Torquay Backpackers Hostel, Torquay

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Torquay Backpackers Hostel is a convenient, inexpensive, friendly place to stay in Torquay, with easy access to the citys attractions (mainly the beach and boat harbour). In view of good transportation links, it is a good base from which to explore other places where there are no hostels, as rates at bed and breakfast establishments are at least double those charged by hostels.

The Location

Torquay Backpackers is located in a Victorian mid-terrace house several stories high (but without an elevator) at 119 Abbey Road in the center of Torquay, a very popular seaside resort in the county of Devon, southeast England. It is easily located with the aid of a street map, but such is the warren of streets, the traffic in the center of Torquay, and the confusing mixture of one-way and pedestrianized streets that it can be difficult to find when driving, especially as stopping on Abbey Road is prohibited and the hostel sign is difficult to spot. A conspicuous nearby landmark is the large, imposing concrete Central Methodist Church on the corner of Abbey Road, known locally as the ugly church.

Overnight parking is possible in the health center parking lot at the rear of the hostel by arrangement with the hostel owner, and there is daytime parking (free on Sundays) in a parking structure accessible from Abbey Road, which is closed at night. The long distance coach station is a short walk from the hostel, and the train station is nearly a mile away. Although there is a frequent city bus service along Abbey Road and a bus stop opposite the hostel, this does not go to the train station, and so guests arriving by train are advised to walk or take a taxi.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The sleeping accommodation consists of one double room and several five-bed, mixed-sex dorms, some of which have an attached shared bathroom, arranged on several floors. In addition, there are shared, mixed-sex bathrooms on every floor, but in the case of these shared bathrooms, the showers are operated by tokens obtainable from the owner and only allowing a limited number of minutes. There is space to change in the shower area, and there are hooks for clothes and soap dishes. The dorms have room locks, and although there are lockers, these are not located in the dorms. Long-term overseas visitors wishing to work or study in Torquay are especially welcome, and special room rates apply.

Common Spaces

This hostel is clean and tidy, has a generally cheery, if rather worn, aspect and is decorated in a variety of colors with pictures, murals, and maps on the walls. There is a reasonably well equipped kitchen, a lounge/dining area, and a TV room in the basement. There is a PC with free internet in the lounge. The hostel provides free tea and instant coffee but not meals, and so guests are expected to be self-catering or use one of the many nearby restaurants and takeaways.

Smoking is prohibited by law inside the building, and although the consumption of alcohol is permitted, there is strong disapproval of drunkenness. There are several picnic tables in the yard at the front of the building, and smoking is permitted here. This could be annoying for nonsmokers entering or leaving the building, but smokers would probably only wish to sit there on warm, dry summer days. Guests are mostly young, although all age groups are welcome. Both the guests and the owner are friendly and helpful. Guests wishing to throw a party would need to consult the owner, who lives on the premises with her large dog. There is a library of tourist literature/leaflets but no book exchange.

Summary

Torquay Backpackers is altogether a good choice in view of the reasonable rates, friendliness, and proximity of the many attractions of one of Englands prime seaside resorts and is therefore recommended.

John Steedman
2010-05-11
London

Very nice place to stay

Thank you for letting me stay and enjoy your hostel. I find this hostel is a better location because it is within the center of the city. The house is very old and very beautiful and I think I didnt not see anyone unhappy in it! I like the lounge rooms -- one for party and one for relax. I will look for my house like this when I return to Chile. thank you to share some happy days with me. I will come back for sure.

Anonymous
2010-04-14
Chile

I stayed in the middle of september for five days, you were greeted at the door by a smiling Tim with a smile and made you feel immediately at home. Relaxed atmosphere with a no quams approach (although there not afraid to throw chairs and you out). Awesome stay, even the neighbours entertain you.

kat from Australia
2006-09-16

I have stayed in torquay backpackers for nearly seven weeks. so i want to tell anyone who is interested about my stay here. At first it felt like a very busy place, but after a few days strangers became drinking partners and i felt more comfortable. The kitchen has three fridges, a big cooker, two microwaves, and all the kitchen tools you can ask for, but it can get really busy and even if you know the people in there it can be frustrating at times. But that i think is the same for many backpackers. It is a very clean place and just untidy enough to feel relaxing and not like a hospital. There is a garden area outside with lots of flowers, it certainly feels very healthy and refreshing when you come home form work to be greeted like you have arrived in hawaii. There is also a television room (very good for hangovers) with hundreds of movies. the sofas in here are very relaxing and it can be difficult to leave. but the whole place has this feeling, i did not want to leave and i will definitely come back.

happy travels
2006-08-07

I have stayed in a lot of hostels in the last year in the UK and many other countries. Torquay Backpackers is the first one I really felt back at home at, the welcoming smile of Tim, the affection of doggy. I stayed for over a week although I was only meaning to be there for a few days. Everyone made me feel so welcome, they always invited me to join in and take part in anything that was going on. I was welcomed in trips to the beach and even a night time beach party on such a beautiful cove. The house is a beautiful old building central to town, its not the most modern of places but its decorated in a fun way, it has everything I would expect to make my stay fun and comfortable, although ear plugs could be a good idea as one of the guys in my dorm snored for Poland! I guess you get that ever where though. I can only say that I loved my stay and met so many special people, Tim comes to mind, he runs the place so well and trys his best to make everyone happy, he is also very popular with the girls! Thanks also to Dog, he was so cuddly and made my missing my own dog much better. I would also like to say that Jane who owns the place is so lovelly, she always smiled and although I could see her job could be so difficult she always tried to make sure everyone was happy. A special thanks also goes out to Lear, she works there too usually when Tim has spent the night keeping everyone happy and is a little too tired to work in the morning -- she was so nice, she found out it was my birthday and somehow got everyone she could to come out and celebrate it with me. If you ever need somewhere to feel at home with nice people, try Torquay. I loved my stay and will be back one day.

Anni
2006-06-20

OK first things first. I have visited the hostel twice and both of the times was excellent to be there. The price is difficult to be found anywhere else and the staff can reveal you some secrets you would never imagine existed in Torquay. Isn't that worth the visit? Then again, for the people that have commented here that it is not like home, well ... why should it be? I mean if you travel with other people (or the girl/boyfriend) you might want to have a bit more privacy and stuff but hostels are not exactly for that is it not? And then if you travel alone, well i think there socializing is one of the "fortes" of the hostel. To cut the story short, i think Tim and the rest of the staff have a spotless behaviour. Of course if you're a d*ck you gonna be treated like one... ;] That's that. Thanks for the nice stays guys!!!

Pixie
2006-06-07

What a lovely freindly place to be! Torquay was so relaxing and met so many intresting people in the hostel. The atmosphere was great and great to meet people from all over the world. The dorms are comfortable and clean! Tim, Jane and 'Dog' were really freindly and helpful! All in all its a great place to relax and chillout for a bit!

Chris Maughan - North East England
2006-06-07

Had a great time here a couple of weeks ago. Excellent base for the surrounding beauty spots. It did everything it said on the tin! Staff were very helpful (Tim went out of his way to sort out any problems). True, it could do with a spruce up -- but that only added to its charm! Highly recommended.

Dave
2006-06-05

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Description

Centrally located in the seaside town of Torquay, Torquay Backpackers offers the traveller a friendly welcome and many think of it as their second home.
All the local attractions and beaches are a short walk from the hostel, Dartmoor National Park is 10miles. Come for a short break or stay here longterm as part of your working holiday. There is plenty of work locally and we have very reasonable longterm rates.

Location and Contact

Location

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Address: 119 Abbey Road, Torquay (Great Ocean Road), Devon, England

Torquay Backpackers Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Torquay Backpackers Hostel Torquay www.torquaybackpackers.co.uk
Phone Number: +44 (0)1803 299924
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Facilities and Amenities

Bedsheets

Luggage Storage

Parking

Lockers in Lobby

Towels

BBQ Grill

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

TV

Airport Pickup

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 3-10pm but please phone with arrival time

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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