Friendly owner, yes. Service is very good at the enclosed bar yes (9 am-18pm!), This bar promises a good atmosphere, but soon you go to the door of what supposed to be a hotel, things get worse rapidly.
On check-inn one gets a rapid and accurate tour and introduction. and a key to a front door that needs to be closed at all time. So a front door and a room? No desk whatsoever? Hotel or Hostel?
After 18hrs (and before 9am), your'e on your own. No food, no bar, no service, nothing. only the guests. And they can be noisey these guests. One can follow conversations next door. So also bring plugs if you need your rest for a bike tour.The rooms just fit 2 small single beds and a sink. It is the soberest of soberest, and outdated as well. Bring everything of personal hygiene yourself, except towels. There are towels. Note: Most accomodations are more or worse expensive, but for this price we always had a room with toilet and shower, anywhere, till now. Even in Paris. There are 2 shared shower/toilets on the floor, 1 mens, 1 womans. (up to 24 guests to share with in the morning) I think swimmers eczema, excremations etcetera. Yes it is mentioned on the homepage. My bad. But I think guests of this hotel are taken advantage of. Only if you are used to Hostels this could be a step up.
I had at first no problems with location and the sober lay out. But the fact that in this village, and the hotel, there is absolutely no noise control, no nightwatch and no real sanitary hygiene struck me after mentioning my sleep deprevation because of the inhouse noise, on checkout. The owner obviously was not able to even listen to what we had to say and this was by far the quickest check-out ever. Very accurate and within 2 minutes. We will come back to beautifull Texel, but we won't put a foot inside Hostel Friends ever.
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