We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Elterwater Independent Hostel Ltd Ambleside, Elterwater LA22 9HX England
Booking.com
ZenHotels.com
Priceline
StayForLong
Agoda.com
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Prices are provided by our partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveller (34)
Room & Suite (15)
Dining (11)
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.

About

Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Travellers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
The hostel is located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 minutes drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. There is a local Co-op in Chapel Stile and a choice of pubs locally. Banks, shops and other amenities are available in Ambleside. The area is also a favourite for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way. The hostel is an ideal venue for individuals, families, outdoor groups, schools and college trips.
Read more
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Snack bar
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Show more
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
248Reviews3Q+A43Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 216
  • 26
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
Will Bower wrote a review 24 May
2 contributions
Visited the hostel again this year to celebrate my birthday, lovely welcome and wanted for nothing. It's always an excellent stay, but each year they find small ways to improve - this year we got to use the new kitchen facilities. Always thoroughly recommended, never disappoints. A must-visit for any fan of the Lake District.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Clara C wrote a review Oct 2021
2 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed at the hostel for 3 nights and I struggled to find a fault! Elterwater is idyllic and the hostel is in the perfect location to explore the surrounding area. The staff were so welcoming and friendly and cooked up a mean breakfast that you order in advance! Great system. Kitchen had absolutely everything you could need. Due to the wet weather we also made use of the drying room which was a lifesaver! I highly recommend staying here - it feels like a cosy home away from home! Thank you!
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 26 Oct 2021
Thank you for the fabulous review Cheers Nick
Read more
David H wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution
Stayed for 3 nights with 2 friends in late September. Accomodation in a family room was clean and comfortable. English breakfast was excellent. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Good eating at the hostel or Britannia Pub of Elterwater Country House. Well located for walking in the area. I will be coming back.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 4 Oct 2021
Thanks for the great review. Cheers Nick
Read more
Euan H wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution
Stayed with 2 friends. En suite bunk room. Great location, welcoming staff, Great food (and drink). Very reasonable price. Hope to be back soon. Certainly recommend for family and/or friends. Will happily recommend to others. All in all very comfortable. Good base for exploring the hills
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 4 Oct 2021
Thanks for your lovely review Cheers Nick
Read more
Samot484 wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution
Great hostel with very friendly and helpful staff always willing to recommend local spots to visit. Also offer a lovely breakfast as well as having plenty of self-catering facilities. Rooms and facilities were clean and as expected.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 26 Sept 2021
Thanks for the lovely review Cheers Nick
Read more
Danlite2020 wrote a review Sept 2021
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Andy, Nick and Charlie made us feel like home from home in this unique special hostel. Fantastic service, great service, fellow guests were lovely, a most beatiful setting... The Village has a pub, a hotel to dine in and a cafe and it has access to some superb walks.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 12 Sept 2021
Thanks for the great review Cheers Nick
Read more
Carol R wrote a review Sept 2021
3 contributions
Had a fabulous stay at Elterwater hostel. The first holiday by myself in a long time and was made to feel very welcome. Wonderful hospitality and food. The hostel is in an incredible location with outdoor seating at the front of the building to sit and enjoy the views with a cold drink at the end of the day’s activities.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 12 Sept 2021
Thanks for the lovely review Cheers Nick
Read more
David G wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution
A great hostel in a brilliant location. Very good breakfast options including full English. Excellent and helpful staff especially Charlie following my partner's accident and her admission to hospital. Intend to visit again in happier circumstances.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 12 Sept 2021
Thanks We hope all turns out well Cheers Nick
Read more
marialaura2021 wrote a review Sept 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom1 contribution
A bed cost more than any of the other B&Bs booked on the Cumbria Way. At £116 for two it was definitely not value for money, as breakfast was extra. The average cost for the B&Bs (all en suite) was £90, breakfast included. I would not recommend to others who might do the walk.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from Nick Owen, General Manager at Elterwater Hostel
Responded 29 Sept 2021
Thanks for your review I'm sorry you thought us 'expensive'. The reason was because you booked our4-bed room, which was priced accordingly, and there were only two of you. At the time you booked, smaller, cheaper rooms (2-bed room including breakfast @ £74) were available but you chose the 4-bed room. The comparison with other B&B doesn't hold water because the only other accommodation on the Cumbria Way in Elterwater are two hotels and they don't permit one-night bookings at weekends. The two-way taxi journey to cheaper accommodation would soon have wiped out any saving Best wishes Nick
Read more
Tom H wrote a review Sept 2021
2 contributions
Incredible location for so many hiking trails from the front door. Lovely building to stay in, superb facilities and extremely helpful & knowledgable staff. The cooked breakfast early in the morning made the hiking so much easier! Will definitely return.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Previous
123456
PRICE RANGE
US$71 - US$82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
YHA Elterwater
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictElterwater
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Elterwater Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Elterwater Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (3.0 miles), Easedale Tarn (2.2 miles), and Loughrigg Fell (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Elterwater Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Elterwater Hostel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and a snack bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Elterwater Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fresher's Cafe, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, and Kysty Ambleside.
Is Elterwater Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Elterwater.
Are there any historical sites close to Elterwater Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rydal Mount & Gardens (2.1 miles), Bridge House (3.1 miles), and St Michael and All Angels Church, Hawkshead (4.4 miles).