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Rock N Bowl Hostel Reviews

22 Nelson Street, Bristol, Bristol, England

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1138 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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Came there after a sleepless night and a long flight - and while trying to nap there was seriously loud heavy metal music from the club downstairs. I can sleep through most things - but I just managed to sleep a few winks through this. Apart from that it was all right, I had to walk pretty long to find a place to eat after 9PM but I assume that's a problem of Bristol rather then the hotel.


Situated within 5-10-minute walking distance from the commercial centre and the touristic centre, the hostel is managed by a friendly team of staff. Social areas include a fully-equipped kitchen and lounge area with TV, sofas, table-tennis table and computer desks. Your luggage can be locked within the cages situated at the bottom of the bunk-beds (provided that you have your own lock with you) or kept inside a storage room against a small fee. Also visit the adjacent bar The Lanes!!


A bit of noise during the night

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Portugal
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The great atmosphere definitely makes this place worth the stay.

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The atmosphere is the most important thing for us, strengthens and enriches the journey memories ... thank you for sharing this moment


I only stayed for one night here but it was fine. The showers were good and there were plenty of power outlets around the room, which was very spacious. Staff were friendly. I would probably stay here again.

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...and you'll always be welcome here! Thank you for your beautiful feedback!


Great location, very clean, helpful staff

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Thank you, it sounds great for us!!!


The hostel is at a great location, near the city centre and some supermarkets. The building is beautiful and the kitchen was big and very nice to meet people. Showers could have been better, but were ok. The staff was alright, but could have been more welcoming.

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Thank you for your review, we will try to do always better!


Hostel was a few blocks away from the city center but far away from the train station. Front door was quite difficult to find. Rooms had plenty of room but not wifi reception and few outlets only. It had medium size lockers below the beds. Bar was quite nice but not very crowded, depending on your trip this might be a pro or con. 1 washing and 1 dryer machines available, so there was people waiting most of the time.


I WAS DECEIVED!!!!!you have to be aware of that if you leave your deposit for key in amount 10 pounds from your credit card , they will assure you that is will return back to your card but is never will, i have that bad experience


Had a good stay here, good location close to large shopping centre. Staff was good, and bowling was fun! Closes at 12 so we were able to sleep in quite. As all hostels could use cleaner showers and bathrooms. Good vibes with the large kitchen and living room. I would return.


Very good. The only problem was that the bathroom was on another floor and closed during many hours (10 to 14). The locks of the bedroom were broken so we were not confident in letting out stuff in the room. The staff and location were perfect!! I would stay there again!


Really good and central hostel. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.


The location was very good and the hostel really big. There were big hang out spaces and I just loved the kitchen! Probably for the first time I actually cooked real food in a hostel! :) Some of the bathrooms were out of order but there were lots of them so that wasn't actually a problem. The rooms were okay with cozy bunk beds. All in all very good! :)


A tad overpriced, offering nothing other than a place to sleep in a dodgy part of Bristol.

  • 30th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The staff were excellent, especially that Belgian guy, but they all seemed genuinely apologetic we'd chosen to stay at such a dive. Creepy old men pervaded the common areas and bathrooms were literally the worst I've seen in a hostel. The kitchen was awesome, however it was really the only plus. Rooms were dirty and carpet torn in several places. Also, the bowling alley pumps that music loud and late. Don't stay long if you do stay.


Stayed at this hostel for one night as I had to get a coach to Glastonbury the following morning. Staff very friendly and even gave me a wake up phone call. They helped arrange a taxi to the coach depart point too. Very clean and good facilities including a large kitchen for travelers visiting U.K for the first time and discovering how expensive it is to eat out. Would return if I needed a place to stay in Bristol.


Everything was great!!! i canno't complain to anything!!! well located and the staff is very helpfull!!!


Surprisingly good for a basic hostel


very fun ! great atmosphere


Great hostel right in the heart of Bristol city, walkable from the station and good for being in town for a few days, can be a bit noisy at the weekends

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