YHA celebrates top 5 ranking in Best UK Hotel category

YHA is celebrating the youth hostelling charity’s surprise top 5 ranking in the Best UK Hotel category in the recent Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk Readers’ Travel Awards 2012.

YHA was ranked at number 4 behind the luxury chain hotels, Sofitel, Hotel Du Vin & Bistro and Malmaison. Marriott was ranked at number 5 in the category.

The charity, which has around +150Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales, has worked hard to shed its former reputation of rickety bunk beds, sleeping bags and 1960s dormitories by investing more than £19.5m in recent years in to its  network of Youth, creating great value, modern and comfortable accommodation.

Many hostels now boast private en-suite rooms, restaurants and bars and some even have honeymoon suites! YHA London Central was even recently praised for its comfort, location, great value and facilities in the French edition of Cosmopolitan, the international ‘lifestylist’ magazine for women.

Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), explained: “As an organisation YHA has come a long way in recent years and this award recognises our progress in becoming an outstanding accommodation provider.

“More and more individuals and families are discovering not only what great value accommodation we have, but the overall experience we provide.

Our winter warmer offer is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the award and also to reach out to even more people and give them the opportunity to discover for themselves just why YHA is  now considered one of the Best UK Hotels.”

In 2013 YHA is investing a further £10 million refurbishing Youth Hostels in York, Stratford, Canterbury, Ambleside in the Lake District, Wales and Malham in North Yorkshire. The charity will also be creating a new hostel at the gateway of the South Downs early next year.

Details of YHA (England and Wales) are available at www.yha.org.uk