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The River House
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I needed a cheap place to stay in Cardiff as I was attending a workshop the next day at Cardiff Uni. This was a very friendly hostel located, slightly far away from the station and the centre than was advertised, in my opinion. Nevertheless, it was not very far. I think I would not say it is located right in the heart of the city centre.

When I arrived, free pasta dinner was being served, so I was able to take advantage of free dinner kindly prepared by the hostel. It was very nice. The dining area is quite pretty and is open to any guests to take advantage of a cup of coffee, tea, food, and loads of travel guides in the bookshelf.

It was my first time in a long time that I stayed in a dormitory in a hostel, so it required a bit of adjustment. People were coming in and out at a different time, and it was quite difficult to get a sound sleep, but I understand that is part of what hostel stays require.

The staff was very welcoming and helpful to any questions I had, so I think overall, it was a very good stay.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Just an amazing place. Superb. In a 5 minute walking from buses, trains, shopping and central area, this gem is run by two extremely friendly people and they make you feel like home. I mean, you just don’t expect this kind of treatment in a hostel. Normally, hostels are a bit untidy. It is just normal, you know? Young people traveling together… they usually make noise and some mess, but believe me, this place is just like your house (or how you would like your house to be). Every single place is properly tidy, from kitchen to TV room, from dinning room to bedrooms. There are loads of showers and toilets and hot water all the time. Although the place has not got a normal young atmosphere that you might see in other hostels, I met lots of nice people there.
This is the PERFECT place for you to have a good night of sleep in Cardiff, without having to worry about price, security, cleaning issues, distance from places…
Simply the best hostel in my trip to Austria and United Kingdom.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank NastjaKranjc
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Very clean, very kind staff, great location, great breakfest. Love to stay again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Thank gabriella_munier
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

I have just this weekend stayed at the Riverside backpackers with a group of friends for a weekend away and it was a really lovely place to stay. Iv'e never stayed at a hostel in the UK so didn't really know what to expect but it was very clean, modern and homely. The owners Abi and Charlie were very welcoming and with touches like a lovely breakfast included in the price and ciders and nibbles layed on in the evening to get everyone mingling, I highly recommend this for group weekends, hens, stags etc!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Nicky P
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

No wonder this 'backpackers hostel' has won awards!

As well as having a freindly relaxed atmosphere, it is spotlessly clean and extremely well maintained and cared for. I stayed in a 6 bed female room that was quite spacious. (The only minor issue I had was the bed sqeeking when i rolled over!).

Charlie and Abi really take pride in providing a fantastic venue and service and are very cheerful and friendly, helping wherever possible. We were even treated to cake!! :)

The location is fantastic, only a 5 minute walk from Central station... and another 5-7 minutes to Cardiff Castle and the main shopping area. Across the river form Millenium stadium, so great if you have an event to go to there.

This was definately a 'home away from home' and if ever I return to Cardiff I will stay here!

Thanks Charlie and Abi.... I had a great time. :)

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Thank K B
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

This hostel had managed to get everything right. It's really clean, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen has all the appliances you need, there's free wifi and is in a really good location. On top of that, there is the best hostel breakfast I've ever had. As well has cereal and toast, there's yoghurt, croissants, raisin toast, juice, fruit and berries. On my first night there was a free pizza night, with not only pizza, but fresh salad and garlic bread and on my second night Charlie bought a chocolate cake for everybody. This place has smoothed all the kinks that most hostels have, definitely stay here, it's perfect.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

This is the best hostel we have been on our trip to the UK! Very friendly staff, clean rooms and the breakfast is just perfect... Great thanks to Abi and Charlie for everything! We will return...

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Marlene R
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Additional Information about The River House

Address: 59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Cardiff
Price Range: $32 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The River House 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River House is a city centre hostel in Cardiff near all the main attractions. This award winning Cardiff hostel has a selection of mixed shared room, female shared rooms, family rooms and private rooms. All guests get free wifi which is everywhere, a huge continental breakfast and a great central location. The hostel is run and owned by a local Cardiff family who can give advice about nearby attractions and help make your stay a welcome one. There is a bed and breakfast, homely feel which is helped by a fully equipped guest kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with hundreds of TV channels, board games and 150 DVDs you can watch for free. The River House has won many awards and has been voted the best hostel in Wales since 2008. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The River House Backpackers Hotel Cardiff
The River House Cardiff, Wales

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