YHA Ambleside Hostel
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8.9
Excellent
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(151 reviews)See what guests said
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9.4
Exceptional
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Exceptional location
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  • Galava Roman Fort Ambleside740 m
  • Old Bank House Chocolate950 m
  • Ye Olde Friars1.38 km
  • Ambleside Cowhides and Sheepskins1.54 km
  • RockShop1.56 km
  • Golden Rule1.65 km
  • Gaynor Sports1.79 km
  • Bridge House1.79 km
  • Wray Castle2.22 km
  • The Herdy Shop6.02 km
  • YHA Ambleside Hostel

    Waterhead, Waterhead, Ambleside, United Kingdom, LA22 0EU - See map
    "Lovely place and people, never having stayed in a YHA before was not sure what to expect but I was thoroughly impressed."
    HAYDN - May 10, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 97% of guests
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.8 rating for cleanliness
    • Daily housekeeping

    • Bar

    • Garden

    • Hiking

    • Shops

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    Value for money score
    9.2/10
    Location score
    9.4/10
    Service score
    8.8/10
    Cleanliness score
    8.8/10
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    Value for money9.2
    Location rating9.4

    Rooms available at YHA Ambleside Hostel

    8.2
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Dormitory Room (5 Adults)
    Dormitory Room (5 Adults)
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    • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
    Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 4 single beds
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    Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed
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    Five-Bed Room with Shared Bathroom
    Five-Bed Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed and 2 bunk bed...
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    Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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    Dormitory Room (6 Adults)
    Dormitory Room (6 Adults)
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    • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
    • Shower
    • 6 bunk beds
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    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    What people love about YHA Ambleside Hostel

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "It's a 20 mins walk to the town centre where there are a great selection of food."

      Samantha

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      December 4, 2017

    • 7.2
      Very good
      Location

      "Located right at the end of Windermere lake with nice terrace in front."

      Vanara

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      February 7, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Staff were very friendly and helpful, I loved it."

      HAYDN

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      May 10, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "Cooking tools are enough for traveler to prepare meal and th..."

    Eugene

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    June 29, 2017

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    What they offer

    9.6
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "The room and communal bathrooms/toilets are clean."

    Cecilia

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    August 15, 2017

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    Continental
    Full English/Irish

    Restaurants on site

    Restaurant
    Cuisine:European

    What's nearby

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    Reviews of YHA Ambleside Hostel from real guests

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    Agoda Reviews (151)Booking.com Reviews (1870)
    8.9
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    Cleanliness8.8
    Facilities8.7
    Location9.4
    Room comfort and quality8.2
    Service8.8
    Value for money9.2
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (35)
    8-9 Excellent (15)
    7-8 Very Good (16)
    6-7 Good (2)
    <6 Below Expectation (1)
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    Mar - May (12)
    Jun - Aug (37)
    Sep - Nov (11)
    Dec - Feb (9)
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    8.4
    Excellent
    Huixin from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

    Nice”

    Overall nice, good location.

    Reviewed July 06, 2019

    Thanks

    Responded August 04, 2019
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    nahla from Qatar
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    One of the best! So peaceful and quiet...Great way for relaxing... ”

    I didn't have second thoughts of booking in this hostel just after I read the reviews and saw from the pictures where the location was. I wanted a place out of London in a place like this. So relaxing as ever. Wish I had the time to stay longer. Great location especially the view overlooking the lake and seeing all the swans ducks. Helpful staffs. A good restaurant just inside the hostel as well which serves food for the last orders before 9pm. You can also borrow a hair dryer and give a deposit of £5 then get it back after returning. Bus ride is just a 2mins walk. Very accessible to all. You can even walk going to the city center by just 15mins. Good way for a walking exercise though. I'll surely recommend this hostel to everyone. You won't regret it. Cons: No early check-in. Exactly 2pm. Breakfast isn't free. Pay £6.50 from 730am onwards.

    Reviewed August 19, 2018

    Thanks for the lovely and detailed review Nahla. Seems like you had a great stay with us which is always great to read and it's fantastic to know that you'll recommend us to other. Regarding your cons, yes, at this time of year when we are full pretty much every night, our housekeepers do need the full time to get the rooms ready, so check in will be at 2pm. And as not everyone wants a full breakfast, we do charge separately for it

    Responded August 20, 2018
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.8
    Excellent
    FAI from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

    Highly recommended”

    Location is perfect. Just a step jumps into the lake. Next to the Ambleside Pier and there are lots of food choices at the restaurant downstairs. And kitchen equipped with all facilities too. Though room is small but the view is unbeatable. 房細了點,但位置跟景觀都是一流。餐廳、廚房都有,巴士站在三分鐘路程,碼頭亦在旁邊,可坐船去Bowness.

    Reviewed August 03, 2017

    Thank you FAI, that view really is something special isn't it?

    Responded August 03, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.4
    Excellent
    Eugene from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in June 2017

    A relax place with stunning view and good facilities”

    There are enough entertainment facilities. Cooking tools are enough for traveler to prepare meal and the kitchen is spacious. It's good to have a wash basin in the room but the washroom is a bit too small. Staff are kind and willing to share with us the information about the central lake district. Generally it's a good experience.

    Reviewed June 29, 2017

    Thank you Eugene, good to see you had a lovely stay with us

    Responded June 29, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.7
    Excellent
    Tsang from United Kingdom
    Family with teens
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

    Good value for money”

    excellent location (2 mins walk to Ambleside pier), clean room, self-catering amenities

    Got an excellent deal from Agoda for a 3-person en-suite. Stunning view of Lake Windermere from the room. The self-catering kitchen can easily get a bit crowded with 4-5 families preparing meals at the same. Not enough on-site parking spaces.

    Reviewed August 15, 2013

    You are correct, parking is limited but there are plenty of off site alternative close by

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Marisa from Australia
    Couple
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019

    Well set up facilities, highly recommed”

    Comfortable with good cooking facilities. Also good options for eating out. Rooms comfortable. Nice walks near by and views are lovely.

    Reviewed January 22, 2019

    Hi Marisa. We're really pleased to hear you had a comfortable stay and were happy with the facilities here at the hostel. Nice walks and lovely views is a great summary of the surroundings for sure! Thanks for your review!

    Responded May 29, 2019
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    7.2
    Very good
    Vanara from Cambodia
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

    Beautiful Spot & Value”

    Located right at the end of Windermere lake with nice terrace in front. A few stops by bus (4.5£ single) from Windermere, the nearest bus stop is Waterloo (1min Walk). Good English breakfast with less than 6£, nice staff, bar next to reception, two attaching kitchen & nice dinning Hall with the view. Value for money & recommnd

    Reviewed February 07, 2018

    Thanks for the review Vanara, it's lovely to read that you would recommend us

    Responded February 11, 2018
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.8
    Excellent
    Samantha from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Excellent”

    The main reason i chose to stay here is because of the view. Unfortunately, the weather was bad throughout my stay. It's a 20 mins walk to the town centre where there are a great selection of food. Room size was ok. Bed was comfortable. I like that it has a small sofa near the windows, overlooking the lake. The toilet is small. Stairs are wide enough for you to move any big luggage. This hostel has plenty of facilities (i.e. TV room, kitchen, laundry, drying room etc). I didn't know that the drying room is meant for hikers to dry / air their dirty shoes, gears, clothes. I wanted to dry my clean clothes that were out from the washing machine. As i open the drying room door, a terrible stench hit me. I have clothes that cannot be in the dryer machine so I hang them in my room instead. Will come back again in the other seasons.

    Reviewed December 04, 2017

    Hi Samantha Yes, as you discovered, our drying room is for drying gear that people have been wearing out on the fells and as the weather was bad while you were here it would have been very well used. Despite our best effort with extraction (we regularly get told that our drying room is very good) there is nothing quite like the smell of a busy lake district drying room

    Responded December 04, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Cecilia from Hong Kong
    Family with young children
    Quadruple Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in July 2017

    Great”

    The lakeside view was breathtaking, esp. the sunset. The hostel location is good, easy to commute to other places within the Lake District. The room and communal bathrooms/toilets are clean. Good-size kitchen and facilities. Never had to wait to use the bathroom or kitchen. Friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast's ok. The playroom kept the kids busy. Carpark was full most of the time, but there's free overnight parking after 6 pm nearby.

    Reviewed August 15, 2017

    Thanks Cecilia, a brilliant, thorough review

    Responded August 17, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.7
    Excellent
    chloe from United Kingdom
    Couple
    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

    Hopefully see you again Chloe

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    7.6
    Very good
    Tung from United Kingdom
    Family with young children
    Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    It was hard to connection WIFI”

    Children make very noisy around my room at night

    Reviewed June 02, 2019

    Thanks for the score Tung. I can only apologise if other guests were noisy

    Responded June 03, 2019
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.0
    Excellent
    Hsin from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2017

    Very good”

    Not much space in a 6-bed- dorm. No Wi-Fi signal in room on the 2ND floor.

    Reviewed August 12, 2017

    As advertised, WIFI is just available in public areas

    Responded August 17, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    SUTARAT from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Excellent”

    Excellent to everything

    Reviewed February 05, 2017

    Thank you, always nice to hear

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Sudeep from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in August 2014

    yha”

    as above

    Reviewed January 25, 2017

    Thanks!

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kanitta from Thailand
    Group
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Nice veiw”

    We will come back

    Reviewed December 24, 2016

    See you again!

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Soonra from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    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

    We really do have a great location don't we

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    8.3
    Excellent
    TAICHIEH from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2014

    Clean, good facilities and nice view”

    View, clean
    Reviewed December 12, 2014

    Thanks Jay

    Responded May 13, 2017
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Shilpa from United Kingdom
    Group
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Great weekend away”

    Great accommodation

    Reviewed July 22, 2018

    Thanks Shilpa, glad you enjoyed your weekend

    Responded July 23, 2018
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    HAYDN from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Excellent staff location and facilities...and price!”

    Just incredible. Lovely place and people, never having stayed in a YHA before was not sure what to expect but I was thoroughly impressed. Staff were very friendly and helpful, I loved it.

    Reviewed May 10, 2018

    Awesome to read Haydn, thanks. Hopefully we've converted you to hosteling now, there's loads more to explore

    Responded May 12, 2018
    YHA Ambleside Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Wing from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

    Good choice at lake district”

    The place is clean and big! Just i think it is a little bit busy, but overall is good!

    Reviewed January 03, 2018

    Clean, big, busy, good. Not a bad summation of YHA Ambleside. Thanks Wing!

    Responded January 06, 2018
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