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“Very good hostel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of YHA Keswick

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YHA Keswick
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UK
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46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very good hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

Very good hostel. Nice and clean and comfortable. Good breakfast too.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Durham
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53 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

This hostel is in a great location (provided you keep moving your car) for the lovely town of Keswick and fabulous walking, plus has a really good playground opposite.

We've stayed in several youth hostels before: this has good friendly staff especially reception. However, it's a bit tatty - ie broken not-replaced coat hooks in our room, broken toilet flush, shower that only works with the head tilted one way - small things that could easily be improved. Plus our room could have been cleaner round the edges and was very small and hard to ventilate. The communal kitchen is quite small for a hostel of this size (not helped by family-from-hell who let their toddler scream and shout continuously in there!) with not much seating and food-preparation space.

So it's okay and does the job but could do with attention to some smartening-up. You can't do much about other family's behaviour in these places, and at least our night was fairly quiet, including thanks to a very courteous and well-behaved stag party.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

Went with friends to Keswick to go mountain biking at Whinlatter Forest. The first thing that struck me about this hostel was the great location beside the river. It is only a couple of minutes walk into the town centre and the staff were really helpful and friendly! The rooms were neat and tidy and the showers fantastic- especially after a day getting cold and muddy on the bikes! There is a drying room which came in really handy for us and our wet gear. There is also plenty of secure storage space for the bikes and equipment to clean them off. Breakfast was £4.95 and included full english, cereals, croissants, tea, coffee and juice.
All in all YHA Keswick was a great value hostel which felt more like a hotel. I shall be definitely staying there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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North West UK
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65 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2010

I stayed here as one of a group of five as a base for walking in the local area.

Set slightly away from the road next to the river, the location could not really be better.

Although there is no dedicated car park, you can park on the road next to the riverside path to the hostel for 2 hours between 8am and 6pm. As we were walking during the day this was not a problem and there are free parking discs available from reception and in boxes on local lamp posts.

If you need to keep your car parked during the day, there is ample parking at the end of the road.

The hostel is clean and newly appointed. There is an excellent lounge with TV and pool table, along with self catering facilities and a reading lounge.

There is also a cafe area, where the excellent breakfasts are available on a self service basis. Everything from sausages, egg, hash browns, toast, fruit and cereal is available. Evening meals are also served here at extra cost.

We paid £24 each for a bunk in a room that accommodated 6 souls.

Unfortunately, our second night was shared with a very rude chap who insisted on being noisy, leaving lights on and the sort of behaviour you would not expect in a Youth Hostel.

Still, you pays your money and you takes your choice as it were.

If you are walking in the area, or just want a reasonably priced place to stay with a relaxed atmosphere, then this fits the bill.

Other facilities include a drying room, ample showers and toilets and internet access at extra cost.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chriswith2kids
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victoria
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49 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2009

There were 3 of us travelling together but we wanted a private room so booked for 4 people and were happy to pay the extra. But the kind person on reception told us that because they weren't full he was happy to left us only pay for 3 people and still give us the private room which was wonderful of him!
The location is out of town so you do need a car but it is worth it. The hostel has stunning surroundings, with a stream running right in front of it and a walking track leading through paddocks and trees which was a lovely.
The hostel itself is clean but of course isn't anything fancy as it is a hostel. Great value for money!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2009

We stayed at the YHA in Keswick after spending the day walking up Skiddaw. One word of warning there is no on site parking at this YHA so you have to run the risk of finding a parking space on the nearby streets (more difficult on a Saturday). However, it was well worth it when we got there as, after the nice greeting at reception, we found our private two bunkbed room was clean and modern just next to the showers and toilets (both very clean).

On the same floor there was a common room complete with pool table, TV, sofas and a balcony which overlooks the river running underneath - the perfect place on a sunny afternoon to watch the world roll by and listen to the sounds of the cricket match taking place at the park over the river. You'll also find on this floor a quiet room for reading and the self catering facilities (also clean and everything in good working order).

Keswick itself is only a few minutes walk to be right in the centre of the town. There is a restaurant serving evening meals and breakfast at the YHA but we didn't try this although the smells were very tempting. My tip is to try the food at the "Dog and Gun" in the centre of the town - it was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: YHA Keswick
Address: Station Road, Keswick CA12 5LH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Ranked #6 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Keswick
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Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Keswick 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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