Green oasis on the outskirts of Mechelen

The De Zandpoort Hostel has its own secret courtyard garden on the outskirts of the city. This hostel is just a 10-minute walk from the station, the historic centre, the herb garden and the car-free shopping streets and is the perfect base for exploring Mechelen and the three other Flemish art cities Brussels, Antwerp and Leuven. The modern architecture and comfortable rooms make this hostel a perfect retreat.

Mechelen - Trendy hotspots and historic highlights

Mechelen is the fastest-growing Flemish art city and attracts more and more residents and visitors each year. Situated between Brussels and Antwerp, the city has lots to offer with its UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites and trendy hotspots. The car-free city centre has undergone extensive renovations and is now more inviting than ever. You can visit pop-up shops in Onze-lieve-Vrouwestraat, climb St Rumbold’s Tower and relax afterwards in one of the many pavement cafés. The city has been awarded the title of “most child-friendly city” due to the Technopolis Science Centre, the Planckendael Zoo, the Toy Museum and the Sportimonium Sports Museum.


  • Meeting rooms
  • Car parking
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Luggage storage
  • Lockers
  • Bike parking for 30 bikes
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant for groups (upon request)
  • Free WiFi in the rooms and in the common areas
  • 2 meeting rooms


  • 110 beds in 30 rooms
  • 5 rooms for 2 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 3 rooms for 3 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 19 rooms for 4 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 3 rooms for 5 people (ensuite bathroom)

Hostel rules

  • Reception: from 00:00 to 00:00
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Rooms available from: 17:00
  • Hostel accessible 24/24h after check-in
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed

Opening period

  • from 1 February 2021 to 30 December 2021
  • For groups we are open all year upon request

Family-friendly extras

  • Board games
  • Free cot (on request)
  • Free stay for children under 3 years
  • Baby chair
  • Discount for children under 16 years
  • Microwave
  • Play corner

Payment options

  • Bancontact/Mister Cash
  • Cash
  • Credit card (Visa/Mastercard)

Accessibility and sustainability

  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessibility - Basic. more info

    Deze hostel behaalde het Vlaams label voor toegankelijk toerisme, niveau A. Dat betekent dat het basistoegankelijk is voor mensen met een beperkte mobiliteit. Voor sommige elementen kan een extra inspanning of helper nodig zijn. Gedetailleerde informatie vind je op de website van Toegankelijk Vlaanderen.

  • Toerisme voor Autisme

Assigned labels

Groene sleutel/Green key eco-label
HI-Q&S (Hostelling International Quality & Sustainability)

Good to know

Upon your arrival, you will be given a set of bed linen to make your bed up. Towels are not included, you can bring your own or rent one at the hostel (1,50 euros per towel). Breakfast is always included.


Zandpoortvest 70
2800 Mechelen
mechelen [at]
+32 15 27 85 39

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