I had visited Bath in 2006 and wanted to visit again with my family. Previously I had stayed in a B&B as my employer was paying costs. This time we decided upon a family room with en-suite. We were given Room 13 in the main building which has a window situated over what seemed to be the kitchens industrial sized exhaust fan. This fan was turned on at 8am and off at around 8pm. As we didn’t want to sleep between these times the noise wasn’t really a problem. Actually helped us vacate the room early each day and to get out and about. You really wouldn’t want to stay in the room for too long during daylight hours as the size of the room was pretty small without any real space for our luggage. Four suitcases couldn’t be left open on the floor as there wasn’t enough floor space. This was particularly hard on our 16yo daughter who likes to spread out. But then we were on a budget and we all knew before hand that the YHA wasn’t a five star resort so we managed.
We were out of our room each day by 10am at the latest and back around 5 – 6pm. We used the communal kitchen for breakfast and evening meals. The kitchen and dining areas were pretty clean during our stay. We did have to wipe down our table before we could use it once or twice. But that was due to inconsiderate guests not the cleaning staff. We cooked our evening meals in this kitchen and found everything we needed – eventually. We did manage to loose a can of drink from the communal fridge. Hey they must have been really thirsty… It is a good idea to wrap your items up so that nobody can see what you have.
The place was full of (high school aged) school kids for two nights during our stay. They were loud downstairs and outside but were pretty considerate upstairs around the rooms after 10pm. It also helped that the room doors are pretty solid and noise didn’t really intrude. We were also pretty buggered after our long days so flaked as soon as heads hit the pillows. Good fortune and planning had us in the YHA for weeknights only. We have read enough reviews to know we didn’t want to be in a youth hostel during the weekend.
We used the YHA as a base to explore Bath and visit Stonehenge and Avebury.
The adults enjoyed the free town guided tour that starts outside the pump room. Our eight year old was very excited to find the lions and pigs scattered around Bath. On the other hand our teenage daughter who isn’t really into guided tours really enjoyed the Bizarre Bath evening comedy walk. Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths were also enjoyed, albeit in varying amounts, by the whole family.
We caught the bus out the front of the hostel into and out of town each day. The path from the road to the hostel is pretty steep as is the road into town. Cars are able to drive right up to the front/side door and unload or load up.
- 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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