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New hostel: Say HI to our design hostel in Kortrijk, Belgium


Our new hostel in Kortrijk is officially open! The hostel offers comfortable rooms in a modern, cutting-edge design building, near the city centre, and is a great place to stay for backpackers and young families, schools and international students.

A design hostel…


The new hostel has been built on the same site as the old ‘Groeninghe’ hostel, which was closed at the end of 2012.

The new building is characterised by its abstract design – its red impressive walls and large square windows. The initial idea came from the old walls, which inspired the new hostel by bringing together the historical and the modern.

Openings in the wall lead you to the patio and the entrance of the hostel. All common areas, such as the reception, bar, self-service restaurant and lounge are on the ground floor where light spills in through the large windows. The rooms are located on the upper floors, and each floor has a vista, a recreational area where guests can enjoy great views of the city.

A green hostel…


A lot of effort went into creating a sustainable and green building. First of all the hostel has been built with durable materials (wood, concrete,…) and is very well insulated. Inside, the hostel has a practical but also energy-saving set-up. All common areas are centralised on the first floor, so this is where most of the action will be during the day. Because of this, Groeninghe hostel opted for floor heating. Beside that there are other green initiatives such as using rainwater to flush the toilets.

A fun place to stay, going beyond basic functions…


The hostel has a total capacity of 123 beds, spread over 38 rooms with ensuite bathrooms. 16 of them are private twin rooms and the dorms have 4 or 6 beds. In order to accommodate international students, 5 single rooms have been adjusted for long term stays. The hostel is accessible for wheelchair users and some of the rooms have adapted beds and bathrooms. Other facilities include 2 meeting rooms, a guest kitchen, luggage storage, lockers and free WiFi throughout the entire building.

Come and enjoy this modern, comfortable and fun place to stay, tuned to the expectations of the modern traveller.

Kortrijk, city of design and history…


Guests are spoilt for choice with things to do and see in this historical city: scale the iconic Broel Towers and the remains of the medieval city walls; appreciate the striking architecture around Grote Markt, explore Buda Island hugged by the River Leie, along with excellent shopping opportunities. A trip is incomplete without a visit to Flanders Fields, which tell the story of the war, holding great significance for many countries.

With Kortrijk close to the French border, this is an ideal city from which to explore the north of France too – including Lille, which is only half an hour drive away.

Bag a room at Groeninghe hostel, Kortrijk here.

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