The Full Moon Backpackers Hostel, Bristol

Stokes Croft
8.3
1,069 Reviews
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The Full Moon Backpackers Hostel Reviews

The Full Moon Backpackers Hostel is a character property. It was named the "Full Moon Hotel" in the mid-nineteenth century as its former title of "Full Moon Inn" was sounding old-fashioned. It was built in the early eighteenth century, around a large inn yard, with stables and coach-houses. That template remains, with buildings arranged around a large courtyard, although the horses are long gone.

The Location

The hostel is located on the northern side of the city centre, not far from the coach station and a shopping mall. You need to look for a three-story, pale green building with a pub in the front. Walk under the large, thin metal archway to the back of the courtyard and you will find the hostel reception in a smaller building. Check-in is any time between 3 and 11 p.m., but no later. (It seems they do hold your bags if you are early.) On arrival, they photocopy your ID and take a refundable key deposit. You make up your own bed with the sheets/pillow cases that they provide. These are old and bobbly but they are ok. There is a charge if you want towels.

The hostel is right by a busy junction. If you come by car, there is the choice of paying to park at the NCP next door or finding a back street to use.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There is a disabled-access twin room available on the ground floor with en suite. We stayed in a six-bed dorm room, which is not huge but has a decent amount of space in the centre of the room. Unusually for a hostel, the bunk beds are really strong and made of wood with a built-in ladder at the end. For once, they don't shake the person on the lower bed when someone is climbing up to the top. Unfortunately, the mattress is lumpy, which is presumably due to bed springs.

There is one light in the middle of the room (which takes time to really illuminate) and one switch by the door. There are no lockers in the room, so storage options are limited to a shelving unit. There are powerpoints located for use by the top and lower bunk. There is also a mirror and an unused fireplace. In fact you can look right up through the chimney and see the sky -- so perhaps this means rain could get in?

As we had booked a female dorm, we were surprised to be asked if a guy could move into the room for the night and didn't feel we could say no; this suggests the hostel is not entirely organised with its bookings or does not have empathy for its female guests.

The bathrooms are unisex. As the hostel describes itself as eco-friendly, the bathroom tap is motion controlled and cuts out whilst you are trying to clean your teeth. You could also end up showering in the dark, as the bathroom light likes to switch itself off after a few minutes. It's somewhat frustrating! The small showers have a private area in which to get changed, but it would be nice to have a hook or a shelf, too.

Common Spaces

The kitchen offers ovens, hobs, and a microwave. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of seating or crockery. Breakfast is not provided, but you can buy it at the pub next door during the week. The lounge is not vast and the TV is pretty small, but there is a nice, comfy sofa. There is a larger social room, which looks like it is used for meetings; it has a lot of tables and chairs and appears rather sterile. There are lockers located in the stairwell, but these are not big enough to hold a huge backpack.

The hostel is surrounded by bars and clubs and many of the windows look over the tables set up in the courtyard. These all provide you with social opportunities, but we understand they get very loud at weekends. The sounds of chatter and music do travel into the hostel, but we weren't unduly bothered by it. The hostel within itself does not create any noise besides the odd door slamming shut. There is a lot more atmosphere outside the hostel than inside. There are no fun activities offered at all within the hostel but on the plus side that means they are not pushing you to spend money on tours. There is a slow computer near the reception desk that is free to use and there's also also Wi-Fi.

Summary

This is a basic, adequate hostel for the money it costs. The best thing about it is the location, close to the shops but not too far to walk to the waterfront. We didn't have a negative experience regarding cleanliness, bugs, or excessive noise, although we understand these have bothered other guests. We would return for a couple of days, but not a couple of weeks. This hostel currently has artists painting their work onto the walls, so it looks as if the hostel owners are interested in making some improvements.

Charli
2014-12-12
Looking across courtyard from the street Front of hostel Exterior of hostel

Response from the accommodation:

Dear Hostelz.com reviewer, Thanks for your review. In the time since your visit, The Full Moon Backpackers has undergone a hugely exciting project calling on artists from Bristol and all over the world to decorate the hostel and rooms, each bringing an entirely unique theme and style. In line with Bristol's rich artistic and cultural scene, you'll now find some fantastic artwork on display here whichever room you end up in! A huge refurbishment of the entire property also took place and we are now equipped with brand new spacious toilet and shower units, comfortable mattresses and an open plan Guest Kitchen/Common Room with widescreen HD TV, lots of seating and all the cooking equipment you could ask for. It's also worth remembering guests at The Full Moon Backpackers get free entry to our weekend events at The Full Moon Pub/Attic Bar. Recently voted by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 Best Clubs In The UK, you'll get the chance to experience a guaranteed great night out at a much loved Bristol venue hosting local and internationally recognised Bands/DJs every weekend. So we invite you to come back and see the changes :) Kind Regards, The Full Moon Team

Not great

Noisy and found what I think was a bed bug on my pillow. However, staff friendly and helpful. (My bed was the top bunk, in the far right corner of room F.)

Will
2009-02-22
UK

Lovely!

I was skeptical about booking here because of negative reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised! The staff is very friendly (though not always extremely knowledgeable about the area but whatever), the rooms are clean, the shower and bathroom facilities clean, private, and in good working condition. They use a little fingerprint security system instead of a key, so no keeping up with keys, plus it feels very secure. The rooms are what you'd expect, no surprises there, but for 16 pounds a night (which is what we paid for the room) it's a bargain! Plus it's very eco friendly if that's your thing. Yes, the bar is overpriced. Don't go there, then. Pie minister (yum!) is right down the road, and there are plenty of bars within easy walking distance if that's what you're looking for.

Hannah
2008-07-08
USA

Mot impressed for the price

i stayed at this hostel from the from the 15 to 19th november, it was good for its central location. The staff were very friendly and helpful but the hostel let them down. i was put in a room which was facing the nightclub so sleep was hard. the room also shook when people passed on the corridor -- guys, sort out the floorboards! the showers were a bit dodgy as the lights went out while having a shower, so be careful! the bar was downstairs was good but quite expensive. for the price they could have thrown in a bit of breakfast. all in all the staff were great and people were good in my room, but the hostel is a letdown.

giles
2007-11-27
ireland

Poor

for a premier uk city i thought this hostel was poor. privacy in the showers was minimal, no TV lounge as such so therefore no hub unless you wanted to part with more of your hard saved cash at the mercy of an expensive bar and overpriced food. for some reason the lights on the bedside lamps had their plugs on the wrong way round? lots of staff but did any of them do anything apart from hang around doing not much? the owner of full moon place must wake up and realise the potential of this place and the importance of this city. bristol is very laid back but certainly not horizontal. staff although complacent were very friendly. not much cleaning going on!

mark dent
2007-11-08
british

Description

An eco-friendly Backpackers hostel situated in the heart of Bristol's famous cultural district Stokes Croft, just 10 minutes walking distance from the City Centre.

Our lively hostel provides a great base for travellers wishing to explore our much-loved city. With over 70 beds and a range of room-types, a busy bar, live music venue and large courtyard you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know like-minded people from around the world. The hostel is fully equipped to make your stay as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. For anyone looking for a good time in Bristol’s coolest part of town, this is the perfect hostel for you!

For a year throughout 2015/16 we underwent a hugely exciting project calling on artists from Bristol and all over the world to decorate the hostel and rooms, each bringing an entirely unique theme and style. In line with Bristol's rich artistic and cultural scene, you'll find some fantastic artwork on display here whichever room you end up in!

Guests at The Full Moon Backpackers get free entry to our weekend events at The Full Moon Pub and Attic Bar. Recently voted by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 Best Clubs In The UK, you'll get the chance to experience a guaranteed great night out at a much loved Bristol venue hosting local and internationally recognised Bands/DJs every weekend.

Every weekend you can find the 'Market At The Moon' in our courtyard, a hub for local trade and talent which showcases all that Stokes Croft has to offer. We are also a bicycle friendly place, with stands to leave your bike locked to and our resident hostel cycle mechanic who is happy to assist with repairs

- See more at: http://fmbristol.co.uk/full-moon-backpacker-hotel

Location and Contact

Location

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Address: 1 North Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, Somerset, England

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Website

Website The Full Moon Backpackers Hostel Bristol www.fmbristol.co.uk
Phone Number: (0) 117 9245 007
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Breakfast

Dinner

Towels

24 Hour Security

Bar

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Nightclub

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets by Each Bed

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

TV

Table Tennis

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Parking

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 75

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 18

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 1 month

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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