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“Green hostel...but at what cost?”

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YHA National Forest
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Reviewed 14 October 2008

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.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Nat F, Front Office Manager at YHA National Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

Hi,

Thank you very much for your review. The YHA now offers free WIFI to members so they can keep in touch with friends and family.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thanks,

Sarah
Duty Manager

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Reviewed 10 September 2008

Never having stayed at a YHA before we struck gold first time with the brand new (opened DEC 07) National Forest centre. Being a large family we have stayed in a number of overnighters over the years but this was by far the best in terms of cleanliness, customer service, facilities and value.
The beds were custom made and solid with clean mattresses, (I always look even if I'm afraid of what I might find!) and the en-suite wet rooms fantastic and again-spotless.
There are many different sized rooms; we had a three and a four bedded room and borrowed a cot free of charge.
Having put the very youngest children to bed we sat outside the room on the patio during the evenings and enjoyed a drink from the bar, listening to owls hooting in the neighbouring woods, whilst the older children played snooker and table football in the games room. The whole place has a friendly, welcoming amosphere and most guests were families with young children whilst we were there.
If I was pushed to find fault, the only problem we found was that the older children's room was incredibly hot at night as both they and us were unhappy about leaving the ground floor window wide open all night as it could easily have been climbed in through. Our room had a high window above the door out to the grassy area.
Definitely a place we will be revisiting next summer for a short break at least.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Sarah2311, Front Office Manager at YHA National Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2013

Hi Guys,

Thank you very much for your lovely review of our hostel.


Thanks,

Sarah Briggs
Duty Manager

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Address: National Forest 48 Bath Lane | Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6BD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Swadlincote
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Swadlincote
Price Range: $20 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA National Forest 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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