Youth hostel in line for £580,000 facelift

newsA £580,000 facelift aims to create a world-class youth hostel in Canterbury.

The refurbishment of the YHA Canterbury is a bid to change the outdated public perception that youth hostels mean rickety bunk beds, 1960s dormitories, sleeping bags and chores.

YHA, the Youth Hostelling charity, claims to offer unrivalled facilities for families and tour groups – with some youth hostels used as wedding venues with honeymoon suites.

The chain was ranked number four behind the luxury chain hotels Sofitel, Hotel Du Vin & Bistro and Malmaison, in The Guardian, The Observer and Readers’ Travel Awards 2012. Marriott was ranked number five.

The refurbishment will bring the popular New Dover Road hostel up to date with en suite accommodation, private family rooms, restaurants and education facilities.

The number of beds is increasing and nearly half the rooms at the 74-bed, 16-room hostel will have en suites.

It will be redecorated throughout, including the bathrooms, the licensed restaurant and self-catering facilities, as well as having a new reception and lounge furniture. Work will be completed in March.

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.”

The investment 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of YHA’s Capital Investment plan to create a world-class network of youth hostels in England and Wales and change the outdated public perception of its accommodation.

YHA Canterbury is one of six youth hostels out of its 150 hotels taking a share of the £10 million capital investment fund in 2012/13.