HI - Blois - Les Grouet Hostel




18, rue de l'Hôtel Pasquier Les Grouëts, Blois, Loire Valley, France
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+33 (0)2 54 78 27 21
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HI - Blois - Les Grouet Hostel is the best place to stay if you'd like to try out how it feels to live in monastery. It's pretty clean and quiet but atmosphere is very strict. Doors close at 10 p.m. and hostel does not give you keys or code to get in later. Toilet and shower are situated in separate building and it's very confusing in terms of closing doors. There are no cafes or even food shops around, so if you have no food with you, be ready to go to bed without dinner. It's quite far from Blois, but there is a bus link nearby. The Location The hostel is situated quite far from Blois center, about five kilometers away. Although it has a bus stop nearby, the buses are not frequent (on weekends there are just two buses in a day -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon). There is a small parking in front of the house for about five cars. Rooms and Bathrooms There are two dorms in the hostel, separated by gender. All dorms are on the ground floor. There are about ten two-tier beds in each room. Bed linen is included in the price. Rooms are pretty clean and tidy, but there is no storage place and no personal lockers. Toilet and bathroom (also gender-segregated) are outside the building. It's quite confusing because doors close at 10 p.m. In the room you'll find a few sinks and a few shower cabins. Common Spaces Atmosphere in this hostel is very strict and although there were other guests at the time of our stay, we haven't seen anyone in kitchen or sitting room. Kitchen and sitting room are on the first floor near the caretaker room. Kitchen is very clean and has all facilities you need. Summary All in all, if you need to sleep without any noise and communication -- this hostel is your choice! It's a nice hostel if you're looking for place to sleep and have a rest. There's no boozing and no fun in and around it!
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I have backpacked across Europe and had no trouble staying in hostels except with the occasional snorer in Florence, Rome, Venice, or Bratislava.This trip to France is a different story. It might be that in the more expensive European countries such as France that the chronic mentally ill who have aggressive disorders are forced to stay at hostels. Such was the case the last night at this hostel. I did not sleep at all. The man choose the bed right next to me. He seemed to be right out of the movie Natural Born Killer. The caretaker is not very nice. She seems to be on a power trip.
  I visited in May 2005. If you want to catch up on some sleep then this is the place -- lights out at 10 p.m.! Mistress is quite strict. The hostel is in a semi-rural/residential area about five kilometers out of town. The last bus I got was 7:34 p.m. A few minutes walk down the road is the Foret Blois and a few minutes the other direction is the Loire. The hostel is very clean and the kitchen is small with excellent facilities -- and a great place to meet people. Breakfast is served at communal tables (the usual fresh bread, jam and warm coffee). The showers and toilets are in a separate building, so the walk between the two could be cold and wet. A note about tour buses to the Chateaux -- they only operate in high tourist season. Go to the tourist office for assitance, the staff at the bus office nearby do not always speak English.
  The location of this hostel is very remote (4.5 km outside Blois) and the day staff not very friendly. Staying in one of the two large single sex rooms, you can be woken up quite frequently by people coming in and out. There is warm water, after about four minutes, and a kitchen to make food. It's not good if you would like to see the nightlife in Blois, as the last public bus picks up in Blois around 6:30 p.m. (18:30). It's good for a night, maybe two, and does allow non-members to stay the night.

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