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Rock N Bowl Hostel Reviews

22 Nelson Street, Bristol, Bristol, England

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1375 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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The staff is nice and the location great - but the hostel itself really needs TLC. My room was extremely basic and everything looked and felt really old, including the mattresses! The showers were filthy and there was absolutely no atmosphere - I was so shocked to find out that was fully booked cause it felt sad and empty! It's an okay compromise if you stay for just a night like I did, because of location/price, but I was glad I wasn't going to stay longer! It's a shame cause it has potential.


Great staff, helpful in navigating the city. Vibe was ok, not too much communal atmosphere but not too hard to meet people. Located right above a bowling alley where you can get big discounts on pizza (but not beer). Overall nice stay for one night


Cool place!


Great location, hostel was clean and looked nice. Annoying to have to go upstairs to shower. Also notice of fines everywhere not very welcoming.


Clean rooms and showers. Large kitchen if you like to cook yourselves, otherwise the hostel is not far away from stores (for the cheap meal deals) or restaurants.


I loved the atmosphere and the common room and kitchen. It was a really friendly place to stay and the internet worked well. I have a bad back and the bed sagged in the middle in the night so my back hurt in the morning, but I doubt it would be a problem for most people. Everything else about the place was great and this is the only thing that would make me hesitate before staying there again.


10 min walk from coach station. Bar, restaurant, bowling alley and hostel. Rooms are comfortable, beds definitely are, wifi is spotty in rooms and in common areas, chill out rooms are nice. Staff were pretty nice, renovations happening at the time which really disrupted check-ins. Shared unisex bathroom and toilets on each floor. Showers were weak.


Possibly one of the best expériences in youth hostel I've ever had : Rock'n bowl is funky AND well located AND provides amazing facilities like a big living room to chill out and meet people from all around the world. A true 'world-wild' experience at the heart of Bristol


Considering the hostel doesn't lead you to the right place on googlemaps and sat-nav it was really annoying that the phone number for the hostel leads to music without any explanation or prompt, it may have been on hold but for all I knew it was the hostel's idea of a joke. The place was not really clean and looked like they were rebuilding about the guests. It was also very loud very late into the night. This isn't just the bowling alley noise but also music being played in communal areas.

  • 30th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great place to stay and very spacious inside with lots of areas to hang out. Will definitely stay here again.


The place is very central, not far away from the coach station and walking distance to the shopping complexes. It was a pleasant stay. For those who do not fall sleep easily in noises, avoid Fridays and Saturdays because there is a pub right at the basement.


The staff is very welcoming and friendly. The walls are artistically painted. There is a common room with tables and sofas where I brought my laptop to work on my stuff. Despite not very close to train station or megabus stop (15mins walk), supermarkets and main shops are very close~


it sucks that there are loads of people who are trying to find a work... not the real traveller feeling... apart from that an okay hostel


Hostel was great - we shall be back :-)

  • 11th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


A very good hostel for that price. I strictly recommend people to stay there if they're planning to go to bristol. Great position, good bed, great kitchen and lots of activities. The toilets were clean and regularly checked as well as the kitchen. the staff was really helpful and the position is absolutely amazing.


The location was good and the staff was ok, but the building was not very clean. The individual showers and toilets were dirty all the time in contrast with the common toilets and showers that were very clean. They didn't have lockers in the rooms so it was very uncomfortable to leave your stuff unattended. Everything else was alright, specially the free bowling night which was very fun.


Services like the showers were closed during the mid-morning. Fine if you want to spend the day in the hostel, not so fine if you're looking for somewhere to spend the night between travels. Cleaning lady was rude to the point of open hostility.


Decent place, but internet was extremely slow and spotty; this is unacceptable in the modern age.


Great hostel if you don't care about sleep! Venue vibrates the whole building and is extremely loud. Facility's are okay... Showers are on a 20 second timer and completely suck! Staff are all rude, wouldn't recommend staying here for more than 2 nights, I stayed for 5. Place is full of a much older crowd, so being 20, it was hard to socialise.


Good facilities. No lockers. Push button showers but some genius has devised a cable tie contraption to hold them on so that was ok. Hostel was almost entirely long term residents so had a pretty bad atmosphere for people travelling. Without long term residents this hostel has the potential to be really good, but wouldn't recommend.

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