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Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 31 Oct 2018, 12:19pm
by meic
and the odd hostel (if you can find one).

I tried last night for three Sunday rides in December which are starting in range of two Pembrokeshire hostels.
All "fully booked" both hostels, dorms, rooms and camping.
This isnt a sudden influx of individual tourists.

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 31 Oct 2018, 12:38pm
by althebike
On my joggle, I mostly booked singe bed b&b, I got into a routine of washing cycling gear, shower, eat, organise food and clothes for following day, then switch off and rest. In the hostel ,I felt I did not have the room to spread out and organise myself, I felt guilty using the loo in the night incase I disturbed anyone, keeping most of my stuff packed I was never quite sure if I had forgotten anything I needed for the next day, the people there spent most of the time messing with phones, the big advantages were the price, and that it was the only place I could find for the night .

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 31 Oct 2018, 1:05pm
by mjr
meic wrote:
and the odd hostel (if you can find one).

I tried last night for three Sunday rides in December which are starting in range of two Pembrokeshire hostels.
All "fully booked" both hostels, dorms, rooms and camping.
This isnt a sudden influx of individual tourists.

Great. So what is it? A policy to rent out whole hostels if they can?

Way back when, I stayed in a few hostels and had a not-great experience with other guests in the dorm making noises in the night and so on. I'd rather not do that again. I'd prefer guesthouses or B&Bs despite sometimes uneasy interactions with the hosts - hopefully, it's very unlikely that they come into your room!

The last few years, I've stayed in some hostels but as part of a cycling group that has booked whole small dorms. That's been OK and I don't think there was any feeling you can't spread your gear out or get up in the dead of night if needed - at least three snored, so we all knew to take earplugs if we need them!

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 31 Oct 2018, 2:04pm
by charliepolecat
I simply cannot share rooms, even when on some of the longer rides a room is required and it is suggested we share rooms to cut the cost. After a few years in RAF barracks in the early days I decided I'd had enough of that.

So, it's a bivvy for me even though that's not the most comfortable but I have backpacked enough in the Sierras to get used to it. But I do accept that hiking in the dry mountains is a lot different than in wet climates where rising and packing wet gear is not going to be the most pleasant way to spend a few days. I might go for B&B's - preferably farm houses - or cheaper hotels. If I'm going to be going to bed late and rising early I don't see the value of spending much money for a bed, but the loo and shower would be nice.

Maybe campgrounds?

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 1 Nov 2018, 10:11pm
by RickH
Some (most? /all?) hostels do exclusive bookings particularly in the winter months. Ideal for groups over a weekend & better earner for the hostel.

I don't suppose Travellodge will be too anxious to compete for facilities in Upper Ennerdale? :D admittedly Black Sail Hut isn't the most cycle friendly location unless you don't mind going back the way you came (or you are an ardent roughstuffer/"bikepacker", depending on your vintage).

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 2 Nov 2018, 12:25pm
by brynpoeth
Black Sail is doubtless winterized and cannae be opened without a lot of work :?

Stayed at Coniston Coppermines for Christmas once, +1

Sometimes I think nearly everything has changed about the YHA, back then: young people, own steam, unbooked, cheap, simple
Now old people, car parks, expensive :?

I am a YHA life member, GBP 50 about 35 years ago :)

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 2 Nov 2018, 9:31pm
by puffin
horizon wrote:
puffin wrote: I was too old for YHA's


Or too well off.



Retired school teacher??? Really???

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

Posted: 2 Nov 2018, 11:12pm
by horizon
puffin wrote:
horizon wrote:
puffin wrote: I was too old for YHA's


Or too well off.



Retired school teacher??? Really???


There's a small single room at Hark to Bounty for £35 per night. That's a really good rate (and includes breakfast) but even that over three nights would leave you about £60.00 poorer compared to a hostel. Yes, people stay in YHAs because they are cheap. Yes, there are other facilities but whether they make up for having to share a dorm is a moot point. So yes, well enough off for a B and B.