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“simple but clean and tidy accomodation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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YHA Ambleside
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5 reviews
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“simple but clean and tidy accomodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

myself and group of friends stopped at the hostel for my hen weekend at the beginning of August. We all had a great time. The rooms are clean and tidy as are the showers, occasionally the toilets weren't clean but that was down to messy guests from what I could gather. We ate out and were busy most of the weekend but we booked breakfast which is nice and a bargain at £5.00. I will return and stay with my family, the location is perfect! and the lake warmer than you think if you fancy a dip!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it's great to see you're going to bring your family back here. I have to say you're braver than me taking a dip....I've yet to muster up the courage!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

I am writing this review from the Ambleside YHA on the last night of a three night stay. We booked the YHA hostel paying the whole balance with Tesco Clubcard vouchers so it was a great price indeed. The price of £65 per night peak season for a three bed family room would have been very reasonable too.

The room was just big enough to not call it small...we booked late so had to opt for a room with no ensuite facilities. The room was clean on arrival with beds made up. A sink in the room was a great help, the shared shower and toilet facilities were brand new, mostly clean and tidy (this was more dependent on other guests than the staff working here).

We ate out in the restaurant a few times, with the food being very reasonably priced compared to other establishments in the area and it was always busy. The self catering kitchens were adequately sized but could get very busy and our experience of these varied immensely depending on the courtesy and consideration of other guests also using them. There was ample space to store fresh, fridge, frozen and dry goods. The designated dining area was small but it was possible to use the group dining area when not in use, which overlooked the lake.

The location of this hostel is facing Ambleside Lake with a 30sec walk to the Ambleside Pier and boats. The town centre is a ten minute walk away. Beside the accommodation is a place offering reasonably priced water activities such as Kayaking for £10 for 45mins or £15 for two hours...with the whole of Windermere Lake to explore!! It is also possible to swim in the lake outside the Hostel too.

There is Wifi available but if you are not a YHA member this has to be paid for at a rate of £5 per day PER DEVICE...for our family it worked out cheaper to become members. The wifi was stated as being available only on the ground floor but we were able to access it on the 1st floor also. The wifi is fine if you just want to do standard surfing but if you want to stream videos, high res gaming or youtube videos then its not really up to the job. We loved our stay at this hostel and will definately be returning. The staff were all young, enthusiastic and full of ideas if you need any inspiration for your activities.

I would like to add that the experience of the hostel can differ day to day depending on the guests using it...if it is filled with loud obnoxious people with little concern for others then the experience is affected...that's the nature of staying in a youth hostel and i have therefore not based my review or the rating on experiences relating to this.

Room Tip: Room overlooking the lake, room 07 looked nice with views of the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Thanks for writing such a thorough review, I dont think I could have described the hostel or the experience of staying in hostels better myself!

It's great to hear that you loved it, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future :)
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our family (of four) stayed in an en suite room for 6 nights and it was well furnished, clean and comfortable. Great view west overlooking the lake from the 2nd floor. The weather was decent so we ate dinner outside on several evenings.

The self-catering kitchen was a bit over-loaded as the hostel was full. Several large groups left the place in a mess after preparing large complicated meals, but it was no fault of the hostel staff - who did their best to stay on top of it (emptying bins, cleaning up, removing old food from the fridges).

Parking was tricky as the hostel was full every night, but there's some free parking at the pier just next door if you're lucky. If you're less lucky then there are additional spaces 5 mins walk away on the upper road into Ambleside proper.

Can't beat the hostel for value, and the bar was great with a good selection of beers and wine at fair prices.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Africahand
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Good to hear the weather was kind to you, when it comes to alfresco dining I think nowhere in Ambleside can beat us!

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us, and adding the trips about parking - always a very useful tip for people to know in advance.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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272 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Beautiful location on Lake Windermere. Rooms were simple but comfortable. Showers and toilets were clean although slanting roof made it a bit tricky for someone as tall as me. Being able to hire kayaks from just outside was a nice touch. Breakfast buffet was great. Self catering kitchen was big and well equipped.

Room Tip: Get one on the lake side
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vladvonbounce
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for your review, if you find yourself swinging through this way again be sure to ask us where the showers for tall people are.....honestly we have some :)
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Must be one of the best locations in the Lakes on the banks of Windermere with its own private jetty. Stayed three nights in a well decorated dorm. Showers and toilets seemed to be everywhere as were, the very helpful staff.
The self catering kitchen was well equipped and our pre booked three course meal for twenty of us was was fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank dexter k
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for your review, I'm happy to hear everything went well with your meal.
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Last min decision to visit Lake District and this was first YHA place I've stayed and will defiantly again, the staff couldn't of been better, hostel was like a 3-4 stars hotel very clean and well presented.we brought our own kayaks and enjoyed the lake in the evening,

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hi Tim

I'm glad you had a great stay and we look forward to welcoming you back!
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Arrived on a glorious afternoon, staff were very helpful, rooms were clean and functional with great views over the lake. Staff were very eager and we enjoyed breakfast before heading off on our walk. Would come again ..... good value for money

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shabba W
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Reception Manag... R, Guest Relations Manager at YHA Ambleside, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thanks for the review, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your stay.
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Property: YHA Ambleside
Address: Waterhead, Ambleside LA22 0EU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Ambleside 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Ambleside is located right on the shore of Lake Windermere, with fantastic views across the Lake to the Langdale hills and mountains.An ideal location to explore the Lakes with Lakeside Restaurant and Bar on site and activities bookable from reception. Offering family rooms and traditional dorm accommodation. Please be aware that parking on site is very limited but staff can point you to nearby alternatives. ... more   less 
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