Simplon Youth Hostel, Groningen

City Centre
7.7
34 Reviews
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Simplon Youth Hostel is a bare basics hotel built inside a converted raincoat factory.

The Location

The hostel has a great location for exploring what Groningen has to offer, all within easy walking distance. This means you also have lots of restaurant and bar options close by as well as a supermarket within a two-minute walk. The Groningen Train Station is about two kilometers from the hostel, so you can catch a train to Groningen Noord then walk about ten minutes. Or you can catch bus number one or two from either station and get off right in front of the hostel or at other bus tops nearby. Longer-distance buses should also stop outside Groningen Train Station. Parking is possible in a nearby paid parking garage.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Simplon Youth Hostel has a mix of dormitory and private rooms across two floors. Dorms range in size from small at just six beds up to the larger dorms that have twelve, eighteen, and twenty beds. Dorms are very basic with simple wooden, sturdy bed frames. Power points are limited to where you can find the few scattered ones around the room. Dorms lack air conditioning or openable windows, so sleep is unbearable during summer (two fans are brought in when the temp reaches thirty-seven degrees Celsius, but that doesn't do much for most people in an eighteen-bed dorm where the beds are blocked from each other for privacy). Lockers are available in the hallway with a deposit. Private rooms are available in single, double, triple, quad, and six-bed so you have a good selection of rooms if you need more privacy at a basic price. A two-bedroom apartment is also available to be rented.

Bathrooms are shared for all rooms with just two showers, and two female and one male toilet for the dorm rooms. Showers are located in the entrance way of one of the dorm rooms, which makes staying in that dorm room quite uncomfortable as you can hear people showering at all hours of the day. Showers are also of the push-button variety that is completely outside of the shower, so every minute you need to leave the shower to press the button to start the too-hot temperature water that you can't control either. One of the showers also doesn't lock. More showers and toilets are available on the ground floor for the private rooms on that floor. The bathrooms and dorms are usually pretty clean, and the hostel is also relatively quiet.

Common Spaces

The common areas of this hostel include a small lounge/seating area at reception as well a terrace in front of the hostel. These spaces are also part of the hostel's restaurant, which means you are restricted in what you can do in these areas, like being able to eat your own food there after a certain time or drinking alcohol. The restaurant serves a paid breakfast buffet daily as well as lunch and dinner on certain days of the week. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel, as are a luggage storage and a laundry.

Summary

The hostel could be good, but it's got a long way to go before it's comfortable, especially during summer when the temperature is too unbearable to sleep.
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Exterior
Reception
Common room
Hallway
Lockers in hallway
18 bed dorm
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Sink area before shower
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Straighty
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Oct 29, 2018

Description

The Simplon Youthhotel is situated in a former paintfactory in the centre of the lively town Groningen in the north of the Netherlands. In Groningen it's possible to party till dawn every night of the week.
We have 4 dormitories (1 only for women) with a total capacity of 74 beds. The ceilings of each dormitory are decoratively painted with little green monsters, charming fishes and lively starfishes that guide you during your nighlt dreams. The rooms ( 20 beds in total)are thematically decorated. For example: you'll be surrounded by butterflies in room G, meet your favourite cartoon hero in room C and suprisingly amaze yourself wit our typical Durch elements in room E.

Location and Contact

Location

Situated on the edge of the city centre. A 5 minute walk leads you to the 'Grote Markt', the lively centre of town.

Map

Map

Address: Boterdiep, 73-2, City Centre, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Distance to city center: 0.66 km

Simplon Youth Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Simplon Youth Hostel Groningen www.simplonjongerenhotel.nl
Phone Number: +31 50 313 5221
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Youth Hostel

Bedsheets

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Parking

Towels

24 Hour Security

Bar

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Darts

Entirely Non-Smoking

Food/Restaurant

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Credit Card Payments

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: allways (not during cleaning hours)

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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