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YHA £2.41 million investment set to create two world class Youth Hostels in North Yorkshire
    09/12/2012 01:17

£2.41 million investment set to create two world class Youth Hostels in North Yorkshire

A £2.41 million investment in YHA York and YHA Malham is set to create two world-class Youth Hostels with unrivalled facilities for families, groups and tourists, as well as creating seven new jobs at YHA York.

£1.95 million is being invested in YHA York and £460,000 in YHA Malham in order to bring them 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.
YHA Malham and York are now closed for the extensive refurbishment and will re-open in February and March 2013 respectively.

As part of YHA York’s £1.95 million investment, the hostel will have a new reception and bar and upgraded restaurant. YHA York will also be extended to increase the number of bedrooms from 37 to 45, providing accommodation for up to 205 guests.

The existing site will also undergo full redecoration and have improved public facilities and communal spaces. There will be an enhanced educational offer for schools, including secure zoned areas to maximise child and group safety and security while on-site, as well as an educational and conference rooms with a full audio visual solution, each accommodating up to 80 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 YHA Malham include a new licensed café, boasting lakeside views 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 York Tim Butcher said: “The refurbishment of YHA York 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 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.
In total six Youth Hostels are taking a share of YHA’s £10 million capital investment fund in 2012/13. In addition to YHA York and Malham, the other hostels include YHA Canterbury in Kent, Stratford-upon-Avon and Ambleside in the Lake District – 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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