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Frequently asked questions about Llangollen Hostel

When I book a room will I have it to myself?

Yes, every time.  You will not be sharing with anyone.  Our facilities (kitchen, dining rm etc) are for everyone’s use, but your room is your own..

How much do you charge for children?

Under 16s are just £10 per night when booked into a family room. There’s no charge for babies.

Do you have any bargains, discounts and special offers?

We certainly do, especially in the quieter times of the year.  When you book online it will show if there is a discount available.

We always provide a chearper rate when booking on our website, rather than, etc.  It may be that these companies end up being cheaper than us somehow – we think it’s because they have their own special offers.  If you find that’s the case, please call and we’ll see if we can at least match their price.

Aren't hostels... well, a bit grotty?

Not ours!  Put all images of grimy youth hostels with thin mattresses and stained blankets right out of your mind.. We’re an independent four star hostel, essentially a bed and breakfast, but with self-catering facilities rather than breakfast.  Fully-fitted kitchen, airy dining room, relaxing lounge, log fire, and washing facilities, in the middle of the beautiful town Llangollen.

Should I stay in a hotel or a hostel?

With a hotel you get privacy in your own room.  But you do here as well!  As a four star hostel, we offer the best of both worlds: hotel quality with a hostel atmosphere. Our beds and rooms compare favourably with hotels and you’ll be very comfortable – whether you’re a family on holiday, a couple enjoy a break, or a paddler coming in after a long day on the water.

Are you family-friendly, gay-friendly, canoeist-friendly, cyclist-friendly, biker-friendly, and/or walker-friendly?

Yes, of course. Everyone is welcome at Llangollen Hostel. We love having a mix of people of all backgrounds and interests, from all over the world. It all goes towards building a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that everyone enjoys. In fact, we find it a shame that it’s even remotely necessary to say that all are welcome – of course they are. It should just be taken as read.

Are you international criminal mastermind-friendly?

Well… I suppose so. Just make sure you clean up after yourself in the kitchen, and don’t do anything that’ll upset the other guests – up to and including launching nuclear warheads from our rooms.

Do you allow dogs?

We have one room on the ground floor that is available for your pooch, but you will need to email us ( or call (01978861773) so that we can let you know if it’s available.

We are also fine with dogs being in the lounge, but please pay full respect to other guests.  The dining room and kitchen is strictly off limits sorry.

Do you allow elephants?

Only if you can get them through the front door without scratching the paintwork.

How many rooms do you have and how many people can stay?

We have 8 rooms, and can sleep 32 people. Our room layout:

Room # Floor Sleeps Double Single Bunks Bathroom Area (Sqm)
1 Ground 4 1 2 En-suite 15
2 First 4 4 En-suite 15
3 First 4 4 En-suite 13
4 First 6 6 Across landing 15
5 First 4 1 2 En-suite 17
6 Second 5 1 1 2 En-suite 25
7 Second 2 1 Next door, shared with Rm8 12
8 Second 2 2 Next door, shared with Rm7 10

Can we hire the whole hostel?

Yes. The hostel accommodates 31 people, please click on “Hire the Whole Hostel” to check availability.

Are bedding and towels provided?

All linen and bedding is provided free of charge. Towels can be hired for £2 per stay.

Do you have washing facilities, a hairdryer and an ironing board?

Yes, we have a washing machine, dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a hairdryer available for guests. We also have a drying room, which is perfect if you’ve spent the day canoeing and your kit is soaked.

Are meals included?

The standard price is for self-catering accommodation. We currently don’t offer any breakfast, but you can also help yourself to tea and coffee throughout the day.

What is your kitchen like?

It’s a large fully fitted kitchen, with oven, fridges, microwaves, sinks, toaster, kettle, and all the utensils and cutlery you’ll need. Our dining room can seat 20 people. All we ask is that you tidy up after yourself, and if you make a big gooey chocolate cake, you give us a slice!

Is there somewhere in town to buy food?

Llangollen has a great choice of local shops, including a butcher, green grocer, several bakeries and deli’s. There is a mini supermarket across the road from the hostel, a Spar around the corner and an Aldi just a 10 minute walk along the river.

Are there good places to eat and drink in town?

Yes! You’ll often find us in one of the numerous drinking establishments in the town..too many to mention and there’s always live music on somewhere at the weekend. There is also a fantastic selection of cafes, bistros, restaurants and takeaways to choose from, we are spoilt for choice.

Where are you located? How do I find you?

Llangollen’s a pretty small town – you can’t miss us. Approaching from the east on the A5, we’re on the right, just past the traffic lights turning into Castle Street (the main street in Llangollen). …Which means that approaching from the west on the A5, we’re on the left, just before them. There’s a map and public transport information on our location page.

Is there parking?

There’s a public car park to the rear of the hostel, with free overnight parking. There is no charge between the hours of 5pm and 8am. All day car park permits are available from reception for £2 but please note we only have a limited number of these and they are issued on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved. Pay and Display prices in the car park range from 30p for half hour to £7 all day (or £3.50 if you use the short stay car park on Parade Street just a 2 min walk away). Or if you really don’t want to pay for your parking then simply find a space in one of the side streets nearby.

What times are check-in and check-out?

Check-in is from 4pm. Check-out is by 10.30am. However, if you need to get here particularly early or late, let us know and we’ll do what we can to accommodate you.

We have a self check-in process.  We will send you a text message a day before you arrive, with door codes and your room number – that way you can arrive any time after 4pm and there’s no need to let us know when.

Is there somewhere I can store my bike or canoe?

Yes, we have a locked shed with plenty of room to store bikes and canoes.

What activities are there in the area?

Walking, cycling, canoeing, mountain biking, you name it. Check out our Things To Do page for more details.

Can you arrange activities for me in the area whilst I'm staying with you?

Yes. Large groups, pop us an email with your requirements and we’ll send you a quote. Smaller groups and individuals, get in touch and we’ll put you in touch with local companies.

Are you open all year round?

Yes, we’re open 365 days a year. If you want to hire the whole hostel for bank holidays, Christmas or New Year, email us to discuss availability.

Is there a minimum stay requirement?

At weekends, there’s a two night minimum. However, if you really only need to stay for one night, pop us an email and we’ll see if we can squeeze you in.

How do you pronounce Llangollen?

Whip out your voiceless alveolar lateral fricatives – you’ll need them for the Welsh double Ls. Put your tongue behind your top teeth, as if you’re about to say ‘Lan-‘, then with your tongue still in place, blow air either side of your tongue, making a lisping sound. Keep practising – it’s all part of the fun of visiting Wales. If you’re really struggling with the pronunciation, Clan-goth-len is a passable approximation, but don’t tell our Welsh purist friends that we said so.

What does Llangollen mean?

The church (Llan-) of St Collen (-gollen). He founded a church in Llangollen in the 7th century. The monk is said to have arrived in the town by coracle.

And what does Hostel mean?

Ok, the international criminal mastermind and elephant things were fine, but now you’re just being silly.

I have a question that you haven't answered.

Call us on 01978 861773 or pop us an email and we’d be delighted to help.