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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an amazing choice, specially if you don't have much time to spend in the city. It's close to everything, 5 minutes walking from Cardiff Castle and amost all the attractions. I went out and didn't need a taxi. I really recommend it!

Thank Fernanda B
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have been here around 4 times over the past 4-5 years and I must say this is a great place for family and friends. Great breakfasts in the morning and nice place to have a chat or watch a movie. Toilets are quite clean

Thank David C
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for the week end with 5 friends and we really loved it and felt at home. It is a family thing and they really care about pleasing the people. Free breakfast is really rich and good, free pizza night was cool too, they didn't have to do it but they did and it was really kind of... More 

Thank Mellimac6
1 review
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I have tried four different well rated hostels here in Cardiff, and only in this one I felt like at home , the staff is joyful, sympathetic and organized; It is really easy to share a chat with the roommates, especially when cooking. Bathrooms/ Rooms/ Kitchen and Lounge are really clean and the Living Room is really great, you can... More 

Thank alessio12capuzzo
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

a twin room for my sister in law and my self was clean with free breakfast( a large choice) ..Christmas shopping was a breeze the only down fall was parking it is expensive staff never bother you but are helpful

Thank joeysgirl1
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

From all the hostels that I visited this probably was the best of all. I booked only for few days but ended up staying for few weeks. All staff were friendly and welcoming Especially Annita and you feel at home in this hostel. Charlie and Abi who are brother and sister and the owners of the hostel are very friendly.... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2016

I booked 5 days in this hostel: 3 days in a woman only room & 2 days in a mixed room. The woman only room was nice, but it you have to take your bag 47 steps upstairs and the top beds are not comfortable because the ceiling is 30 cm above the bed, you barely can seat on your... More 

Thank Carolina R
Adelaide, Australia
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119 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This place has feather pillows which pretty much tells you the standard of accommodation offered. I have zero complaints about this place. The beds were comfortable and clean. Lockers were free and in our rooms. I never had to wait for a toilet or shower, all of which were clean and there seemed to be unlimited hot water. The breakfasts... More 

Thank Tamara W
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed in this hostel for one night whilst in Cardiff for my sisters graduation and I was pleasantly surprised. It exceeded all my expectations for the price I paid. Facilities were great and the hostel was immaculately clean with a fab breakfast spread in the morning! Staff very welcoming and made us feel like we were right at home and... More 

Thank Emma C
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed at The River House for one night in a private room. Room and bathrooms were both clean and comfortable, our room was on the bottom floor near the kitchen so we were concerned about noise however we had no issues. The breakfast is amazing and all the staff were lovely and really helpful. Enjoyed pizza and cider in the... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Riverhouse is ideally located in the most central area of Cardiff. Beside the Millennium Stadium, on the banks of the River Taff. In a quiet location, all major attractions are within short walking distance from our doorstep. In our 120 year old Victorian townhouse, we invite our fellow travellers to relax to music while reading our many books, enjoy a film in our lounge and surf our super fast free wireless internet. Our fully quipped kitchen is free for guests to indulge in some of their own home comforts. The bathrooms are individual so you can lock the door behind you and have your own facilities in total privacy - just like home.We appreciate the importance of clean facilities, so you will notice we will be cleaning all day long.- Free Breakfast- Free Individual Lockers and Locks- Free Linens and Duvets- Free Coffee and Tea All Day- Free Wireless Internet connection- Free Access to Guide Books, Book Exchange and DVD Library- Free Maps and Advice- Free Satalite TV and Films- I-Pod station, Mobile Phone Charging, Wii, and Bedlights.... and did we mention The Riverhouse was the number 1 hostel in the UK in 2008? ... more   less 

Additional Information about The River House Backpackers

Address: 59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Cardiff
Price Range: $25 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“all rooms are double glazed so noise was minimal”
 of 5 bubbles joeysgirl1, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“There are five storeys and no lift so if mobility is an issue ask for ground floor rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles 523tamaraw, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Female-only rooms available, if you book in advance”
 of 5 bubbles PradnyaJadhav, 19 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are quiet and clean”
 of 5 bubbles thabilek2016, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“If you don't want to risk being the only woman in a dorm of men, try to book a female only dorm.”
 of 5 bubbles bethanyc645, 8 Apr 2016 | Read review
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