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“Fine, but the location is up a steep hill” 3 of 5 stars
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YHA Bath
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6JZ, England   |  
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Ranked #28 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bath
Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fine, but the location is up a steep hill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

I've stayed in several youth hostels in the UK and Ireland and this one was fine -- not bad, not great. There are actually 2 buildings -- the mansion and then the lodge out back. I stayed in the lodge, which was okay. My room was clean though there were no directions on how to lock the door from the inside (hint: pull the door handle up). It had bunk beds and one locker for a double room (presumably only people traveling together would be in the room). The en suite was fine as well. There was a slight odor in the room, which was probably from damp (it was rainy while I was there). Towels are not provided but are available for hire. If you want dinner or breakfast, you order it when you arrive -- the food was fine, but I'd probably rather spend the extra to eat in a restaurant from something a little more interesting than basic fare. The staff were very kind and helpful, though reception needs more than 1 person, especially for check-in; it took over a half a hour to get checked in. All in all, the hostel was fine, but nothing to write home about.

The big negative is the steep, 1/2 mile hill one needs to climb to get there. DEFINITELY TAKE THE BUS. Well, worth the 1.45 fare. The bus takes you up and down the hill in less than 10 minutes and drops you right across the street from the back of Bath Abbey. I cannot overstress this: TAKE THE BUS.

For the price for staying in Bath, it was worth it. Note: if you aren't a member of YHA, you will have to pay a 3 GBP per night supplement (standard at all hostels).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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bedford
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9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

A late booking brought me to The Youth Hostile which was surprisingly cheap for Bath, £30.00 + £3 as we were not members. My daughter and I stayed in a twin room which had fabulous views over Bath to the front and hills to the side and trees behind in this beautiful, splendid old Villa set away from the main road in a peaceful location. I had never been to this type of accomodation before but I have been camping (Although I am not too keen on camping now), Now, bearing in mind a pitch at Bath campsit with a small tent and electric hookup starts at about £22.00, I thought this option was very reasonable, sure you have to make your bed up and there are no luxuries like soap, shampoo, hairdrier, t v, kettle, etc. but once you know, you can work around it.

Good points are - Cheap, beatiful location and building, very friendly staff, sink in the room and plenty of storage, kitchen, restaurant, bar, tv room, garden and park for free.

Bad points - Competant cleaning and maintenance staff and possibly management required to raise the standard of this accomadation as this is sorely letting it down. At least 20 min brisk walk to town centre, bus required to get back - but not really a problem.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

I booked this as hotel but din'd know that is youth hostel actually doesn't say. 3 stars? i don't think so! no towels, have to pay extra £1 for towel. Plus some additional charge of £3 pounds per person for something. In room you have to do your own bedding. Bed are singles with old mattress. Showers are dirty and small, toilets in the same room as shower. Was having shower while some one else taking crap next door! no ventilation, imagine the the smell. If you wana have pleasant stay in bath do spend extra cash to get good hotel. Hot breakfast you have to order night before other wise is not available, didn't order .

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Dark rooms + Cold showers + blocked up sinks + Wet tea towels = a bad stay at a youth hostel
We weren't very impressed with our stay when Bath is such a lovely city with so much to do...
Friendly staff but limited amount to cope with the demand

Desperatly needs refurbishment

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

Helpfully and friendly staff, clean, quiet location and beautiful mansion (not annex building). It is not town city, on uphill but not far away from town city, you are better takes buses. Maybe noisy, the wall are "thin", fortunately, my neighbors was quiet. The self-catering kitchen was good. If you don’t want to cook, meals also available. It is good value for money, not complain really.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

I had visited Bath in 2006 and wanted to visit again with my family. Previously I had stayed in a B&B as my employer was paying costs. This time we decided upon a family room with en-suite. We were given Room 13 in the main building which has a window situated over what seemed to be the kitchens industrial sized exhaust fan. This fan was turned on at 8am and off at around 8pm. As we didn’t want to sleep between these times the noise wasn’t really a problem. Actually helped us vacate the room early each day and to get out and about. You really wouldn’t want to stay in the room for too long during daylight hours as the size of the room was pretty small without any real space for our luggage. Four suitcases couldn’t be left open on the floor as there wasn’t enough floor space. This was particularly hard on our 16yo daughter who likes to spread out. But then we were on a budget and we all knew before hand that the YHA wasn’t a five star resort so we managed.
We were out of our room each day by 10am at the latest and back around 5 – 6pm. We used the communal kitchen for breakfast and evening meals. The kitchen and dining areas were pretty clean during our stay. We did have to wipe down our table before we could use it once or twice. But that was due to inconsiderate guests not the cleaning staff. We cooked our evening meals in this kitchen and found everything we needed – eventually. We did manage to loose a can of drink from the communal fridge. Hey they must have been really thirsty… It is a good idea to wrap your items up so that nobody can see what you have.
The place was full of (high school aged) school kids for two nights during our stay. They were loud downstairs and outside but were pretty considerate upstairs around the rooms after 10pm. It also helped that the room doors are pretty solid and noise didn’t really intrude. We were also pretty buggered after our long days so flaked as soon as heads hit the pillows. Good fortune and planning had us in the YHA for weeknights only. We have read enough reviews to know we didn’t want to be in a youth hostel during the weekend.
We used the YHA as a base to explore Bath and visit Stonehenge and Avebury.
The adults enjoyed the free town guided tour that starts outside the pump room. Our eight year old was very excited to find the lions and pigs scattered around Bath. On the other hand our teenage daughter who isn’t really into guided tours really enjoyed the Bizarre Bath evening comedy walk. Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths were also enjoyed, albeit in varying amounts, by the whole family.
We caught the bus out the front of the hostel into and out of town each day. The path from the road to the hostel is pretty steep as is the road into town. Cars are able to drive right up to the front/side door and unload or load up.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

We stayed in the back building and got a room with an unbearable stench. It was old and filthy and had paper thin walls. The kitchen, located in the newer building, was nice and clean, but was barely stocked enough for two families to eat at once. The clothes dryer took 90 minutes to dry an average load. Location was too far from the city to make it worth the savings. However, the bus was easy to take. The grounds and wooded location were lovely. The staff was incredibly nice and very helpful. If you stay here, try not to stay in the back building. A trip to Lacock and Stonehenge is a must. A day on foot through Bath and a night time tour of the Roman Baths was fabulous.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6JZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA Bath 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Famed for its grand Georgian architecture and hot springs, Bath is a World Heritage City of many contrasts. It also offers a vibrant nightlife and progressive counter culture to round off your experience. Hearty breakfasts and a quality evening menu are available in our restaurant. YHA Bath is a listed building and welcomes all types of guests. However, if you have a child under the age of 3 years or any other requirements related to mobility or access, please mention at the time of booking and we will endeavor to book you in the most suitable room. YHA Bath comprises two buildings which are both in the same grounds. The hostel has both dorm beds and private rooms available, with some en-suite. We are perfect for backpackers, families and couples alike. Bed linen is provided but towels are not, however please do bring your own or you can hire them from us. There is FREE Wi-Fi available in the social areas. There is 24 hour access to the hostel for all guests that have checked in (code given during check in). YHA Bath is located on Bathwick Hill, within walking distance of the city itself. All the main city attractions are close enough to walk, including the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath Abbey and the Bath Thermal Spa. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this World Heritage City, explore the gorgeous Georgian architecture or relax in the spa before returning to the hostel for a quiet drink in the bar. ... more   less 
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