excellent city.  , Ireland ()
4   If you stay here you get a Bruges pass! alright, so the price is right at this hotspot. friendly staff, breakfast included, small but useful kitchen, plus a bar/common area right at your disposal. close enough to the city but not close enough to feel like you're in a tour group. the negative points would be the really cramped rooms (neighbours' feet at your head kind of situations), to get to the shower you walk through the bar, the stairs make you practice your balance and coordination, and they still smoke in the bar. however, you're in bruges, so how much time are you spending at your hostel anyway? go to the used bookstore down the street, if not to buy a book go to have a good laugh at the used 1970s romance novels.  , Canada ()
5   Great We had a great night at Snuffel. the rooms were really clean, they all had fresh folded ironed sheets, a nice blanket and pillow for us on the beds. the beds were really comfy! the staff were cool, and the bar downstairs was good too. they have a beer card where you can get five beers for 9euro, and they're full sized beers, not sample ones or something! you get a brugge card where you can get discounts on certain things in town. it's pretty close to the amazing square, and really easy to find! i cant really see why anyone would put in a bad review about this place, we couldn't fault it. it's not small and dodgy but its not huge and commercial. it's big enough to have good facilities and a lot of people in there. i would recommend this place for any traveler, alone or in a group.  , Australia ()
2  I was not impressed when I stayed here in August 2006. The bar was ok but not for the people sleeping in the rooms above it. Be warned -- try to stay away from room 15/16 -- the one with fourteen or so beds. Very noisy, even with earplugs. I was not impressed with the showers and bathroom. You can't check out or shower before 8 a.m. because the door to the bar is locked and you have to go through the bar to get to the showers and the reception desk.  ()
4  Back packed through Europe with my friend Zach. Stayed at many hostels throughout. We came here not knowing what to expect. Both of us ended up having an absolute blast here! Meeting new people and drinking way too much beer. My only complaint is of course the bathrooms were not the best. Also cold water for showers was definitely a wake up call. But all minor to the overall experience.  ()
4  oh my god i had so much fun here. the staff is great and the cheap beer is awsome, teh only thing is you ahve to clean up after yourself right away or the cleaning ladies will yell at you in flemish.  ()

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