Fare enough, we rang up 2 days before arrival, they got us in at such late notice, paid half over paypal so the commitment bond was there, turned up to the lodge and walked in the back entrance, ye it had that surfer vibe, but was pretty minging compared to other lodges just crap everywhere. We then paidd the other half of the remaining balance and told we all had to pay £10 each for DEPOSIT, we weren't informed on the phone of this, but as hostels go, we all paid. Deposit being the operative word, for damages, mess etc.
Anyways, we were shown to our rooms, 4 in one 3 in the other, The 3 bed was alright if youre a fan of spooning and okay to share a double, well one of those bunk beds that they say is a double, neither room had any space to move or get ready. The 4 bed was a pit, mouldy bummy smelling sheets hanging off the bunkbeds, basically being used as a laundry room, the guy working there sheepishly came and cleared them out. This room also had no plugs inside, for 4 girls to try and get ready in there it was a nightmare, had to sit on the landing and blowdry/straighten our hair in the full view of the other lodgers. Neither rooms had en suite, which was fare enough we hadn't paid for that, however an en suite room was £2.50 more! For us, we had to use one of the 2 shower/toilets available in the whole lodge the showers stank with no ventilation and the toilet had no loo roll! again 7 girls waiting for a shower, whilst other lodges are waiting too, not fun!!
Also...when we were initially shown to the room we were greeted with a stench of weed, from the adjoining room, none of us are into that so we made a point of it, the guy on shift knocked on the door and said 'can you take it outside please' and that was it, nothing of a no drugs policy at all, its alright to stink out the whole place.
We were only there for the night so we got on with it anyway, we all got ready and moved into one room for a casual game of ring of fire, o i failed to mention you aren't allowed any drinks in your room as the lodge has its own bar, if you can call it that. but we did it anyway, we played our music, we sang a bit, just like girls on a night out do, it was getting to about 11pm, we were near enough ready to head into the town, when a staff member came up and asked us to keep the noise down and turn the music down, so we did...then we went out.
We returned at 4 in the morning all in a more than merry state, and the lodge was still lively, 3 people chatting on the sofas, a group of guys and another group of girls coming back from town, so the atmosphere was quite loud. half of our group went to sleep while the other stayed up, the boys next door were making a racket, trying to get in our rooms, running up and down etc..general banter. the girl on shift came up and asked us all to keep the noise down. We shut the door and carried on drinking and speaking, then she come up again and said she could hear us stomping around, i think she was hearing things as one of us was in a drawer under the bed, one having a feast and the others passed out...she said we had lost our BEHAVIOUR BONDS.....our what????
Behaviour bonds being our deposit! The deposit supposedly counteracts as a behaviour bond, what are we 12? Supposedly for being too noisy we had lost our £10 each, so £70 for giggling? The girl said for coming up 3 times, she didn't know what to do with us?? that we were keeping people awake and that 3 people had to go downstairs as we were too loud, if we were too loud keeping people up, surely they would have said something..and there were 3 people sat there when we came back!!!!!!!
We all went to sleep and the next morning cleared our mess up ready to check out, of course we questioned the bonds...'good girl bonds' we were told we would not receive them back due to our behaviour, however the group of lads taking drugs and shouting all received theres and the other noisy girls. There was a heated debate in the corridor, but the staff were adamant we were not receiving our deposits, what about the 3 who went straight to sleep. We were then told that the deposits would be going to an open bar for the guests we disrupted, turns out the staff who makes the complaints gets to keep it, nice little money make for you there!!
all in all, it appears all friendly but they target big groups and make as much money as possible. 22.50 a night turns out to be 32.50 complete RIP OFF!!!
if you read below its happened before....
Id personally head to Belushis, St Christophers inn, so much better!!
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