Fairytale hostel on the edge of a forest

Once upon a time, there was a quaint hostel on the edge of a forest where an old forest ranger used to live. A place where children now play, gnomes live and dolls can talk. When the forest ranger moved out, Elly took over and has put her heart and soul into this hostel for the past 20 years. The forest and large playground provide a perfect spot for school and sport camps. Families with children, cyclists and hikers will love to relax on the sunny terrace.

Countryside fit for a prince

Westerlo is the ideal spot for a weekend away or a short holiday with outdoor fun. The municipality, situated in the Kempen region of the province of Antwerp, is surrounded by a green belt of nature, abbeys and castles. Since the 15th century, it has been home to the Princely House of Merode and the Prince of Merode still lives in Westerlo Castle with his family.


  • Meeting rooms
  • Car parking
  • Bar
  • Luggage storage
  • E-bike charging point
  • Bike parking for 30 bikes
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Table tennis
  • Playground
  • Sports field (volleyball)
  • Kids corner
  • Restaurant upon request
  • Free WiFi in the common areas
  • 2 meeting rooms
Kinderen in een vierpersoonskamer


  • 100 beds in 16 rooms
  • 12 rooms for 6 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 1 room for 4 people (shared bathroom)
  • 2 rooms for 6 people (shared bathroom)
  • 1 room for 12 people (shared bathroom)

Hostel rules

  • Reception: from 08:00 to 10:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Breakfast: from 08:00 to 09:00
  • Supper: from 18:00
  • Rooms available from: 17:00 (of na afspraak)
  • Hostel accessible 24/24h after check-in
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed

Opening period

  • from 3 March 2024 to 3 November 2024
  • For groups we are open all year upon request
Kinderen in de speeltuin

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
  • Playground

Payment options

  • Cash

Accessibility and sustainability

  • Toerisme voor Autisme

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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. The main building houses the budget rooms with shared bathrooms. In the new building all 12 rooms have their own bathroom.


Papedreef 1
2260 Westerlo
westerlo [at] vjh.be
+32 14 54 79 38

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