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Alston Youth Hostel

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Burton in Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My first return to a youth hostel sincel I started hostelling in 1963. ( bye the bye anybody remember "Nunk." from those days at Exeter YHA?) Ahh! those were the days when wardens were ex-prison wardens from Borstals and one had to do your daily tasks on pain of death or worse! Anyway things have changed in the interim and... More 

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love youth hostels and it is sad that this one (vital for the Pennine Way) was sold by the YHA. Thankfully, three lovely people bought it who clearly value this type of hostel. All of us staying got a great welcome and the facilities are excellent, even down to the talking front door (I kid you not!). It also... More 

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Thank Matthew C
AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank You for your very kind and positive comments Matthew. We are pleased you and your sons enjoyed your stay with us. We hope your sons follow in your footsteps and take to walking and exploring much more. And maybe come back to stay with us again. More 

Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed there last week and staff were very friendly. We accidentally left behind a kindle and before we had even missed it they had called us offering to send it back. On top of this the hostel was comfortable clean convenient and good value for money.

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Thank paulwar14
AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank You Paul. I'm pleased to know your Kindle was delivered back to you safely. It's amazing what items are accidentally left behind by our guests. From clothing to compasses and even the odd walking pole !! As soon as a guest checks out, we try to do a 'room sweep' to ensure nothing is left and if we find... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Following our first day on the c2c, this was a great half way point. We managed to lock our bikes up securely, greeted by friendly staff and even a drying room for our (very wet) clothes. They were brilliant with providing us with a dorm to ourselves as well as a 2 course breakfast for just £5.50. Cheap stay in... More 

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AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank You Ben. We know how wet and cold it can be - cycling up and down Hartside in the wind and rain - even in Summer!. Our warm drying room has, yet again, proved to be popular with our new arrivals. We were happy to offer you the room to yourselves as it just happened to be vacant that... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was by far the best Bunkhouse type premises we stayed in along the entire Pennine Way. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful ( ie arranged for an Outdoor Clothing Shop to open in the evening especially so that one of our group could buy some new boots ). The Youth Hostel is very well designed with a kitchen... More 

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Thank WiggyofIpswich
AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Wow! High praise indeed! Thank you very much. We will also pass on your comments to the owner of 'The Pennine Outdoor' shop too. She will be so pleased to know she helped you out so you could go on your way with a suitable pair of boots. She often opens at short notice if she knows she can help... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked easily into the hostel in advance, and selected to have the breakfast. It had been a number of years since I had last been in a YHA hostel, so was not too sure what to expect with cleaning, chores, sheet sleeping bags etc. However, found no sheet sleeping bag and the only chore was to strip the duvet cover,... More 

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AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Vince. I am pleased you found your stay with us to be more relaxing than you anticipated. We appreciate any guests who help us out with any chores but this is no longer a condition of staying in a Youth Hostel - thank goodness. We hope you will visit us again sometime, you will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We got a lovely warm welcome at the hostel, even though we ended up coming in quite late. Close to everything, and a little walking path. Everything was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Breakfast in the morning was delicious - very filling! We would definitely come by again!!

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

brilliant hostel, rooms very clean, bike storage and facilities were brilliant. They even had phone/ garmin chargers to borrow! Close to C2C route (the route from the top of hartside to the hostel is fantastic) The breakfast was great and it is clsoe to pubs/cafes/ shops in alston (couple of minutes walk)

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Thank Graham T
AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank You for taking the time to write a review on our hostel. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We work hard to keep the hostel as nice and as homely as possible. The selection of phone chargers we can poan out are ones left behind by previous guests who no longer want them! Usually C2C cyclists who are... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Clean, polite staff, location good and bikes were safe,beds comfy and as noisy as hostel should be ,food was nice although full English was a bit small it rolled about on a small plate should have been called a half English really and the showers were hot they were very slow bit more of a trickle than a shower but... More 

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Thank Jphart
AlstonYH14, Owner at Alston Youth Hostel, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear you would be happy to stay with us again Jphart. However, we are saddened to hear you thought our breakfasts are a little on the small size. On the morning of your stay, we served our cereals, grapefruit and porridge, teas and coffee on a 'help yourself' basis and the hot breakfast from the bain... More 

skipton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Very enjoyable stay. Warm, friendly and very clean and tidy with great facilities. Good seating area to watch the birds and wildlife. Great facilities for bike storage too and very easy access to well stocked Spar at the garage across the road. Would highly recommend.

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Alston Youth Hostel is situated on the edge of Alston town high up in the North Pennines (The Roof of England!) In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Pennine Way and South Tyne Trail runs right by the side of the hostel and is the first accommodation you reach in Alston after the long walk from Dufton over Cross Fell (the highest point of The Pennine Way). We are also about half way on the ever popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route which runs from Whitehaven/Workington to Tynemouth. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Alston Youth Hostel

Address: The Firs | The Firs, Alston CA9 3RW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Alston
Hotel Class:3 star — Alston Youth Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Alston Youth Hostel Cumbria
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