I am a member of the YHA and have stayed in several hostels but I have never experienced a check-in like the one I had in Bristol. Living within 200 miles of the hostel and travelling by coach I had no need to bring my passport or driving licence. I was however carrying the print-out of my booking and also my YHA membership card, which surely should have been sufficient. However on check-in this proved not to be the case. Unable to produce a driving licence or a passport, I offered photo ID in the form of a concessionary bus pass but that was declined and I was then asked for two credit or debit cards. I had one debit card on me, which was eventually accepted, though why it was needed when I had already paid in advance for the room heaven only knows. There was nothing on the YHA website that said you had to carry all this extra documentation. I wonder how many other people have been caught out? I have emailed the YHA head office for an explanation but as yet have had no reply.
Having got that gripe out of the way, I have to say the position of the hostel on the waterfront is ideal. I had a single room on the fifth floor, not en-suite but the showers and toilets were close by. The room was clean and tidy, apart from the waste bin, which someone had forgotten to empty. The lift only goes to the fourth floor so the last bit is by stairs. I did wonder how well I would sleep as the waterfront is noisy at night but I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was by midnight. The breakfast in the morning was OK.
I had no trouble in finding this hostel when walking from the bus station and I guess it took me 10 - 15 minutes.
Would I stay here again? Well yes I guess I would as it is in such a good position and so reasonably priced but they really need to sort out their check-in procedure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For good accommodation in Bristol city centre, this backpackers hostel makes a perfect base. Explore the harbourside and old city areas, visit the magnificent Avon Gorge - Brunel’s suspension bridge or enjoy Bristol’s cultural base of theatres, museums, art galleries and thriving live music and club scene. A former waterfront grain house, this Youth Hostel has been sympathetically restored to offer relaxed cosmopolitan surrounding, ideal for a cheap city break or weekend away.YHA members can enjoy free Wi-Fi in social areas at YHA Bristol! ... more less
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