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Belfast International Youth Hostel

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A large and conveniently located hostel, Belfast International Youth Hostel offers extra commodities that can make your stay extra comfortable and efficient. Here is a rare hostel that charges amazing rates without nickel and diming you for all the little things.

The Location

At the south end of the city centre, Belfast International is a quick walk from the thriving nightlife of Belfast, a cinema, and many restaurants. This luxury has a drawback, however; the nightlife will continue to thrive long after you want to go to bed.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are no more than six beds per dorm, and you can have a bathroom in your dorm for a little bit extra. The beds are warm, clean, and comfortable and have night lights. There is also a sink and some lockers (but not enough for everyone, so move fast!). The bathrooms are less commendable. They are few in number and not consistently equipped. Some bathrooms have the toilet and shower together, some have just a toilet and sink, and some have a toilet but no sink. There is never soap or hand towels. On a brighter note, the showers are huge.

Common Spaces

Belfast International offers abundant common spaces. On the ground floor, there is a lobby with computers for rent and access to fifteen-minute free Wi-Fi; there is also a kitchen and café that sells decently-priced breakfast and lunch. On the first floor, there is a TV lounge, a library, and a balcony with beanbags. The beauty of these numerous spaces is that you can avoid other people if you want, without locking yourself in your room; on the other hand, because the first-floor lounges are relatively small, they offer a great chance to make new friends.

Summary

Belfast International’s bathrooms are its only inconvenience; otherwise, it provides nothing but comfort. Moreover, it is very secure (you cannot get in at night without proving you’re a resident), and you get free left luggage and fifteen minutes of Wi-Fi, plus cheap breakfast. It is hard to beat that combo for their prices.

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Belfast International Youth Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   A pleasant stay! Thank you for the stay! My room was comfortable, the staff welcoming, and the cafe was excellent! My first visit to Ireland was worth it!  , Russia ()
4   Mixed feelings I first stayed in 2003. What a dump! But the staff was great, coffee pot on at all times, and close to everything. Again, staff was absolutely tops! So I stayed again, and again and again. Then I returned in Aug. 2008. No coffee. Clean rooms. Felt like a hotel. Staff? Ouch! One guy was a world class sourpuss. The younger guy tried to be helpful, but the warmth and family feeling from the previous staff was gone, gone, gone. Like stores, it is the service and staff which keeps you coming back, not price and looks.  , U.S.A. ()
1   Small, dirty, expensive Unbelievably small rooms, no chairs, tables, or a closet -- just a bunk bed and a basin with barely enough space to walk beside the bed. The bathrooms were old, it stank, and there was mould! The Window wasn't airtight, so it was very loud as it was open and cold air went in all the time. never again! For the same Price, we got a hostel in dublin with en-suite bathroom, towels, and breakfast!  , German ()
4  A little institutional, but good value. Safe, warm, comfortable, quiet inside the hostel. Very loud on the streets, but there's not much that can be done about that. Great location, close to Victoria bus station. Nice linens and hot showers. Great restaurants in the area. If you like indian food, check out India cafe down the street. Excellent. It's a good hostel, I'd stay here again. After coming from Dublin it's nice to have a quiet hostel without the party vibe.  ()
2  Awful - we cancelled our second night! It may look smart and clean, but wouldn't recommend it at all! We couldn't cook a meal as the kitchen closes at 9pm (not advertised before you get there). Not only couldn't we cook, but couldn't even get a hot drink. After 9 you have to go out to buy, or drink from the tap in your room. No drinks machines etc. The rude attitude of the man on reception wasn't helped by him being drunk when we came in later. The bed's ladder was loose and they didn't fix it even tho we told them. Bed's covered in plastic -maybe hygenic but reminded you of childhood nights - uncomfortable! The room was tiny (twin room) and couldn't sleep for the noise on the streets.  ()
4  This is a very nice place. I like the location, and the workers there. Belfast is cool.  ()
5  Great place to stay. Maybe it's not in the best Belfast neighborhood but it is worth it. The staff are really nice and helpful. There's a huge common room, Internet access, and the rooms are clean, big, and comfortable. Just one bit of advice: don't try the free coffee!! It leaves much to be desired! The intention is good, though. Highly recommended.  ()
4  Sandy Row is a typical working class Belfast neighborhood. Most tourists in Belfast are interested in the wall murals and all of that recent political history, and here you have some just around the corner. The local people are friendly: I actually had a "local" take me to the front door of the hostel when I asked for directions! That was a first!  ()

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