eight of us stayed for three nights split between two rooms. Bunk beds were firm - bedding was provided and was clean and fresh. Decor was tired, with several things needing repair. Kitchen area is well equipped. Bathrooms were clean - showers were very good especially one on second floor. Location is very close to harbour and pubs and restaurants -although quiet this weekend, could imagine sleep being difficult in summer. Free access to computers and wifi were useful.
Saw the receptionist several times but he was permanently attached to his laptop. Equally, several longer term residents leave a lot to be desired.
Overall, though for £12 per night per person, it represesents good value - our group go away twice a year and have stayed in more expensive and less appealing places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Backpackers is a contemporary hostel situated close to Ilfracombe's picturesque fishing harbour. Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe has many shops, galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants and is filled with curious coastal charm. The harbour is home to Damien Hirst's 20m statue Verity and trips to Lundy Island, coastal cruises, sea-life safaris and diving are available from the quay. Local attractions include Ilfracombe Aquarium, and the award winning Tunnels Beaches. Surfers' favourites Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are a short drive away. Adventure swimming, sea-kayaking, quad biking and horse riding are also available. Ilfracombe is the start of the NCN route 27 Coast to Coast ride and the South West Coast Path provides wonderful coastal walks with stunning scenery. Facilities include a lounge, free Internet/WiFi, self-catering kitchen, surfboard/bike storage and a free car park. Weekly discounts and large group whole hostel bookings are available on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Backpackers Ilfracombe, Devon