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Arnie's Backpackers
Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

A cozy little hostal, with friendly staff and just enough room for everyone.

The free breakfast is amazing! And if you don't like dogs, avoid this place because the owner usually brings his by (which are incredibly friendly!)

I would stay here again

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

By far one of the best hostels in Belfast! You feel at home the minute you walk in the door. The staff and Arnie do everything they can to make sure your stay is great. The hostel is also one of the warmest thanks to the roaring coal fires. Great location close to the city centre, Europa bus station, and Queen's University. Based in the university district, tons of great pubs just around the corner. Clean, great value, a home-away-from-home, Arnie's will always be my place to stay in Belfast.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

On my first visit to Belfast I was looking for a cheap but nice place to stay. Unfortunately Arnie´s wasn´t really living up to my expectations. I stayed at a mixed 4 bedroom for 12 € per night which was fair enough but... the beds were a nightmare, old and smelly. I needed to help my friend to climb onto the bed because there weren´t any ladders for the bunk beds. The bathroom lack renovation since the 1970s. The common rooms were crowded and crammed with broken furniture. It was noisy and the staff wasn´t very helpful. Overall I can´t recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

My first experience of hostel life. Staff very helpful. Owner very laid back. Good mix of people from all over the world. Amenities good. Washing service efficient. Great Coal fires everyday. Nice atmosphere. Really is a good place to rest up on travels. Excellent booking service for cab tours. Staff work hard keeping the place clean.
Would highly recommend Arnie's backpackers.
Weekends can get busy - some characters go a bit over the top but the staff soon put them right in a very polite way. Great value for money. And always warm friendly welcome.

Room Tip: Four bed room is best, cost a bit more but better privacy. Weekend can get busy as great location fo...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

I dont like giving bad feedback, so I will start off with the good things about Arnie's: the staff was very friendly and the atmosphere - as mentioned below- IS very cosy. i thought the price (appr. €12 per night in a mixed 4-bedroom) was fair enough. the location in Belfast is okay. however, the beds were terrible and old. i needed a chair and a helping hand to get on my bed 2m above the ground and there was no way i could get up at night without waking everyone. the common rooms are crammed with old stuff and broken furniture. i guess thats a matter of taste but i thought bulk rubbish is not very inviting. there are no sockets and lockers in the rooms and just one shower and one toilet on each storey. so, to sum up, the friendly staff doesnt make up for the lack of modern furniture and comfort.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

The first impression was good: cosy little hostel, friendly staff. But the rooms are definetely too small. And when i booked a 4bed dorm i don't want 5 people staying there! The owner and the staff where having fun downstairs until two am, even though there are signs everywhere that tell you to keep quiet at night. The windows in my room where locked and the smell was unberable. No wonder with 5 people in a 12sqm room...

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank intjy
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

I've been traveling for some time now between hostels but I never had so much fun and felt so at home till I got to Arnie's backpackers!
The staff was incredibly friendly, the rooms were clean and comfortable, the entire home was welcoming and inviting and Arnie himself is the best guy you'll meet!
When he asked me if I want to stay more I just couldn't say no! And found myself staying in Belfast more for the hostel then for the city....

In short: in you're going to Belfast - do yourself a favor and go to Arnie's!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: 63 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast BT9 6AX, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast
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Ranked #18 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Belfast
Price Range: £13 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the friendliest and cosiest hostel in Belfast! Its a safe, clean, 27 bed, city centre hostel. Free WIFI & tea/coffee. Be greeted on arrival with tea/coffee & biscuits and relax in front of our warm coal firesWe have a lovely kitchen, dining-room, lounge and garden open to all visitors. Along with Free WIFI we have internet access available on our in house computer. This is an environmentally friendly establishment as we recycle. You might be lucky enough to meet the jack russell dog that often visits! Feel free to use our in house piano and guitar. No curfew or lockout.Our friendly staff will do their best to make you feel right at home. Feel free to ask for any information about tours, travelling, and the local area. Arnie's is the ideal place to explore the culture, nightlife, shops and entertainment in Belfast. Tours of Belfast and Giants Causeway from the hostel and lots of info and advice!!We provide a full kitchen and common areas kept warm by real coal fires, along with radios and a television/dvd player. We also have laundry facilities available to guests. ... more   less 
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