What would you pay for a night in four star accommodation on the banks of Loch Ness? Or for a night in an award winning riverside bed and breakfast in the heart of vibrant Cardiff? Or even a night in a rambling Victorian mansion amidst the spectacular scenery of the Lake District?
How does ‘less than twenty pounds a night’ sound? It sounds impossible but it’s true. Of course, you want to know what the catch is. Well, there is no catch as long as you can accept the idea of staying in a hostel.
Let go of your preconceptions. Hostels are no longer grimy hovels with dirty mattresses inhabited solely by weed-smoking backpackers. In reality many modern hostels are more akin to boutique hotels, populated by discerning yet budget conscious travellers of all ages and they pride themselves on the facilities and value they offer.
Choose with care, book in advance and you can find yourself ensconced in a comfortable, clean private room with en-suite facilities in some of the UK’s most popular and desirable holiday locations. All for less than the cost of a comparable room offered by some bland budget hotel chain.
It used to be the case that membership of the Youth Hostel Association was a pre-requisite for staying in a hostel, but while the YHA still owns and maintains many impressive hostels throughout Britain there are a great many more that are privately owned and offer a similar degree of comfort and hospitality to that expected from a more expensive guest house.
Still not convinced? Here’s what the Guardian newspaper said about the Riverhouse Backpackers in Cardiff, recently voted the UK’s best hostel, and ranked sixth best in the world:
“There are eight sparkling showers and loos, a spotless kitchen with all mod cons, and a patio out back where you can sit at a table with an endless supply of free tea and coffee. The TV room is packed with DVDs and a Wii, there’s free internet, WiFi throughout, and the dining room is strewn with bowls piled high with fruit”.
In these cost conscious times, high quality British holiday accommodation doesn’t have to break the bank. There are some truly excellent hostels in remarkable locations just waiting to welcome you for a great stay. Do me a favour though; if you’re booking a hostel somewhere nice, save a room for me.