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YHA £460,000 facelift set to create world-class Youth Hostel in North Yorkshire
    08/12/2012 01:17

£460,000 facelift set to create world-class Youth Hostel in North Yorkshire

A £460,000 investment in YHA Malham near Skipton, is set to create another Youth Hostel with unrivalled facilities for families, groups and tourists, including five en suite bedrooms. It will join YHA Grinton Lodge in Reeth in offering world-class Youth Hostel accommodation in North Yorkshire.

YHA Malham’s refurbishment will bring the popular Youth Hostel in-line with YHA’s modern service offering of en suite accommodation, private family rooms and restaurant and education facilities. Today, some Youth Hostels even have honeymoon suites and are used as wedding venues.

Unusually for many accommodation providers, the numbers of beds at YHA Malham are being reduced from 82 to 81 as part of its refurbishment in order to provide an increased number of rooms with en suite facilities. Work will be completed at YHA Malham in February, and it will re-open to the public with a total of 19 rooms, sleeping between two and 8 people.

As well as total redecoration and furniture throughout, a brand new extension is being added to YHA Malham, which will house the Youth Hostel’s education facilities including the latest audio visual equipment. The new education facilities at YHA Malham have been funded by the Sustainable Development Fund which is managed on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Other improved facilities at the Youth Hostel include a new licensed café, which will be open to non-residents as well as guests, and a separate refurbished block for families and groups looking for self-catering holiday accommodation.

Delighted with the investment, Manager of YHA Malham Martin Peryer said: “The refurbishment of YHA Malham is a great opportunity to showcase the high quality service and accommodation YHA has to offer the local community, tourists and schools.”

With facilities such as these it comes as little surprise that YHA was recently ranked number 4, just behind the luxury chains hotels, Sofitel, Hotel Du Vin & Bistro and Malmaison, in the Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk Readers' Travel Awards 2012. Marriott was ranked at number 5 in the category.

The investment in the Youth Hostel by the Youth Hostelling charity is part of YHA’s Capital Investment plan to create a world-class network of Youth Hostels in England and Wales and change the outdated public perception of its accommodation. The Charity’s significant continued investment in its network is helping YHA put further distance between the outdated public perception of Youth Hostels and the modern reality, which is proving particularly popular with young families looking for great value, child-friendly breaks.
YHA Malham is one of six Youth Hostels taking a share of YHA’s £10 million capital investment fund in 2012/13. The other hostels include YHA York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ambleside in the Lake District, and Canterbury in Kent– as well as creating a new Youth Hostel in the South Downs. All six hostels are currently undergoing extensive refurbishment with YHA Malham being the first to re-open its doors early next year.

The Charity, which has around 150 Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales, has worked hard to shed its former reputation of rickety bunk beds, sleeping bags, compulsory membership, chores and 1960s dormitories by investing more than £19.5m in recent years in to its network. The investment is helping create great value, modern and comfortable accommodation which is open to everyone; however there are significant discounts for YHA members.

Commenting on the Capital Investment Plan and YHA’s public image change Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: “We’re continuing to invest in our hostels to make sure they continue to offer the great welcome and friendly stay of which we are rightly proud.

“We want to make sure that we continue to have world class hostels in fantastic locations and to make sure that as many people as possible know about what a great time they can have when they stay with us.”

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