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Newest reviews for Derwentwater Independent Hostel

  • Jane
      United Kingdom
    September 16, 2014

    Lovely views from our dorm window, friendly staff

    Breakfast was great except the bacon was a bit hard although it was early...

    9.6

  • Philip
      United Kingdom
    September 12, 2014

    Helpful staff Great food - breakfast is a bargain Location is perfect Better than the old YHA - a lick of paint and just a bit more friendly

    10

  • Liam
      New Zealand
    September 7, 2014

    The location is great, and the facilities were all very good. Staff were helpful and friendly. Got plenty of sleep even in a 22bed dorm!

    If you're on your own, this place isn't the best for meeting other travellers as there are mostly only families holidaying there. Also if you don't have a car, you either need to walk a long way or catch a bus from Keswick which is a little expensive.

    8.3

  • Karla
      United Kingdom
    September 7, 2014

    The house was very clean well organised and fully equipped for self catering no expense was spare. The grounds were wonderful we had our own waterfall at the rear of the building. Wonderful wild life.Perfect location for walking, hiking and day trips.bus from Keswick stop at the gate will definitely visit again.

    Like it All

    10

  • Tyrrel
      United Kingdom
    September 2, 2014

    very helpful staff

    cold and damp room for the family , had various bugs in the room!!

    5.4

  • Clare
      United Kingdom
    August 26, 2014

    Really liked the location of the hostel, close to the lakeside, great views over to Catbells. Went down to the shore early in the morning and enjoyed the peace and quiet down there.

    Loo didn't seem especially clean - though we did arrive quite late in the evening & there was only one loo between several family rooms, which seems not enough

    7.5

  • Christopher
      Netherlands
    August 26, 2014

    Nice to sit outside and take in the lovely view, good free wi-fi in lounge, friendly staff, more family oriented than other hostels, good shower, Keswick cruise boat landing at foot of driveway (Ashness Gate).

    Rather musty smell (of food trodden into damp carpet?) pervading common areas, beds very basic (but comfortable enough). Don't try the standard cotton wash in the LG washing machine - it takes 3 hours, also machine won't start if laundry weighs more than 7kg (e.g. 4 wet swimming towels)!

    7.1

  • Alan
      United Kingdom
    August 24, 2014

    Staff v friendly. V relaxed atmosphere. All other guests were chatty and facilities were fantastic! The location is ... breathtaking! Catching the launch into Keswick is a must. Will never forget our evening paddles in lake then chatting over a Peroni playing ping pong. Will be back!

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    August 21, 2014

    The staff at the hostel were welcoming and most helpful! The facilities were were well kept and clean

    Although the facilities were well kept and clean I felt I could smell damp in some areas of the building

    8.3

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    August 7, 2014

    -location -local wildlife esp birds -close proximity of Derwentwater -handy for Keswick -friendly,knowledgable staff

    -thought the cost of evening meal at the Hostel was a bit high

    8.8

  • Frederic
      United Arab Emirates
    August 7, 2014

    Location was amazing. Right on the lake

    Unfortunately we were given the worst room in the annexe not in the main building as shown on the net. It was damp and smelling of old stone. Could not sleep for 3 nights. Really uncomfortable. Avoid room 12 at all costs!

    6.7

  • Steve
      Japan
    August 6, 2014

    It had been a while since we had stayed in a hostel. So was a little difficult for us and as we have a young child with special needs it was perhaps harder than normal. But the staff were tops. Things worked and was a nice vibe.

    Slightly musty room but just needed airing.

    6.3

  • Kevin
      United Kingdom
    August 3, 2014

    Location Views Grounds Staff Comfort

    Wasn't there long enough! I'd like to spend a week or two here.

    10

  • Tony
      United Kingdom
    July 29, 2014

    Stunning location, good food and very helpful, friendly staff.

    8.8

  • Retno
      United Kingdom
    July 28, 2014

    The Home cooked Foods and. Staff were excellent couldn't ask any better. From Outside Hostel looked Grand and Clean and have fab View.....

    The Cleanliness in our bedroom and private toilet were poor. There were cob webs on the ceiling and death flies and Dusted Corners and all the windows were Dirty. Indoor Hotels looked Tired and in need of painting

    6.3

  • Hilary
      United Kingdom
    July 28, 2014

    Knew location as stayed many times in Keswick before. Half way for my onward journey to Wales from Scotland! Value for money.

    Shame it had to go independent from the YHA. Toilets need better signage. Other people didn't lock the door on leaving.

    7.5

  • Andreas
      Netherlands
    July 23, 2014

    the birds corner

    8.3

  • Christian
      United Kingdom
    July 22, 2014

    Hotel was excellent, location excellent. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Overall excellent place to stay

    Nothing

    9.2

  • Irene
      United Kingdom
    July 17, 2014

    Location; warm, helpful welcome; magnificent views; flexibility; friendly staff

    plastic mattresses but we understood we had family room.

    7.9

  • Ting
      Singapore
    July 11, 2014

    I like the peaceful three-days spent in this great hostel! It is very enjoyable to walk around the Dewentwater lake and I love a restaurant nearby as well (Marry Mount). Besides, students coming for school trip makes much fun for my tour.

    8.3

  • Ruth
      United Kingdom
    June 20, 2014

    Friendly, informative staff

    8.8

  • Catherine
      United Kingdom
    June 10, 2014

    All of the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. The rooms were all clean and facilities were well looked after. A great place to stay.

    9.6

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    May 27, 2014

    Friendly staff. Great location

    7.1

  • Daniel
      United States of America
    May 22, 2014

    House has a beautiful location overlooking the lake. The rooms are comfortable, and the mansion is a fun place to stay.

    For a traveler without a car, it is a bit difficult to get here. You have to take a bus or walk the 2 miles from Keswick. Its a pretty walk but it takes awhile. The wifi connection is terrible. Do not anticipate having a good internet connection.

    5.8

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    May 9, 2014

    I loved it here. I booked last minute, simply because it had an available bed so i had no expectations... and now I'm already planning my next visit to Derwentwater Independant. location was great and easily accessible on public transport, or £5 taxi from Keswick. gorgeous setting with lots of nearby walks (plus a waterfall outside my dorm window!). the staff were great and created a friendly and warm atmosphere meaning myself and other guests felt immediately at home - which led to lots of socialising in the communal areas. self catering facilities were good - I didn't order the hostel food, maybe next time. beds comfy, showers warm and clean... and great value for money. Thanks! Erin, Manchester.

    I would have liked somewhere to properly unpack my things - the wardrobe unit in my dorm was too small for 6 ladies to use, but there was lots of floor space! other than that, I can't fault anything :)

    10

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