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“Ideal Bunk House accomodation with easy access to Snowdonia mountains” 4 of 5 stars
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The Vagabond
Craiglan Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAW , Wales   |  
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Harlow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Ideal Bunk House accomodation with easy access to Snowdonia mountains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

The Vagabond is situated in the pretty village of Betws-y -Coed and provides good bunk house accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. The premises has improved over recent years and is now cleaner, brighter and fresher than before. It has it's own bar, shower room and drying room. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The village is close enough to use as a base for hill walking and climbing in Snowdonia. There are all the shops you need - food shops, grocers, and kit/clothing etc. You can eat as cheaply or as expensively as you like. Like any bunk house, you can be at the mercy of others when it comes to a quiet night but the staff do intervene and most people only need to be asked politely once. What more do you want?

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

Excellent base for mountain adventure with friends: very close to Betws-y-Coed centre, comfy beds, friendly accommodating owner who pays attention to each guest's needs and remembers their names.

Remember, it's a hostel. If you want a 4* hotel then go find one and pay £100 per night for it.

If, however, you want budget accommodation with clean beds, clean toilets and clean showers, pleasant (and quickly cooked) breakfast, small bar on site, friendly owner, chance to meet fellow hostellers, a late check-in time (compared to B&Bs) and a relaxed atmosphere .... then for £21 per night (including breakfast) with plenty of parking within 100 metres of the door ... come here.

Ignore the comments about 'communal showers' - they are not communal (i.e. not 4 showers in a row without curtains etc) and they are clean, warm and hot. Bring a decent sized towel and you can easily have a shower (4 showers in a row, each with a decent curtain), grab your towel wih one arm and get dressed with your modesty intact. 4 showers doesn't sound many, but I didn't queue once. Remember, more/private showers and/or more toilets = less space for beds = higher prices.

You get what you choose to pay for. And I loved it!

Thanks Mark, for a great place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stroud, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

Friendly bunkhouse with good kitchen to use for self catering in evenings. At weekends it seems you have to pay an extra £5 for compulsary cooked breakfast. Breakfast wasn't that great for the price - 2 small dry sausages, bacon, fried egg, gloopy beans and tinned tomato. There was unlimited toast but only butter to spread on it - some jam/ marmalade would have been nice. I can understand why breakfasts are compulsary at weekends, due this being the sort of place to have multiple groups staying at one time and if all were to try to cook at the same time in the kitchen there would be chaos, but feel the ingredients could have been of better quality. Veggie breakfast option was a bowl of alpen and toast - also subject to the extra £5 charge.

Three toilets for all 36 beds was a bit lacking - particularly when there was no loo roll in any of them when I got up Saturday morning.

Showers were lovely and warm but a little odd in their setup of four curtained showers in one room with no lock on the door.

Bunks were comfy, wonderful to stay somewhere where the bunks don't creak! Found that the top bunks in my room had no storage shelf nearby for alarm and torch - note to self must re read Harry Potter to find the spell for making small items levitate overnight!

Generally a good place to stay, friendly staff, clean facilities, a few odd quirks and a rare chiwawa called George.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

First of all i would like to extend a massive thankyou to Mark for a fantastic Vagabond/Snowdonia experience. Also a big thankyou to george the Vaghound (chihuahua) for letting the younger of the children (husbands) play with him. We were a group of 10 staying to the weekend, all ranges of ages from 13 to 55 male and female. As soon as we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and comfortable within the Vagabond. Mark the manager has a full knowledge for the area and surrounding areas, he couldnt have helped us more and even gave us plenty of advice on how to keep warm and the best places to go. We had a full english both mornings which left us with a full belly for hiking. We had full use of the kitchen and we could even use a shelf in the fridge to keep our provisions. In the evening for an extra £7 we had an all you can eat chilli con carne on the first night and on the second night it was an all you an eat Chicken Tikka Masala. Mark will cater for all your needs no matter how much it puts him out. There is also a bar in the Vag for your use and low key music playing in the backround, Mark can be flexible but will usually be flexible to help out the party as he did us. The Vagabond is 1 place i would definately reccommend and definatley go back to again. The staff are extremely friendly and the atmosphere of the house is the best yet in all of the bunkhouses i have visited.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

We will definately be back!! The Vagabond is a lovely bunkhouse on the edge of a really gorgeous village and was also the ideal location base for our hike. From the minute we arrived Mark, the manager could not do enough for us and had us in stiches at the bar! And he cooks the meanest breakfast, with unlimited toast and chunky mugs of tea & coffee - the perfect set up for the day.

The bunkhouse is warm, with a cosy little residents bar that spills over into the dining room if it's packed, which is great for large groups. The rooms are clean, sheets crisp and towels are fluffy, which is fantastic after a long walk. I noticed the home-cooked evening meals are also available and the prices were very reasonable.

The kitchen has a fridge and stainless steel counters, ideal for making picnic lunches.

Be under no illusion - it's a bunkhouse, so it's basic (but cheap!). It may have the odd flaw but it is what it is. They get the bunkhouse experience absolutely spot on. If you're looking for a warm, extremely friendly, clean, alcohol serving place to warm up and have a big breakfast - don't miss this one! We'll be back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

The coldness of the weather was more than made up for by the warmth of the greeting we received when we arrived at the vagabond.The manager was very friendly and helpful told us good places to eat and had a very good knowledge of the area. Rooms basic but spotless as were the showers and toilets. Full english breakfast brilliant and plenty of it.Bar open at night if you wanted, full kitchen facilities available if you want to cater for yourself even a shelf available in the fridge.You will want to go back and back and back

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

First things first: a great breakfast. the perfect start to a day's walking.

Secondly, great location. 5 minutes from the pubs and restaurants of Betws Y Coed. No need for a driver to get you back home after some post exercise ales.

The Kitchen is perfectly adequate for doing your own lunches / dinner.

3 toilets for 36 beds is not really enough. The 4 showers are in the same room so can only be used by one gender at a time (!) and overall a bit weird in this day and age.

There is not that much space for socialising if you are in a bigger group.

The room we were in smelt very musty indeed and there was clearly mould on the walls on all sides. There was a puddle on the lino floor by the radiator. Within 24 hours all your clothes smelt of damp.

If you are a couple of mates looking to bag some Welsh 3000s, or a dads and lads weekend away, this place could be perfect. If you are a larger group you might need to think it through a bit more. Definitely a place to crash, wash, eat and sleep before another big day rather than chill out. "For the money" it is good, but for a bit more cash I can't help think you could have far, far better.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Vagabond

Address: Craiglan Road, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAW , Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Betws-y-Coed
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Specialty lodging in Betws-y-Coed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
The Vagabond Betws-y-Coed, Wales

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