Bunkum Backpackers

26 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8PY, United Kingdom
#91 of 225 hotels in Glasgow
Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Don't even consider staying!

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 6, 2006

Bunkums has to be the worst place I have ever stayed in!
Dirty..strange atmosphere...strange owners...
I felt sorry for all the people staying there looking for work in Glasgow thinking that this was all they deserved.

Unique Quality: none

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The Best Independent Hostel - But ...

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 17, 2004

Bunkums was by far the best Independent Hostel in Glasgow - in fact the only one I returned to, despite it being further out of the centre in the "West End".

It is the only hostel in Glasgow listed in the reputed IBHS "Blue Guide" which inspects hostels for mimimum standards. It is also small with only 34 beds.
http://www.hostel-scotland.co.uk/hostels/index.asp?ID=79

However, the family which ran it so well have now sold it and moved on. I am not certain it is even still open, and if it is I cannot verify it is still so well run.

I passed it last week (May 2004) and the street was looking much nicer (Hillhead) - definitely improving from the rough neighbourhood of some years back. Now it looks quite smart. Bunkums looked closed, as no signs were evident. Do check, before relying on this! It is still listed in the IBHS Blue Guide - Phone the hostel to check (number below)

Unique Quality: Bunkums was good because it was family run, with the family living on site. It was therefore much more like a country hostel, than a city backpackers. It was safe, friendly, clean and cosy. The showers were ok, the kitchen great, and the info brilliant.

Roudy backpackers were deterred and women were much safer than at other hostels. Being away from the centre meant it was much quieter too.

Never-the-less, like all city hostels I have stayed in (many!), there is the late night returners from the pubs and clubs disturbing you as they bump drunkenly into beds in the dark. Noise is a problem in all hostels, including Bunkums, so take ear plugs and a chemical means of "knocking yourself out", if you want undisturbed sleep! At least at this hostel sleep is possible!!

Directions: West End, close to Hillhead Underground Station and the University. A good part of the city to see, and be based. Close to Botanical Gardens.

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