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Elterwater Hostel

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Elterwater Independent Hostel Ltd | Ambleside, Elterwater LA22 9HX, England (Formerly YHA Elterwater)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
rebeccakssmith Carlisle, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely hostel to stay at whilst walking through the Lake District. Everything was very clean and organised. We turned up earlier than the check in time, but the hostel leaves its doors open so that you can come in and rest your feet on the sofa with complimentary tea and coffee available in the kitchen! The rooms... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for the lovely review. Elvis says 'Hi!' in his own uniquely reptilian way More

Newcastle, UK
2 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first family trip to a hostel in the Lake District took us to the Elterwater Hostel. The accommodation was a 6 bunk room which was solely for our family. The room was spacious, bright and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. There was a fantastic kitchen / self catering area with all amenities (including freezer) which was amazingly convenient for... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Great review! Thanks.. and demonstrating that kids can still be entertained by the simple things.. Lego and small reptiles! I'll make sure the guys read your nice comments about them.. We'd love to have you back again Nick More

Spalding, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So pleased that Elterwater has stayed open, and is even better than ever. Great new showers, good drying room, comfy beds and a welcoming atmosphere (and the wall-to-wall sunshine was a bonus). Thanks to Anthony and Charlie for feeding me so well and for making it such a relaxing few days. In summary, stay here, it's fab. Helen

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Helen, Thanks for the lovely review. It's good that our 'old' YHA customers are continuing to visit and liking the improvements More

Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and lovely hostel from the outside. Very welcoming upon arrival because although check in wasn't until 5pm the hostel was open for us to just come and sit down and make some tea or food in the self catering kitchen which was really great when we were tired after our walk getting there. The showers were also fantastic... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay. I hope the rest of your trip was as good. More

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful hostel accommodation. Hosts Charlie and Anthony provide a warm welcome, engaging conversation and the right combination of good organisation and informality - they're not bad cooks either! My stay was in a typical, small dormitary, but there are other rooms available for hire if you're with family or friends. The drying room is amazingly hot, but was hardly required... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Terry, Thanks for the review. I'll make sure Charlie and Anthony get to know about your comments. We're pleased you found Elterwater Hostel to your satisfaction, and hey!!? Hasn't the weather been great!! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really grateful that elterwater remains open as an independent hostel - it's a wonderful place. We received a warm welcome, friendly conversation and helpful advice on walking routes. The hostel is a few seconds walk from the Britannia Inn, and on the doorstep of all the best walks in the Lake District. Rooms are basic with bunk beds - but... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. At "a few seconds" you officially hold the record for getting to the pub.. and hopefully you'll come back and we can remain your old favourite hostel! More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A perfectly situated and extremely comfortable hostel. Both challenging hills and gentle wanders available straight out of the front door, with a very useful drying room and excellent hot showers after a long day. A stone's throw from a brilliant local pub. Staff always smiling and full of useful knowledge. Didn't have a cooked breakfast but looked fantastic and a... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review. We're pleased you liked us so much. We'd love you to visit again More

Burnley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed for two nights, nothing is too much trouble, the food is really good. Great drying room, fantastic new showers. Fully equipped self catering kitchen. Fabulous location for the Lang dale Valley. Good pub nearby, what's not to like. We will definitely stay again.

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Hazel, Thanks for the great review. we're please you enjoyed your stay. Nick More

llandysul
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant place! We came here after our tent had to be abandoned because of the wind and rain. Lovely clean room. Had to do bedding so it felt really homely. Great hospitality and clean self catering kitchens. :)

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

We're glad we were able to provide you with a comfortable 'plan b' after your camping wash-out.. oh the joys of a Lake District summer..! We hope to see you again in the future.. More

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I stayed in a group of four in Room 4 for a long weekend as our base for gill scrambling and walking in the hills. We we greeted with a friendly welcome from the hosts, who were also very informative about the local area and which pubs were the best bet for our first evening meal. We booked our cooked... More

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ElterwaterManager, Manager at Elterwater Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Rw and thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again, hopefully in slightly less 'moist' circumstances. We hope you'll understand, the limiters on the windows that prevent them opening wide are a trade-off for the safety of our guests, particularly the younger ones.. Occasionally stuffy rooms, vs. small children falling out! (It's also a legal requirement... More

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Address: Elterwater Independent Hostel Ltd | Ambleside, Elterwater LA22 9HX, England (Formerly YHA Elterwater)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Elterwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Elterwater Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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