“ Address: 42 Water End / Clifton / York / North Yorkshire / YO30 6LP „
A few months ago we needed somewhere to stay in York as we were visting friends, and someone suggested the YHA to us. Having never stayed in a UK hostel I was a little nervous, but at £49 for two people (including non members surcharge) for a private room I felt it was worth the gamble. There are no double rooms, only twin rooms and the large dorms.
You have to make up your own beds, and the rooms are simple but clean. There are no private bathrooms, but they're just down the hall, although the loos were the smallest room I think I've ever been in - no good for the claustrophobic!
The hostel is within walking distance of the town centre and the train station and is easy to find, it takes about 25minutes to walk from the train station, longer with heavy bags!
The best thing about the hostel was the breakfasts, you got absolutely loads of food, full cooked breakfast with local produce, hot drinks, fresh juice, fruit, yoghurts, pastries, toast, cereal, everything you could possibly want!
The biggest downside is when walking into town we walked past a B&B which was only £10 per night more expensive, and in future when staying in York I'd go there as I'd rather have the double bed, and not have to make it on arrival.
When we stayed most of the hostel was taken over by a school party, and therefore it was really quiet and we did not have issues with being woken up late at night.
I would certainly recomend the hostel for anyone happy to sleep in a dorm, as it would be reasonably priced for the area and the breakfast is smashing.
YHA York is housed in a Victorian house which used to belong to the Rowntree family. It is located on Water End in Clifton and is popular with individuals and school groups. I've stayed there while flat and job hunting and always enjoyed it. Prices start at £13.50 a night, depending on the season, and there's an additional £3 a night surcharge if you're not a YHA member. This price includes bedding, towels, and a full breakfast. The breakfast is pretty immense, a big buffet comprising hot food like sausages, eggs and bacon, and continental items as well, like pan au chocolat, croissants, cheeses and cold meats. There's also your usual cereal and drinks.
Most of the rooms are dormitory style, although there are a few 1 and 2 bed rooms. The rooms are big and airy, and there are shared bathrooms which are pretty clean. There are lots of shower rooms spotted around, and there's never a problem with hot water.
Downstairs, there's also a left luggage room as well as a bar, which serves beer from the local York brewery. There's a big communal kitchen with all the utensils you'll need, as well as numbered shelves to keep your food on. In the courtyard, between the laundry room (there's a charge for this) and reception, there are patio chairs and tables so you can sit outside and enjoy the sun. The reception is 24hr and there's ample space for parking.
The only drawback is that the hostel is a bit of a distance from town, although you could walk it in 45 mins or so. Easier still is to catch the number 2 bus from outside the hostel - takes you straight to the town centre and costs £2.30 return.
The Victorian building houses 147 beds.