Myself and a group of 15 recently (and idiotically!) decided to hike up Mt. Snowdon during the Jubilee weekend.
Due to arriving on a Saturday afternoon – through until Monday morning – and being a bank holiday, we were expected to pay for the mandatory B&B price (£23 pp/pd) – however, I have to say after a comfortable night’s sleep as well as a cooked breakfast after 50mph winds and hail up the mountain, I would have paid a damn sight more!
However, you’re reading this for my experience of the hostel and not of our treacherous climb, so I’ll keep it relevant; parking is available at the hostel, albeit limited. We managed to arrange 4 parked cars from our group as well as a stag do’s mini bus. I believe a few yards down there is a lay-by which can also be used for residents, so this doesn’t seem to be an issue by any accounts for those who are visiting the Vagabond.
By way of facilities, this caters to the backpacker perfectly; a large clean and tidy communal kitchen, communal shower room (push button showers but more importantly warm!) as well as a “drying room”. Whilst this wasn’t high on my list of must-have’s for a hostel, we sure needed it after our day on the mountain and free for residents to use. A definite plus for me.
Off the kitchen is the communal dining room – complete with bay window seating and benches, along with a flat screen TV and tea making facilities.
Adjacent is the bar which we found was under-used for such competitive prices compared to the pubs in the village – as well as outdoor seating for those who want to brave the midgies!
We found the dorms/bedrooms clean, comfortable and secure. Part of our group shared bunks (one double bunk at the bottom and single on top) – these I was led to believe, were comfortable and clean.
My group had an adjacent bedroom with a sink and fireplace (fireplace was for effect, I would add – the sink highly useful).
I can’t find fault with either room and with nods around the breakfast table the following mornings, all agreed a good night’s sleep was had; which after all, is what people want to know when they are booking accommodation.
Finally the staff – I didn’t have much interaction with them, other than to settle the bill (you can either pay on arrival or departure – being flexible I found was a breath of fresh air seeing as most expect you to part company with your hard earned cash once you’re over the threshold) – but from the helpfulness on check in and the delivery of breakfast (full English which goes down a treat – as much Tea and Coffee as well as toast!) with a smile, no complaints from us!
I would only note that the bar was closed on both nights which we were staying – but in all fairness, after coming back from a meal, we couldn’t expect the owners to hang around for residents who may or may not frequent the bar, so a note, rather than a negative.
All in all, a quality hostel for a great price! 15 happy campers (with sore feet)!
Room Tip: Both the bedrooms which we stayed in were good – both at the front of the property.
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Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends