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Bristol Backpackers Tourist Hostel
Reviewed 2 March 2009

I do not recommend Bristol Backpackers Hostel. I am very used to staying in hostels but this one has to be one of the worst. Within ten minutes of being in the place I wanted to leave. The private rooms are so cramped there's wasn't enough room to put my bag on the floor.
My roommate found cigarette butts down the side of her bed. The mold on the ceiling and walls in the shower was so bad it was thick with fuzz. The carpets and hallways were really dirty. The toilet on the second floor wasn't flushing and worst of all some of my colleagues were badly bitten by bed bugs!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 December 2007

I stayed at the Bristol Backpackers for 2 nights recently while vising Bristol.

Backpackers hostels are a bit different from YHA hostels, they have lots of long-term residents, many of which become quite a family. Most of the people who stay at them are young, and like to go out at night.

If you go to the Bristol Backpackers with this in mind, you will have an enjoyable experience and not be put off.

The wireless internet was free - bonus! but with so many on laptops, the bandwidth wasn't always super fast - but .. you know... beggers/choosers etc.

The room was a 12 or 16 bed dorm, with quite a number of very well moved in long-term residents in it. The bed was very comfortable and clean, the bathrooms were kept pretty clean, certainly not off-putting . Most wonderfuly, they had put carpet along the door frame so that doors couldn't be slammed, or indeed, make any noise at all when you close them.

Unlike my housemates, I had to get up at 5:30am - so I was in bed by 10:30pm - the only one in the room at that time. I put in the ear plugs and barely noticed as loads of my roomies came in later and had loud conversations 2 beds over, not even noticing me. - NOTE - *EARPLUGS* - they will solve any problem you might have with the backpackers - don't go there expecting to check in to silence-ville - you'll set yourself up for dissapointment - it's not a realistic expectation. A mobile phone set on vibration under your pillow will work as a great alarm clock for those wearing earplugs. If you can't sleep with lights on.. bring eye-shades.

I had a solid, comfortable sleep 2 nights in a row - and with my torch - I was able to get up and ready at 5:30 without disturbing any of my roommates who had all dragged into bed just a few hours earlier. NOTE: * torch* - a small hand torch will make it very easy to function in a big dorm at odd hours without disturbing your roomies.

One warning - don't even TRY or THINK about drinking the "free coffee" they offer in the resident's kitchen. and if you do, whatever you do, don't put any of the "whitener" in it. this is a sickening combination of chemicals that may leave it's rancid traces in your mouth all day. - the tea is probably fine.. you can't do much to tea to make it terrible.

Looking for other young folks to meet and hang out with who are probably travelling.. this is the place... need a clean, safe, cheap, comfy bed for the night.. bring your earplugs and this is the place.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed 1 December 2003

bristol backpackers is in the midddle of town and handy for pubs,clubs,shopping etc,it has a selection of long term residents from the antipodes,europe and africa(surprise surprise),i found the weekly rates more expensive than any other hostel outside london in the uk,and the daily rates are steeply priced as well,....£70 weekly....£14..daily rate,for your money the hostel is no worse or better than most others in the uk,it has a bar and smoking area in the basement wich is ok and you can play your own music on the hifi there,cans and bottles are served at the bar at a moderate price,washing facilities are good and cheap,but when it comes to drying its a drying room instead of a tumble dryer,i dint fancy putting my skiddy undies on display for all to see so i went to the landromat for a tumble drying of my clothes,the kitchen is average with 2 small cookers,refrigirator and a box storage system for residents. i did find it a bit hectic in the kitchen at most times and resorted to eating ready meals most times i used it as i felt that too many cooks would spoil the broth,free tea and coffee and hot chocolate is an added provision alongside hot chocolate,sugar and powdered milk wich was good but expected given the rates,a small tv is in the lounge area but with limited seating and monopolised by the long termers,more seats are in the lounge area and a small library with travel publications,maps etc and an internet sevice is provided at very good rates(£1 for an hour).the dorm i slept in had six beds in it with another six in the room next door with a hole knocked through the wall to make 1 big room,the bunk beds were pretty comfartable yes i did say comfartable the beds were ok bud the room did smell of stale farts and crispy socks were regularly seen climbing the walls,at one point i was awoken by the sound of a couple having sex in the room next to me(why did they not go to the shower room?)i did catch a rash from sleeping in bb and others exchanged similar information with me,but the place was generally clean and i would put it down to lazy dissillusioned staff,the showers and toilets were very good for a hostel and no gripes there,the staff were a mixed bunch the french canadian guy was helpfull and freindly,the manager a large inbbred looking south african guy was initially the epitome of charm but after i few days i noticed he was a stressed and impatient individual who has probably worked there too long,the owner of the hostel was an interesting charismatic fella who had done a few interesting things before his venture into youth hostels i would even go as far as saying he was a tad eccentric but a very smart man all the same,he had a motor scooter and i offered him a good price for it but he declined but i wont hold it against him and his hostel,i am of the understanding that the hostel is being expanded and improved so i would reccomend it for a short stay but dont stay too long or you might end up with a penchant for vegamite and frogs legs

6  Thank Ima H
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Reviewed 22 June 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2016
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Room Tip: Überprüfen Sie die Wand an ihrem Bett auf Schimmel.
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank badkitten
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Reviewed 10 July 2016
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Room Tip: Todas las habitaciones igual.
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 June 2016
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Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 17 St. Stephens Street | Old City, The Centre, Bristol BS1 1EQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Bristol
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Ranked #24 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Bristol
Number of rooms: 10
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