My only expectations were a roof and a bed. I had read the reviews, so really wasn’t expecting much more. However on a Sunday afternoon on arrival we were the only two in the bar I found the staff to be rude, unhelpful, hostile, with bad attitudes, really un-welcoming. I have stayed at many hostels, this is one of the worst.
The ginger guy behind the bar really couldn’t be bothered, it was like my friend and I were just getting in the way of him larkin about and doing what he wanted. The hippy girl had a hell of an attitude, how they are both in gainful employment is beyond me. They had a complete lack of authenticity, charm, personality, charisma, enthusiasm, manners, positive energy and people skills I was disappointed. Sometimes if a place is [--] it doesn’t matter if the people are good. There are some good points in the bar. Some nice touches like pretty lights and some hand painted signs on the walls, and nice seating areas, the building is large and has loads of potential. Perhaps its the clientele that has stopped it developing as it could have done.
To be fair on the plus side the bedding for the accommodation was clean, and there was hand soap both in the kitchen and the toilets, it would have been usefull if the window in the toilet had opened, but at least it had a window. There was a guy in a shirt and tie he was walking around the accommodation maybe he was a manager, maybe he was the owner, he certainly didn’t do much to say hello and welcome us as we were in his care. Unfortunately he walked straight past tables and chairs he could have straightened and overflowing kitchen bin. Lots of light bulbs that didn’t work dirty windows etc, just a general feel of neglect. Clearly it wasn’t his job or he didn’t give a [--].
Unfortunately I left a pizza in the kitchen to cool down but it had disappeared by the time I got back. Not the fault of the hostel I know, but just the whole vibe of don’t give a [--]. We sat outside for a beer next to the monuments right outside of the pub. Where some drunken female mess and her aggressive male friend literally pushed us out the way so they could beat their dog up, with aggressive punches! The woman certainly looks the part of an authentic liberated, enlightened spiritual soul, at first glance, but unfortunately as it transpired she was almost certainly an unemployed mess living off our fabulous nanny state, she was aggressive an intimidating, and contributed nothing to the heart of Glastonbury on a weekend daytime. She later was attended by the police, (should have been more of a presence!) but they did nothing, she continued to be a nuisance all night and was sat in the middle of the pavement first thing in the morning, with a massive chip on her shoulder and an attitude from hell. I think she was begging. This again has nothing to do the hostel, but a more vigilant & caring staff might have done something to help her get moved on from outside of their pub. She was Glastonbury’s ANTI tourism ambassador. There were also people begging on the streets. Certainly on the day I went to Glastonbury town centre it was a mess. It is with regret that I have to say my opinion it is a backward, one horse, unfriendly place. I was hoping to find some cool, friendly, positive, well balanced & aware people, but this wasn’t to be. Glastonbury festival is one thing, and Glastonbury town centre is another thing. I saw some older German visitors in the day time, and I’m sure they must have been wondering how we managed to win two world wars. I’m fairly sure that the older generations would turn in their grave if they saw the state of towns like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a backpackers with male & female dorms and 6 private rooms most with showers & toilets. The Crown & Glastonbury Backpackers is set in the center of wonderful Glastonbury just up from the Abbey. The accommodation is directly above a very busy bar with DJ's and live music on weekends open until 2.30am, which is great fun if you want to join in but obviously it is also loud upstairs on weekends. The dorm rooms & 3 privates are on the third floor, other private rooms on the second floor are very loud on these nights, so if you're not a night owl ear plugs are recommended!IMPORTANT - ACCOMMODATION IS ABOVE A GREAT FUN BAR WHICH IS VERY BUSY & NOISY ON WEEKENDS - IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR FUN WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON, IF YOU WANT QUIET & PEACEFUL BEDS WE ARE NOT FOR YOU! ... more less
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- Glastonbury Backpackers England