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“Super location and super staff”
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Elterwater Hostel
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“Super location and super staff”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

OK. This place is battered, just accept that and enjoy the stay. The staff are brilliant. The location is wonderful if you enjoy walking. Its about 150m to the good pub (Brittania) which is a one pub beer festival. Kitchen is a bit tight but that's normal. Wash rooms impeccably clean despite being heavily used.

No car park at the hostel but there is one about 150m away that is operated by the National Trust. It's free if your an NT member and if you are not, why not?

Room Tip: Decline room 4 - it's next to the gents - gets a lot of night visitors.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Stayed here with a group of friends for 2 nights in October. It's one of the smaller hostels that I have stayed in, with the lounge and dining area sharing a large room. The members' kitchen is a decent size. The bathroom was large enough, and there are 3 showers for which I never had to queue.

Breakfast was nice and good value at £4.95, with help-yourself cereals and fruit, and served cooked breakfast. We didn't eat an evening meal at the hostel, but I can really recommend The Britannia Inn which is just a few minutes' walk away. It's quite cosy in there, with a few small rooms, but we were lucky enough to get a table on both nights. Food there was great, and they had at least 6 real ale pumps on.

The lady on reception (possibly the manager) was very friendly and talkative and gave us some good tips on where to walk in the Langdale valley.

There is no parking at the hostel, but we parked just outside the village near a cross-road junction. Approximately a 5 minute walk from there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

A great little, old school hostel. Sure, it's a bit worn around the edges but not in a way that detracts from the pleasure of staying in this haven of tranquility. The staff are friendly, informative and on the ball, it's spitting distance from one of the best pubs in the Lake District and the breakfast set me up for a day on the fells. The self catering kitchen has seen better days but is still functional and allowed me to whip up a spot of supper. Recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Just returned from a stay at Elterwater YHA, great hostel in a great location. The hostel has good facilities and breakfasts are excellent and very good value. The biggest asset to the hostel however is the staff, Charley and Nigel, who couldn't have been helpful in the hostel or knowledgeable in giving advice about the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Elterwater YHA is a decent youth hostel in a great location. We received a warm and friendly welcome and the accommodation was just about as expected: a small twin room (bunk beds) but in need of renovation (as was the hostel generally). I can't give more than 3 out of 5 given that we paid £49 per night. This may sound cheap, and I know that accommodation in the Lake District tends to be expensive, but when you consider what you get at, say, a Premier Inn for a similar price, it is not great value. You make your own bed, bathrooms are communal, you provide your own towel and breakfast is not included. I have stayed in youth hostels before and so knew all of this before I went but I did expect a bit more for my money in this day and age.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Just back from a great weekend here - well worth the journey up from the Midlands. Charley and team doing a great job.
Just one thing - why the central heating on full? We had our window open the whole time, which doesn't quite fit in with YHA Eco-ethics.....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just back from a lovely 3 night break at Elterwater YHA. It's in a great setting with lots of stunning walks and scenery. The hostel has a really friendly atmosphere and is really clean and welcoming. The staff made a real effort to make us at home and provided some excellent breakfasts and packed lunches. Looking forward to going back again really soon.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Elterwater Hostel

Property: Elterwater Hostel
Address: Elterwater Independent Hostel Ltd | Ambleside, Elterwater LA22 9HX, England (Formerly YHA Elterwater)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Elterwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Elterwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Elterwater Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel is located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 minutes drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Banks, shops and other amenities are available in Ambleside. The area is also a favourite for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way. The hostel is an ideal venue for individuals, families, outdoor groups, schools and college trips. ... more   less 
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