Hostel review: YMCA Cornwall Hostel

Welcome to YMCA Cornwall. There are plenty of parking spaces available.

Welcome to YMCA Cornwall. There are plenty of parking spaces available.

Situated a five minute walk out of Penzance, YMCA Cornwall is half community centre, half residential home with a thirteen room backpacker wing.  On check-in you are given a photocopied ordinance map of the area and a set of rules.

Lots of waiting done here due to a new staff member not knowing what to do.

Lots of waiting done here due to a new staff member not knowing what to do.

This is not a party hostel but a good place to sleep if a serious hiker or want to keep to yourself. If you want to party in Cornwall you are better off staying in St Ives or Newquay with the surfers.

I booked a 4-bed female dorm and got a 6-bed (2x 3 bed bunks) all to myself due to my visit being midweek in the low-season. The bed had a very comfortable mattress with decent pillows and warm duvet.

The 6-bed female dorm.

The 6-bed female dorm.

There are no lockers besides a plastic box under the beds which have no way of locking the contents, therefore the security could be improved with proper lockers. There is plenty of space to add them.

There were different areas of the property making it more a community centre with a dance hall, gym, basketball court and residential space for elderly and women-in-need. On Thursday and Friday nights it was impossible to go to bed early due to the kids screeching as they played basketball. A Youth Club is also held on Friday nights and is well attended as they take over the backpacker common room.

The common room where you can watch TV, various games and eat breakfast.

The common room where you can watch TV, various games and eat.

The receptionist made a big deal about the shower being operated by pressing button for hot water for 10 minutes. I only got lukewarm water unfortunately.

Two female showers and one toilet for the 13 bedroom floor.

Two female showers and one toilet for the 13 bedroom floor.

Breakfast is included and is self serve between 8:00 -9:00 consisting of cereal, toast, coffee or tea. The backpacker’s area has a locked small kitchen equipped with a fridge, kettle and microwave.

The backpacker kitchen. You are given a key at check-in as this kitchen is always locked.

The backpacker kitchen. You are given a key at check-in as this kitchen is always locked.

There is a laundry and free Wi-Fi available. The common room has a TV, pool table and kicker table.

Reception hours are 8:00 am -9:30 pm, otherwise there is a night security guard.

Connections out of Penzance are better in summer when bus number 300 is running. It takes you to Lands’ End, the village of Mousehole and the famous Minack Theatre. It is still possible to visit these places on the local bus outside of summer but they do not run as often.

The view from the bedroom window looking down on houses.

The view from the bedroom window looking down on local houses.

 

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