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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We regularly stay in YHA properties as a family - they vary enormously in terms of quality. Borrowdale is one of the best - a gorgeous location in a quiet rural setting by a river; a friendly staff team and a lovely sense of character. It is well served by public transport, and there are walks of all levels that...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you for writing us a review, it's nice to hear how fond you are of the hostel, we are very proud of the service we offer here, and it's difficult not to appreciate the surroundings. We have many guests talk about the character of the hostel and it's not completely definable but we always try and offer a friendly...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived at Borrowdale at 7 pm at night after walking the 14 miles from Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. (2nd day of Coast to Coast walk) I was delighted to find that there was a choice of food available and a selection of local beers to drink. It was great that friends who were staying nearby could also eat in the...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

It is very good of you to write us a review, I'm happy you found everything to your satisfaction. I'm glad we managed to get you fed and watered, and ready for the next day off to Grasmere. We do generally welcome non-residents into the hostel to eat with us, and with the added draw of cask ale on tap...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I recently stayed in a 'pod', a sort of wooden tent with power, in the hostel grounds. We loved the pod itself and the main hostel building. The hostel staff were very friendly and helpful and most of the facilities were very good. The pod itself was snug and we did not need the heater on despite...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a positive review. We are glad you made use of our many facilities and enjoyed your stay in one of our camping pods; they have been extremely popular since their installation. The Self-Catering kitchen, though bigger than many local hostels, can get busy at meals time if we have...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and myself stayed here with our dog for the first time recently. The grounds were perfect for camping- good drainage, flat ground, no mud and close to facilities. The car parking area is nearby so we didn't need to walk far to get our things. There was plenty of space available to pitch up, and we very much...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you for such a pleasant and encouraging review, I am so pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic location and it really is a nice spot to camp. Enjoying a local beer by the stream is also one of my favourite aspects of being here. I'm really glad...

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No frills, clean and efficient as you would expect from YHA. Decent evening meals at low prices. Friendly and helpful staff. Good guest kitchen to prepare your own meal. Fantastic, warm, and cosy bar with games and books. We were with our baby on this trip and although he was the only child there, we were made to feel welcome...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Your review is very much appreciated, thank you so much. I'm glad you made use of our many facilities and felt welcome in the hostel. We always do our utmost to make sure our guests feel welcome, and luckily we also have fantastic guests who mix, mingle and share stories with each other; it makes it a real joy to...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Borrowdale, where this hostel is located, is an extraordinarily beautiful valley, making this a great place to stay. (N.B. smartphone addicts may face deprivation due to the lack of mobile phone reception there - that's a positive though, as far as I'm concerned!) The hostel itself is excellent value, breakfast was good and the staff were really helpful in securing...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you for going out of your way to write a wonderful review for us. I think we are undeniably in a stunning valley, I am glad you appreciate it as much as we do. It's great that our staff were able to help you with further bookings and that everything was excellent for you. We hope to see you...

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I had pre-booked in for 2 nights incl breakfast. On arrival all seemed to be ok and having been out walking most of the day I'd love a hot shower. This was the first bad experience! The showers; of which I tried a couple, were cold and very weak so I couldn't have one. There was only 1 power point...

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Chris E, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and inform us of the issues you had with our hostel. We are always keen to hear from our guests, both positively and negatively. We apologise that on this occasion we did not meet your expectations and you felt it necessary to forfeit your stay due to your experience...

Reviewed 18 March 2017

The guest WiFi simply does not work, whilst the staff do have internet access required to run their booking system. Chris, the managers excuse in a reply to a previous post, where he cited poor broadband infrastructure being the reason the guest WiFi doesn't work, simply is not true. On previous visits, the WiFi worked fine via GlobalGossip, but has...

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Chris E, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Dear Richard, Thanks for getting in touch to let us know about your poor experience with the wifi at YHA Borrowdale and your dissatisfaction with the way you feel your issue has been handled. Firstly I wish to reassure you that we do take all our customer feedback seriously and aim to investigate and respond to all issues raised whether...

Kendal, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I had a private two bed room for a couple of nights just for a quiet study getaway. Wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. It's been a long time since I last went Youth Hostelling and was worried I would be surrounded by noisy groups or much younger people! There was a really diverse bunch of...

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Rhys M, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I am glad you had a pleasant stay, unfortunately our lovely surroundings are a bit of a distraction from studies, sometimes the allure of the fells is just too much. We really pride ourselves on the diversity of our guests, its a real mix of people from all walks of life, sometimes we have school...

Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed here over the weekend, we are a group of 4 lads that wanted to climb Scafell pike and this looked like the perfect place, it was. We climbed Scafell pike on Saturday afternoon and then checked into the hostel at 4pm, we were shown the bus timetable which came in handy as we were able to quickly have a...

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Chris E, Manager at YHA Borrowdale, responded to this review

Scafell Pike followed by all the pubs in Keswick... sounds like one almighty weekend! We are really pleased you all enjoyed your stay at YHA Borrowdale and hope we can tempt you to come back again some day for another crack at Scafell Pike. Failing that if you fancy trying something else we'd recommend Great Gable or perhaps Glaramara, both...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about YHA Borrowdale

Address: Longthwaite, Borrowdale CA12 5XE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Price Range: $49 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Borrowdale 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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“Only one power socket per room!!!!!”
LesterAndrew, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Try and get a room looking over the front to the river.”
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Woollylakes, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Get a pod or book a double room which has a sink.”
Bugs1947, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“High floor.”
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“Right in the middle of some great mountains”
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