Having done some travelling, we’re no strangers to hostels, but Kipps was actually our first experience of an English hostel, and it didn’t disappoint. We decided against staying in dorms, and stayed in one of their double rooms which had full linen and towels provided. There was also a sink in the room, although the toilets and shower were shared with other guests.
The hostel itself was immaculate, the kitchen was fully equipped (the hostel also offers a continental breakfast for a small cost) and there was a small room for people to eat as well as a very comfortable Lounge room with internet access (costed, though free Wi-Fi access) and Sky TV. The hostel also has daily events such as BBQ’s, movie nights, etc. This seemed a great way for guests to mingle with other guests, and meet the friendly and very helpful staff. However, if you didn’t want to participate in any of this stuff, there never felt like any pressure in doing so (we were often so tired after our walks, that we just crashed in the lounge area or in our room).
The location is also quite good, with the town centre only about 5-10 minutes’ walk away. (Canterbury East train station was about the same walk, but Canterbury West about 20 minutes walk away).
Parking is a slight issue, with only 2 spaces available at the hostel. On weekends the main road where the hostel is on, has free parking, so we got lucky with that. But otherwise, I imagine you’d need to park on a separate side road, or one of the long term car parks nearby (assuming the 2 spaces aren’t free).
But all in all, this really was one of the better hostels that we’ve stayed in. So if looking for a cheaper alternative to a hotel, I would recommend the double rooms at Kipps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kipps Canterbury, a Friendly Backpackers Hostel in Canterbury, Kent We are situated in a quiet residential area around 10 minutes- walk to the famous Canterbury Cathedral, Historic Town and Canterbury’s other main attractions. Set in a beautiful 130 year old town house, we offer a wide range of budget accommodation from dormitory rooms to single and double/twin rooms, - suitable for both groups and individuals. Our Friendly staff will welcome you to our award winning backpackers, including a Rose Award for recognition to services from Visit England Tourist Board and No.1 Rated on Trip Advisor. We offer excellent facilities at Kipps Canterbury, including :- A large fully equipped kitchen Free Fibre Wi-Fi throughout the hostel Large Countryside garden, with Pool Table/BBQs (Summertime) Large lounge with Digital TV/ PC/ Vending Machines/ Xbox and Wii Large Dining area situated in our conservatory with views of the garden. Buffet Continental Breakfast. Fully heated and hot water 24/7 Laundry and drying facilities (Chargeable) Free left luggage facility Dormitories – En-suite/ Free Lockers/ Towels & Bedding Private Rooms – Tea & Coffee Facilities/ Digital TV/ Towels/ Desk and Wash Basin. Kipps Canterbury is within easy walking distance of the City Centre, Canterbury East Train Station and the Main Bus station. Kipps Canterbury is an ideal base to explore the Kent Countryside known as the 'Garden of England'. Seaside resorts of Whitstable and Herne Bay are within easy cycling distance and for the more adventurous by foot.. A Short bus/ train ride will also take you to attractions like Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and to the Kent Coast We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful backpackers and to our Historic City Please read hostel conditions. Photo ID is required on Check in (inc UK/EUCitizens) OPENING HOURS Check in Time: 2pm-Midnight. Please let us know if you are arriving after 2pm KITCHEN – Our Self Catering Kitchen is open daily from 08:00am-10:00am/ 02:00pm-10:00pm. At other times the kitchen is closed to allow us to carry out general cleaning and maintenance Dormitory Rooms – Rooms are closed daily from 11am-2pm, to allow us to carry out daily housekeeping and maintenance. The Lounge is open for you to relax in during these times. ... more less
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