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Belfast International Youth Hostel
Reviewed 11 April 2011

We stayed at this particular hostel for two nights. We arrived in Belfast at 10.30pm, and despite our late arrival, there was still someone friendly on reception to greet us. The rooms were spacious and immaculate; what is lacking in atmosphere is made up in cleanliness. The adjacent cafe was very convenient and great value for money - especially the packed lunches to go! When our tour of the Giant's Causeway was cancelled due to sub zero temperatures, the reception staff were extremely helpful by recommending other activities and sights, and providing maps. Overall - a great place to stay!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

Myself, my brother and 2 of our friends stayed here a couple of weeks back for 2 nights and it was great. Nothing flash, purely a room with beds which was all we needed because we were out sightseeing the whole time. There was the option of breakfast onsite, but we didn't take this offer up as we were out and about as soon as we were awake.

The guys on reception were a great help, in particular Phillip who spent time with me showing me on a map all the things to see and do including places to eat when on a budget like we were.

The Hostel was within walking distance from everything including the city centre, bus depot and the Odyssey Complex, so it pretty much was the perfect base for our stay.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

My recent visit to Belfast was an absolute budget trip, so I did't have much to spend on accommodation. I've always wanted to stay in a Youth Hostel and chanced upon this one. I wasn't very quick to believe that all the good reviews would be true, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Belfast International Youth Hostel was a fantastic find, right in the heart of the city centre (5 - 8 minutes walking distance from the main bus terminal), very easily accessible to all the must-see attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Queens University, City Hall, Belfast Waterfront, etc. The staff was extremely hospitable, friendly and helpful at all times. The hostel was extremely clean, including all the bathrooms, toilets and rooms.
The only area that was a minor (almost negligible) inconvenience for me was the size of the rooms. Although they were very match-boxed in size, the bunks were extremely comfortable, clean, warm linens were provided and lockers are available to safeguard your belongings.
I liked the atmosphere and ambience of the hostel...it was youthful, lively and refreshing. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I visited during the fall, but if you're looking for some peace & quiet, Belfast Youth Hostel delivered 100%.
On a closing note, I will never forget the Ulster Fry breakfast in their cafe on the ground level...its to die for! For someone with a sweet tooth, make sure you try the French Toast....trust me, you'll be smiling for days!

All in all, a fantastic experience and I would definitely visit and stay here again!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

We stayed at The Belfast Youth Hostel for 2 nights this past September for about 60 US dollars a night. We had a double ensuite room. Rooms are incredibly basic, as is to be expected with any hostel. The duvet smelled a little musty but other than that the room was very clean. The shower situation was a little interesting as there is no curtain; just a drain in the middle of the bathroom floor. So EVERYTHING in the bathroom gets wet. Bring your own soap and towel as they supply neither. Our room faced a busy street so it was noisy, but not a problem for me since I'm not a light sleeper. The breakfast place downstairs was very good and cheap. You had to pay for wi-fi but that was relatively cheap as well. As far as hostels go, this one was nice and clean with adequate facilities. Just don't stay here expecting anything more than what a normal hostel has to offer.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

Don't try to find this hostel in a car or even drive in Belfast, actually, because it is such a pain and it took us 30min to find this place, but other than that, it is conveniently located and a short walk to Shaftesbury Square and central Belfast. There was hardly anyone staying there when we arrived, and we shared a dorm room with only 1 other person, so it was very nice and quiet. The beds themselves weren't exactly clean, but they have clean sheets to put over them, so that was okay. There was only 1 shower and 1 bathroom, but since we only had 1 other person in the room, it wasn't too bad, although I can imagine it could get annoying if the room was full of people trying to use the shower and toilets. The stalls were very big and roomy, but a kind of dirty. Reception was very nice and they also had a private car park, so that was good too. They have a cafe that serve breakfast in the morning, but since we left really early, it was closed. Everything was very secure (maybe a little overdone, I think), and they had an elevator! I wish they had mixed dorm rooms though (when I booked through a hostel website, they didn't show up), but it wasn't a big deal anyway. The only thing that really bothered me (along with the excess security) was them being stingy on free Wifi and Internet (only free the first 15min), but again, no big deal.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

Stayed in a twin ensuite room for 2 nights. The room itself is fine. The matresses were terrible but it is a hostel so that was to be expected. We were on the busy street side so it was very noisy all night (with late-night revelers gathered around a rubbish bin all night, drinking). The washrooms were great, though we found the toilet/shower situation a little strange as you ended up getting all the loo paper wet every time.
The only big complaint was that the windows only open about a quarter of an inch (when we were there it was over 30 degrees both days) so needless to say the room did not cool off very quickly (or at all). The location is very easy to get to with lots of places to eat near-by. Laundry facility was a big plus, as well as the internet access and cafe (though the girl behind the counter was pretty grumpy). All in all pretty good.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

This is what I call a real and typical youth hostel. 24/24hs reception and the key-card system inspires security. It's not in the city centre (10-15 min walking distance) - but Belfast is small enough to walk it all (if you like it). Staff - very helpful. Our double-ensuite was spacious, with big windows and heating, bathrooms are not the newest but clean. Nice common areas. For breakfast (not included) you have Alan\'s Causeway Cafe at your disposal with a huge breakfast menu and reasonable prices.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Belfast International Youth Hostel

Address: 22-23 Donegall Road, Belfast BT12 5JN, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast > Golden Mile
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Belfast
Price Range: £12 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Belfast International Youth Hostel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hostel is the biggest in Belfast and the only one affiliated with Hostelling International. It's a short walk from both Belfast City Hall and Queen's University, and close to both the Europa Bus Station and Botanic Train Station. The hostel has a range of rooms, from group dorms to doubles, some with ensuite shower/toilet and some with shared facilities - so something to suit every budget. The hostel has free WI-FI in the common areas of the ground and first floor, free left luggage and good-value laundry facilities. The Causeway Cafe on the ground floor serves up good value grub and McCombs Coaches (based at the hostel) offers Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway tours. ... more   less 
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