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“Good Youth Hostel, incredible views”

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Pitlochry Youth Hostel
Borders, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Good Youth Hostel, incredible views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

Pitlochry YH has incredible views overlooking the town. I had a warm welcome from the manager, who was helpful in telling me where everything was. All of the bedrooms are upstairs, and with subtle steps in between. it's a bit short on car parking. Dining room views are amazing, looking across the Tay Valley, and the town. Kitchen fairly small, if you are self- catering, especially if there's a member hogging a lot of the limited workspace! Very clean and tidy, my bed was comfortable, and I slept well.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

But it depends on your definition. I picked this place based soley on the nice location with the views over Pitlochry and I'm in 2 minds now whether it was the right choice for me personally. The location is certainly very pleasant and the views are as good as promised but the hostel itself is not really what I think of when I think of a hostel.

For certain the hostel is very clean, very cosy and very well run by the very friendly and dedicated staff but the general atmosphere and rules in the hostel are what might be considered old fashioned compared to a modern day backpacker's hostel. I'd almost describe this hostel as being like a Travelodge but with more than one bed per room (it even has the same boring blue and white colour scheme!). The rooms are excellently presented and very clean, bathrooms fantastic, common rooms nice and they serve good food. If this is what you look for in a hostel then you will absolutely love this place.

On the other hand it has many features that aren't so appealing to some: you have to make your own bed (I haven't stayed in a hostel in a very very long time which makes you do this), they charge an outrageous £1 per 20 mins of wifi access, the breakfast is nice but costs £4.50 extra (£6 for a cooked breakfast) and they close the hostel completely from 11am to 4.30pm each day, they ask £2 to hire a towel, not to mention that if you aren't a member of their association you also pay an extra £2 on top for your bed bringing the total up to a not so good value £26 a night (although still decent value in the very expensive town of Pitlochry). Things like this are what I've come to expect included in the price in a hostel- usually these days you get wifi and in many cases breakfast in the price of the bed, which you normally don't have to make yourself.

For me, this place wasn't good value considering what I've been used to on my travels but it would maybe appeal more to older hill walkers and ramblers (who seemed to be the main clientel with the exception of a group of about 15 girl guides who checked in for the night).

Pros: Comfort, location, views, cleanliness, excellent bathrooms, friendly staff, nice breakfast

Cons: Extra charges for everything, membership required, hostel closed most of the day (fine if the weather is nice, you have a car or you are a seasoned all weather walker, not so good if you aren't as Pitlochry is very boring and expensive to spend 6 hours in!)

In short, if you just want a clean, quiet, comfy bed you will love it here, if you are looking for more of a backpacker's hostel stay in the one in town.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

First the reception will be open late in the afternoon (and so hoping you can sleep there). And then the person at the desk might like you or not, if not you get that noticed. Later that day I get warned before going to kitchen that i need to clean the kitchen after using it, with a mad voice. I was a bit suprised about that .

In the evening the main entrance will be closed at 2200 hours (its a youth hostel, so im respecting that). But also, all rooms will be closed at that time (even the tv room), you will be forced to go to your room.

Ive just stayed one night in this youth hostel, but this experience made me a bit mad about the service.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Stayed here for one night with a friend during a cycling tour of Scotland.
The hotel is exactly how it should be, efficient, clean and wecoming. Staff offered us half price tickets to the theatre upon arrival and although we were too tired to go, it was nice of them to offer. It felt more welcoming than the usual sign in procedure.
Slepped in a room for 6 with an en suite however there was only one other person in the room. It was very quiet and peaceful and the beds were fairly comfortable although squeaky.
There is a tv room, well equipped kitchen, internet access and a selection of books and board games. Also a locked bike shed.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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London
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34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

Stayed here a lot in the early 1990s on family holidays and found it functional but very homely. Little has changed- it's been a bit smarter on my last couple of visits (2010 and last week in 2012) but its obvious age doesn't spoil it. Beds are comfortable, staff are friendly and efficient and facilities are well maintained. It is a hostel, not a hotel, but the only criticism I have is that the checkout time on the back of the door in my room was incorrect, leading to a slightly more rushed exit than necessary. Not a dealbreaker, although hopefully this inconsistency will be sorted out soon.

The view from the front of the hostel is one of the things that makes this the place to stay in Pitlochry for me. High on a hill, you can look over the town, with the church spire and clock complementing the scene of hills and Victorian stone architecture and the railway.

Top place. Will doubtless be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Aberdeen
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

We stayed here for one night in April 2012. We phoned up on the day to book a room for three and were offered a discount as the hostel was quiet. We were very warmly greeted upon arrival and slept in a quad room with en suite bathroom. The rooms are a little old, and the metal bunk beds were very squeaky. Cannot complain at the price paid though.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

Having stayed here twice I would recommend it to people passing through the Pitlochry area. This place has all of the facilities expected of a modern Hostel, including a TV room, internet access (no wifi though) and a fairly well equipped kitchen. There is a a large selection of board games, books and magazines available to read as well. The staff are friendly and eager to help out should you have nay trouble. The rooms are comfortable enough for a short stay and bedding is included in the price. The only downside is that in the autumn and winter the rooms may be a little cold and the hostel does have an 11pm curfew, however the local area is quite quiet so this is unlikely to affect many people staying here.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Pitlochry Youth Hostel
Address: Knockard Road, Pitlochry PH16 5HJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Pitlochry
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Pitlochry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pitlochry Youth Hostel is situated only 10 minutes' walk from the busy but small Victorian town. With 53 beds and en-suite bedrooms, Pitlochry Youth Hostel is ideal for families, groups or individuals looking for budget accommodation. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular views of the town from the youth hostel dining room. The youth hostel, which opened its doors 35 years ago, offers two separate lounges to enjoy some quiet time or to speak with other guests. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 
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