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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby horizon » 11 Sep 2017, 11:56pm

PH wrote:An alternative view would be that the majority of these groups are children and young people and prioritising them is closer to the original aims than looking after the usually rather older cycle tourist or other independent traveller.


I think what motivates a lot of us older people to express our concerns about the YHA is in fact our recollections of how we used hostels as young teenagers. We were young then and hostels gave us our first taste of independence and freedom. They also provided a real physical challenge, gave us a glimpse of rural life and simple living (sometmes without electricity such as at Tanners Hatch and Hindhead) and introduced us to an amazing variety of buildings. We are cycle tourists now because of that opportunity then. I like to think that we instinctively know that a coachload of school children in a purpose-built hostel with full amenities will have a different experience from ours. What I owe to the YHA is priceless - no wonder I bemoan its passing.
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby mercalia » 12 Sep 2017, 12:55pm

horizon wrote:
PH wrote:An alternative view would be that the majority of these groups are children and young people and prioritising them is closer to the original aims than looking after the usually rather older cycle tourist or other independent traveller.


I think what motivates a lot of us older people to express our concerns about the YHA is in fact our recollections of how we used hostels as young teenagers. We were young then and hostels gave us our first taste of independence and freedom. They also provided a real physical challenge, gave us a glimpse of rural life and simple living (sometmes without electricity such as at Tanners Hatch and Hindhead) and introduced us to an amazing variety of buildings. We are cycle tourists now because of that opportunity then. I like to think that we instinctively know that a coachload of school children in a purpose-built hostel with full amenities will have a different experience from ours. What I owe to the YHA is priceless - no wonder I bemoan its passing.


right and therefore shortsighted as they wont come back on their own as thats not the YHA concept they get? and where will the volunteer wardens come from then?

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby PH » 12 Sep 2017, 1:33pm

horizon wrote:
PH wrote:An alternative view would be that the majority of these groups are children and young people and prioritising them is closer to the original aims than looking after the usually rather older cycle tourist or other independent traveller.


I think what motivates a lot of us older people to express our concerns about the YHA is in fact our recollections of how we used hostels as young teenagers. We were young then and hostels gave us our first taste of independence and freedom. They also provided a real physical challenge, gave us a glimpse of rural life and simple living (sometmes without electricity such as at Tanners Hatch and Hindhead) and introduced us to an amazing variety of buildings. We are cycle tourists now because of that opportunity then. I like to think that we instinctively know that a coachload of school children in a purpose-built hostel with full amenities will have a different experience from ours. What I owe to the YHA is priceless - no wonder I bemoan its passing.

I don't think it's entirely fair to blame the YHA for it no longer being the 1950's :wink:
I know these discussions are always a bit chicken and egg, but all the indications I've noted are that lack of demand preceded the transformation of the YHA. I'll repeat my earlier point that I don't think the YHA would have survived in it's the same way as it did when you (And I) were youths.

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby horizon » 12 Sep 2017, 3:03pm

PH wrote:I don't think it's entirely fair to blame the YHA for it no longer being the 1950's :wink:
I know these discussions are always a bit chicken and egg, but all the indications I've noted are that lack of demand preceded the transformation of the YHA. I'll repeat my earlier point that I don't think the YHA would have survived in it's the same way as it did when you (And I) were youths.


I mostly agree with you. The YHA is quite a wide ranging entity - I remember for example going with a large group of coach-borne hikers from university so it wasn't all starry-eyed teenager stuff. The YHA has done well to re-position itself to survive and modernise. But I think it had such a unique and valuable role that it should never have had to compete in the open market with Travelodge (which one warden told me was their plan). A few paltry million from government (especially during Foot and Mouth) might have saved the network. Who knows, it might one day have bounced back but as with the railway branch lines, when you've sold off the track it's too late.
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby mercalia » 12 Sep 2017, 3:09pm

horizon wrote:
PH wrote:I don't think it's entirely fair to blame the YHA for it no longer being the 1950's :wink:
I know these discussions are always a bit chicken and egg, but all the indications I've noted are that lack of demand preceded the transformation of the YHA. I'll repeat my earlier point that I don't think the YHA would have survived in it's the same way as it did when you (And I) were youths.


I mostly agree with you. The YHA is quite a wide ranging entity - I remember for example going with a large group of coach-borne hikers from university so it wasn't all starry-eyed teenager stuff. The YHA has done well to re-position itself to survive and modernise. But I think it had such a unique and valuable role that it should never have had to compete in the open market with Travelodge (which one warden told me was their plan). A few paltry million from government (especially during Foot and Mouth) might have saved the network. Who knows, it might one day have bounced back but as with the railway branch lines, when you've sold off the track it's too late.



yes a little from the education budget or culture or even better the lottery? but then the people who decide these things only stay in 4* hotels they never pay for any way so not likely to happen :cry:

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby gloomyandy » 12 Sep 2017, 9:16pm

It's interesting that some very basic hostels like the ones run by the Gatliff Trust still survive and seem to be doing pretty well. These seem to operate on the basis of a non-resident local warden plus external funding and volunteer work parties. It is a pity that more of the YHA network could not operate on this sort of model. But I guess what works on the Hebrides may not be so good in other places.

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby meic » 12 Sep 2017, 9:19pm

I have just booked myself and the little one into a family room at St Davids YHA, for the grand sum of £20.49.
I dont think we will do much cycling though in this weather.

If the thread title is correct we had better take the opportunities while we can still afford them.
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Jan 2018, 11:11am

gloomyandy wrote:It's interesting that some very basic hostels like the ones run by the Gatliff Trust still survive and seem to be doing pretty well. These seem to operate on the basis of a non-resident local warden plus external funding and volunteer work parties. It is a pity that more of the YHA network could not operate on this sort of model. But I guess what works on the Hebrides may not be so good in other places.

That is exactly how many hostels in Wales were run in the 1970s,seemed to work
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby mercalia » 25 Jan 2018, 1:13pm

seems like the nonsense prices reported at the start may have been some kind of glitch or they have repented?

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby DorothyA1952 » 7 Mar 2019, 5:21pm

Ive looked again recently at YHA pricing and they appear to have reduced somewhat. A few weeks ago I couldn't find anything much below £25/£30 a night shared dorm.. Ive booked a night in hawkeshead for £15 (mid june). Can anyone shed any light?.

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Mar 2019, 8:33pm

Random/crazy pricing?
Cunobelin of this parish posted an account of algorithms adjusting prices so that an ordinary book was offered for a million
Try checking the prices several times a day, see if they change
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby mercalia » 7 Mar 2019, 10:22pm

well the £3 membership reduction /night has been replaced by a measley 10% off as of today. Fortunatley I booke my summer trip to Wye Valley for August before it came in and saved my self £9

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby matt2matt2002 » 8 Mar 2019, 7:15pm

mercalia wrote:well the £3 membership reduction /night has been replaced by a measley 10% off as of today. Fortunatley I booke my summer trip to Wye Valley for August before it came in and saved my self £9
In

Interesting. Thanks
I use my card for 10% off at Cotswalds. I hope this hasn't changed.
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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby mercalia » 9 Mar 2019, 11:34am

matt2matt2002 wrote:
mercalia wrote:well the £3 membership reduction /night has been replaced by a measley 10% off as of today. Fortunatley I booke my summer trip to Wye Valley for August before it came in and saved my self £9
In

Interesting. Thanks
I use my card for 10% off at Cotswalds. I hope this hasn't changed.


the benefits to be had from certain retailers etc ( like Rail Card ) havent changed just the membership reduction per night for stays in the hostels.

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Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

Postby robing » 9 Mar 2019, 1:01pm

Prices seem to vary widely. The more rural ones seem reasonable, but for instance in Bristol a night in a dorm costs an eye watering £35! I could stay in a BnB for that. They should offer more camping at YHAs - that would be a popular option but relatively few offer it. And beware of unofficial YHAs masquerading on the YHA site, they can be terrible - I have personal experience of this!