Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
June 2, 2002
The hostel is clean and has good facilities. I stayed in an 8 bedded female dorm. There are also smaller rooms. The shower room was next door and the toilet across the corridor. Bedding was provided, and breakfast. Out of all the hostels I stayed in, this one provided the best breakfast. The buffet was extensive, with cheeses, meats, a good selection of Dutch breads, rolls, fruit, cereal, juice, spreads etc. Laundry facilities are in the basement. The hostel also rents out bikes and sells tickets for the Euromast and Spido cruises. There is a small patio and garden area at the back. Whilst I was there, internet access was not available, though I am informed that it normally would be.
There are no shops very close by, but you can get the Metro or walk into the city. Alternatively, the bar has a good selection of cheap snacks like pizza slices, or evening meals.
I would highly recommend this hostel. At only 17.50 euros a night, it was very good value for money. It is cheaper than some other hostels in bigger cities. In addition, Rotterdam was a really cool city with loads to see and do, as well as good rail links to Belguim and other parts of the Netherlands.
From journal Rotterdam on a VERY short shoestring