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Bank Street Lodge is a nice, homey place to stay in the heart of Fort William!
Bank Street Lodge couldn't be more central if it tried; it is about a thirty-second walk to the main street, where you will find the visitors centre, a supermarket, and loads of other amenities. It is about a ten-minute walk to the bus and train stations, which are down toward the Morrisons supermarket.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are loads of rooms here, and they are comfortable, but can be quite cramped. There isn't a lot of space to move around and to put your things. Each room has a lock on the door and a key for security.
The bathrooms are located outside of the dorms. There are female- and male-separated bathrooms with one toilet and two showers in each. The showers aren't the locked-door kind; they just have a curtain pulled over them, so people have a tendency to lock the bathroom door when they go in. There seems also to be a constant queue for the toilet. The other bathroom located near reception is a combined toilet and shower and this is usually with people in it during busy periods, so the bathroom for a full hostel can be an issue.
The hostel has a dining room and in here there are tables and chairs where you can sit down, hang out, and eat. There is also a video player with a collection of old-school videos and some games to play. There is also loads of information on walking and things to do in the area in here, or you can ask at the reception and they can also give you some advice.
The kitchen is next door to this and is really quite small. While it has everything that you may need to cook here, it can get very congested in the kitchen from 5 to 10 p.m. while people are trying to cook dinner.
Bank Street Lodge is a comfortable (albeit a bit cramped at times) place to stay during your time in Fort William. On the upside, you do get to meet people, as you are always around them. The hostel has quite an eighties lodge feel to it, which is quite cool, and while the facilities aren't overly modern, they are in good condition and well maintained. This is a nice place to stay in Fort William!
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Published on 2017-09-12
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Basics are good
This is a popular stopover for walkers, mountaineers, and other outdoor types from all over. Smallish beds are comfortable. Rooms cleaned daily. Toilet/shower needed some maintenance: toilet stall door had a broken hinge. Small kitchen and TV/dining area that would be difficult to manage when the place is full. Responsive, helpful staff. Good security. Drying room for the drenched, handy in this part of the world. Easy to find from train and bus. Would stay here in the future.
Age 62 | USA
Feels more like a bed and breakfast than a hostel.
Pleasant place, well-located, rooms are clean but small. Mostly older (30+) people staying there, as it's a popular weekend holiday town. Staff is helpful.
Age 19 | USA
The Bank Street Lodge is a fairly clean and inexpensive way to explore the Highlands of Scotland. It is located in an ideal location. I was impressed by the comfort of the beds and TV room. The communal bathrooms were a little on the dirty side. Make sure you bring your provided towel back to your room when finished with a shower or you will have to pay for a new one. The staff was very friendly and helpful. For people traveling on a budget this is a clean and cheap way to see Fort William and the Highlands.
The location is great and the bedrooms are very clean, as is the common room. The kitchen is a bit scarce on space and crockery/utensils, etc. The staff were very friendly and accommodating.
The building is only 4 years old with good views of the nearby hills.We have a kitchen for use by our guests and a TV lounge / dining area.There is a drying room for wet clothing, male and female showers / toilets.Literature for what to do and where to go is also available.
Location and Contact
Bank Street, Fort William,
The Highlands, Scotland
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