Advantages Cheap and affordable
Disadvantages Poor service
This review was written in May 2011Eastgate Backpackers Hostel may not have much to offer but it's great considering how cheap it is. It was only £9 per night. Alright, you have to share a room with strangers and people come and go at all hours but I really didn't have much to complain about.
My room, which could accommodate six people, had a sink, individual lockers for each guest, 5 electricity outlets (plenty to keep my laptop and phone going, although 4 were hidden) and a big window, although the view wasn't too good. There was also a communal kitchen, lounge and toilet/shower facilities.The people in my room were really friendly. Over the four days I stayed there was a young couple (a man and a woman, despite my having booked a male only dorm), two backpackers, two men up from England, one of whom had to attend court, and an older gentleman who was up in Inverness working. I particularly liked the older gentleman - he offered me a beer. Obviously, being 17, I declined but he was very friendly and helpful.
I never actually used the kitchens because I prefer to go out when I'm on holiday, and I don't like socialising with strangers so didn't go into the lounge. The communal toilets were often left in a disgusting state which led to me using the facilities of the Eastgate Shopping Centre, which is just across the street. There was a high demand for the showers and on two occassions I had to leave in the morning without showering because I had bus or train seat reservations so had to get to the station in plenty of time. This was despite getting up about an hour before I had to leave most days.As a student of computing, I like to take my laptop with me wherever I go in case I have some spare time to do some programming. I picked Eastgate hostel out of the many in Inverness because it's website said it offered free WiFi. And it did... To an extent. I was there for four nights and five days and I think I was able to use the WiFi three times for no more than 15 minutes each time. It kept cutting out and Windows kept telling me there were problems with the access point. My laptop has bluetooth on it so I was able to use my phone as a modem and connect through it, so I did have access to the internet, but if somewhere offers you free WiFi they should make sure it works.
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