Obviously at a hostel you have limited expectations that's just hostel life however as a walker/climber you do need a couple of things...
We stayed there for winter climbing in Nevis in February.
The kitchen is large and great for lots of people as is the dining and lounge area. There are 3 small bathrooms - one has an ok shower and there are dorms (sleeping 8) or separate rooms so space is good - and its only 2 mins walk from the pub/restaurant locally as well as within short hitting distance of Nevis.. that's the positives...
sadly a couple of negatives would put me off staying again.
The hostel overall was cold and damp.. the dorms just felt awful.. clothes and towels never dried and when you are up at 5.30am to climb it feels horrible, Also there are no drying facilities which again for a hostel in a climbers area is very poor. The manager did allow us to bring a hanging rail through from a back office to one of small lounges to attempt to dry all out wet, frozen climbing gear in front of the fire but it wasnt ideal.
Overall its a bed.. but its not a comfy experience. Its up to you whether you can trade off that against the low cost. Summer may be a different story but in winter is not great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fantastic hostel near Ben Nevis providing great accommodation for walkers, climbers, backpackers and families. Enjoy a break to the Scottish Highlands. Be inspired by fantastic views of Ben Nevis. Take an evening walk along the banks of the Caledonian Canal and Neptune's Staircase. Above all, share your experiences with like-minded travelers. Quality hostel accommodation sleeping 42. Accommodation offered on a 'Room Only' basis. Meals available nearby, with kitchen facilities in-house. ... more less
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