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Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker
Nomad Backpacker

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7.5

Very good

84 reviews

84 reviews

Pros: common area

Hiranmayi
- Mar 14, 2020
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8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Popular landmarks
National Museum Cardiff 850 m
Cardiff castle 1.1 km
Principality Stadium 1.4 km
Roath Park 2.2 km
Cardiff Bay Barrage 2.5 km
Bute Park 3.4 km
St. Fagans: National History Museum 7.7 km
Castell Coch 8.2 km
Nearby landmarks
Cardiff Queen Street Train Station 390 m
Toucan Club 430 m
Chilli's 540 m
Gallery Ten 590 m
Eglwys Dewi Sant Church 610 m
Martin Tinney Gallery 610 m
Club X 630 m
St. David's Cathedral 640 m
Exit Bar 650 m
Bar Icon 650 m

Nomad Backpacker

11-15 Howard Gardens, Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom, CF240EF - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Cardiff part of Cardiff, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Cardiff Bay. This 3-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

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Highlights

400 meters to public transportation

Front desk [24-hour]

850 meters to National Museum Cardiff

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Daily housekeeping

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Game room

Bar

Laundry service

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cardiff every 46 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.8
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportCardiff Airport (CWL)
Distance to airport15.3 km

Rooms available at Nomad Backpacker

Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Single Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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Quadruple Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 4 single beds
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Triple Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 3 single beds
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Twin Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 single beds
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Quintuple Room (5 Adults)
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
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4 TWIN BEDS
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    Quintuple Room (5 Adults)
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      Bed in 8 beds mixed dormitory room
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        Frequently asked questions

        What time is check-in and check-out at Nomad Backpacker?

        Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

        How do I get to Nomad Backpacker?

        For those who wish to drive their own cars, Nomad Backpacker has a car park that's close to the hostel. Parking is available for an additional charge.

        Is breakfast offered at Nomad Backpacker?

        Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Nomad Backpacker.

        What is the smoking policy at Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

        What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Nomad Backpacker?

        The closest train, metro, or bus station is Cardiff Queen Street Train Station, 390 m away from Nomad Backpacker.

        What restaurants are nearby Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker’s neighborhood is Cardiff which includes popular restaurants such as Hodges Restaurant, First Floor Restaurant and Lebonese Restaurant Cardiff.

        What popular shopping places are close to Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker is located in Cardiff area which features shopping places such as Gallery Ten, Martin Tinney Gallery and Capitol Shopping Centre.

        What are popular attractions near Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker is located in Cardiff area, which is famous for attractions such as St. Fagans: National History Museum, National Museum Cardiff and Cardiff castle.

        What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker is located within Cardiff, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Bute Park and Roath Park.

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        What people love about Nomad Backpacker

        • 7.6

          Very good

          "Pros: common area"

          Hiranmayi

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          March 14, 2020

        • 10

          Exceptional
          Staff 

          "Staff were friendly, room was clean and warm - would stay again"

          Sarah

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          March 12, 2020

        • 7.6

          Very good
          Staff 

          "Staff friendly and helpful."

          Emma

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          December 2, 2019

        Property ranking|Compared to 342 Cardiff properties
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        Room comfort score
        6.9/10
        Value for money score
        7.8/10
        Location score
        8/10
        Service score
        8.1/10
        Better than
        96
        %
        of Cardiff properties
        Better than
        94
        %
        of Cardiff properties
        Better than
        93
        %
        of Cardiff properties
        Better than
        93
        %
        of Cardiff properties
        Overall rating:

        7.5

        Very good
        84 reviews
        Cleanliness
        6.9
        Facilities
        6.9
        Location
        8.0
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        What travelers say they love:
        Staff are very friendly and helpful.
        Joseph from United States
        Solo traveler
        More about Nomad Backpacker

        More about Nomad Backpacker

        Nomad Backpacker

        Take everything available in Cardiff with a comfort stay at Nomad Backpacker.
        Nomad Backpacker offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hostel's available parking, right on-site. The hostel provides front desk services such as luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience.
        If you need, the ticket service and tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at the hostel will keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available. For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Please be advised that smoking is not allowed in the hostel to allow cleaner air for all guests.
        Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.


        Dining and things to do

        Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at Nomad Backpacker. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hostel. A night in at the hostel's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions. Guests who prefer to make their own meals will love the in-house BBQ facilities available here.
        Recreational facilities at Nomad Backpacker are designed for escape and relaxation. Have fun without traveling far, by taking advantage of the dart board and ping-pong table at Nomad Backpacker. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library, games room and shared lounge and TV area.


        Around the property

        One doesn't need to look far as the hostel enjoys close proximity to sightseeing options and local attractions. Engage in the city's best art at St. Fagans: National History Museum located 7.7 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works. Get fanatical at Principality Stadium located 1.3 km away. During the season, you can buy tickets to see home games and cheer with the locals.


        Reasons to stay here

        Rooms don't get much cheaper than here, being less than 97% of the city's accommodation.
        Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 96% of the city's accommodation.
        It's hard to beat the room comfort here, which is rated higher than 96% of other accommodations in Cardiff.

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        Amenities and facilities
        Good
        Facilities

        6.9

        Most talked about facilities

        Breakfast

        3 mentions

        Housekeeping

        3 mentions

        Languages spoken

        • English

        Internet access

        • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
        • Wi-Fi in public areas

        Things to do, ways to relax

        • Billiards
        • Dart board
        • Game room
        • Garden
        • Table tennis
        • Ticket services
        • Tours

        Dining, drinking, and snacking

        • Bar
        • BBQ facilities
        • Restaurants
        • Room service

        Services and conveniences

        • Daily housekeeping
        • Dry cleaning
        • Elevator
        • Facilities for disabled guests
        • Laundry service
        • Library
        • Luggage storage
        • Safety deposit boxes
        • Smoke-free property
        • Smoking area

        For the kids

        • Family room

        Access

        • Front desk [24-hour]
        • Pets allowed

        Getting around

        • Car park [charges apply]
        • Car park [nearby]
        Food and dining
        Breakfast options
        • Continental
        Location
        11-15 Howard Gardens, Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom, CF240EF
        Excellent
        Location

        8

        Airports

        • Cardiff Airport (CWL)
          15.3 km
        • Bristol Airport (BRS)
          33.3 km

        Public transportation

        • Cardiff Queen Street Train Station
          390 m
        • Cathays Train Station
          1.1 km

        Hospital or clinic

        • Saint Davids Hospital (Cardiff)
          2.0 km

        Convenience store

        • Sainsbury's Local
          1.4 km

        Cash withdrawal

        • ATM
          220 m
        What's nearby

        Popular landmarks

        • National Museum Cardiff
          850 m
        • Cardiff castle
          1.1 km
        • Principality Stadium
          1.4 km
        • Roath Park
          2.2 km
        • Cardiff Bay Barrage
          2.5 km
        • Bute Park
          3.4 km
        • St. Fagans: National History Museum
          7.7 km
        • Castell Coch
          8.2 km

        Nearby landmarks

        • Cardiff Queen Street Train Station
          390 m
        • Toucan Club
          430 m
        • Chilli's
          540 m
        • Gallery Ten
          590 m
        • Eglwys Dewi Sant Church
          610 m
        • Martin Tinney Gallery
          610 m
        • Club X
          630 m
        • St. David's Cathedral
          640 m
        • Exit Bar
          650 m
        • Bar Icon
          650 m
        Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
        Property policies
        Children and extra beds

        Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

        All children are welcome.

        Children 0-1 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
        Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
        Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
        Others
        • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
        Some helpful facts

        Check-in/Check-out

        • Check-in from14:00
        • Check-out until10:00

        Reviews of Nomad Backpacker from real guests

        Provided by verified guests of Agoda
        7.5
        /
        10
        Cleanliness6.9
        Facilities6.9
        Location8.0
        Room comfort and quality6.9
        Service8.1
        Value for money7.8
        High score for Cardiff
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (12)
        8-9 Excellent (5)
        7-8 Very Good (13)
        6-7 Good (6)
        <6 Below Expectation (13)
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        Mar - May (12)
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        9.7
        Exceptional
        Linda from United Kingdom
        Business traveler
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in June 2015

        Saved my bacon”

        Friendly staff, free breakfast, cleanliness

        Trust me to have to go to Cardiff on business on the same night as both One Direction and the Manic Street Preachers were playing! Thank goodness for the Nomad: it was great value, really friendly and so convenient on location.

        Reviewed June 07, 2015

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Joseph from United States
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

        Do it!”

        I booked a single room for my two-day stay in Cardiff. It’s located basically at the City Center. Extremely convenient if you wanna eat out, get cultured and go to cultural institutions (I recommend this!), [window] shopping, or just bar hop around the area. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The room, kitchen, showers, and lounge are very clean and well maintained. I loved it very much. Thank you for an amazing atmosphere! I will definitely come back here!

        Reviewed November 23, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jiarong from China
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 1 night in August 2016

        excellent!”

        first time went to Cardiff!!!!! I love this hotel and this city with no doubt!!!! I really hope I can go to Cardiff again!!!!!!!!!!

        Reviewed September 12, 2016

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        7.6
        Very good
        Emma from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2019

        Unhygienic in many areas”

        I’ve stayed in a fair few hostels and am well aware of the basics they provide, and Nomad Backpackers on the surface was good. Staff friendly and helpful. Decent facilities (tv room, and social areas with a pool table) however the overall cleanliness left A LOT to be desired. The toilet took about 8 tries to flush, as such, most didn’t bother. Not helped by the amount of hand towels put down to block it completely. The mould on the walls of the shower room/bathroom was extensive. The room was basic, and very cold. I moved the bed to be closer to a plug socket and it was clear under the bed had not been cleaned or swept for some considerable time. In the morning, breakfast was a little on the light side. Most of the bread and cereal had gone (there was a large party staying) and on looking in the cupboards for bread/cereal found more mould and extremely dirty interiors. Rather put me off eating, no staff around to keep an eye on lack of food or that others cleared up after themselves.

        Reviewed December 03, 2019

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        6.0
        Mrs from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        Not very welcoming.”

        I only booked this place to save money, so I didn't expect much. The receptionist was nice and friendly but I found the facilities pretty bad, such as taps not working, no plugs in washbasins etc. My room was good because it had 2 single beds, so I was able to take the pillow off the spare bed, as I needed more than one pillow as they were so thin! The mattress was comfortable and the duvet was clean. I found the layout of the building confusing, so many corridors etc, so I kept getting lost! I left early without having breakfast., so I can't comment on that. I won't be coming to Nomad Backpacker again, I'd rather spend more and go to Travelodge instead.

        Reviewed March 04, 2020

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        8.8
        Excellent
        Michael from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2019

        Great place but important things need attention”

        The general presentation of this place is fantastic. Someone has done a really good job with all of the livery, lighting, comfort of the shared areas. But the rooms and especially the bathrooms/showers need urgent attention because they're dangerous, frankly. I was in a shower when the automatic energy-saver light went out leaving me in total darkness. Moving didnt turn it back on again so I was left feeling for the door which then wouldn't open! These things need urgent attention as they're foul of the law. Someone could get into serious difficulties with the problem I outlined.

        Reviewed March 15, 2019

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        7.3
        Very good
        Jonathan from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

        Satisfied with few unlikely incidents.”

        Breakfast included, wifi access in almost all areas including the rooms, friendly staff

        Checking In and Out is fast. Serves sufficient breakfast which consist of cereals and toast with a choice of coffee, tea or milk and 3 flavors of jam. Wifi access is available in almost all areas. There's a game room, a TV and internet area. Sufficient toilet & bath and shower rooms. The only thing not so good is when I checked in and went to my assigned room there's this unpleasant smell in the room. It seems to be a used wet towel or socks that has not been laundered for a long time. Which may have been caused by the occupants and not the lapses in sanitizing the rooms. It is also good to note that towels are not provided for and can be availed with a fee (£1). Also be careful in passing thru the side streets within the area of the hotel as I have encountered some teenage brats throwing hard candies and food at me while I was walking the streets, good thing none of it hit me. And before it does I stopped walking and tried to confront them but ran away.

        Reviewed December 26, 2013

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        6.4
        Good
        Fabio from Australia
        Group
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in September 2019

        The hostel is ok!”

        Actually a good hostel. Nice, friendly staff. Location is ok. But the furniture and hygiene of the shower and toilets are not in best condition. Basic breakfast, expect nothing more. In total the Hostel is quite good. For me, as a backpacker who just need a place to sleep it’s enough and I don’t expect anything more.

        Reviewed September 23, 2019

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        9.3
        Exceptional
        Martha from Mexico
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 1 night in June 2014

        Great :) ”

        Clean, quiet, safe (there were free lockers in each room), friendly staff, great location

        It was a very good experience, the hostel is very clean and well maintained. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are really nice and even the free breakfast was good :)

        Reviewed June 15, 2014

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        9.3
        Exceptional
        Latoyaa from Trinidad & Tobago
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 2 nights in July 2012

        very good hostel”

        10 mins walk from city centre, very clean, good wifi and internet service, good facilities including bar and games room, clean toilets, clean dorms, good internet, arranged tours

        will definitely stay there again. good place for great price.

        Reviewed August 02, 2012

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Sarah from United Kingdom
        Group
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        In Cardiff for a gig”

        Great location as it wasn't too far to walk to the Motorpoint Arena... staff were friendly, room was clean and warm - would stay again

        Reviewed March 12, 2020

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Johannes from Philippines
        Couple
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in April 2017

        Friendly and helpfull staff”

        Very friendly and helpfull staff. Large kitchen and common area. Private rooms are better choice!

        Reviewed September 23, 2017

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        6.0
        Linda from Italy
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

        Don't stay over weekends if you want to sleep”

        I've stayed in a private room for two nights, I found it quite expensive for what I've got, very unconfortable and thin spring mattress, no blinds (as it's summer it means wake up at 5am), very hot during the day (no fan), no hooks, tables or any other support for wet towels etc.. just a single bed and a mirror. But my disappointment was more on my second night (Saturday) that I could not sleep as there is no silence policy at night and people where going out and coming back till 4am talking loudly and shouting outside reception (my room was just over it) and on the stairs. I also got twice someone trying to break in my room while looking for a free room so I guess they were not staying. I found it unbelivable as there is a 24 hours reception with two staff and no one did anything about it. I felt very unsafe.

        Reviewed July 02, 2019

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        7.2
        Very good
        Jennifer from United Kingdom
        Family with young children
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in August 2019

        Basic and simple place to stay. Does the job nicely if your just looking a nights sleep”

        Staff friendly, pool table and lounge area good to chill in. Clean in all areas. Simple rooms with bunk beds, shared kitchen and bathrooms. Only downside was having no toilet and bathroom in own room

        Reviewed August 16, 2019

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Jeremiah from Canada
        Couple
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in February 2014

        Perfect for one night and a place to lay your head”

        Cheap, Quiet, Good location

        We came to watch the six nations match in Wales and all we needed was a place to rest our heads for the night. Perfect budget hostel with good staff that were more than willing to hold on to our luggage, despite not being able to check in. Good trip

        Reviewed March 09, 2014

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        7.6
        Very good
        Hiranmayi from India
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        Very good”

        cons: toilets were not clean. the cleaners only cleaned the room one day out of 3 days that I stayed. pros: common area

        Reviewed March 14, 2020

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        8.4
        Excellent
        William from Brazil
        Couple
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2016

        Good stay”

        Outstanding cleanliness! But the mattress are terrifying, never saw worst.

        Reviewed November 28, 2016

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        8.3
        Excellent
        Naomi from United Kingdom
        Group
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in October 2015

        Good hotel”

        Polite staff, Clean rooms Great location

        It was a good stay but with the value for money for checking out at 10am I do feel was a bit much and when we was told it was free breakfast all that was offered was toast.

        Reviewed November 03, 2015

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        8.3
        Excellent
        Tom from United Kingdom
        Group
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2015

        Good Stay”

        close to town, clean, good staff

        Good stay, just what i needed and didnt disappoint, would stay there again.

        Reviewed March 16, 2015

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        6.4
        Good
        Yannovisyam from Indonesia
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in August 2018

        Nice hostel actually but..”

        It was unusual for me as foreigner had to leave my passport as a key room guarantee. But after argue, they only asked £10 for deposit of key room (a real key room, not key card just like another hostel I’ve visited/only £2-5 deposit).

        Reviewed August 10, 2018

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