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“Quality hostel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ambleside Backpackers
Crewe, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Quality hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Great location, good welcome and very hospitable. Friendly staff have good knowledge of local area to recommend food etc... Clean rooms, good showers, comfortable beds and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely use again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Chris M
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Having decided to spend New Year’s in the Lake District the 6 of us headed to stay in the Ambleside Backpackers for 3 nights. Though on arrival it was tipping it down outside, we were given a really warm welcome. The accommodation was great, with the 6 of us in one room, and it was the perfect location to explore the surrounding area and get onto the fells. The amenities are great and it features a brilliant communal Kitchen with a light breakfast (toast, cereals, tea, coffee etc) to help ourselves to which I thought was a lovely touch, and plenty of space to cook for yourself.

The lounge is lovely and a great place to sit and chat and meet the other residents, which provides a brilliant atmosphere. The staff were brilliant and were friendly, helpful and indeed knowledgeable of the area. All in all a brilliant place and a great way to spend New Year – we will be back many times no doubt!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Non3000
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Skomer Island, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

+ves
Good location
Nice hostel with a good atmosphere created by the owner/staff.
Good recommendations for local food/beer/walks
Warm
Nice Showers

-ves
Slightly squeaky beds.
Sheet sleeping bags
have had more exciting breakfasts for a hostel at this price (just some croissants would make it amazing for me)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Chris_Skomer
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

When your lasting memory of a hostel is the signage and notices placed within the hostel, its probably because there is something wrong with the hostel and frankly its difficult to put your finger on what is wrong.

Its clean, its quiet, its exceptionally well furnished, its perfectly located for Fell-walkers, there's free cereal, toast and tea and coffee, plus a free computer and WIFI. Features wise this hostel is perfect. But I can't stop thinking about the signs and notices there were just so many of them.

They varied from being witty and entertaining (such as how to get hot water in room 1) to making you feel like you had your mother nagging you constantly or that the staff were sick of answering the same questions over and over.

This kinda makes you loathed to ask anything and instead you wonder around looking for a sign to answer your question instead of a person. And when you have to create an A3 poster for every room explaining how to make the bed, its probably safe to conclude you need to sort out less complicated bedding.

Basically I think all these notices just were so impersonal as to make me feel like I was an unwelcome burden. I know there are some obligatory Health and Safety notices, but the list of rules and directives were just endless.

One final critique, parking is exceptionally limited.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank David P
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Iveing, Owner at Ambleside Backpackers, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Sorry the signs got you down, I actually thought we did pretty well to balance common questions information, and we are still very happy to provide helpful information person to person when required. In fact one of our main plusses according to our visitors book is how helpful the staff are.
We will review them to see what can easily be taken down without compromising guest help.
The car parking is always a problem in Ambleside -however we have just put up (another) a notice showing where free parking can be found near the hostel.
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Excellent hostel in a stunning location. Staff couldn`t have been more helpful. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a base for walking in the Central lakes area. Parking might be a prob for anyone driving there , But i went on the coach and it`s only 50 yards from the stop and restaurants and pubs aplenty

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Alistair G
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london
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

I'll start with the only real negative which is the parking. I stayed in early October and was lucky to find a space outside both nights but I imagine it is a problem during the busy season.
I had a very warm welcome to the hostel and was instantly impressed with the facilities. The rooms are quite small but this is more than made up for by the communal areas.
The breakfast was a massive bonus (not something you normally get) and infact had a much greater choice than the bed and breakfast I had stayed in the night before (and paid twice the price for).
The whole building was very warm and there was plenty of hot water in the showers.
I came down with a cold during my stay and made full use of the very warm and comfortable living room.
I've stayed in quite a few hostels now and this was definitely one of if not the best one I've stayed in.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank kaleona
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Maarsbergen, The Netherlands
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56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

I stayed here a long time, because I found a job in Ambleside. The hostel is a fantastic place to stay, with clean rooms and ok beds. The showers could do with an overhaul, but are ok nonetheless. It is a good base to explore the beautiful hills surrounding Ambleside.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank hanoded
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Additional Information about Ambleside Backpackers

Property: Ambleside Backpackers
Address: Iveing Cottage Old Lake Road | Iveing Cottage, Ambleside LA22 0DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Ambleside Backpackers Lake District

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