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YHA Ambleside - Waterhead

A supremely stylish hostel in the heart of the Lake District offering great quality accommodation with unspoilt views over Lake Windermere.

80 %

  • Dorm
    From €13.88
  • Private
    From €40.25
10 or more people?

What travellers think

Travellers that stayed here think this hostel is best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Sports & Activities
  • Sightseeing

Hostel rating (3)

80 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 80%
Cleanliness 75%
Location 90%
Security 80%
Service 80%
Comfort 73%

Green rating



Hostel seemed to be run down, for example, paint was chipping off the walls throughout the hostel. Room keys were old fashioned, and did not lock themselves. Also, all the security doors throughout the world hostel meant to keep the place secure were not even utilised. Lastly, and most importantly, there were not enough lockers to secure belongings for everyone in the rooms. Pretty bad considering foreign travellers need to secure their passports. Disappointing when compared to other YHAs.


Avatar for Dominic


Thu 02 Jul 2015

Fantastic setting on lake front. Comfortable restaurant. Good breakfast. Drying room and laundry facility useful. Staff were sometimes off-hand at front desk and one fellow serving food in the dining room could have benefited from a hair-net. Supplies @ at front desk were in short supply (soap, shampoo). Within walking distance of fells.Bike rental not available at hostel but a walk away in Ambleside. Bus at the door and convenient for Windermere. Lots of bathrooms and showers and always clean.


Avatar for Angela


Wed 03 Jun 2015

Das Hostel wurde renoviert, aber ich habe wirklich mehr von der Renovierung erwartet. Die Stühle waren alt und die Farbe blättere vom Geländer. So richtig nach Renovierung sah das nicht aus. Die alten Sessel haben mir auch wesentlich besser gefallen.


Avatar for Peter


Fri 26 Sep 2014



Avatar for DAHYE


Wed 26 Mar 2014