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YHA Bath
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6JZ, England   |  
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Ranked #27 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bath
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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17 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“hard to complain about”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

cute hostel. not luxury accomodation but you don't get that from a yha and i didn't expect it.

but, friendly staff, spotlessly clean, quiet location and beautiful setting. definately in my top three yha's i have stayed in.

only drawback is it is a little out of town via a very steep hill, including the driveway. but there is a bus stop right outside with very frequent services.

plus also the stairs are quite steep.

overall, excellent for the price.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

We were looking forward to this stay in the beautiful city of Bath. A few pros and cons:

PROs
- very friendly and helpful staff
- a lovely main building though perhaps not fully reflecting its former grandeur
- great evening meals at very competitive prices
- secure lockable bike shed

CONs
- most of the bedrooms are in a dilapidated annexe building out the back
- the walls are like paper and you hear every noise - especially if adjacent to the main entrance or toilets as we were
- smelt of sweaty feet when we arrived
- tiny room with minimal storage space for bags
- two high windows only one of which opened - the other screwed shut and damaged
- shower blocked and almost flooded on first use (but unblocked very promptly by helpful staff)
- annexe generally in need of upgrade or, better, replacement
- no on-site parking (some available on road at bottom of drive)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waitakere, NZ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

We booked here because of the lovely twin room pictured on the web page for Bath YHA. On arrival we were directed to a extremely small and shabby room with bunk beds. We are both well past out twenties so neither of us was thrilled about tackling a top bunk. When questioned staff said they had no twin rooms only bunks...
Kitchen facilities were reasonable but well overdue for replacement dishcloths and dish brushes, and there were never enough dry tea towels.
We had the cooked breakfast one morning which wasn't too bad, and the dinner servings were generous.
The main building was obviously beautiful once and could be again with a good cleaning and some TLC.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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anon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

I stayed here for one night in a large 10 bedded shared dorm (room 8). It was basic and the bunks were very old, with no reading lights and old mattresses. There was one sink in the room. Hooks and more lighting (especially for when people come in late /leave early) would have been useful. I was on a lower bunk and was bitten during the night - the carpet could have done with a revamp I think.
On going around the hostel I saw the odd feather and bit of pink tinsel here and there - obviously the remains of a hen night! The nearest shower / toilet room was not specifically for men or women, which was different from other hostels I have stayed in, but it was adequate.
The bar and reception areas were smarter than the dorm and the staff were reasonably helpful. The hostel is a bit out of the centre but there are regular buses. (I arrived into Bath by train). The walk into town from the hostel is downhill.
Bath can be expensive, so if you are a solo traveller and want a very cheap option this hostel is OK, but if you want anything else, then look elsewhere and pay more.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

I'll admit I'm a bit of a princess. This was my first time staying in a hostel, and I wouldn't have but everything else was sold out. First impression of the hostel was quite nice - from the outside. It's quite a nice building and very near a bus stop. Going inside was more like what I'd expected but clean. The reseption staff, Graham, was extra helpful. Without even asking he whipped out a map and plotted out a path that we should walk to the centre by, and the sites we should definately see. Our room was ok nothing too bad, I wasn't expecting to have to make the bed though, and unless you have a tiny bottom I would suggest taking the bottom bunk. There was no soap or towels provided so I would also suggest bringing some along. Overall it was alright, truthfully if giventhe choice I would stay in a hotel but for one or two nights it wad bearable.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2010

As a family of 5, we find it very difficult to find accommodation that we can all stay in a room together and having had a look on the YHA website, I decided this would be a great place for us to stay for 2 nights as we planned a visit to Bath city center and a day trip to Longleat, after driving back from a trip to Alton Towers. I booked a room that sleeps 6 with ensuite, as I have three children and I don't particularly like using public toilets. 2 nights cost us somewhere around £165, so not cheap. We checked in, agreed to include breakfast (an extra £30 for 5 of us for two mornings) without really thinking it through. The reception in the building was impressive and the staff friendly and very helpful. However, we took all our luggage and the children up to our room within the main building, only to find that the toilet in the en suite was out of order, though this had not been mentioned to us. My partner asked if we could have another room because of this and we were told that the toilet hadn't worked for some time - so surely we should have been asked if this was ok? Anyway, without any hassle, the staff checked us into another room, but situated in the separate building out the back, which had a double bed in this time, but with a single bunk over it and another 2 person bunk next to it. The rooms are pretty small and it is definitely budget accommodation. You have to make your own beds up and strip them at the end of your stay, the pillows were old, pancake flat and some were stained, and every door really creaked - not good for trying not to wake people up for night time visits to the loo. We were very disappointed, but tried to make the best of it. On the plus side, the en suite was very clean, there were trees outback with a variety of birds singing away.
We explored the facilities and took the children into the living room. We were very pleased to see a large tv and a Wii to entertain them, however, we then found out it wasn't working, but were told there were games in the cupboard. We took out a few, but all had major playing pieces missing, so we gave up and left there! We didn't eat there for dinner, but had a continental breakfast. I asked for soya milk and this wasn't a problem at all. We had tea/coffee, toast, butter, a selection of jams and spreads, cereal and croissant, but unfortunately, on our second morning, there were no croissants, so that was disappointing. There were also fruit juice and fresh fruits provided or an fried English breakfast.

We slept pretty well the first night, though there was a strange, continuous, buzzing noise in the night that woke me up once, but which had gone by morning. But the next night was awful. A large party of French adults were booked in around us and we were awoken constantly throughout the night and this went on until we gave up and got up around 7am. The noise was mostly people wrenching the doors open, going to the shared toilet, banging the doors and flushing the toilet, before banging the doors and swinging them open hard. No attempt at all was made by them to be considerate of other guests and so we had a fairly long drive home today on very little sleep.

Parking was easy, you can't park on site, unfortunately, but there is parking available on the very long road next the entrance for the Hall for free and unrestricted by time. We walked from there to Bath center and, even with young children, we are brisk walkers and it took us no more than ten minutes, but be aware that walking back is all uphill. We walked a little way down Bathwick Hill, then cut through on the left to a gravel path, which provided a mostly, lovely scenic walk, even over a bridge over a river with riverboats perched to the side. So the location is convenient and a short walk or a very short drive to Bath city center, but I would only recommend this for backpackers, staying briefly and cheaply, not for families paying hotel prices.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

We needed accommodation in Bath for one night, a Saturday, and had found it difficult to find a B&B that would accept a booking for just that night. The main building of the hostel looked quite attractive in the booklet and as if it would offer decent rooms with big windows and high ceilings, and we had happily stayed at many hostels in Europe before, so we booked a twin room. The room we were given (room 14) wasnt in the main building but in the annexe behind it (just bad luck I guess). The room was small, rather dingy and grubby and the walls were in serious need of replastering. The bathroom was a bit more spacious but the accommodation as a whole was far from inviting and didnt look or feel particularly clean. However, as it was only one night we made the beds ourselves and then went out to enjoy Bath. The assistant on the desk had initially been a little cold but was very good with directions and sights to see in the town - not sure how long the walk into town takes as we drove, but the hostel is some way up a hill so I'm not sure I'd fancy the walk back after a night out. Neither of us got a great night's sleep, partly from not feeling comfortable in the bunk bed and partly from noise from other residents when they returned at about 2:30am. Now, if the room had cost us £20 we wouldnt be complaining - if you pay for budget accommodation you cant expect the place to be perfect. However, the room cost £46, plus £6 because we werent members of YHA, and had we had breakfast in the morning the total cost would have exceeeded £60. For that kind of price we would expect a much higher standard of accommodation than what we received. Just don't go there.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 #27 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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