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“Nice staff, great location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tobermory Youth Hostel

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Tobermory Youth Hostel
Aviemore, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice staff, great location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

We were treating ourselves with a nice meal so we went for the cheaper accomodation option. Now, I'm sure when I phoned to check I was told their private rooms were on-suite...... but it would appear their was a mix up when we arrived as we had been allocated a 6-bed dorm to ourselves. This meant bunkbeds (but we put matresses on the floor) and the shower room was upstairs. At the end of the day we were not looking for 5 star accomodation, and the rooms were clean so we had no complaints.

Our room was number 1 and was very noisey with people going up and downstairs from quite early and the walls are very thin, didn't get very much sleep, but again, it is a youth hostel so what do you expect.

I think other reviews are a bit unfair, as most youth hostels shut for a few hours during the day and lets face it there is not much to do in Tobermory after midnight so the curfew does not really matter. Nice big communal areas too.

I think we would probably stay here again, as we got a great breakfast from the Tobermory bakery and sat on the harbour and ate it, and its in a great location for exploring.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tignes, France
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

The service at this youth hostel left a lot to offer, the management seemed to do everything to inconvenience their customers and were not of any help. I have yet to find the policies on which they claim to make their decisions about when facilities are to be open for paying hostel guests. There was a curfew at midnight despite the possibility of giving a door code, they failed to give an alternative fire escape route had the fire been at the bottom floor, and moreover kitchen, bedrooms as well as all showers and toilets were closed between 10.00 and 13.00 which is not very convenient for anyone, moreover showers are discouraged after about 22.00 as well.
Considering all facilities were closed for 3 hours each day you would expect the common areas, especially showers and toilets to be clean, but no, the female toilet and shower was not cleaned for the 3 nights we stayed and the air filter in the shower was "fuzzy".
All of this you might be able to accept if the beds were nice, as we didn't particularly wanted to spend time in the hostel but the beds creaked as soon as someone moved, and in a 6 person bedroom this doesn't make for a nice sleep.
You would also be willing to accept a lower standard if the service was friendly, but we were rudly spoken to when addressing these issues and the management tried to avoid talking to us at all.
So, as anyone might have guessed, I will not stay in this hostel again or recommend anyone to do so. There are a lot of accommodation choices in Tobermory and they are not that expensive comparatively.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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stayed here just one night on a cycle tour of the island with friend. Very nice location right on the habour front with lovely views, staff very helpful and friendly.
Have stayed in many styles of accomodation in the past; B& B'S, bunk rooms, climbing huts, tents, hotels, etc but the hostel here at Tobermory was desperately noisy when it came to sleeping in your bunk bed, every time the 6 people in the room turned over, every bed made a noise, every one woke in the morning worn out from trying not to turn too much in the night, or having the noise wake them up.
What a shame that the upkeep of what is ultimately a brill hostel could not be sorted with good solid noise free beds.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2011

Great location on the harbourside but quite noisy. The walls are thin so you can hear people coughing next door and the floorboards creaking when people get up at night to go the loo. Hostel needs an update- especially the kitchen and showers. That said the Manager is a very friendly and helpful lady and the views from the rooms is great. Lots of us ate fish and chips for supper from the van parked nearby.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2010

I found the staff rude and conflicting, creating an unpleasant atmosphere for everyone.
A 12am curfew is one thing but kicking you out of the rooms and kitchen at 10am till 1pm is ridiculous and when I approached a member of staff about the reasoning for this she got extremely defensive and claimed it was like this at every YHA!
There's silly signs everywhere warning you to keep your children away from 'hot toasters', the internet is overpriced and there's only 2 showers for everyone to share!
Because of the atmosphere and staff i wouldn't recommend this hostel to anyone, seriously Tobermory is beautiful but stay at a B&B!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Ireland
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58 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2010

Whilst the location cannot be faulted, to be greeted by a 12 o'clock curfew was a bit worrying. There were signs everywhere that made the experience feel like being back in boarding school. There are not enough bathrooms to suffice and the toilet on the first floor was rank.

Would suggest trying instead to find an ensuite B&B for just a couple of quid more. That way you get free wifi and don't turn into a pumpkin at midnight following a night out at one of the great live music venues in Tobermory.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Cider_with_rosie
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Quimper, France
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253 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2010

Lovely welcome from the wardens. But I stayed there 9 years ago and it was frankly much better. We had our private room but... Matresses need to be changed, kitchen is lacking of ustensiles, wasps in the bathrooms (I know it's difficult to avoid but keeping the windows shut might help)... I was hugely disappointed when my previous stay was more than excellent. Got some lovely and useful advice from one of the wardens. Can't blame them. Just do sth for the hostel, it's worth. The morning sight on the harbour is simply magical.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tobermory Youth Hostel
Address: Main Street, Tobermory PA75 6NT, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Mull > Tobermory
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Tobermory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tobermory Youth Hostel is located in the centre of town on the main street. It is one of the many brightly painted buildings in Tobermory's harbour (the red-pink one). Tobermory Youth Hostel is surrounded by shops, restaurants, art galleries and the busy harbour with boats coming in and out all day. It is also famous as the location for the popular BBC children's show Balamory. Tobermory Youth Hostel is an ideal location for families, sea food enthusiasts, marine wildlife watchers and is also a good base for exploring other areas of the island, whether on bike or on foot. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 
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