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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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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were extremely friendly, the room was clean and tidy, the breakfast spread they put on was fantastic and the hostel itself is a short walk from Cardiff City centre. This was my first time staying in a hostel and it was a fantastic first experience. Thank you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My first impression of the hostel was from before I even got there. As I had booked in advance, I was given a courtesy call by Abi, one of the owners to see if I was still coming. I thought that was a really nice touch. We arrived early, met Charley , who was full of useful information, and were... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stayed 5 nights, excellent location 5 minute walk from the castle and water bus into Cardiff Bay, close to downtown as well. Lovely staff and rooms, clean and bright and quiet. £1 dinners were a surprise but very tasty and great if you're on a budget. 10 minute walk to bus and train station also, very do-able, we did... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

After travelling quite a bit, I have been to quite a few hostels and I can safely say that this is one of the best. Cheap price, breakfast included, wifi, great lounge room, bathrooms are clean and I have never had any trouble with other guests. I stayed here about two years ago now and I came back and had... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Having never stayed in a hostel before and travelling solo I had some reservations about my trip. However the TripAdvisor reviews were so good I decided to give it a go! I can't fault this beautiful place. It really is a B&B with dorms. I stayed in a 4 person dorm it was very clean and the bedding was fresh... More 

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