At many hostels you get a choice between a bed in a dorm or sole use of a private room. Hostels’ private rooms are ace because they come in all sorts and sizes. Hostels and bunkhouses have bed rooms of all sizes some ideal for couples and others for families. It does not matter how large your family is. Hostel bed rooms sleep between 2 and 20 and so families of 6 or 8 are easily accommodated.
Private rooms are also ideal for small groups, as you can book a private room for whatever size group you are travelling with. In a dormitory style room you book a bed and share the room with other travellers. A private room is more like something you’d get in a hotel and in a hostel they come with or without en suite facilities. Private rooms are great if you’re a light sleeper or just want to have your kith and kin around you. The best thing about private rooms in hostels is that you still have the opportunity to socialise with people in the rest of the hostel. Strike up a conversation while making a cup of tea in the kitchen or over a board game in the common room.
The maps above shows hostels with private rooms in locations from Cornwall to the Lake District, featuring hostels in the cities of London, Birmingham, Liverpool, York and Manchester. The photos by the map are taken at Palace Farm Hostel in rural Kent. Palace Farm has a number of en-suite private rooms facing onto a courtyard garden with a communal self catering kitchen and BBQ. A great place to socialise on a summer’s evening in rural Kent.
Private rooms in London hostels are in great demand. Clink78, a converted court house in central London, gets around this by using converted cells as private bedrooms for two people. This makes the hostel a great base for exploring the many great attractions of Central London and taking in a show or two. If you’re a traveller, then your needs different will be to those who take a short break in a hotel. Hostels provide more than just a bed (or a room) for the night, they provide a social experience where you can engage with people from all over the world and gain a more local experience of a destination than you would get in a hotel.
The Lakes provides a huge choice of bunkhouses and hostels equipped for walkers and others who enjoy the outdoors. Many of these have private rooms and are in ideal locations for exploring the mountains and lakes.
Bunkhouses and hostels provide great social areas, so if you book a private room, you can get to know your fellow guests in the self catering kitchen or lounge areas. There are even gardens at some hostels and bunkhouses, great for soaking up the evening sun or letting off steam with the kids.