We're told this is one of the new breed of youth hostel: eco-friendly, with high quality accommodation, flexible pricing and plenty of food and drink options (here, including cappuccino and well stocked bar!).
I welcome these developments, but the key attraction for many hostel visitors is the low cost, and I think this selling point has been lost in the case of YHA National Forest.
We paid over £20 a night for our basic bunks in a four-bedded room (shared with strangers). Breakfast was good, but £4.50 extra and we enjoyed our evening meals too but main dishes cost over £7.00.
Many travellers (especially from abroad) wish to keep in touch with loved ones at home, but the YHA charge of 7p a minute for Internet access is excessive to say the least.
This hostel has many good points, but you could get your own private room, and full sized bed with breakfast included, for around £50/room at a local B&B.
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