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Porthtowan Backpackers
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Very friendly and helpful owner who made sure we had everything we needed. Not a 5* luxury place but perfect to stay and surf! They have a kitchen to make your breakfast before going out for the day and fresh coffee which we took in a flask, it is ideal for access to North cornwall beaches.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steve C, General Manager at Porthtowan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2014

Thanks for your review all comments are taken positively and we thank you for your time in writing the review and staying at our hostel

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Stayed with my wife in a nice ensuite, great hot tub on decking out the back, also had a couple beers with the owners, who were very kind and recommended a nice place for dinner. Homely feel and a short walk to the beach.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Stayed here for 5 days with a mate on the pretence of learning to surf... I still cant surf!!.. The backpackers is an amazing little place to stay, very welcoming, excellent breakfast and couldnt be more helpful and accommodating.. The hostel itself has a lovely sun deck which has views of the sea and is a 1 minute walk from the very beautiful beach.. a truly amazing place!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Ij0
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We marvelously stayed in the hostel for four days and the owner Steve and Jane were so kind. Steve welcomed us as a father and the atmosphere was really friendly. The kitchen is the place where all the backpackers have the opportunity to share their thoughts and listen to Steve who is more than a Cornwall guide. We appreciated the possibility to read the newspaper in the morning. The breakfast was included - yoghurt, bread, butter, jam, cornflakes, milk, coffee. Everything was perfect. The room was nice, we had an en suite on the first floor. The building looks very comfortable because looks more like a home than an hostel. Steve was very helpful. You can see in his eyes the love for the place that he created. Without Steve and Jane the hostel would not be the same, Nicolo and Giulia

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NickyGiuly
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stetson1942, Owner at Porthtowan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Thanks for you review, we try to make it a homely atmosphere, so that Guests may hopefully be able to relax and enjoy the surroundings. we appreciate any comments either -ve or +ve as we want all Guests to be able to "chill out" and return to this beautiful but rugged part of Cornwall, which has one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

The first thing the 5 of us remember is seeing the absolutely stunning scenery this hostel is located in!. The hostel it's self is mega! Very friendly people relaxed atmosphere and everything on hand! Clean and tidy! Will be using again!.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed at Porthtowan backpackers just for one night, but if I could I would stay much longer. Steve, the owner was very helpful in showing us around the house and finding out where to borrow surfing kit. The house itself was very clean and it had a rooftop terrace with an amazing view of the sea.
Porthotowan is a tiny town with 1 pub and 1 bar, though, so make sure that you arrive early enough for them to still serve some food. Do not expect crazy party, but you'll get good drinks and music in both bar and pub.
It's a great place for surfing beginners. Waves aren't too rough, so you can even stand up on the board :-)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

My boyfriend and I arrived at the Redruth train station well past midnight, and Steve was actually waiting there to pick us up -- almost too friendly! I felt very welcome at the hostel. The kitchen on the ground floor was clean and cheerful, with fun beach themed decorations and plants. We stayed in a room with a bunk bed and private bathroom -- the bed was comfortable and had clean sheets and the bathroom was clean, although the shower didn't have the greatest pressure (due to being eco-friendly, I believe). The smell of fresh coffee woke me up in the morning. The place is very close to the beach, which is hugged between dramatic cliffs and a few miles away from neighboring villages. Great surfer hippie feel to the 'village', which consists of an off license, chippie, and a couple of pubs (perfectly decent food and booze).

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Porthtowan Backpackers

Address: Seamyst Beach Road | Porthtowan.truro, Cornwall, Porthtowan TR4 8AA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Porthtowan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Porthtowan
Price Range: £15 - £40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porthtowan Backpackers closes its doors on 15th sept 2014, This is due to retirement, and would like to thank all our Guests for staying with us ... more   less 
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Porthtowan Backpackers Cornwall

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