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Reviews of Porthtowan Backpackers

Hostel | Sea Myst, Beach Road, Porthtowan Cornwall, England TR4 8AD

92.0% Overall Rating

61 out of 63 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/08/2014)

Andrew McMurray thinks…

"I found this family run business to be very good , its there original family house turned into a Hostel with access to there shop below and other shops such as a hair dresser and masseur which I…"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Hot tub / jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 9.74

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Groups of 4+ please contact Hostel direct, after booking, to provide your card security nos, otherwise your booking will be cancelled without refund! Any late cancellations, or in not turning up, without giving us 7 days advanced notice "will be charged at the full rate"

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92.0%

Overall Rating

61 out of 63 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Porthtowan Backpackers'

Atmosphere
91.2%
Location
95.2%
Facilities
92.8%
Cleanliness
83.2%
Staff
98.4%
Value
93.6%
Safety
89.6%
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Andrew McMurray

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

12 August 2014 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: I found this family run business to be very good , its there original family house turned into a Hostel with access to there shop below and other shops such as a hair dresser and masseur which I would susspect they let space too, there is an outside decking platform chill out areas to the rear of the property which are great and a hot tub available at the proprietors discretion , all in all a good experience friendly , helpful, kind hearted ! Sadly to say the owner said they are closing the business at some point , if they follow through with there plans , I personally would be sad to see this place close down as they intend some time in the future to return it to a family home , but needs come first . Andrew McMurray business and social Analyst Saint Andrew , Saint in Christ Jesus

Disliked: Lots !

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

05 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Safe and secure clean

Disliked: Nothing

91.4%
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Val Graham

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

13 November 2013 Val would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely owner Steve really made our stay and is well connected; he called ahead to check the menu and book us a table at the victory pub close by (owned by his friends) and food was AMAZING and great value!!!!, he arranged a surf lesson for me with his friend from a super surf school the next morning and he let me shower and change in the hostel after surfing, even though we had checked out by then. Lovely, accommodating guy, highly recommend :) breakfast self service with lots of cereal, yogurt, fruit and good size kitchen so could do yourself a fry up too if you wanted!

Disliked: The bedroom was a little chilly when heating went off and mattress was a bit bumpy but otherwise very cosy with a nice ensuite, great to have a bunk bed with a double bed on bottom for my mum :) perhaps a couple of spare blankets in the room would sort the chilly issue out?

94.3%
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joe chapman

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2013 joe would recommend this property

Liked: nice area out back, close to everything, will stay there again when I return to Porthtowan

Disliked: joe left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

31 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great environment, excellent service and helpful hosts. We will definitely come back again. Thanks Steve and Jane for a wonderful time. Dee & Nadia

Disliked: The room door, bathroom door and shower door were difficult to open/close in Room 3. Minor issue and won't get in the way of your stay.

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Kerri-Ann Greenacre

With friends / other travellers

Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

18 June 2013 Kerri-Ann would recommend this property

Liked: It was very homely and I couldn't have asked for a better service. The owners were kind, friendly and happy to help at anytime. They made us feel at home. I will definitely be staying there again when I go back to Cornwall. The area suits me and it was beautiful.

Disliked: Kerri-Ann left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great

Disliked: nothing

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Ross Penman

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 October 2012 Ross would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay, the owners are very friendly and helpful and made me feel welcome. Nice little hostel to stay in, close to the beach and next to the local shop, would happily stay again!!

Disliked: Ross left no negative feedback.

54.3%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

13 September 2012

Liked: Owner was very friendly and helpfull

Disliked: Really worried about the fire safety in this hostel as it was so cluttered. Didn't see a fire extinguisher anywhere, although there probably was underneath all the detritus.

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Michael Scott

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

05 August 2012 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: Great place, in a perfect location, Steve is helpful and friendly, beds comfortable and breakfast too. highly recommended stay and location to visit.

Disliked: Nothing to dislike

88.6%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

29 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness of the owners and their willingness to do anything they could to improve your stay, even little details like wind shields for the beach and latest surf report!

Disliked: Squeaky bed but expected with bunks!

94.3%
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Jeff Mashburn

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

21 May 2012 Jeff would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere was very relaxed and fitting for Porthtowan, and the owner Steve was extremely helpful in advising us on local activities and amenities, and kindly let us borrow an OS map for some hikes along the coast. The breakfasts were good and generous, the kitchen (stocked with tea and coffee) was convenient and the hostel ran smoothly without a long list of rules and regulations. There was free parking right across the street, and a local shop with food etc. right next to the hostel. I would highly recommend, for convenience, value and most of all, pleasant hosts.

Disliked: Nothing.

88.6%
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Natasha Carlson-Perret

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

29 April 2012 Natasha would recommend this property

Liked: In a great location on a beautiful beach with great cliff top walks nearby. Hostel is clean and friendly in a great little village.

Disliked: Natasha left no negative feedback.

71.4%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Relaxation/spa
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

24 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Porthtowan Backpackers is just a few steps away from the beach & cliffs. In the center of a very quite village (at least in November). Steve & Jane made us feel at home very quickly, and were very helpfull in making our stay to the best. They made us almost feel part of the family for a couple of days :) Steve was full of tips & stories about the region. We are missing the chats at breakfast in the flower shop ;) Thanks Steve & Jane!

Disliked: none

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

19 September 2011

Liked: Friendly staff, value for money.

Disliked: None

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

05 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Steve was so helpful, very quirky place with everything you need. Cute roof top terrace and good free continental breakfast and reduction on surf hire

Disliked: Had 2 cats and i am allergic!

88.6%
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Suzanne Nolan

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

01 August 2011 Suzanne would recommend this property

Liked: The character of the property and its fantastic location were both excellent.

Disliked: While the general cleanliness was good, the deeper cleanliness was lacking. This did not, however, detract from the stay.

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Sophia Badger

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

03 May 2011 Sophia would recommend this property

Liked: Steve is absolutely great and full of lots of information - it really made a difference having a host who genuinely wanted to meet his guests, make sure that everything was ok, and offer as much help as he can to make our stay as good as possible. The surf lesson with Spence was great fun, and Porthtowan a lovely part of the world that I am looking forward to returning to...and when I do, I'll stay at Porthtowan Backpackers again! Thanks so much Steve.

Disliked: Nothing at all.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

28 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: steve and jane was very helpful and friendly.beach nearby....

Disliked: there was nothing to dislike.....

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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing friendly people, great advice and generally being very nice. Having wifi, common area. Close to beach, recommend going to Blue Bar for food or a drink

Disliked: Not much to do in town, although not related to backpackers as such - great place to chill out though or surf

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Customer review

Alone

26 September 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Steve and Jane are extremely friendly, generous hosts who go out of their way to make people feel at home. A great place and feel, particularly if travelling solo. Would definitely stay again!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Nikki Senekal

With my spouse / partner

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa

31 August 2010 Nikki would recommend this property

Liked: I loved everything about this quaint little surfing town. Porthtowan Backpackers is packed full of character, a real surfers hostel. The owner is flawlessly friendly and had good knowledge of the area. Really good location if you’re after a relaxing beach holiday. The Blue Bar 2min down the road is excellent for good food and atmosphere. Can’t wait to visit again next summer!!!

Disliked: Nikki left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 August 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Beautiful location; really friendly, helpful staff; homely feel.

Disliked: One of the bunkbeds in the 4 dorm room was really squeeky.

94.3%
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Kerri Lee

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

19 July 2010 Kerri would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic place to stay. Casual and laid back, excellent value for money. We want to come back!

Disliked: Kerri left no negative feedback.

77.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

05 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff, absolutely feel like home!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.