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“Quite Frankly ... Grotty”

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Bath Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #38 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Bath
London
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“Quite Frankly ... Grotty”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Bath Packers has a great location but that's possibly the only thing going for it.... Dopey Staff and stained "linen" for starters, not forgetting the smell of old beans and a loo that should carry a health warning.

I half expected Swampy to crawl out from underneath my bed, but luckily I wouldn't have noticed - after returning in the early hours, multiple Jager bombs down, we were able to pass out fully clothed and walk straight out in the morning to have breakfast as far away as possible.

I can't remember the last time I forewent a shower after the lash, but verrucas and weeping rashes aren't really my bag.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Unlike some reviewers, I did not have an itchy problem, I did have hot water for a nice shower, and I did not notice any funky smell until the morning after 8 people had slept and breathed morning-breath in the room all night with the window closed. I did have trouble getting my iPad to connect to the wifi and had to find a coffee shop to be able to use the Internet. This was an average hostel in my experience, and the location was excellent from the train station and to the center of town.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

It's amazing what a difference different staff make. Last time I stayed here it was full of lovely, knowledgeable and friendly staff. They seem to have all left. During my last stay I watched the staff change the linen in the room, this time they did not. I was feeling unwell and spent most of the morning in the room, and the staff simply pulled the old duvet back up and tucked it in to make it look new, after changing only the bottom fitted sheet. So yes, you were probably all sleeping under a used duvet. Considering this is against someone's skin as they do not offer top sheets, it is unhygienic to not change it and down right lazy.
Bit of a funky smell that wasn't there last time I stayed too. Kitchen and bathrooms not cleaned to the standard they were last time either. Think some retraining of staff is in order here.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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it was a terrible stay. blankets smelled awful. Everything was so terrible. In order not to stay in the hostel(avoid staying there for a long period of time), I and my boyfriend went to KFC until 12:00 a.m. and left the hostel at 8:00a.m. in the morning. I cant sleep because I felt itchy.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Awful roooms, pungent smell, no hot water, dirtly toilets, old\dirty bed linen, rude staff, soiled carpets and chewing gum stuck to window sill.

I could go on but I'd prefer not to think too much more about my stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

we had a 10 person mixed dorm. Sheets were definetly not changed. only clean linen was the pillow slip which they gave to you on arrival. room smelled awful. showers only worked if you had two were running at the same time so i went down early and had to run from shower to shower turning them on as the showers automatically turn off after 1 minute. but the showers were clean the toilets were alright as well. for what we got it was not worth the £20 AT ALL. especially as we had the first night in a much nicer hostel in Bath (St. Christophers) which was £7 cheaper and included breakfast. so glad we only had one night there. also-i am convinced the reception guy was not sober. he lead us up to our room in the darkness, stumbled up the stairs multiple times and asked us three times if he'd shown us the showers after he had shown us the showers, he also had no idea how to use the computer and it took ages to check in while he tried to figure it out.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

I bookd to stay at this hostel for 3 nights and as soon as I arrived chose to leave early. The staff was not overly helpful and as soon as you walk in there is a bad smell lurking. The bath room and showers smelt unclean and the mattress on the bed was extremely hard! Apart from the fact that everything is within 5 minutes walking distance from here it is
Definetly the worst hostel I've stayed at and i would not recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Bath Backpackers Hostel
Address: 13 Pierrepont Street, Bath BA1 1LA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bath Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in Bath. Within 2 minutes flat walk from the Train and Bus stations and closer still to the Abbey and Roman Baths. The hostel offers a basement party dungeon, recently modernized showers, separate kitchen and residents lounge , with flat screen Tv and DVD. We also offer a daily FREE continental breakfast. Our friendly staff will be happy advise the best to see and do. Happy Traveling ! ... more   less 
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