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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 €13.75
  • Private
    From €34.37
10 or more people?

What travellers think

Travellers that stayed here think this hostel is best for

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

Hostel rating (3)

80 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 80%
Cleanliness 72%
Location 92%
Security 76%
Service 80%
Comfort 80%

Green rating



The scenery is absolutely beautiful. It is located in front of the lake and pier to take ship is next door; it is in good location. The dorm is clean and comfortable. The food is nice and I enjoyed my stay. I would like to come again.


Avatar for Shingo


Wed 16 Sep 2015

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