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YHA Ambleside Hostel
YHA Ambleside Hostel
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9

Exceptional

206 reviews

206 reviews

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9.5

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
Available
Nearby landmarks
Galava Roman Fort Ambleside 740 m
Old Bank House Chocolate 950 m
Ye Olde Friars 1.4 km
Ambleside Cowhides and Sheepskins 1.5 km
RockShop 1.6 km
Golden Rule 1.6 km
Gaynor Sports 1.8 km
Bridge House 1.8 km
Wray Castle 2.2 km
The Cocoa Bean Company 5.5 km

YHA Ambleside Hostel

Waterhead, Waterhead, Ambleside, United Kingdom, LA22 0EU - See map

Conveniently situated in the Waterhead part of Ambleside, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 4-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

Highlights

Top Value

Front desk [24-hour]

Excellent view

Daily housekeeping

Bar

Announcements by hotel (1)
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information.

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Contactless check-in/out

Restaurants

Shops

Coffee shop

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Ambleside in the last 24 hoursCompared to 358 Ambleside properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money9.3
Location rating9.5

Rooms available at YHA Ambleside Hostel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.2

Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 single beds
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Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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6 Bed Room Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 bunk beds
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Quintuple with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 single beds and 1 double ...
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Dormitory Room (5 Adults)
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  • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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5 Bed Private Room
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 5 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at YHA Ambleside Hostel?

Check-in is from 05:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to YHA Ambleside Hostel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, YHA Ambleside Hostel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Ambleside with private transportation, the hostel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at YHA Ambleside Hostel?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at YHA Ambleside Hostel. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 7 GBP if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

What is the smoking policy at YHA Ambleside Hostel?

YHA Ambleside Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby YHA Ambleside Hostel?

YHA Ambleside Hostel is located in Waterhead, famous for good restaurants such as The Lakeside, Ambleside Fish and Chips and Bar & Grill at Waterhead.

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What people love about YHA Ambleside Hostel

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "The views are beautiful and the rooms were clean."

    Emma

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    May 24, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Staff was good, location was good , and the room was also a nice size and clean."

    Rui

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    April 20, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Beautiful view, superb location in front of the lake."

    Iman

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    August 4, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 358 Ambleside properties
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Value for money score
9.3/10
Room comfort score
8.2/10
Cheapest price score
Location score
9.5/10
Better than
99
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
99
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
99
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
98
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of Ambleside properties
Overall rating:

9

Exceptional
206 reviews
Cleanliness
8.8
Facilities
8.8
Location
9.5
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What travelers say they love:
Very nice polite customer service everything ware perfect
Najeeb from United Kingdom
Family with young children
More about YHA Ambleside Hostel

More about YHA Ambleside Hostel

YHA Ambleside Hostel

Travelers are guaranteed to have a hassle-free stay with all the amenities and services provided by YHA Ambleside Hostel. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The hostel provides taxi services to help you find what you want in Ambleside. Parking is always available, provided by the hostel for their driving guests.
While lodging at this wonderful hostel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include concierge service and luggage storage. The hostel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment.
Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at YHA Ambleside Hostel. The hostel provides linen service in some rooms for the benefit of guests.


Dining and things to do

Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the hostel. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the hostel's bar.
Guests of YHA Ambleside Hostel can even have groceries delivered to their room for cooking, using the hostel's special service. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house shared kitchen available here.
Whether you're looking for an adventure or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, YHA Ambleside Hostel has a range of activities that will meet your needs. Hot days can be cool fun with water activities like non-motorized water sports and wind surfing. You won't need anything for water activity fun other than your own enthusiasm, with aquatic activity conveniences like canoes made available at YHA Ambleside Hostel. In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the hiking trails in the hostel.
Souvenir shopping for yourself or those back home takes no time at all at the shops.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 99% of accommodations in the city.
This hostel scores higher than 98% of the city's accommodations on value for money
Past guests rate facilities here higher than 98% of the city's accommodation.

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Amenities and facilities

Excellent
Facilities

8.8

Most talked about facilities

View

4 mentions

Breakfast

2 mentions

Food & Dining

1 mention

Swimming Pool

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Canoeing
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor recreational features
  • Water sports (non-motorized)
  • Wind surfing
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Grocery delivery
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine
Services and conveniences
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
For the kids
  • Family room
  • Kids meal
Access
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms
Getting around
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service
Available in all rooms
  • Carpeting
  • Free bottled water
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Non-smoking

Food and dining

Breakfast options
  • Continental
  • Full English/Irish
Restaurants on site
Restaurant
  • Cuisine: European

Location

Waterhead, Waterhead, Ambleside, United Kingdom, LA22 0EU
Exceptional
Location

9.5

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Others
  • Guests arriving after 10:00 PM are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival.
  • The property has group restrictions allowing up to 16 adults maximum.
  • The property will contact guests directly in order to give instructions regarding check-in.
  • Reception is open from 08:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Guests arriving outside these hours are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival so alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Towels are not provided at the property. Guests may rent or purchase towels at the property.
  • Wi-Fi/Internet access is available only in certain areas of the property at no additional charge.
  • A ground floor guestroom is available for booking. Please contact the property directly to make a reservation.
  • The property does not have an elevator.
  • Photo ID must be presented upon arrival and match the name and address on the booking. Where a booking is for more than one person, the named person on the booking will need to provide photographic proof of identify that matches the name and address on the booking. Photo ID will also be requested from all other adult guests. These photo IDs must match the name they sign in with at check in. If photo ID cannot be provided, you will be refused entry to the property.
  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from17:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Extras
  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)7 GBP
The property
  • Number of rooms 51
  • Room voltage240

Property announcements

Bookings (either single or multiple) of more than 14 consecutive nights will not be allowed and will be cancelled in line with YHA’s policies.

Reviews of YHA Ambleside Hostel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
9.0
/
10
Exceptional
Cleanliness8.8
Facilities8.8
Location9.5
Room comfort and quality8.2
Service9.0
Value for money9.3
High score for Ambleside
Rating
9+ Exceptional (56)
8-9 Excellent (17)
7-8 Very Good (18)
6-7 Good (2)
<6 Below Expectation (1)
Time of the year
Mar - May (18)
Jun - Aug (45)
Sep - Nov (18)
Dec - Feb (13)
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10.0
Exceptional
Rui from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in April 2022

Excellent stay ”

We had a lovely time at Ambleside YHA in Easter 2022. The hostel was everything that you want in a hostel. Staff was good, location was good , and the room was also a nice size and clean. Excellent spot to catch the cruise or go for a walk.

Reviewed April 21, 2022

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Thanks for the lovely review Rui. Glad to read you enjoyed your stay

Responded April 27, 2022
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Yang from China
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

Everything you need from a hostel. ”

Close to the pier where you can get the cruise boats. Walking distance to Ambleside where the restaurants, pubs, and grocery stores are. Lakeview rooms and fully equipped self catering kitchen. Helping staff. A wonderful experience staying here.

Reviewed September 27, 2019

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Thanks for the wonderful review Yang, we're glad you enjoyed your stay

Responded September 28, 2019
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Marisa from Australia
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Well set up facilities, highly recommed”

Comfortable with good cooking facilities. Also good options for eating out. Rooms comfortable. Nice walks near by and views are lovely.

Reviewed January 22, 2019

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Hi Marisa. We're really pleased to hear you had a comfortable stay and were happy with the facilities here at the hostel. Nice walks and lovely views is a great summary of the surroundings for sure! Thanks for your review!

Responded May 29, 2019
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Gyula from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in March 2022

Nice budget accommodation on the lake shore”

Nice budget accommodation with nice view to the lake and good communal facilities such as kitchens, fridges, play areas etc. We would also tried the restaurant for dinner, but unfortunately the kitchen was already closed by the time we got back in the evening.

Reviewed May 06, 2022

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Thanks for the kind review Gyula. Hope you managed to find something to eat that night.

Responded May 07, 2022
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
LIN from China
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in October 2019

Amazing hostel”

Super clean, i found a spider in the roof, but it is quite normal. Very good location and hope i can be here again.

Reviewed December 09, 2019

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Thanks for the great review Lin. Yes, as you are aware, we are in a rural location, right next to the biggest lake in England, so sometimes creepy crawlies are going to find their way into the building. We hope to see you again sometime

Responded December 10, 2019
YHA Ambleside Hostel
9.6
Exceptional
Emma from United Kingdom
Group
Quintuple with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022

Amazing hostel with friendly staff”

We had a wonderful hostel experience at YHA Ambleside. The staff were so friendly and helped us with maps for our hillwalking. The views are beautiful and the rooms were clean. The only downside was that the wifi is terrible. That would have been fine except that I needed to use it for a work zoom meeting and the connection kept dropping.

Reviewed May 24, 2022

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Thanks for the great review Emma. Unfortunately our Wifi is at the mercy of rural Cumbrian broadband, so isn't the greatest, Mobile signals vary quite widely between networks, with Vodafone and EE seeming to be the best

Responded May 24, 2022
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Huang from Taiwan
Group
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in September 2021

Great location and best value for your stay”

The receptionist was nice, and the YHA beside the lake, the great view for the sunset, you won’t be able to disappoint with this accommodation.

Reviewed September 09, 2021

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Thanks Huang, that's lovely of you to say

Responded September 11, 2021
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Lisa from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in March 2020

Fantastic hostel”

The location is great and the views are stunning. The room we had was a good size, the staff were friendly and the food was nice also. Not a bad word to say.

Reviewed March 25, 2020

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Thanks for the great review

Responded June 28, 2021
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Jeremy from Philippines
Group
Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in October 2021

YHA ambleside The place you should be in”

the hostel was great and very accomodating. the facilities were maintained organized and tidy.. and i give 10/10 for coziness. thank you ambleside YHA

Reviewed November 01, 2021

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Thanks for the awesome review Jeremy, we're glad you enjoyed you stay so much

Responded November 03, 2021
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
xi from Singapore
Family with teens
Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Wonderful Stay! ”

Perfect location and view, super friendly and helpful staffs, good facilities, love the place! We really had great time here, easy to go round Lake District, will definitely come back!

Reviewed February 11, 2020

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Thanks for the lovely review

Responded February 12, 2020
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
xi from Singapore
Family with teens
Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

Great place! ”

Perfect location and view, super friendly and helpful staffs, good facilities, love the place! We really had great time here, easy to go round Lake District, will definitely come back!

Reviewed February 11, 2020

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Thank you

Responded February 12, 2020
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
xi from Singapore
Family with teens
Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Great place”

Perfect location and view, super friendly and helpful staffs, good facilities, love the place! We really had great time here, easy to go round Lake District, will definitely come back!

Reviewed February 11, 2020

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Thanks Xi

Responded February 12, 2020
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
David from United Kingdom
Group
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Exceptional”

Could do with a full size ping pong table , pool & table football apart from that excellent

Reviewed August 16, 2019

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Thanks for the full marks David

Responded August 18, 2019
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Helen from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in August 2021

Fabulous”

Amazing place to stay. Well worth it.

Reviewed August 17, 2021

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Thanks Helen, that's lovely to read

Responded August 18, 2021
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Kate from Australia
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Exceptional”

Great spot, good price. Clean hostel.

Reviewed October 02, 2019

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Thanks for the 10/10 Kate

Responded October 05, 2019
YHA Ambleside Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
SHOKO from Japan
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

Exceptional”

Cozy. Staffs are nice.

Reviewed February 14, 2020

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Thanks Shoko. It's always a pleasure to read positive reviews about the staff

Responded February 23, 2020
YHA Ambleside Hostel
8.8
Excellent
Marija
Group
6 Bed Room Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Amazing location”

Amazing location/ great price hostel. Hostel has a parking, but is small, though don't worry as there are other parking lots around to leave the car. Check in was quick and easy. Room clean. Hostel jus a minute away from the boat/ship docks for the cruises. We were very happy with our choice.

Reviewed January 08, 2020

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Thanks Marija, glad you enjoyed your stay with us

Responded January 12, 2020
YHA Ambleside Hostel
9.2
Exceptional
DR from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in June 2021

Brilliant for the pocket and basics..”

Has got every thing you can expect in that budget.. super happy !!

Reviewed June 24, 2021

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Thanks DR, can't argue with that!

Responded June 28, 2021
YHA Ambleside Hostel
8.4
Excellent
WIN from United Kingdom
Group
5 Bed Private Room
Stayed 1 night in April 2022

Spot on! ”

The location is superb! we are a group of 5, staying there for a night, we arrived to Windermere, we took a hop-on hop off bus, its kind of like a mini tour and there we go, we got to ambleside and this YHA is just by the lake, by the bus stop. We didn't expect this to be this good, the facilities were awesome, we made ourselves dinner and breakfast in the shared kitchen and had it by the seats by the lake. imagine that! Just one tip for whoever's looking at this, if you are coming here like us, in a group, and wanna make some food, buy some grocery at Winderemere trainstation, there's a big grocery three. From YHA ambleside, the closest is Tesco, which is about 25 min walk.

Reviewed April 30, 2022

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Thanks for the great review Win. Lots of useful info for future guests there

Responded May 01, 2022
YHA Ambleside Hostel
7.6
Very good
Rachel from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

go if you are solo traveller”

The location is not really good. There are no convenience store or supermarket around the hostel, you need to get to city centre by bus and a single ticket will charge you £5. The room is the tiniest among the tens of hostels I stayed before, so you only want to stay there when you are ready to sleep. But for the low price and cleanliness, I would still recommend it to any people who are travelling in low budget.

Reviewed August 03, 2019

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Hi Rachel. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Well, I have to say, this is literally the first time I've had to respond to a review that starts by saying we have a poor location. You are correct, there isn't a supermarket or convenience store right next to us, but the closest one is about a 15 minute walk away. However, I think most of our guests would take that for the views of Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes that you can get right from our front steps. Other than that, I'm glad you would still recommend us

Responded August 04, 2019
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