Totters Independent Hostel, Caernarfon

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Great place to spend a few nights

Great location and found it after an initial few wrong turns. Very clean, comfy with excellent facilities. Friendly owners/managers and all very relaxed. Suggest a door handle on the door to the room we used, as worried using key to open and close may break. Also the lovely table for dining needs some placemats as too beautiful to damage.

Age 58 | New Zealand

Can't say enough!

We thoroughly enjoyed this hostel. It literally felt like we were staying in a friend's house. Everything was clean: bed, kitchen, dining room, lounge room. Definitely a quiet place for a good sleep and an excellent home base for exploring the rest of northern Wales. We only have one suggestion: make the check-in/check-out more organized. It felt a little awkward having to go to the owners' actual house (right across the courtyard) to being our key back or ask questions. Maybe having a check-out box to drop the keys off would help. But other than this, we would definitely stay again and will recommend to anyway planning to visit Wales.



I have never stayed in a hostel but if they are all as good as totters it certainly won't be the last time. It was really clean and comfortable, with spacious rooms and really friendly service. The shared rooms were well furnished and like you were staying at a friends home. Also a great location for exploring Snowdonia.


Attention to detail

I stayed here in May 2007. This was one of the best experiences ever, and I have had quite a few. Totters is probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in.

I went here because of the high ratings this establishment has received, and my expectations were fully met. One of the things that makes Totters so great is attention to detail. Everything is clean, simple, and of good quality. In this hostel you will not find a lot of advanced extras. There is no washing machine or wireless internet connection. What you will find is a good nights sleep. There are comfortable mattresses, nice new duvets, and pillows. And none of those annoying sheet bags. They just wash the covers in between uses. Simple! Is is hard to describe all the little details that adds to this experience. You would have to see it for yourself. It is things like the colour on the walls, the shower curtains, and real plants on the tables in your room. Caernarfon is a great base for exploring the area. In a few days I covered the Snowdonia area, LLandudny, Conwy, the Llyn peninsula, and the Isle of Anglesey. At Totters you have one of the gates of the ancient walls and wonderful sunsets in the harbour right on your doorstep. Have a great stay!


Totters is a wonderful little hostel in an amazing town.

The Location

Totters is in an unassuming building near the city walls in Caernarfon. It is not particularly well signposted apart from a small sign in the front window but it is not particularly difficult to find - being on the main street within the city walls. There are a wealth of pubs and shops in the immediate area and the castle is literally around the corner. It is only a 5 minute walk to the bus station which has buses throughout Snowdonia and also to Bangor rail station.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are kept immaculately clean and have a mix of bunk and normal beds. There are lockers and security appears not to be a problem. The showers are clean and reliable with plenty of hot water.

Common Spaces

There are several commons spaces in this multistorey building. There is a TV room on the ground floor. Downstairs there is an atmospheric dining room with long wooden table. Nearby is a breakfast bar with a wide range of jams to go with toast for breakfast. There is also a large kitchen room with fridge, washing machines and sitting space.

Due to its central location Totters appeals to a wide range of people with a mix of British and foreign tourists staying there. There are plenty of decent pubs nearby so hostellers tend to eat and drink away from the hostel.


Totters is a friendly hostel and well maintained. It is easy to find and in a location close to all the major parts of Caernarfon. It is definitely one place hostellers are happy to return to.

David Halliday

This really is a great hostel, and it has a fantastic homey feel. The lounge room and dining room feel just like you're staying in someone's house, and are well furnished. The rooms are good with a mix of bunk and single beds. The whole place is clean, including the bathrooms.


Absolutely fantastic. I have rarely seen staff working so hard and so thoroughly whilst still being so friendly and helpful, and even making time for a chat. It reflected the atmosphere and appearance of the hostel. Besides that, the hostel fulfilled my expectations in every way. If you decide to go here, then please enable the staff to maintain this high rating!


One of the best hostels where I have been. Staff were very friendly, lovely atmosphere. Good location. The castle is just beside.


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Totters is situated in the heart of the historic castle town of Caernarfon. Sheltered by the castle's town wall, we are only 30 metres from the shores of the Menai Straits and get to see some fantastic sunsets. The town not only offers the visitor a huge selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from, but also acts as the perfect base for trips into the Snowdonia National Park. There is very good public transport in and out of the National Park. The hostel is a 200-year old, five floored town house, which is fully heated with all the comforts of home. Continental breakfast and all bedding is provided in the overnight charge. We have a common room with TV and video, games, book exchange, free bicycle use and a secure left luggage facility. The breakfast and kitchen/dining area is 600 years old. There's a CD player with a great selection of CD's.
This also acts as a brilliant place to congregate after the pub. The bedrooms can be arranged to sleep either 2, 4 or 6. There is also a seperate family room. We are easy going, flexible and WTB approved.

Location and Contact




Address: 2 High Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales

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Website Totters Independent Hostel Caernarfon (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +44 1286 672 963
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Credit Card Payments

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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