This hostel is in a great location (provided you keep moving your car) for the lovely town of Keswick and fabulous walking, plus has a really good playground opposite.
We've stayed in several youth hostels before: this has good friendly staff especially reception. However, it's a bit tatty - ie broken not-replaced coat hooks in our room, broken toilet flush, shower that only works with the head tilted one way - small things that could easily be improved. Plus our room could have been cleaner round the edges and was very small and hard to ventilate. The communal kitchen is quite small for a hostel of this size (not helped by family-from-hell who let their toddler scream and shout continuously in there!) with not much seating and food-preparation space.
So it's okay and does the job but could do with attention to some smartening-up. You can't do much about other family's behaviour in these places, and at least our night was fairly quiet, including thanks to a very courteous and well-behaved stag party.
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