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YHA Kings
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Great value for money at £6 for adults and £5 for children per night. Campfires allowed. All very relaxed. Hostel staff very friendly and helpful. Near river so not suitable for small children. Also, beware the squirrels who will chewed their way into our camping cupbourd and some of our food! Keep fresh food in car or ice box or other secure container!
Great for walking and climbing - footpath from campsite to Cadair Idris. Also only short drive to park at Mawddach station and walk or cycle to Barmouth accross the rail bridge.
Best to arrive before dark as access lane very steep and narrow. Would not like to navigate that in dark or fog!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Just returned from a great time, and first time, staying in a YHA. Stayed in a 6 berth family room in the annex to the main building. 2 x bunks + 2x singles on the first floor. Room nice and big with sink, separate toilet and poor shower (water just a dribble). Great breakfasts, lounge and well equipped kitchen. Staff very friendly and knowledgable. Hostel in great location with plenty of walks around it. Loved it. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Good Hostel with shared rooms and camping site. Friendly host. The pitches for camping are not marked but you can find your own spot on the lawn. The lawn is not even. While camping you can use the basic facilities of the hostel: nice lounge with couches and a fire place, large kitchen (with all cutlery and cooking utensils available for making your own meal), showers, toilets etc. There are some great walking and bike paths near the hostel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

This is a top experience. I stayed on Friday 29/6/12 as the organiser of 42 cyclists on a charity ride. Guy, who runs the YHA is an absolutely, top bloke. Nothing is too much trouble for him or his staff. They have a small bar which served us perfectly. We stayed in two hotels on this trip, but the best night was had here. Several of the bloke said they would bring their families back for the experience.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Service excellent, the staff were freindly and kind and couldn't do enough for us. The rooms were well cared for and clean and the location was stunning. Sadly we were unable to share a room and so after a night in single sex dorms we camped outside (4 nights) but this was no loss as we were lulled to sleep by the river. Don't forget your insect repellant though!
Situated just below Cader Idris, (pony trail route to the summit an easy walk away) the walking possibilities are great and it's close to national cycle routes and the seaside town of Barmouth.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank oxers
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

Arriving at the hostel was an adventure in itself as the 'road' leading there is an interesting drive. As you pass through Penmaenpool on the A493 from Dolgellau continue to the top of the hill, over the top and down the other side, as you approach a right-hand bend you require the turning on the left, which is where the fun begins. The hostel is along on the left. The hostel closes for the winter and this road is probably a big reason why.

The hostel comprises of seven rooms all of which sleep six people in bunk-beds. The rooms have a sink and that's about it. There are shared bathrooms with showers. Some of the rooms are based in the hostel itself while others are a half-a-minute walk away in a bunk house. The bathrooms are clean and the showers hot, although the water pressure isn't great. The kitchen has enough to cater for all the hostel guests, although be aware that the site also hosts campers and should these also use the facilities it would become too busy, so phone ahead to find out if this is likely to occur. There is also a common room with an open fire and a dining room where breakfasts are available, and evening meals can be ordered in peak season.

The member of staff was exceptionally helpful and very knowledgeable. He knew all the relevant information and was happy to help with any request. If you have any questions regarding the hostel you can email ahead and the responses are accurate and prompt.

As for the majority of youth hostels, Kings is bare-bones accommodation, with little in the way of luxury. However, all the necessary facilities for an enjoyable stay are provided and with the correct planning a family will have a great time. Unlike a hotel you will meet an socialise with other guests and the children will quickly make friends. We stayed there for Halloween and were joined by another family (in masks) as we set up a bonfire in the fire-pit provided.

Around the hostel there is plenty to do, visit and see. The nearby lake and estuary provide a haven for wildlife. If you are driving there are many visitor attractions within an hours drive, e.g. Ffestiniog Railway, Portmeirion, several castles, and mines of various descriptions. Dolgellau itself has an ample shop for supplies and some take-aways or restaurants for those nights when you can't face cooking. Most important of all you are in Snowdonia with an uncountable number of options for walks and climbs, including Cadair Idris on your doorstep.

Final bit of advice - give it a go with the hostel, you will save a large amount of money! The five of us stayed there for five nights for under £200! You will experience a far more 'real' holiday than staying in a hotel, but more comfortable than camping. I would advise taking a sharp knife of your own for cooking and some proper wood for a bonfire.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Stayed: September 2017
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Address: Kings Youth Hostel Penmaenpool, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau LL40 1TB, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolgellau
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Dolgellau
Price Range: £58 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — YHA Kings 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the slopes of Cader Idris mountain in its own wooded valley, YHA Kings is the perfect budget accommodation for walkers of all abilities. We offer both hostel accommodation (sleeps 42) and a small tranquil campsite. World class mountain biking at Coed Y Brenin, miles of sandy beaches, steam railways, the Centre for Alternative Technology, and castles galore make this part of southern Snowdonia the perfect base for both adrenaline junkies and those looking to relax. YHA kings Youth Hostel is open all year round,is fully licensed with a bar and restaurant. We provide affordable freshly prepared breakfast,packed lunches and evening meals. Campers have 24 hour access to hostel facilities including a newly refurbished self catering kitchen, plus showers, lounge and a drying room. ... more   less 
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