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“The best hostel I have ever stayed”
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The River House
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

The staff are very nice. They provided us a city map after we have checked in. We can put our luggage in the store room. Unlike other hostels, they has a room and you can lock your luggage in that security lounge on the 2nd floor of the hostel. :) The bathroom are clean and you can locked your door when you are using it. Every night at around 7:00p.m., they have free snacks or even meal for the residents. We went there on Monday, and they served us with hot delicious apple pie with ice cream on it. Then, on Tuesday, they have lasagna. They have a nice decorated and clean kitchen and everyone washes their dishes after using it:) The free breakfast is nice too!!! (different kind of drinks, milk, cornflakes, bread and jam, pie, fruit) We lived in a 4 bed bedrooms, the bed are clean!!

SUM UP: nice hostel..because clean, friendly staff, nice meal, nice stay!! just 18 pounds a night!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Very much had a good experience here with me and my sister. This place doesn't even remind you of a hostel, but rather a very quaint B&B with a wonderful and welcoming staff like Charlie and his sister, Abi. They always try to make their guests happy and I loved the pizza night! During your time there, they try to have little social nights to get people together. It really did feel like home with their renovated kitchen and backyard facilities. Bless both Charlie and Abi for their wonderful hospitality. :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Love the breakfast. Staff are very nice and place is very clean. There's free shampoo as well.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank jaenne
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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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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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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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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: $21 - $122 (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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