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Ambleside Backpackers

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Iveing Cottage | Old Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DJ, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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hull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a one night stay here and the location is very good just off the main road in the town. Parking is limited but there is a pay and display approximately 150 yards away but with this being the lakes of course it isn't cheap. If you are lucky there are one or two spots where you can park... More 

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Sunny Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a last minute booking although we are used to staying in hostels in Scotland so nothing came as a surprise. Great location and very friendly/helpful owners. You may have to hunt for some parking unless you get there very early but thats the lakes for you and to be expected really. Comfy dorms, slept well. Plenty of hot... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

What more could we ask for. Great review, thank you. David More 

England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel is in a great location, less than 5 minutes walk from the town centre. The accommodation is basic, but great value. The owners went out of their way to help me when I stayed, I can thoroughly recommend it and will be visiting again.

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Nice 1 David More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Pros Great location close to town centre., free breakfast with plenty of choice of cereals and spreads, well equipped kitchen, spacious public rooms and very clean. Cons: Shower facilities resticted and no privicy, no recycling facilities in the kitchen (very odd in this day and age!), late check in time and New Testaments in the dorms. Other things that might... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sorry you do not like the communal showers, but they do usually work pretty well. The New testaments are in the dorms because we are Christians and believe Gods word is important - you do not have to read them and if you do not believe in God what difference does it make anyway? The curfew is explained on... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We couldn't fault this place during our stay. Having travelled quite a bit lately we've become quite picky with our choice of hostels. This one is right up there with the best we've seen. The staff are wonderfully friendly and informative. The beds are very comfortable. It's in an excellent position with lovely views. The common areas are large and... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Couldn't have written a better review myself, thank you too. David More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were lucky in getting a room here as it was still closed for the season, with the exception of one Friday for Coniston Run regulars. David kindly booked us in a room for ourselves (with a view of the mountains we had just climbed no less). The beds were superbly cosy and comfy, the rooms warm and very very... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Great review, thank you, David More 

Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My favourite hostel in the lakes. A little expensive £21 a night in 2014 just five minutes walk from the bus station. On the down side there was a note on the door saying you have to check in after 4pm. This is no use when you have travelled a long way using public transport and carrying your bags you... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sorry, but the main vote is no TV in the lounge! so we threw it away, just have to talk to each other. Said that before somewhere - As to the huge number of light bulbs - there are 3 single bulb sidelight/standard lamp things for subtle atmospheric lighting (how subtle can you get in a hostel?). However if... More 

todmorden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My friend and I have just had two fantastic nights at the hostel, it was way better than we imagined, my friend is nearly 75 and i am no spring chicken either, the hostel was perfect for us and our motorbikes which we were allowed to park safely right outside the hostel, the rooms were lovely and clean and comfortable... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

We love you too, come back soon David More 

Stamford
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A stones throw from the town center. Friendly, helpful owners and a very clean and tidy place. Showers are hot and the drying room is decent. A very good place to base yourselves if you plan on a outdoor weekend away at a very reasonable price. Lick of paint and a TV in the lounge would bring it up a... More 

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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sorry, but the main vote is no TV in the lounge! so we threw it away. thanks for the nice review though. David More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Last minute booking for a Saturday night with a friend ahead of a trail race the next day. Made to feel very welcome by the owner. The hostel is very comfortable, with facilities such as WiFi and breakfast included in the price of your stay. Downstairs there is plenty of space in the lounge area with comfortable sofas and armchairs.... More 

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