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Ambleside Backpackers

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Iveing Cottage | Old Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DJ, England
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Rating summary
  • 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Brisbane, Australia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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14 helpful votes 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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Durham
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We stayed here fairly last minute ahead of a race. It's such a friendly well run hostel. The toast & jam at night & the breakfast included of cereal & toast is a great touch. The rooms were really clean. I was very impressed with this hostel just a few minutes walk into the centre of Ambleside & will be... More 

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London
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38 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

You know what you're going to get with hostel accommodation and this hostel has a nice added feature in that it offers free (and fast) Wi-Fi. The sleeping accommodation is functional, although the only light in our room was a bright strip light, it would be nice to have some form of reading lights. The communal toilets are clean and... More 

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Iveing, Manager at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review

Well that is a disapointing and quite out of the norm review. Yes, we know it is the end of the season and the place needs a touch up, in fact we will close in November until March/ April to do just that. Sorry we did not meet your expectations. David More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Excellent place. 'Old and run down' in the nicest possible way. Love it. It's very clean and tidy and the staff are great. Always cleaning hoovering etc. Lounge is spot on nice big old fashioned room with big sofas and a piano. Kitchen is massive and very well equipped. Rooms typical of a hostel and again very clean and tidy.... More 

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