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The River House Backpackers

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59 Fitzhammon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN, Wales
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is not a big hostel, which I'd say it is great to meet and socialise with other guests in the living room (books and dvds are available to borrow) or dining room. The breakfast served nicely and has range of options. I stayed in all-female dorm room which was nice. The location of this hostel is rather perfect from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would definitely recommend this hostel. Great service, great breakfast (included!), lovely set up - it has a beautiful kitchen, eating area, and tv/lounge room. It's in a very convenient location and it's overall very well kept. A+!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best backpackers' hostel I've been to. Clean, has all the amenities, friendly and very helpful staff, great breakfast, and best of all, a toilet+bath setup that feels private and clean. By the way, it's very close to the city center and a 5 minute walk + boat ride to Cardiff Bay. Excellent place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The River House is located opposite Millennium Stadium and a short 10 minute walk from the train/bus station. The area is a quiet one with few cars and overlooking the Taft river. It is a little walk from the town centre but only 15 minutes at the most. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm. The beds were comfortable and... More 

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a family with grown kids, visiting one who studies in Cardiff University, we followed her friends's advise of staying in The Riverhouse. We arrived by National express bus, which station is conveniently located 5 min from hostel.This as good also when we visited National parks, Castles and near towns by bus. Our bedroom was comfortable, breakfast was generous, and... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As American teenagers, we were definitely limited in budget as far as lodging goes. Our first hostel in London was mediocre at best, and we hoped that our next stay would be an improvement. We were not disappointed. This was not only good for a budget hotel; it was on par with many middle-range B&B's I've stayed at with family.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall, a great choice for backpackers and students! Booked a bed here for 2 nights at the beginning of my studies with Cardiff University, until my accommodation would be ready. It is a lovely little family run hostel across the river from Millennium Stadium. Close to Cardiff Central Train Station and about 10 to 15 minutes from the city centre.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Booked a room here because everywhere else was full and was pleasantly surprised. A lovely little family-run hostel with friendly helpful staff. Nice interior with a comfy T.V. lounge and a pretty, decked garden. Good range for breakfast in the morning. Lost my glasses and the staff made a proper effort to find them and posted them back to me... More 

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Manaus, AM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I stayed there from 18th to 20th July and it was a great experience. First of all the hostel is well located, right behind Millenium Stadium, and walking distance from Cardiff Castle, bus station, train station, downtown itself. Then, there´s the hostel which is very familiar, clean, staff is so polite and nice you want to stay there forever. Although... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Amazing breakfast!!!! The interiors (basically a recently renovated big house) are very pretty and spotless clean, and the staff very nice and helpful. I liked that the atmosphere was friendly but quiet (not a party hostel). The location is optimal as well. Did I mention the breakfast? Just a couple of weak points. Firstly, I wish there had been somewhere... More 

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