As a solo female traveler I always appreciate hostels that offer female-only dorms. That was a big plus for this place, especially when I got to the hostel and found it quite empty, with the only people roaming the halls being myself and a group of four middle aged men. Of course I went to Keswick in January, which I'm assuming is the off season, so I expected it to be a bit quite. It was comforting to eventually meet my other female roommate though, and eventually a family with a couple of babies checked in, so although I never felt super uncomfortable I wouldn't really classify this place as a youth hostel.
The price is a bit high as well, although the central location in Keswick seems to be a very expensive area for people traveling on a budget like myself. I stayed for two nights and that's all I really wanted - especially considering they offer no free wifi and a half hour of wifi/computer use will cost you two pounds (that's a little over $3 USD). I don't need constant access to the internet, but again, as a solo traveler I need to check in with other people from time to time and plan the rest of my trip...wifi is a must for hostels these days!
The kitchen available to guests seemed nice, but I never went to the restaurant as every time I walked past it seemed closed. When I checked into the hostel there was a water leak, and I was told I could stay or find somewhere else. I stayed and the water problem was fixed by the next morning, but I wasn't given much information about the hostel/the area upon check in. I thought this might have just been because of the water situation, but the next day I asked for some info and the people behind the desk didn't offer much (although they were friendly). The cheap washer and dryer is nice, and the facilities seemed clean. I would have rated this place a 4/5 had they offered free wifi!
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