Stayed: December 23, 2012
This was my first time staying in a hostel and there are a few things I would like to take note off:
a) It is simply a 2 minute walk from the bus station. Due to its central location, it is easy to get around.
b) There is a cheap frozen food store behind it called "Iceland" where you can get cheap food for GBP 1 per meal!
2. Hostel common areas:
a) The reception area was very clean and welcoming and they we're very casual and relaxed about things.
b) There are opening hours for the kitchen (8:00 am to 11:00pm) and this made it difficult if you needed a quick snack or have a bite as shops close early here in Inverness
c) However, the kitchen is well furnished with lots of chairs and cooking utensil. Very convenient for cheap traveler who grocery shop most of the time.
d) The lounge is pretty cool. I think that it was sparse and not crowded was because it was approaching Christmas and the fact that it was Winter time. Very nice and cozy with a piano and guitar you can play as well as a computer that you can use.
3. The Accommodation:
a) Toilets work fine but they do smell as it doesn't get aired well enough. Sinks are so tiny! No shelves to put toothpaste or toiletries. It would help if they had a small shelf in the toilets.
b) Some showers weren't working when we were there, but the showers are very convenient to use. Warm and nice. The showers didn't smell as bad and were cleaner than the toilets
c) I stayed in a 6 bedroom dorm. The lighting wasn't too good as it only lit the front of the room and not the back. They also opened the windows during the day and considering that it gets rainy and wet in Inverness a lot, I didn't agree to it. It would have let bugs or dampness in. I think it should only be open on sunny days. The shelves worked fine and the comforters are nice and warm. They only turn on the heater at the start of the night and then they turn it off after a certain hour. Not sure why. NOTE: The WIFI is very good in my room because I think I was right above the reception area. Not sure about the rest of the place.
Overall: It was nice and comfortable. For the price paid, it was worthwhile. As a girl, I felt safe here. It wasn't full or packed when we stayed here in the winter and it was rather cosy. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being THE closest to the train and bus stations (check the map if you don’t believe us!), only 5 mins walk from the heart of Inverness and next to a free overnight parking, we offer by far the best location. With a fully equipped kitchen offering free tea/coffee/milk/sugar and storage room for food, a spacious and comfy lounge with a guitar and a piano for your use, free wifi, a complete daily cleaning, freshly cleaned sheets, informations about the area’s points of interest, weekly activities such as movie nights and pub crawls and one of the cheapest nightly rate in town, you can be sure that you’ll get most out of your money. You’ll find adaptors, hair dryer, iron, DVDs and video games at the front desk. Our best asset is our team; you will get to know the passionate live-in young backpackers who love this place like their own home. Our team even counts a Scottish tour guide, offering low cost day trips to the Isle of Skye or Loch Ness on his time off. If you’re looking for a laugh and a friendly atmosphere, don’t look any further! Inverness provides an excellent base to explore the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The city has many attractions, including the museum and art gallery, Inverness castle (with the Castle Garrison Encounter Exhibition) and of course the legendary Loch Ness Monster around the corner! Inverness is also home to some of the best award winning live music bars in Scotland and also restaurants providing amazing food and value.For all you Outlander fans, Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns (inspiration for Craigh na Dun) are a short bus ride away. There are also many tours offered by various companies that explore Inverness, Loch Ness, Glen Affric and many other places of interest. Find more informations at reception. ... more less
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