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YHA Brecon Beacons Libanus Reviews
Friendly, comfortable and in a great location Apr 15, 2015
Surrounded by the undulating peaks of the Brecon Beacons on all sides, most appealingly with the view you get from the patio/garden area out front, the scenic location of this Hostel is hard to beat. It’s useful for climbing Pen-y-fan, the highest peak in both the National Park and in South Wales as a whole, and is reasonably close to the park’s major town – Brecon itself – as well.
We Welsh are renowned for keeping a welcome in the hillside, and that which awaits you at this YHA outlet is among the friendliest you’ll get anywhere in the UK. The bar is well-stocked for those seeking suitable liquid refreshment after a hard day’s walking, and gives way to the charming, homely lounge area, which is complete with almost too-comfortable sofas (easy to fall asleep on!) and library. The dining area is a bit more workaday, but does have the bonus of having its walls lined with a detailed map of Wales and curios such as a board of the Welsh version of Monopoly.
The rooms are functional and uniform in design – this is a YHA hostel, so you get YHA linen and bed sheets. I stayed in a dorm with the other two male members of our party, and we had the privilege of an ensuite toilet and shower. But I did check out the communal facilities, and all were clean and well-maintained.
Like many places in the Brecon Beacons it can be a little difficult to get to unless you have your own wheels. The portion sizes for the breakfast can seem a bit on the stingy side as well – one hot item per person, so don’t get carried away with in an all-you-can-eat sort of way – and parking can be somewhat limited too. But fundamentally, this is a perfectly pleasant hostel with levels of comfort not always seen in comparable accommodation.
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