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YMCA Cornwall International House

Alverton St, The Orchard, Penzance TR18 4TE, England
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed here over Easter with large group. Bedrooms were comfortable and plenty of hot water from showers. A basic breakfast was included which was enough for a perfect start to the day. Staff were friendly at all times and I would happily stay here again.

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - it's great that you enjoyed your stay. We are ideal for groups, and our new wing opens in May with another ten two bed and twin rooms offering even more privacy. The breakfast has been improved further too -so there's lots to look forward to - do come back as we would love to see... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have given this 5 stars based on the genre of accommodation and cost, which was good value. This was perfect for our year 8 school trip. The accommodation was basic but comfortable, and the set up was very convenient. There was a large room next to the bedrooms which was perfect for group games and morning briefing. The food... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for review - we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us - the staff, the food and the accommodation. We are ideal for school groups, with a sports hall, large meeting rooms, and a short walk to the seafront. We also work closely with outdoor activity providers and local attractions to secure the best prices. And our... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I just stayed at the YMCA on business and although it was a walk from the town centre, the rooms were spotless and it was quiet. Phil and his team were great, and you should check out the tuna melt panninis and the bacon sandwiches! I have thought about bringing my friends back because although it was cold and wet... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and the snacks! It has been a bit damp over the last few weeks so yes - do come back and enjoy our glorious beaches in the summer sun! And now with the new series of Poldark, you can visit some of the film locations quite close to... More 

Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Stopped off at the YMCA Backpackers for two nights and had a great time, really clean and tidy, nice rooms comfy beds and an excellent breakfast. The staff are really good and gave me lots of advice on the next leg of my journey. This is what a real top quality backpackers should be.

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are very proud of our backpackers hostel. Our staff are a great asset, many of them "proper Cornish" with much local knowledge as you say. There is lots of change coming up here, with a new wing of twin rooms opening in May - do come back... More 

La Gacilly, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We come every year for a month with a group of French students, this being our 4th visit in 5 years. Every year sees improvements in the building and accommodation. The recent building work is now finished and the new reception/common-room/café is very nice. Clean, bright and welcoming. 3 new showers too! The staff are always so helpful, nothing is... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we are glad you enjoyed your stay and the staff are great. The self catering kitchen is quite small, but we find a microwave and four hob rings are generally OK. Of course now we have launched our new snack menu and breakfast extras, there's no need to cook yourself! Our exciting developments for the... More 

Brisbane
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I booked into the hostel for 6 days and ended up liking it so much I stayed another two days. My initial impression was not good as the lounge room is being renovated and access is limited, but it will look lovely when it is finished. It was not a great inconvenience not being able to access the lounge while... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. I think I remember you - it was great to hear of your adventures each day. There's so much to do each day. I agree with you about the disruption with builders in the coffee shop - but it is nearly finished now and looking great. This is the first of many improvements. Free wifi... More 

Waterford, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Just left ymca penzance this morning. They are still refurbising the dining room which may be lovely when finished but not now!! They advised us when booking in that the builders would be working from 10am-4pm so it would be best not to be around during that time which was fine as we are going to see things. They actually... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I can assure you and other readers that this unfortunate episode was indeed a one-off and the guests who caused the trouble have been banned from here and our colleagues' establishments in Penzance. I have never seen such behaviour in my time here and we were all extremely disappointed. We do not tolerate bad behaviour but... More 

Liverpool England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Arrived way to early for check in the lady on reception asked I return at 4pm which was fine wet and windy day there's only so much walking one can do to kill time returned to hostel about 3pm in the hope of being booked in early .... Didn't happen lady basically watched me sitting in reception and claimed she... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Such a shame you did not enjoy your stay. We do advertise check-in times on our website and other booking channels. I believe other budget accommodation providers have similar check-in times. It is unfortunate that our building work is over-running but our new coffee shop will be open soon - you should come and try it! More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Impressively clean and tidy! Very cozy! Nice staff! There's a lovely little garden! And they offer student discounts!

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we are glad you enjoyed YMCA Penzance Backpackers! We hope to see you again in the future - work has begun on creating our new coffee shop which will be a great place to chill out in. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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44 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a good place to stay if on a budget. Wifi worked in the breakfast area, and breakfast itself was good. Free parking at the front if you have a rental car. Room was comfortable, and shower clean. Good place to stay if you plan visiting St Michaels Mount, St Ives, Lands end, Minack theatre etc etc. I would... More 

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YMCA B, Manager at YMCA Cornwall International House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. You are right about our location - a great place not far from the seafront in Penzance, a short hop to Land's End, great beaches (my favourite is Sennen) - and you mention the Minack Theatre. I am looking forward to Dracula there in the autumn - could be atmospheric with some sea mist rolling in! More 

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