It was my first time travelling alone and I had never stayed in a hostel (apart from an extremely doggy student accom/backpackers in Melbourne) before, so as you can imagine I was a little nervous about what I might find after booking myself into Kipps, however I was pleasantly suprised.
All my fellow backpackers (long term and short term ) were incredibly friendly and made me fell right at home. There is an absolutely huge kitchen, dinning and lounge area, which is very very well stocked. The entire hostel is kept very clean and all linen and bed spreads are provided. The owner is lovely old chap who is more than happy to welcome you into his 'home', encouraging a communal spirit which keeps the hostel clean and friendly.
There were only two down sides that I experienced (and have come to learn they are part and parcel with the budget experience). Firstly, one of the hostel employees, without trying to sound rude, was a little imcompetant, booking me in for two nights with three people (????) instead of my requested one night for one person. However, that mistake was quickly cleared upon arrival. Secondly, don't expect to arrive at Kipps and recieve an amazing shower. Mine was either boiling hot or freezing cold and had absolutely no water pressure.
A word for the wise would also be to take a good map if you are intending to walk, because it can be slightly tricky to find (however it is very accessible once you know the way), especially if you are walking from the Western Station as I had done. (This is particularly for people like me with no sense of direction) If you get a bit stuck there are buses that stop just outside Kipps, which are only £0.60 one way.
All of this aside Kipps exceeded all of my expectations and for £14 was an ABSOLUTE BARGIN, especially considering it is only 5-10min walk from the city centre. I would definitely stay there again and suggest that anyone else do the same.
- 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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