Cube Hostel in Leuven is a retro-chic hostel focused on providing you with the coolest local insider information about the city and its culture. The CUBE Hostel team gives its best that you will have a great time while doing so; after all, their motto is "come as a guest, leave as a friend."
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Cube Hostel
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
4. 5 Secret tips to Leuven, Belgium
The Cube Hostel is ideal for people hoping to connect with others with a passion for travel. With an emphasis on using entirely local providers, right down to the artists who decorated the hostel walls, Cube is all about sharing the love for Leuven.
Leuven is a small, hidden gem located in the heart of Belgium. When you are traveling around Ghent with Backstay Hostel Ghent and Rotterdam with Ani&Haakien Hostel, we recommend stopping by. Why? Pure local culture! Not overrun by tourists, Leuven is the place to enjoy local Belgium culture from the first moment.
Let’s walk around CUBE Hostel and see why they fit the 5 Star Hostel criteria.
Cube Hostel Leuven is a 5 Star Hostel because …
1. Local Sustainability
The crew behind Cube Hostel put an emphasis on working with local tour providers. This new hostel (opened in mid of 2014) loves working with locals who really know and understand Leuven and its surroundings.
Plus, they’ve installed a LED lighting system, meaning that they’re saving 60% of energy and CO2. Pretty sweet, eh? Last but not least, have a look at their blackboard, well, actually cork board: full recycled and in style!
2. Funky Retro Design at CUBE Hostel
Cube’s cool vintage design is all down to manager Elizabeth and the receptionist Yannick. They’ve gone for a retro, funky style that makes this hostel feel like a boutique hostel, from the wooden floors to the colorful furniture. The aim is to create a relaxing space that’s also interesting and unique.
Have a look around, they have so many design creative ideas which can inspire you to decorate your place that you will take pictures and notes during all your stay.
Fun fact: this hostel is actually a stop on a local graffiti tour, as they worked to get local graffiti artists to decorate the stairways and hallways with their own signature pieces. Try to find this one, it has a hidden spot!
3. Global Touches for the Travelers Passion
You can definitely see Cube Hostel’s passion for travel in the decorations – there are all kinds of vintage traveler touches scattered around the hostel, like a desk created from retro suitcases and a collection of globes on the bookcases. Its desk remembers us at Ecomama Hostel in Amsterdam, even though they used books instead of suitcases.
Look out for the inspirational travel quotes dotted around CUBE hostel too; they’d make a great talking point for sparking up a conversation with fellow travel fans during your stay. And speaking of quotes, we collected more than 109 quotes to inspire every traveler.
If the talking itself does not impress your travel mates, try to cook a pancake during breakfast.
There are also some quirky items all around the hostel, like the black and white portraits of animals and cartoon character-inspired graffiti that add a touch of fun.
Last but not least, Cube Hostel has a cinema room that looks like a real Cinema, with authentic cinema seats included. A perfect place to enjoy a rainy or lazy day. Some other 5 Star Hostels have also a cinema room, like Backstay Hostel, in Ghent and We_Bologna in Bologna, Italy.
4. “Come as a Guest, Leave as a Friend” – the Motto
That’s what the hostel’s motto boils down to:
“come as a guest, and leave as a friend!”
They want their visitors to become friends not only with staff but also with fellow travelers in the hostel.
They work to connect guests with activities like board game nights, baking sessions, movie nights, group dinners at the hostel, and cocktail nights – all ideas they got from surveying the guests themselves. They’ve already got a bright and inviting lounge area with a library, and a lot of board games. A perfect place to spend time and get to know other fellow-travelers.
Aaaalso, they have a Café, where people from the city can also come in. A good way to connect travelers and locals!
5. Helpful Local Staff at Cube Hostel Leuven
As with their providers, Cube Hostel Leuven works to hire locals for their staff. This means they’ll be able to give guests great information about Leuven and its culture. They’re happy to give you tips and suggestions for their stay – just ask at the information desk for a list of “sees and dos” in Leuven.
The staff at Cube Hostel Leuven is encouraged to be extra-involved, and you’ll see them asking guests about their stay and their plans over breakfast or at the reception. They’ll go the extra mile to help you out with a special request as best they can (like booking a certain activity for you).