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Ocean Backpackers
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I took 40ish students (16-20yrs) in April, they were spread over dorm like rooms with 6/8 beds (predominantly bunks) pretty much had the whole place, there is also smaller other self contained rooms at the top of the premises, this was ideal for staff.

The ground floor had a large common area with computer/Internet connection/Wi-Fi/TV/games etc... which were put to good use, plenty of seating and sofas, this was perfect for our group to keep contained, adjoining this is a large communal kitchen with all relevant amenities, I/we easily catered a cooked breakfast for group.

As with this type of accommodation you need to be respectful of others and clean/tidy away.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thanks for your review. Always nice to get a positive review from a school/college group. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I spent 4 nights at the Ocean backpackers hostel with a couple of friends and cannot complement the friendlieness, cleanliness, and general feelgood atmosphere the hostel had to offer. The laid back nature of the owners meant the hostel appeals to a wide range of people and it is a hostel I would wholeheartedly recommend everyday of the week!

Love from David, Guy and Ben.

P.S. A special shoutout to Juan Romero de terry, Joules Winckel and Alexia!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thanks guys it was a pleasure having you stay with us and always nice to get a positive review from a young group friends. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

5 of us shared a 6-bed dormitory (3 bunk beds). It was clean, had an en suite with excellent shower and was just right for an overnight stay. There is a well equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge area, wifi and use of a computer. It is very centrally placed; a minute walk from the harbour. Would definitely recommend Ocean Backpackers.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you for your review glad to hear to enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the location.

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I've stayed here three times now and each experience has been very good. The rooms are a good size, very clean and comfortable. The owners and staff are always happy to help and are very knowledgeable about the local area. The house has a great location in Ilfracombe - one minute walk to the bus stop and there is a shop and restaurants along the same street. The kitchen was always clean and it was great to meet other people staying there. The whole house feels very homely and comfortable. It's very well priced and I'll definitely go again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Chloe D
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you for your review. So nice to have returning guests who continue to enjoy the faciilties on offer. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Myself and 5 friends stayed at Ocean Backpackers for 3 nights. Our room was relatively basic but exactly what we needed with the added luxury of an en suite. Could not fault the cleanliness of the room. The owners were lovely, always happy to help, and making our lives easier where they could. Also very knowledgable about the surrounding area. Kitchen is full of utensils which youre free to use, and fairly requested to clean up after your use. We had a lovely stay here. Also ilfracombe is a lovely place to be. Going to the top of the hill to watch sunset was our favourite thing to do.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Hi. Thank you for your review it is much appreciated and we are glad to hear you had a great stay with us and enjoyed Ilfracombe. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had a very nice four night stay here in a double room on the top floor.
The room was clean, spacious, had good bed linen, a telly and a nice view from each of the two windows. There were two bathrooms and an eat-in kitchen for the use of guests on this floor.
The top floor is like a club within the hostel, and well worth the 50 step climb up!
Location is excellent, right by the harbour, and with parking for 4-6 cars.
Ilfracombe is a wonderful base for a north Devon holiday, and this place really set us up to enjoy it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Thank you very much for your review. Great to read you enjoyed the top floor which is a relatively new addition to the backpackers. North Devon is a wonderful place to explore and we are very pleased you based yourselves here in Ilfracombe harbour. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Starting a weeks holiday in Cornwall from Bournemouth and ending in Ilfracombe. Ilfracombe is a gorgeous place. Loads to do and plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from. We were lucky enough to stay at the ocean backpackers. We were on the top floor with a large kitchen shared with others. 2 bathrooms to choose from, making it hassle free for us to get ready to go out. Wi . Fi access is an added bonus along with a great communal lounge and dining area. Computer available to use. The room had a fantastic view and we couldn't be closer to the harbour were we took a great boat trip out. A hidden gem for accommodation against some stiff competition. I will definitely be back and any friends looking for a budget place to all stay together I totally recommend staying here.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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ChrisTappenden, Owner at Ocean Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Thank you very much for your lovely review. It is great to read you had a good stay and made the most of the facilities available and enjoyed the harbour location we are situated. Hope to see you again next time you are in the area.

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Address: 29 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Ilfracombe
Price Range: £30 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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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