Bristol Backpackers, Bristol

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Stay away

I've never been in so dirty and unfriendly hostel! Food is missing, gang is selling weed, lack of respect for a guest at night time, music on full, keep yourself away.

Age 35 | Dutch

Homey Hostel.

Crowded, creaky, crumbly, dark, dingy, grungy, atmospheric, anarchic, rough, riotous, friendly, chilled, lively, likable, shambolic -- anything but bland, which these days is something! This place is a home from home for lots of young europeans working or trying to find work in Bristol as well as people passing through. Ok, security could be better but hey, the fire alarms work! (even without a fire, as we all found out at 7am this morning [15th September 2015]). Check out the basement bar and music room. All in all, great value for a central location. Stay here before some stingy little bureaucrat gets the place condemned.

Age 59 | Britain


Great place!

Age 26 | france

Avoid! Unfriendly and dirty

Rude, unwelcoming staff on arrival. Even basic manners were hard to come by. I was ignored for a good 5-6 minutes, stood like an idiot waiting for the reception girl to stop tapping on the computer and chatting with a fellow member of staff. Only then it was "Passport", no "Hello" or "Welcome". She snapped at a fellow hostel-stayer for not paying attention (he was paying attention, he was just struggling as his English wasn't great). Graffiti (scribbles, not art) on most walls, including by beds and in the toilets. Shower rooms with no doors!!! No locks on bedroom doors. A hostel that welcomed groups of silly drunken girls who were only staying as they didn't want to pay for a taxi back to their Bristol-outskirts homes. Which meant their coming into the girls dorm at 4am, turning lights on and speaking at full volume with no respect for the other occupants. I don't enjoy having to tell people to shut-up, but felt I had to (3 times!) in order to get even a fraction of decent sleep. I've staying in hostels all around the world and this is the WORST I have ever experienced. DO NOT STAY HERE!!



My room's window was facing a nightclub (there's a club in the other side of the road!) and I had to listen the noise coming from outside until 6:30 a.m.! I couldn't sleep at all. Pillow and mattress were very uncomfortable and bathrooms disgusting. Do not stay there!


Not very social

The bed was fine, the shower was great, kitchen facilities were fine, but most of the guests seemed to be long-term visitors who all had their own groups and weren't interested in socialising with new people (all the couches in the common room were taken up by people with laptops). Didn't feel very secure -- there's a code on the front door, but no locks on the actual rooms. Also, breakfast isn't included!


Too many long term guests

The building is old, dump, and the carpet very dirty. Showers and toilet are clean. Most of guest are not really traveling, but people who decided to make the place their own home. In fact they make a large group that do not socialise with the real guests. During my short stay I saw people having their laptops stolen (two of them). Be aware!

Geoff Harms

This is overall a very good hostel in a great location. It has doubled the capacity since I last visited the place several years ago and a lot of aesthetic improvements have been made, namely to the kitchen. There is free tea, hot chocolate, and coffee (not the cheap stuff either). The internet access is very good and there are lots of information regarding things to do in Bristol. They also store your bags free too. There were a couple of minor grievances though -- the room I was in was a bit tight with very little space and I was not overly impressed with the manners of the duty manager (who I will not name) whose customer service skills could do with some work. I thought he was a bit abrupt although he always kept the place clean and tidy. The hostel had far too many long termers some of which had been there well over a year, so the place was really cliquey. However this is a good hostel overall and check out the website which is very informative.


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Location and Contact




Address: 17 St. Stephens Street, Bristol, Somerset, England

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Website Bristol Backpackers Bristol
Phone Number: +44 1179 257900
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Facilities and Amenities


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Hot Showers



Lounge Area


Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 09:00 to 23:30

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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