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“Amazing Hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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The River House Backpackers
59 Fitzhammon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN, Wales   |  
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Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This place is so so so great!! Lovely staff and owners (plus 2 friendly cats) who are always friendly and helpful. This place would definitely win the best breakfast award. My eyes nearly fell out of my head when I saw the selection of breakfast goodies....granola, yoghurt, welsh cakes, fruit toast, fresh berries...the list goes on and on. Bedrooms and bathrooms are spotless. Cozy lounge area with a large DVD collection. Would definitely stay here again :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The weather was really lovely when me and my friend were there. Room and bathroom were quite clean. The host and hostess were very friendly. Breakfast, loved it! Also we were offered dinner with pasta. It is not expensive to share a room with another 3 people. A nice day out and night in were pretty good! Impressed!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Everything you could ever hope for in a hostel bar a bar. But there's plenty of those a stones throw away. Beautiful rooms, Lounge room with dvd selection, incredible breakfast every morning and staff who are both friendly and attractive. Not the most central (its pretty damn close though) or the cheapest, but definitely worth it

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Lauderhill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This place doesnt look very nice in the outside part but inside it is another world. Yes it is very small, but it has other stuffs that compesate for it, like free wifi, free breakfast, free food in the evenings, cleanliness, staff are very friendly and helpful, beds and linens are clean and comfortable, the bathroom and showers are very clean, the only problem I had was with the hot water because I didnt know how to regulate it, but the staff were very helpful and fast in the rescue. It is close to everything, so u dont have to be expending money in transportation. Maybe if u dont want to walk that much u can take the coach or bus, the staff will give u all the information u need. My friend and I stayed 2 nights in april 2013 and we loved it, if we come back to Cardiff again, we already know where we are going to stay. Thank u to The River House Backpackers for the awesome time u helped us to have.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I really loved that hostel. I stayed in a 4 beds room with two of my friends. Here's why:

1- We had a really nice welcome into the hostel by the owner. He was so nice!
2- It's a small hostel with a lot of character.
3- It's really clean, from the useful kitchen to the bathrooms!
4- The breakfast is AMAZING! I've visited maybe 15 hostels this year, and this one was the best I saw.
5- It's cheap!
6- It's close to the Cardiff Castle and the city centre
7- The shower and the toilet were together, like in a house. I really liked that!

The only negative point I noticed were the pillow, who were really thins and not confortables... Apart from that, it's my favorite hostel yet!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This was a wonderful experience and a great value! My husband, me, my son, and my daughter stayed for 2 nights and found it to be quiet, and a good nights sleep. The breakfast was great and Charlie was very helpful and friendly. I would recommend it to anyone. It was an easy walk to the pub for dinner. The other guests were kind and interesting-a joy to be around. We asked our host a lot of questions and he answered them easily and graciously. A great experience! Thank you to Charlie for making it extra informative and friendly!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at the riverhouse, its very clean, feels homely when you walk in and the staff (Abi and Chris) are lovely, very helpful people! The breakfast is also top notch, wide variety of food from cereal to yoguart, pan au rasin and tons of jams and juices. I stayed there because its soo close to the milennium stadium and i had an xfactor audition! Its only a 5 mins walk to cardiff centre yet it is still in a quiet location. Nice patio area round the back and plenty of dvds and games in the lounge. The mixed 6 bed dorm i stayed in was clean and the bed was very comfy and the people sharing with me at the time were really nice too! Plenty of showers/toilets available which is handy in the mornings. I will defo use the riverhouse again for a cheeky weekend in cardiff! Can't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The River House Backpackers

Address: 59 Fitzhammon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riverhouse is ideally located in the most central area of Cardiff. Beside the Millennium Stadium, on the banks of the River Taff. In a quiet location, all major attractions are within short walking distance from our doorstep. In our 120 year old Victorian townhouse, we invite our fellow travellers to relax to music while reading our many books, enjoy a film in our lounge and surf our super fast free wireless internet. Our fully quipped kitchen is free for guests to indulge in some of their own home comforts. The bathrooms are individual so you can lock the door behind you and have your own facilities in total privacy - just like home.We appreciate the importance of clean facilities, so you will notice we will be cleaning all day long.- Free Breakfast- Free Individual Lockers and Locks- Free Linens and Duvets- Free Coffee and Tea All Day- Free Wireless Internet connection- Free Access to Guide Books, Book Exchange and DVD Library- Free Maps and Advice- Free Satalite TV and Films- I-Pod station, Mobile Phone Charging, Wii, and Bedlights.... and did we mention The Riverhouse was the number 1 hostel in the UK in 2008? ... more   less 
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The River House Backpackers Hotel Cardiff
The River House Backpackers Cardiff, Wales

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