At Penzance Backpackers, the whole place is sparkling clean, friendly, and comfortable.
The hostel is a bit of a hike from the train and bus station -- but if a thirty-minute walk will be too much for you with luggage, you can take the local bus heading pretty much anywhere on the peninsula to get most of the way to the hostel. It's on a fairly quiet residential street in a nice area just out of the town center -- five minutes' walk from the Coast Path, in the direction of Mousehole. Larger grocery stores and the edge of the downtown cafe/pub district are about ten minutes' walk away.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms (mostly upstairs) are well laid out -- the beds are wonderfully comfortable and not too crowded; they are mainly bunks with the occasional single bed if you arrive at the right moment. Each dorm has an attached bathroom with sink/toilet/shower, which is nice for when you want to go in the middle of the night, and there are also shared showers which comes in handy if your whole room is trying to wake up and get ready for the day at the same time.
The kitchen, at the back of the ground floor, is well laid out and supplied with everything necessary, including self-serve coffee and tea available for an honor donation, and a decent selection of free/abandoned foods (obviously your luck may vary with this one!), plus a nice big table with stools where you can sit around and eat. They request that you sort your rubbish into their existing recycle system, with clearly labelled bins just outside the kitchen door. The TV lounge, at the front of the house, has comfy sofas, a decently stocked bookshelf including tons of local maps and pamphlets, table space for games or map-reading, and a window onto the street. Wi-Fi is available through the hostel; laundry is available through the staff (not self-service).
Check-in times are limited, but once checked in, you get an electronic door code and can come and go at will. The manager is very friendly and happy to offer advice on the region, or hold luggage after checkout for the day -- during our stay, he was around the hostel almost twenty-four hours, mostly in the office behind the kitchen.
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