I have stayed at many hostels, ranging from lovely to horrible and I try to remain open minded and tolerant. I am quite an easy going person and try not to let things get to me, if you are less easy going then I feel you many struggle woth this hostel.
Here is my honest opinion:
- we were put in a 'staff room' which the young man working there ensured us made us "lucky as this is far cleaner than the guest rooms".......... Not really selling the hostel to me if they think it's acceptable to have dirty rooms for paying guests!
- two of the employees (all employees seems to be couple, young couples who were together, working in the hostel together) were off to visit family in Europe for a week so proceeded to use our room and storage for their stuff while away, bringing more and more of their belongings into our room as we were trying to settle in and relax. The room was tiny in the first place and was therefore VERY cluttered.
- as it was a staff room they seemed not to lock the door, meaning our door kept ring left unlocked with our belongings/valuables accessible for anyone.
- the set up of the bunk beds meant I had no ladder to get up on the top bunk, as this was on the side against the wall, as a 5'3" girl I need a ladder, the boy tried to move the beds to fix this but couldn't, meaning I had to climb up onto the other bunkbed and then cross over to my bunk bed. As he was moving the bed he managed to knock/snap the dimmer switch off the wall. This meant we had to sleep in a room with the light permanently ON!!!
- sleeping wasn't that easy either as at 4am the member of staff who sleeps in our room and her boyfriend (also staff) came in, woth the other couple (also staff) who were going to air port and prceeded to rummage through their belongings and collect bags etc for their travels. The two staff remaining tuen both slept in her bottom bunk. As I use youth hostels a lot I am very accommodating for others coming in after I have gone to bed but this was sustained noise for a prolonged period of time.
- the kitchen facilities are like the messiest student flat I have been to, unwashed dishes in the sink, pots everywhere. It is chaos!
1) if you are young (bear in mind I am 26 and felt too old for thus place) and you just want somewhere cheap to crash, are not bothered about getting sleep, cleanliness or kitchen facilities this hostel would be fine.
2) the feel of the hostel is it is only there to facilitate the staff to live their little romances. They aren't working to provide a quality service to the Paying customers, they are working to facilitate them to live and work with their partners. Customers are second to their life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being THE closest to the train and bus stations (check the map if you don’t believe us!), only 5 mins walk from the heart of Inverness and next to a free overnight parking, we offer by far the best location. With a fully equipped kitchen offering free tea/coffee/milk/sugar and storage room for food, a spacious and comfy lounge with a guitar and a piano for your use, free wifi, a complete daily cleaning, freshly cleaned sheets, informations about the area’s points of interest, weekly activities such as movie nights and pub crawls and one of the cheapest nightly rate in town, you can be sure that you’ll get most out of your money. You’ll find adaptors, hair dryer, iron, DVDs and video games at the front desk. Our best asset is our team; you will get to know the passionate live-in young backpackers who love this place like their own home. Our team even counts a Scottish tour guide, offering low cost day trips to the Isle of Skye or Loch Ness on his time off. If you’re looking for a laugh and a friendly atmosphere, don’t look any further! Inverness provides an excellent base to explore the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The city has many attractions, including the museum and art gallery, Inverness castle (with the Castle Garrison Encounter Exhibition) and of course the legendary Loch Ness Monster around the corner! Inverness is also home to some of the best award winning live music bars in Scotland and also restaurants providing amazing food and value.For all you Outlander fans, Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns (inspiration for Craigh na Dun) are a short bus ride away. There are also many tours offered by various companies that explore Inverness, Loch Ness, Glen Affric and many other places of interest. Find more informations at reception. ... more less
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