Good location, although parking was on the side of the road and a bit of a nightmare at times, we stayed here for a couple of nights in an 11 bed dorm and something that struck us as a bit silly was that we weren't assigned to beds, they told us to go upstairs and choose one, then let them know which one we were in, however the dorm was such as mess, with people's possessions thrown all over the place that we weren't sure which ones were free. In light of this, when we went out through the day, my friend and I would make it obvious that our beds were taken, leaving possessions such as books and pyjamas on our beds, however one night when we returned to the hostel our things had been moved off our beds and thrown on the floor and replaced by other people's. My friend went downstairs to complain about this and they told her there was nothing they could do, we just had to remove the other persons belongings and replace them with our own. We did this, however a few minutes later the girl who had moved my things came in and was obviously annoyed that her things had been moved, I explained that this had been my bed for several nights and she moved her things to another bed. I was then sat next to my bed with my possessions left all over it when a guy came in and threw his bag on my bed and started to unpack, feeling that I'd made it very obvious that this bed was taken I again explained that this was my bed and he went off into another room to try and find a spare one. I then went down to complain, as by this point my friend and I felt unable to leave our dorm in case our possessions were lost or our beds taken, I was again told that there was nothing could be done.
Other than the bed issue the rest of this hostel was OK. WiFi was good and there was a wide range of hot breakfasts included in the price of the hostel. There was some decoration work going on whilst we were there and the place was relatively clean, just messy.
The only other thing that annoyed us was our experience on the first night, when people were coming in and out of the dorms as if trying to find someone, after a while someone opened the door and whispered someone else's name, before the manager came in, turned the light on and pulled someone out of bed before escorting him out of the dorm. We weren't entirely sure what was going on here, but it caused a great deal of sleep disturbance at about 3am.
I wouldn't go back to this hostel due to the lack of sleep and the fear of losing my bed or my belongings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Included is a FREE English Breakfast that includes Bacon, Sausage, egg, beans and toast. Or Porridge or scrambled eggs and bacon. Please note breakfast is strictly between 8 and 10 with no exceptions. All breakfast served only with coffee or tea. Lagan Backpackers is simply a large Belfast house that has been converted into a Backpackers Hostel; and it is owned and run by a South African guy who knows what backpackers want. Our high ratings are mostly due to the great attention and recommendations that you can expect from both myself and my staff. My idea for a great hostel is very simple: to make you feel at home. To give you a comfortable bed to sleep in, to keep the noise down after eleven to ensure a peaceful sleep and to make you feel so at home that you make new friends and enjoy Belfast as much as possible. We provide advice on all tours of Northern Ireland, and will only recommend tours that we have personally experienced. We advise that our customers do not pre-book tours before visiting as we find that some tour operators overcharge and do not provide the level of customer satisfaction that we expect for our guests. In addition to this, Lagan Backpackers hostel is very friendly to single travellers, as we go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. We are located minutes from the City Centre, the Lagan River and the picturesque Queens University campus; and mere moments away from the lively Botanic Avenue where there are many restaurants, shops, pubs and clubs for our customers to enjoy. Additionally, the Botanical Gardens that boast beautiful greenhouses and the famed Tropical Ravine is a short walk away, adjacent to the Ulster Museum. ** No groups, stag parties, hen parties or drunken weekends like Paddys day!! Please remember only for the 11,12,13,14 July I do not accept booking from people from the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales..Also no American or Canadian band members). This is only for the marching season. No refunds on deposits will be given and you will be turned away on arrival. No stag or hen parties or groups without prior permission. ... more less
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