It has been a long time coming, but we’re happy to announce the hostels on these pages are open now or taking bookings. Some are offering reduced rates for exclusive use, at others you can hire a private room and enjoy shared areas with social distancing in place. There are hostels and bunkhouses in some amazing locations and they offer great value for money. Look no further for a staycation cure to your lockdown blues.
Here are the latest updates on rules for groups and shared accommodation
You can book a hostel or bunkhouse for sole use of a group consisting of any number of people from an extended household.
You can also hire a private room in a hostel. This can be shared by any number of people from an extended household. This is different to Scotland and England. Showers can be en-suite or with a dedicated shower assigned to each extended household. Toilets can be shared as long as they are cleaned regularly. Shared facilities (kitchens, dining rooms, lounges) can be open with physically distancing in place between households.
At the moment (in Alert Level 2 and the first stage of Alert Level 1 ) an extended household in Wales is three Welsh households and their support bubbles which have permanently joined. Any three households from England or Scotland can combine to form an extended household while in Wales without breaking Welsh law.
Once Wales fully reaches Alert Level 1 (predicted as possibly latter in June) you will alternatively be able to share accommodation (bedrooms or whole hostel hire) with a group of six adults from any household (and their children under 11, or carers).
Here is a link to the government document defining restrictions from 7th June.
From 17th May – Hostels operating as self contained accommodation. You can book a hostel or bunkhouse for sole use of a group of up to two households and their support bubbles OR for six people from any household.
From 17th May – Hostels letting by the room.
You can book a private bed room in a hostel. This can be shared by two households and their support bubbles OR by six people from any household. This is different to Scotland and Wales. Showers can be en-suite or with a dedicated shower assigned to each group
In shared areas such as dining rooms, kitchens and lounges each group should be socially distanced from other groups in the hostel. If there is not enough space to provide social distancing within an area then this room should remain closed. Toilets can be shared between groups as long as they are cleaned regularly.
19th July. No legal limits on social contact! We are seeking further clarification on what this means in hostel style accommodation.
The Scottish Government have published a road map for re-opening .
There is some speculation that all areas might reach level 0 by 19th July.
Sole use bookings of a whole hostel or bunkhouse
Bedrooms (with allocated shower) should only be used by members of one household. This is different to England and Wales. Apart from this separate households do not have to physically distance from each other within accommodation when it is booked for the exclusive use of the group. Groups sizes are defined below.
Level 2 – self contained accommodation can be let to 6 adults (and their children) from 3 households.
Level 1 – self contained accommodation can be let to 6 adults (and their children) from 3 households.
Level 0 – self contained accommodation can be let to 8 adults (and their children) from 4 households.
For hostels letting by the room, where an unlimited number of households can stay in the accommodation.
Bedrooms (with allocated shower) are restricted to the use of only one household for all levels of the roadmap (even Level 0). This is different to England and Wales.
Other shared facilities (kitchens, dining rooms, lounges) are treated as indoor public spaces where people from separate households can socialise, provided that they physically distance, and subject to the following limits on the numbers of people and households.
Level 2 – 6 adults (and their children) from 3 households can gather indoors at a staffed hostel.
Level 1 – 8 adults (and their children) from 3 households can gather indoors at a staffed hostel.
Level 0 – 10 adults (and their children) from 4 households can gather indoors at a staffed hostel.
The reality is that for many hostels room sizes (particularly in kitchens) it is not possible to allow for effective physical distancing between those numbers of people. Further clarification of physical distancing requirements is available as a UK Hospitality Scotland document.