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Hostel | 53-55 Malone Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT9 6EP

91.4% Overall Rating

39 out of 40 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/12/2013)

"Friendly staff who were helpful. They went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 3.36

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Please contact the hostel once you have made your booking via the contact details on your booking confirmation and let them know of your arrival time. * Guests making excessive noise during quiet hours may be charged extra. Alcohol consumption is not permitted during quiet hours and any alcohol may be confiscated. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in guests being removed from the premises. * Groups of 6 people or more must pay a £10 (cash) deposit per person on arrival. This amount will be refunded on check-out, subject to guests adhering to the hostel rules with regards to late night noise and alcohol. If you wish to book for guests under 18 you must book and pay for all the beds in that room. Failure to do so may result in your booking being cancelled but you may still be charged. Also, should your party include minors, please inform the hostel of this prior to arrival.

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Belfast?

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91.4%

Overall Rating

39 out of 40 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'City Backpacker'

Atmosphere
88.0%
Location
78.4%
Facilities
95.2%
Cleanliness
94.4%
Staff
96.0%
Value
93.6%
Safety
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97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

As a family with children

Family Holiday

01 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff who were helpful. They went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Evan Mangold

With my spouse / partner

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

31 October 2013 Evan would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and the staff were wonderful. We stayed at 6 places during our trip and this had the nicest staff by far.

Disliked: No elevator and the location wasn't the best. Minor issues.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

13 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really friendly and welcoming hosts. Nice atmosphere and good areas to hang out in the lounges. Location is about a 30min walk from town (there are buses) but this is ok as there are still bars/restaurants very close by.

Disliked: The bins in the rooms and bathroom need to be emptied daily.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very Friendly hosts Good rooms Clean TV, movies and playstation to pass time

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: John, at the front desk, was very helpful and friendly. The facilities were very clean. The hostel is about a 15 minute walk to the city center but is in the Queens area which is nice

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Samuel Sareen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 July 2013 Samuel would recommend this property

Liked: Absolutely sound and knowledgeable staff and chilled guests, comfy beds, clean rooms - amazing couches in common room, free brekkie, book exchange, nice vibe .....

Disliked: The only thing that I wasn't too happy about was the distance from town - but that is not such a terrible thing, lots of walking and it means it's a very quiet area..

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

25 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, reasonable price

Disliked: Other people coming back to the dorm around 3:30am making a lot if noise

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Kylie Pickup

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 July 2013 Kylie would recommend this property

Liked: It was a bit of home! I was sick during my stay and curled up on the couch to watch tv it was nice

Disliked: Location wasnt the greatest

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Daniel McCaffrey

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 July 2013 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff and very professional attitude

Disliked: Daniel left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

X. Wang

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

13 July 2013 X. would recommend this property

Liked: clean room, friendly staff, fair price, convenient location, what else can you ask for? highly recommended.

Disliked: X. left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Juliet Elizabeth

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

12 July 2013 Juliet would recommend this property

Liked: Really nicely modernised. The best hostel mattress I've ever slept on! The Ikea Loft bed was odd, but it did give us lots more room for a couch to relax on underneath the bed.

Disliked: It's not the most centrally located ever. It's a bit outisde the Queen's quarter in a suburban street. There were regular buses though and the walk to city centre was about 20 mins

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Patricia Ann Masters

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 June 2013 Patricia Ann would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff.

Disliked: No food or drink in the room.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

City break

15 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap and handy location. No frills and very cramped but everything the budget traveler would want.

Disliked: they did not offer a key to the room which seemed totally weird, but later conceded to give us the key, so all good.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

29 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were friendly and helpful and when they tried to book the tour I wanted to do to the Mountains of Mourne and were told it was not running, did some research and suggested alternative ways of getting there.

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

22 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Best hostel I've stayed in to date. It's what a hostel should be: clean, welcoming, great value. Staff is helpful and have some great advice. I loved the comfy homeyness. Little extra efforts like weather and local event updates were updated daily. The location is removed from the city center but an easy walking distance.

Disliked: Nothing negative.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

City break

19 February 2013

Liked: The staff at reception was very friendly and apologetic, and tried to be helpful, but there wasn't much to be done.

Disliked: Apparently the hostel was only open on the weekends in the off season, and that wasn't mentioned anywhere in the hostel description, or in the confirmation email. I only found out upon arrival. This meant that there was no luggage room or locker where I could leave my bag the next day, since the train and bus stations had no left luggage. This really hindered my enjoyment of Belfast. Also one should be aware that since the hoatel isn't centrally located, getting around on a Sunday can be difficult since the buses don't stop at the nearby bus stations on Sunday.

100.0%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

09 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were very helpful

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

26 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The laidback and easygoing atmosphere. Also the owner John was very concerned for the welfare of the people staying there. Being a traveller himself, he knew what was important. The Hostel is clean and new and purpose converted. Has everything that you need from a budget hostel.

Disliked: The car park needs to be locked and so it seems a bit of a hassle to park there.

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Hannah Swanson

With friends / other travellers

City break

25 November 2012 Hannah would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, friendly hostel with comfortable beds and within 20 minutes walking of the city centre.

Disliked: Other guests were noisy and easily heard.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

18 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very clean, helpful staff

Disliked: Showers were not working - had to do a cold shower in the middle of winter... not enjoyable!!!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

13 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice and quiet at night but easy enough to get to. Only a 5 Pound taxi from pretty much anywhere in central Belfast as well (Don't use black taxis, they rip off tourists)

Disliked: I prefer walking to catching public transport so it was a tiny bit out of the way but still good.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Tim Clouter

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break

20 October 2012 Tim would recommend this property

Liked: Really friendly staff, absolutely spotless, decent kitchen.

Disliked: It was a bit out of the city centre, although it is walkable, and it is a small hostel- good if you want to just relax, not the best if you want a party! Other than that, no serious complaints!

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Qunfang HU

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

26 September 2012 Qunfang would recommend this property

Liked: The reception, John, is very friendly and helpful. We two girls are very impressived with him. He is absolutely talkative and good at giving advices. Except the accommodation and transportation information, he also gave us some useful and interesting data about the local history. If any questions, just talk with them.

Disliked: Qunfang left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: convenient location, and simple design + adequate facilities and friendly staff!

Disliked: the whole property seemed quite resonant. Like foot steps can be heard and doors opened and banged loudly. Also in our toilet, there was hair from previous travellers in the shower and on the rugs.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Melissa Williams

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

10 September 2012 Melissa would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, friendly, well located and good value for money. Has cute little features like the book exchange and forgotten food system. Washing machines as well.

Disliked: Lack of secure locking and storage facilities.