I have done quite a few YHA hostels in the UK and overseas too so have some fair comparisions to this one.
This is an old hostel which like others which are similar struggles to keep up with what will be a huge ongoing maintenance cost. The main building is old and full of character but there is plenty of evidence of decay. We stayed for 4 nights in what was a timber constructed extension building which probably is past its sell by date. I can't imagine this would cost a huge amount to replace. Our 4 bed room with shower and toilet was clean and comfortable if a bit tired looking. Bedding was clean and beds were already made when we got there.
As others have said the kitchen lets it down badly as there were certainly not enough plates/bowls and mugs. The immediate answer is to keep borrowng them from the kitchen where thay sell food. This area does need a real deep clean and probably some new flooring.
The other communal rooms are really smart though.
We were there for the cycling and part of a larger group staying there, a great centre for such pursuits. There is a cycle shed to keep them secure and a laundry room if you need one.
The grounds are really impressive and the front area is pleasant to sit in the evening.
I would happily stay again despite its shortcoings as I am a believer in the YHA and would hate to see this venue closed.
There is no parking but space to offload and there is plenty of free parking on the hill outside the main entrance.
Staff were helpful but could be a bit more interactive I felt. There needs to be mmore local information available as well.
Buses into and back from bath town centre stop right outside the YHA. There is a Tesco Express at the bottom of the hill, 10 minute walk down, longer back! but if you need a bigger shop then a car is needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Famed for its grand Georgian architecture and hot springs, Bath is a World Heritage City of many contrasts. It also offers a vibrant nightlife and progressive counter culture to round off your experience. Hearty breakfasts and a quality evening menu are available in our restaurant. YHA Bath is a listed building and welcomes all types of guests. However, if you have a child under the age of 3 years or any other requirements related to mobility or access, please mention at the time of booking and we will endeavor to book you in the most suitable room. YHA Bath comprises two buildings which are both in the same grounds. The hostel has both dorm beds and private rooms available, with some en-suite. We are perfect for backpackers, families and couples alike. Bed linen is provided but towels are not, however please do bring your own or you can hire them from us. There is FREE Wi-Fi available in the social areas. There is 24 hour access to the hostel for all guests that have checked in (code given during check in). YHA Bath is located on Bathwick Hill, within walking distance of the city itself. All the main city attractions are close enough to walk, including the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath Abbey and the Bath Thermal Spa. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this World Heritage City, explore the gorgeous Georgian architecture or relax in the spa before returning to the hostel for a quiet drink in the bar. ... more less
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