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“Not very central, not a great social atmosphere, didn't sleep well”
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Lagan Backpackers
Reviewed 7 April 2012

The owner was friendly and gave us a map and guide to the attractions round the city. The hostel was rather out of the way on a street full of for sale/ to let properties not really sure why. The free cooked breakfast was good, the sheets were clean and the bathrooms were ok. The locks didn't feel very secure and looked like DIY jobs. The carpets were frayed, the paintwork wasn't very neat and there was mould on the shower ceiling. In the evening everyone got drunk and didn't really want to talk, so that was quite scary. We stayed in the city centre until bed time to avoid it. Not the hostels fault but we hardly got any sleep cause a guy in our room snored the worst I have ever heard, two other snorers didn't help. Nothing stopped him snoring. Worst of all my boyfriend woke to find someone looking through his stuff trying to steal things! Good thing everything of value was locked away. Still very unnerving though. We gave up on sleeping at about 7. If you are looking for a hostel in Belfast I would recommend Vagabonds Hostel instead.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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laganbackpackers, Owner at Lagan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2012

Hi

My apologies. We try not to take groups that make our guests uncomfortable. In this case they made many separate bookings(i have put a ban on that in my terms and conditions so i can turn them away in future)
Again my appologies about the groups behaviour

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Reviewed 4 April 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to advise any travelers considering staying here, NOT TO DO SO.

The issue I have here is not with the location, nor with the general state of the rooms but rather with the behaviour and attitude of the staff, particularly the owner Willem.

He was sexist when addressing the females in our group, using profanities to address one of the girls. Quite frankly, it was disgusting.

The girls did not feel comfortable in the hostel at any point.

He also talked with myself the other males in our group about his past conquests with women in very explicit terms - something I found was highly inappropriate and distasteful.

He was rude, ignorant, and displayed no sense of courtesy.

I have been to Belfast many times, the city has many fantastic hostels, this however is not one of them. This is not due to location, nor the general state of the rooms, but rather the attitudes and behaviour of the staff.

If you have girls in your group, do not stay here. You do not want to pay for this treatment.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Liam M
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laganbackpackers, Owner at Lagan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2012

WOW eventually you guys will grow up and accept responsibility for being removed by the police, or get sued for defimation becuase of all the lies!
Any backpacker will read that all the bad reviews are from group that was made to leave by the police! becuase of bad behavour and extreme intoxication that made everyone in the hostel uncomfortable and not feel safe.
Out of thousands of online reviews the only really bad ones are from you guys! Your identities wont be safe forever... Then ill see you in court!

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Reviewed 3 April 2012

A group of 8 of us stayed there last weekend and had to leave after the first night fearing for our safety after the owner whom had been drinking very heavily attacked one of our party.We had to call the police on him and are now taking it further ,I would not advice anyone to stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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laganbackpackers, Owner at Lagan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2012

You were removed from the hostel by the police. Yopu can keep posting on here weekly. No real backpacker reads this site anyways.
Eventually you need to take responsibility for your intoxicated action.
If your group cant behave i have no option but to call the police. Unlike the untruth about you contacting the police!
This is defimation and i will see you in court.

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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Last weekend myself and seven other friends were staying in the Lagan Backpackers Hostel in Belfast. At approximately 12 am on the Friday night the intoxicated manager asked one of our friends (X) to keep the noise down (in an impolite manner) in which (X) replied ‘Well what are you going to do about it?’. The manager leaned forward and assaulted (X) by head-butting him. The manager then threw (X) on to the ground and continued to viciously head butt (X). When (X) finally managed to get up he took out his phone and began ringing the police, but he was unable to do this because the phone was grabbed off him by the manager. I have never experienced anything like this in my life and do not want this to happen to other people. We were all thrown out of the hostel that night and for hours we had nowhere to go, as all the hostel receptions were closed and the hotels had been fully booked. We are all in shock and still cannot believe what happened. I would strongly advise people to stay away from the Lagan Backpackers Hostel. It is not safe!

Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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laganbackpackers, Owner at Lagan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2012

You were removed from the hostel by the police after attacking me! You can keep posting these fabricated claims.. No real backpacker reads this site anyways.
Eventually you need to take responsibility for your intoxicated action.
If your group cant behave i have no option but to call the police and had you removed

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

This hostel was not really close to anything, but for the price it was good. Breakfast was included and there was one free wifi computer available.

It was pretty noisy at night though :(

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The Hostel was easy to find from the bus station and is close to the botanic gardens and the Belfast Museum.
The owner communicated well with the people staying in the hostel and even shared some burbon and coke with everyone.
Rooms were clean and there is a kitchen available for making your own food.

The free breakfast was good as well something I alway look out for in a hostel, they are expanding at the moment so there is some noise around during the day but its not in the current living area of the hostel

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The experience at this hostel was bad. On our first night, guests of the next room were partying all night, crying and listening to loud music. Hostel workers slept in the room next door caught the attention not at any time.
The next night was the guest workers themselves who made noise with laughter and slamming doors. Impossible to sleep.
The shower in our apartment did not work.
Although the owner is very friendly and tells you all you can see in the city. I do not recommend this hostel to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 121 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast BT7 1HU, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast > Queen's Quarter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Belfast
Price Range: $27 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lagan Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Included is a FREE English Breakfast that includes Bacon, Sausage, egg, beans and toast. Or Porridge or scrambled eggs and bacon. Please note breakfast is strictly between 8 and 10 with no exceptions. All breakfast served only with coffee or tea. Lagan Backpackers is simply a large Belfast house that has been converted into a Backpackers Hostel; and it is owned and run by a South African guy who knows what backpackers want. Our high ratings are mostly due to the great attention and recommendations that you can expect from both myself and my staff. My idea for a great hostel is very simple: to make you feel at home. To give you a comfortable bed to sleep in, to keep the noise down after eleven to ensure a peaceful sleep and to make you feel so at home that you make new friends and enjoy Belfast as much as possible. We provide advice on all tours of Northern Ireland, and will only recommend tours that we have personally experienced. We advise that our customers do not pre-book tours before visiting as we find that some tour operators overcharge and do not provide the level of customer satisfaction that we expect for our guests. In addition to this, Lagan Backpackers hostel is very friendly to single travellers, as we go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. We are located minutes from the City Centre, the Lagan River and the picturesque Queens University campus; and mere moments away from the lively Botanic Avenue where there are many restaurants, shops, pubs and clubs for our customers to enjoy. Additionally, the Botanical Gardens that boast beautiful greenhouses and the famed Tropical Ravine is a short walk away, adjacent to the Ulster Museum. ** No groups, stag parties, hen parties or drunken weekends like Paddys day!! Please remember only for the 11,12,13,14 July I do not accept booking from people from the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales..Also no American or Canadian band members). This is only for the marching season. No refunds on deposits will be given and you will be turned away on arrival. No stag or hen parties or groups without prior permission. ... more   less 
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