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YMCA Cornwall International House

Alverton St, The Orchard, Penzance TR18 4TE, England
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently visited Penzance with friends and stayed in YMCA Penzance youth hostel. This is a value for money place with all necessary amenities. The bathrooms were clean and the rooms were comfortable. The bus stop is just in front of the hostel with easy connectivity to the city (hardly 15 mins walk though). I would definitely stay in YMCA... 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 would like to return in the future. We are receiving lots of positive feedback about our rooms and new style breakfasts. Not only that - the sun is shining too! More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

It's 3am. Fourth time tonight we have been woken by loud, drunken, foul mouthed behaviour. Sad as the hostel is clean and in a nice place. There is security apparently - but that has not prevented anti social behaviour.

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

We are sorry that you suffered because some other guests were drunk.I must point out that this is very rare and the vast majority of guests have a good time here. Although we are a provider of budget value accommodation we do not tolerate this kind of behaviour. However I cannot understand why you did not ask our night security... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

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
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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 

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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
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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 

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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 

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