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Belfast International Youth Hostel Reviews

22-32 Donegal Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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79%

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3967 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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97%

Security is good and the cafe is clean. It is really value for money.


89%

The hostel is within easy walking distance of the Europa bus terminus and Great Victoria Street railway station so it is easy to find and get to. Airport buses link to this point while any travellers wishing to go to other parts of Northern Ireland or Dublin can easily get a connection. The twin room was cleaned and ready for me. I bought a breakfast each morning at the hostel, where there was a very wide choice. The kitchen facilities were great and I brought in other meals.

  • 15th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi - many thanks for your review! I am delighted to hear that you found our location to be convenient and accessible to all transport links. It is also great that you were able to avail of our self catering facilities and found these to be of an acceptable standard! I very much hope you enjoyed your trip to Belfast and hope we can welcome you back again sometime soon. Cathy

86%

I though the rooms were very clean, nice and simple. The kitchen smelt weird though and even though it was cleaned everyday it was still very dirty, especially around the stove and oven. The bathing facilities could have used something to put your clothes on and it was very cold in the bathrooms.


71%

The place is generally good, good location, close to some good bars and clubs. The kitchen was really below average. It smelled, knives were dull, so slicing some tomatoes could get really frustrating. Can opener didn't work, so i had to use a knife, which was quite risky. On the first day, 2 out of 12 stove heads worked. Wouldn't recommend for people wanting a good modern kitchen.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi - many thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your recent stay with us! I am very sorry that you felt our self catering kitchen was lacking in facilities. I am delighted to report that we have actually just installed a new oven and that we are in the process of acquiring new cookware so the issues that you have raised should be addressed very soon. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Northern Ireland - it was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Cathy

74%

Rooms had beds and toilets were clean, alright. But the overall atmosphere was sad and boring, not fun nor positive.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi - many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at our Belfast International Youth Hostel! I am delighted to read that you found your room and bathroom facilities to be clean and up to a good standard. It is obviously disappointing to hear that you thought the atmosphere was lacking. Obviously this is something we will strive to improve on. Best Wishes Cathy

51%

The common rooms are not really lively - hard to meet people. Seems there's lots of people actually living there, or sthing like that - cause there were really few tourists. The place is, in my opinion quite badly located for tourist sight seeing - you have to necessarily walk at least 15mn or take the bus.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello - many thanks for your review of your recent stay at Belfast International Youth Hostel. We are actually located in what is known as Belfast's "golden mile" - it is indeed a 15 minute walk to Belfast city centre but only a 5 minute walk to many transport facilities. Many of our guests comment on our excellent, convenient location to all a tourist heart could desire - I am very disappointed to hear that this was not the case for you. Cathy

100%

I really like this hostel. The staff is always very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and I feel safe there. It is also in a great location; 5 -10 minutes walk to city center.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review!! We try to make each guest feel welcome and do what we can to ensure that they have an enjoyable stay. We are delighted when guests take the time to tell us when we succeed. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay and we very much hope we can welcome you back to stay with us. Cathy

57%

The place in OK conditions. Does not have the "Hostel Spirit" since it is basically a building with rooms, where everybody gather in the lower ground since it is the only floor with internet (yeah, not joking). My room was just two bunk beds, a sink and two lockers in poor condition. It was enough but my first thought was a prison cell, ahah!! The shower does not offer a proper protection to keep your belongings safe from water if you're not careful. At the end, it deserves a positive grade...

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for your review of your recent stay at our Belfast International Youth Hostel. We only offer FREE WIFI on the ground floor as an attempt to try and get our guests to integrate with one another and embrace the hostelling ethos. It is disappointing to hear that you felt that we lacked "spirit" and this is something we would most definitely like to improve. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Northern Ireland! Cathy

66%

Pretty standard HI hostel. Not much in terms of atmosphere. The staff was realy good... lent usa lock for no charge. It's a bed at a decent price.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello - thank you for taking the time to review our Belfast International Youth Hostel. I am delighted to read that you found the staff to be useful and that they were able to assist you. I very much hope you enjoyed your trip to Northern Ireland. Best Wishes Cathy

100%

Amazing hostel!!! Staff trying everything to make your stay comfortable!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for your review your recent stay at our Belfast International Youth Hostel. It means so much to us when guests take the time to let us know the things that we do right. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to welcome you back to one of the hostels within our network sometime soon. Cathy

69%

There was no working oven in the kitchen! The hostel is really big, but the only oven they had was out of order. Someone, I guess an angry traveler, had written a note next to it saying that it had been broken since April! Considering it is now September, this just seems ridiculous. Also, 1 of the 2 microwaves they had was also broken, and the other one didn't rotate. But, it was cheap and near the city center, and they did have a really good cafe there. TL;DR the kitchen was a joke.


89%

Nice welcoming and helpful staff. Great location for exploring Belfast. Housekeeping very good. Nice cafe open till lunchtime daily a bonus. Handy vending machines. Clear rules


89%

My friend and I really enjoyed our stay, the staff were lovely, the hostel was really clean and secure and the beds were the most comfortable hostel beds I've slept in! The location is great, really close to the centre and the bus station. The only drawback was that there was only wifi available in the lobby, not in the rooms.

  • 2nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


69%

We really enjoyed our stay at the Belfast International Youth Hostel. But especially the curtains, the windows and the bathrooms need to be cleaned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


77%

Fair place for a night's stay. Main problem was the kitchen, nice and big however only 1 of the 3 stovetops were working (made it difficult with 10+ peopke trying to cook)!


71%

Shower facilities in private room was not overly great. Took a good 10 minutes for the water to only get to warm. Was not hot at all.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello - many thanks for taking the time to review your stay at our Belfast International Youth Hostel. I am sorry to hear that you experienced some issues with the water temperature in your shower. We will have this investigated and ensure that the problem is fixed for future guests. I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and hope that it didn't impact too badly on your stay.

94%

Great stay, friendly staff, and wonderful location. Would recommend to anyone.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello - many thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of your recent stay at our Belfast International Youth Hostel. We are absolutely delighted to hear your comments and very much hope we can welcome you back again soon. Cathy

100%

I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The staff were stellar, breakfast was delicious and affordable, facilities were cleaned frequently, kitchen was large and fully equipped, solid location, I could go on!


80%

stayed in a private room for 6 days. enjoyed the calm atmosphere and the proximity to all the interesting places in the city. the staff was very helpful and gave me infos and tips whenever asked. the room was confortable and tidy. i definitely recomend this hostel if you are looking for a place to rest after staying out all day exploring Belfast!


66%

The location is the biggest advantage of this hostel and was the reason for our stay. Do not expect too much about the facility and comfortability. We booked a twin room with shared toilet and shower room. The shower room was clean but the water was neither warm nor strong enough. The light in the toilet i used did not work. The beds were quite small but just OK for a short stay. Generally, it was worth the price considering the good location.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello - many thanks for your review. I am delighted to read that you found our location to be convenient. It is obviously disappointing to read your feedback about our rooms - we strive to ensure all our guests have a comfortable stay and I am sorry to hear that on this occasion we failed. I very much hope you enjoyed your trip to Northern Ireland. Cathy

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