HI De Draecke Gent
Lonely Planet review
This wonderfully central HI hostel overlooks canal-side willow trees on one of Old Ghent's prettiest backstreet squares. Its timeless facade is that of a classic step-gabled Flemish house, belying an interior that's uncompromisingly 20th century and institutional. But facilities are good, the welcome unusually friendly and the upkeep thorough.
Unusually for a hostel, De Draecke offers both a toilet and a shower room within each dormitory. Dorms are reasonably spacious with only six beds apiece. They're bright and very clean if suffering from mini-graffiti on many of the wooden bunk-frames. Dorm doors are lockable but luggage lockers cost extra. The reception area has a somewhat sanitised feel but offers plenty of information, leaflets and fliers. The bar-cafe area offers reasonably priced drinks, baskets of kiddie activities, board-games (including Belgian Monopoly) and one pay-by-card Internet computer. The lack of atmosphere is compensated by lovely views out across the canal with a fine rosehip-bulbed church spire rising through the waving willow fronds. Rates include a canteen-style breakfast but serving stops mercilessly at 09:30, too early for those out experiencing the real Ghent (ie, its bars) the night before.
Services & facilities
- Bicycle parking
- Breakfast included
- Cable tv
- Common room
- Free Wi-Fi
- Internet access
- Linen included
In an excellent location in a quiet street right in the centre of Gent, the hostel is just 150m from the famous medieval Castle of the Counts. Retaining a period facade, it offers a high standard of accommodation with 27 rooms all with private bathrooms. Facilities include TV, internet access (Hotspot), bar, and self-service restaurant. A great buffet style breakfast & sheets are FREE. The hostel has WIFI internet, you can use your own laptop or the internet kiosk at the hostel. The hostel's bar with a great choice of Belgian beers may be the perfect starting point to discover this city with 55.000 students.
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There is always something to do. Museums, pubs, shops, restaurants, theaters ... are all within walking distance.
Although the hostel is only open until 11pm, guests have 24h/24h acces, NO LOCKOUT NO CURFEW.
This hostel is part of the Flemish Youth Hostels Association , which is a membership organization. The prices quoted are member's prices. A non-members supplement of €3 per person per night will be charged on arrival for those guests not in possession of a valid IYHF/ Hostelling International membership card