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Ocean Backpackers

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29 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having grown up visiting Ilfracombe, I was well aware of Ocean Backpackers as it has such a great location by the harbour. However, since I used to stay with family, I had never visited before. This all changed after a stressful time at work left me needing an escape. Newly single, I was looking for somewhere I knew would feel... More 

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1 Thank Rebecca T
ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much Rebecca for such a great review! We are so pleased that you had a great time at Ocean Backpackers and that we were just the "tonic" you were looking for! Chris and I have both done a lot of backpacking in our time-and with Ocean Backpackers-we wanted to create a relaxing, homely, clean and friendly hostel... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Could of stayed longer cheap and cheerful! Much nicer than some hotels I've stayed in! Staff were kind and let us use all of the rooms for filming (as we were making a film). Very praticial and easy to get too!

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Thank Beth B
ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

HI Beth, Thank you very much for your review! So pleased you really enjoyed your stay at Ocean Backpackers and it was a pleasure to have you and the rest of South Devon College to stay again! We are really looking forward to seeing the film when it's finished! More 

Chilcompton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We booked a last minute get away on the day & travelled down to the backpackers with our 1 yr old & 1 week old baby...family room was perfect for us with its bunk beds & double bed (even though we all ended up squeezing into the double by the early hours!), spotlessly clean & even had a little tv... More 

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Thank Rachel B
ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review!! Great to hear that you found Ocean Backpackers suitable for all the family and that you really enjoyed your stay!!! We look forward to welcoming you all again soon! More 

Windsor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Stayed one night, room was clean, beds a bit rough, needs better mattress and better bunk beds. Bathroom was ok. Had a kitchen on our floor, place was quiet, we sleep well so no massive issues with staying here, free bike storage was a bonus and right in town.

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are very sorry that you found the beds to be a bit uncomfortable. Since your stay-we have now replaced all our mattresses on every dorm bed and have replaced every double mattress barr two which are being replaced in the next couple of weeks. We hope you can come and stay again... More 

Frankenthal, Germany
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47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Stayed overnight and had one room. The hostels runs at that time by two young german students. It was simply, small but clean and close to the beach. It has at least two kitchens and a supermarket was not too fare. We even could park at the hostel. So given what we paid it was really a positiv experience.

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you had a very positive experience at Ocean Backpackers. We hope to welcome you again soon!! More 

Hitchin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I stayed here recently and thought it was good value, the room was clean and shower worked well. It is in a very good location just by the harbour. There is free parking, but you do get blocked in, so you are at the mercy of other guests, which was slightly disappointing. At the end of the day its a... More 

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a positive experience at Ocean Backpackers and would return. We do try to offer free parking to as many guests at Ocean Backpackers as possible. Unfortunately, this does involve guests parking in a way that they "block" other guests in. Whilst we endeavour to manage this situation as... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here twice never had every problems, nice big kitchen and lounge right in the centre of ilfracombe very close to ice cream and little holiday shops bunch of places for cream/afternoon tea and there's a lovely wetherspoons about a minute walk away we would go there for breakfast and dinner some days. Only ever stayed in the dorm rooms... More 

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Thank Rebecca W
ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are really pleased you have enjoyed both stays with us and value your comments. We will look into more hanging space for towels in the bathrooms. We do have a large basement which acts as a wet suit drying room. Sorry if this was not pointed out to you during your stay.... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My best friend and I stayed here during the Easter holidays while we were hiking along the South West Coast Path. We discovered that the hostel welcomes walkers and surfers alike, and the manager was quick to pay a great deal of interest in our hike: how far we had come, where we were headed next etc. We paid in... More 

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very positive review. We are so pleased that you had a nice, comfortable and relaxed stay. We hope to welcome you again soon!! More 

glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

12 of us stayed here for the weekend on a WI weekend away. The hostel is in an ideal location, very close to the harbour and a fantastic new Wetherspoons ideal for breakfast and refillable coffee. The weather wasn't kind to us but we had a really enjoyable weekend in Ilfracombe, visiting the Tunnels Beaches, Periwinkle Cafe, Verity, and Saunton... More 

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. I will take on board the idea of a keypad at the back which is a good one. You will be pleased to hear that if you do return and are not in the same room that you would have an en-suite bathroom... More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A party of 6, we used Ocean Backpackers as a base to walk sections of the SWCP. A friendly greeting at the reception, we had booked a 6 berth on suite room which was clean and warm. Comfortable lounge area a well equipt self catering kitchen. My group enjoyed their stay here and would be happy to return. Just a... More 

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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we are pleased to hear you enjoyed you stay with us. We have now purchased some plugs for the sinks so thanks for letting us know they were needed (not quite sure what happens to the ones that were there!). Unfortunately the car park out the back is no longer free overnight as they have... More 

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