Hostels with private rooms and bunkhouses with private rooms come in all shapes and sizes in all the corners of Wales. From the City centres of Cardiff and Bangor to the bustling market towns of Aberystwyth, Llandudno and Caernarfon; from the border towns of Llangollen and Chepstow to Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey and to the hidden gems of hostels in Mid Wales, the Snowdonia National Park or the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Why go to a hostel or a bunkhouse for a private room you may ask? Well there are many advantages. Firstly you will have access to the hostel’s self-catering kitchen and dining facilities. All hostels and bunkhouses are self-catering. Self-catering accommodation offers you that wonderful flexibility as to what you eat and when. Perfect for families with small (and fussy) mouths to feed, for those with food allergies or for those who simply prefer to cook for themselves. What fun it is to buy local seasonal food at a farm shop or farmers market or buy fish from the boats in the harbour and cook it up together when you get back to your hostel in the evening. And of course self-catering is so much cheaper than eating out. At breakfast time you can eat your favorite cereal and not feel the pressure or temptation to indulge in a ‘full welsh breakfast’! How many of us can stomach a week of big cooked breakfasts?
An additional benefit of hostels or bunkhouses with private rooms is that although your room is private, the communal areas are great places for meeting and chatting with your fellow guests. In the comfort of the sitting or dining room you can share stories, swap ideas for the next day’s adventures and enjoy a glass or two of wine without the worry of driving home. All this while your children are safely tucked up in bed, playing games or watching TV.
Hostels and bunkhouses with private rooms are dotted all over Wales and have proved invaluable to cyclists using The Celtic Trail Cycle Route and The Lon Teifi Cycle Route and mountain bikers enjoying the Trans Cambrian Trail. While the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Offa’s Dyke Path, The All Wales Coast Path, Glyndwrs Way and The Beacon Way all have hostels or bunkhouses with private rooms near to their route which are regularly used by walkers.
Of course hostels and bunkhouses with private rooms welcome guests for more than one night, in fact many families base themselves at a hostel with a private room for a few days. Once again a hostel or bunkhouse with a private room offers visitors so much more flexibility than a holiday cottage in that you can book for any number of days. Your holiday can be tailored exactly to suit your and your family’s varied interests. For instance you could spend a couple of nights in Cardiff in a hostel with private rooms for the taste of the big city, a bit of night life maybe , a trip to the theatre, a tour of the city on an open-topped bus, a museum visit, perhaps a day at Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront development. Then move on to another hostel or bunkhouse with private rooms for the next couple of days, perhaps travel to the Brecon Beacons National Park. A little over an hours’ drive will bring you to the stunning mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons. Such a contrast to the vibrancy of Cardiff city centre. You could spend a day and walk up Pen-Y –Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, or if you are not feeling so energetic you might prefer to walk along the Monmouth and Brecon canal, or go to the magnificent waterfalls at Sgwd Eira and walk behind a wall of water!
Finally for the last leg of your holiday you could move on to another hostel or bunkhouse with private rooms on the coast. In just a couple of hours drive you could be on the Pembrokeshire coast, where rugged coastline, sandy beaches and quaint fishing ports await you.
This of course is just a suggestion, you may prefer to explore North Wales and Snowdonia, or take a step back in time and spend your holiday hunting out the hidden corners of mid-Wales. Whatever your interests you will find that hostels and bunkhouses with private rooms offer wonderful flexibility and great value for money to individuals, couples, families and groups.