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).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bath Yha Hotel Bath