This is a clean, quiet, safe, conveniently located hostel--in the center of Bath's charm. However, it is odd in several respects: 1. It has NO kitchen, NO refrigerator, NO dining area. Being adjacent to the hostel's restaurant, Belushi's, (only) partially explains that. It does have reliable Internet in the dorm rooms and friendly, dedicated staff, e.g., Steffie; 2. Also odd is the almost invisible sign (gov't regulation). Look for Belushi's instead; 3. My room was as cold as a meat locker.
Definitely a "youth" hostel demographically and atmospherically, e.g., lounge "music" built around jack-hammers as the main musical instrument and very few guests and no staff over 25.. But that area is well-insulated from the dorm rooms--the corridor of which, however, is unwisely used as a social lounge (for staff as well as guests). Breakfast was nondescript, generic continental. Good location, given proximity to the train station. Don't be put off by the worn, gray carpeting on the stairs.
I carefully review negative comments before booking and was pleased to see that past issues have been well-addressed by the hostel. The facility, including beds, linen, bathrooms, common room, kitchen were very clean, with great care shown in ensuring that all bedding is completely sanitized and fresh. Mike, the manager, is absolutely diligent in overseeing this and looking after guests. Perfectly situated near main tourist sites and amenities, it's a great place, with friendly staff and guests.
Since too many of the staff think music is only for them or near-adults, I had to endure the noise of punk, trance, whiny bands and other thumping beats from before dawn to midnight, with few breaks or refuges from that (even after pleading). One staff member, Jordan, tried to switch to softer music--classical guitar, but was soon 'outvoted'. No WIFI in rooms means putting up with that noise elsewhere. The 'Chill Room'? Forget it. Noisy. So, I checked out early and fled to a very quiet hostel.
- Avid Traveller
- (10 reviews)
Big thanks to Andrew Best, owner and to Brian, staff, for their special efforts to make my stay comfortable. Perfect location, just a short two-minute walk from the bus and train station, and close to everything that matters (although almost everything matters in charming Stirling). The lounge is one of the most comfortable anywhere, with very high, Victorian ceilings and cushy sofas and lounges. One dorm room is having its bed lights replaced, so may seem dim for now. But, overall, it's great!
If you can't make it to the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Jade Emu is a great substitute, in terms of its own exotic architectural charm. Dave and his wife have spared no effort to anticipate and meet their guests needs and to far surpass normal expectations, e.g., by providing amazingly comfy quilts, an incredible menu, very warm and helpful staff, soft lighting (instead of garish neon), to name but a few. Fabulous location, just a minute from the Old Town's "Great Wall of Dali"!
The hotel--not a hostel--is, yes, very clean. But, even though I speak Chinese, I was frustrated by the total lack of any tourism-related support--not even a print-out or real map. When I asked for one, I was told to trek across town to the train station to find one!! The only guest computer was unreliable. Tour(ism) information? Zero. I was handed some tour company's business card when I asked. When I described what a hostel is, I was told this is a "hotel". OK. Then don't advertise here.
Very clean, new, bright, quiet room; terrific location, local flavor, and broadband as well as wifi in room! In my 48-country travels, I have never met a more conscientious, thoughtful, attentive and helpful manager/owner. Joe' s dedication was evident throughout my 10-day stay. Quite internationalized, having lived in Canada, and a former mechanical engineer, Joe speaks superb English and is very sensitive to the needs and preferences of all guests. Great place, inside and outside Joe's!
I was not merely pleased, but also touched, by the warmth, helpfulness, dedication, consideration and personal attention shown and provided by all the staff. With thanks to all of them, I was greatly impressed with Ivy, Carla, Lily, Mickey, Yangze, their summer assistants, the cheerful and friendly cleaning staff and the tireless night custodian. Despite being extremely busy, they all provided continuous and excellent service. As for the hostel itself, you could not find a better spot.
- Avid Traveller
- (10 reviews)