Den Heksenketel Hostel

Hostel

Address

Pelgrimsstraat 22 AntwerpSee nearby area

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Lonely Planet review

Above a wonderfully atmospheric folk-music cafe, this somewhat chaotic two-dorm hostel is delightfully personable and full of character. The management is haphazard but very friendly and the location is absolutely unbeatable.

Hang out of the window of dorm number two and look north. It's about the most photogenic view possible of Antwerp's magnificent cathedral. The dorms themselves are perfectly adequate, with sturdy new bunks in somewhat ramshackle old rooms. Both have showers, but only room No 1 has a toilet. As there are no other toilets on the upper floors, this means room No 2 hostellers have two choices: disturb room No 1 guests or descend the very steep old stairs to the bar and cross the open courtyard to the ground floor alternatives. The included breakfast is merely a bag of bread, a few jars of jam and do-it-yourself coffee or tea from the cafe kitchen. But the big communal table is a great place to meet fellow travellers. Bring a sleeping bag or pay a small extra fee per bed-sheet.

Our independent authors have visited Den Heksenketel Hostel and selected this as one of our recommended hostels in Antwerp.

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