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YHA £0.58 million facelift set to create world-class Youth Hostel in Canterbury
    07/12/2012 01:17

£0.58 million facelift set to create world-class Youth Hostel in Canterbury

A £580,000 investment in YHA Canterbury, based on New Dover Road, is set to create a world-class Youth Hostel with unrivalled facilities, including seven en suite bedrooms, for families, groups and tourists,

YHA Canterbury’s £580,000 refurbishment will bring the popular Youth Hostel in-line with YHA’s modern service offering of en suite accommodation, private family rooms, restaurants and education facilities. Today, some Youth Hostels even have honeymoon suites and are used as wedding venues.

The number of beds at YHA Canterbury is increasing as part of the hostel’s aim to provide increased number of family rooms with en suite facilities. Nearly half the rooms at the 74-bed, 16-room hostel will have en suites. Work will be completed on YHA Canterbury in March.

The popular Youth Hostel will also be redecorated throughout, including the refurbishment of all bathrooms, the licensed restaurant and self-catering facilities as well as a new reception and lounge furniture.

Delighted with the investment, Manager of YHA Canterbury Niki Reynolds said: “The refurbishment of YHA Canterbury 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of YHA’s Capital Investment plan to create a world-class network of Youth Hostels in England and Wales and change the outdated public perception of its accommodation. The Charity’s significant continued investment in its network is helping YHA put further distance between the outdated public perception of Youth Hostels and the modern reality, which is proving particularly popular with young families looking for great value, child-friendly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 Canterbury 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 Malham in North Yorkshire – as well as creating a new Youth Hostel in the South Downs. All six hostels are currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and will re-open from February 2013 onwards.

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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