Excellent 8.5
Based on 22 reviews

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About YHA Ambleside Hostel


Nestled in the heart of Ambleside on the edge of Lake Windermere, overlooking the nearby Langdale Pikes, YHA Ambleside Hostel is an ideal spot from which to discover the city. Guests can enjoy easy access to a wide range of great outdoor activities, holidays, or school trips, including water sports, walking, climbing, and a steamboat. With its convenient location, the hostel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. At YHA Ambleside Hostel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hostel provides the best in services and amenities. To name a few of the hostel's facilities, there is a family room, Wi-Fi in public areas, a car park, meeting facilities, and a bar. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hostel's recreational facilities, which include a garden and water sports, are designed for escape and relaxation. The hostel is also equipped with a modern bar and restaurant serving good food and local ales. The area is surrounded by plenty of shops and a cinema for entertainment. With an ideal location and facilities to match, YHA Ambleside Hostel hits the spot in many ways. Outdoor activities can be organized as packages and groups such as rock climbing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling, and canoeing.
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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Car park
  • Taxi service

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Canoeing
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Water sports (non-motorized)
  • Wind surfing

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Grocery delivery
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room


  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Pets allowed

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
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Guests arriving after 10:00 PM are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival.

The property has group restrictions allowing up to 16 adults maximum.

The property will contact guests directly in order to give instructions regarding check-in.

Reception is open from 08:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Guests arriving outside these hours are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival so alternative arrangements can be made.

Towels are not provided at the property. Guests may rent or purchase towels at the property.

Wi-Fi/Internet access is available only in certain areas of the property at no additional charge.

A ground floor guestroom is available for booking. Please contact the property directly to make a reservation.

The property does not have an elevator.

Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate): 5.75 GBP
Check-In From: 02:00 PM
Check-In Until: 12:00 AM
Check-Out From: 07:30 AM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Number of Rooms : 51
Reception Open Until: 10:00 PM
Room Voltage: 240
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Verified traveler reviews

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based on 22 reviews
  • Cleanliness 8.8
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Location 9.2
  • Room comfort and quality 8.2
  • Service 8.5
  • Value for money 8.6
  • Food and dining 7.3
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Soonra from South Korea
Solo travelers
Stayed 1 night in August 2016
Great location
The only reason I chose this hostel was the location. When you get up in your bed, you'll see the beautiful lake directly. Just like from riverside hotels.
Reviewed August 24, 2016

Bee from Singapore
Stayed 2 nights in May 2016
Pleasant stay
Everything was value for money for its price
Reviewed May 31, 2016

Chan from Portugal
Families with older children
Stayed 1 night in October 2015
Too many doors
location, food, staff
The car park was very full. There were too many doors in the hostel and not enough sign, I got lost when I enter and exit. There were many bathrooms and toilets which is good.
Reviewed October 09, 2015

XUDONG from China
Solo travelers
Stayed 1 night in August 2015
the lake outside the window, the lonely swan on the lake, the lake
The lake is just outside the window, which gave me a quite good experience to the lake.
Reviewed August 05, 2015

Melanie from United Kingdom
Families with young children
Stayed 1 night in May 2015
Cheeky weekend away
The bar, the breakfast & the customer service.
Reviewed June 01, 2015

chloe from United Kingdom
Stayed 1 night in May 2015
Lovely stay
Value for money, cleanness, privacy.
Lovely, pleasant stay at the hostel. Much better than we were expecting. Water head Ambleside is a cuter small town and the hostel is located right in the centre, very picturesque on the lake. I would definitely go again and highly recommend.
Reviewed May 27, 2015

Jay from Taiwan
Solo travelers
Stayed 3 nights in December 2014
Clean, good facilities and nice view
View, clean
Reviewed December 12, 2014

William from New Zealand
Stayed 1 night in July 2014
Great town to visit
Friendly clean comfortable
Reviewed July 11, 2014

Ng from Singapore
Families with older children
Stayed 1 night in June 2014
Budget and basic.
Wc and toilet near to room. Right in front of lake and sport facilities.
The doors slammed loudly causing noise pollution especially during sleeping time.
Reviewed June 15, 2014

RANKYUNG from South Korea
Solo travelers
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013
Wonderful and perfect lake view
Lake view relaxing family place
Brilliany with the nice lake view. lots of chairs and table to relax just in front of the lake. good activities like rowing or canoeing
Reviewed October 04, 2013


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