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Reviewed 11 June 2016

Very welcoming warden. Beautiful room with very comfortable bed and en suite shower & toilet. Fully equipped kitchen. Secure storage for bike. A very enjoyable evening on a lovely part of Scotland. Thank you

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 9 June 2016

We stayed there for one night were happy with the size of the room , the facilities , the service , the location but there must have been a problem with the heating system because it was very cold in the bedroom and the common areas even if the fireplace was going on !

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Pontefract
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Stayed here as a base for mountain biking in the area over the late May bank holiday. Found this to be an excellent hostel with clean and relatively small (in terms of bed numbers rather than size!) dorms that are all en suite. The common living quarters were welcoming & well set out with all the necessary facilities for self...

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I hillwalk regularly with various friends and groups and Habitat Bunkhouse is one place I have stayed regularly over the years. Its one of the friendliest organised places I know, and Its a shame that Claudia has decided after 7 years to call time on being the hostel/bunkhouse owner.She has been really helpful over the years, and am sorry to...

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Stirling, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Stayed there for 3 nights. Friends 50th get together. Top place. Well maintained by Maxine, the host. Had a bunk bed room to ourselves. Showers excellentGood access to local shops. We Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 23 February 2016

We stayed 3 nights here during a winter mountaineering trip and it was a great base for the Southern Cairngorms. The manager was very helpful, we were much delayed on arrival and she arranged for us to pick up our keys locally. There was free tea and coffee and she even offered us some rhubarb pie that had been left!...

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2016

I have just stayed at this bunk house for 2nights and it was a pleasant surprise to find what i thought would be just like any other bunkhouse was indeed a step up from them! it was so well equipped and in an ideal location for exploring the local and surrounding area, as well as being peaceful in the evening...

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Chilliwack, Canada
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Stayed in the family room which would have worked well if we brought the kids with us. Private bathroom was nice and the place had a good mix of families, single and group travellers. Spacious kitchen and lots of space to prepare and cook, even when others were there. Hostel was very easy to check in and out of during...

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London
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Double room was good, with double bed, bunks, ensuite shower wet room and toilet. Separate heater in room which was very effective. Common areas very good, lots of utensils in the kitchen, log burner and seating area. Loads of useful information about the area. A mix of families / couples / solos and not very busy in October! Good location...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 September 2015

A really great hostel - very welcoming and friendly and very clean. Lots of magazines, DVDS and games available in the very nice open living/kitchen area. A tempting looking log fire (although I didn't see it lit). I was in a dorm room with plenty of space and a nice bathroom with separate loo for that dorm. Free tea and...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Habitat at Ballater is a luxury hostel one of only a handful of 5 star hostels in Scotland. We offer stylish modern self catering accommodation near the centre of Ballater. We offer a choice of private family rooms or shared bunk rooms. All rooms are en suite. There is a large kitchen and sitting room. There is also a drying and laundry room and secure bike storage. Beds from £22 per night. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Habitat Hostel

Address: Bridge Square, Ballater AB35 5QJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Price Range: $53 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Habitat Hostel 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Family rooms are worth requesting if available.”
 of 5 bubbles asherah213, 13 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms on same side but differ in size, family rooms have on suite rest have shared bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles stellab63, 2 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Not a bad room in the place.”
 of 5 bubbles ctr0ut, 23 May 2014 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles suduperth, 31 Mar 2012 | Read review
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