It has been a tough summer for all accommodation businesses, but the worse effected are hostels and bunkhouses. Over two thirds of our accommodation has now reopened and you can support them by booking a stay this autumn or winter.
Hostels and Bunkhouses offer unique accommodation with shared self-catering kitchens, gardens and social areas. Their traditional guests come from multiple housesholds like outdoor clubs and groups of friends & family, or they could be solo travellers, couples and families sharing living spaces. This has made re-opening in the New Normal a real challenge. Not to be kept down, over two-thirds of the accommodation in our network has now reopened with social distancing and extra hygiene measures in place. You can support these plucky businesses by booking a stay away in a hostel or bunkhouse this Autumn or Winter.
This is your chance to pick and choose between some amazing places in stunning locations. Most places have had to cancel their autumn bookings because they were from too many households. So there is lots of choice, very often of places that would normally be booked up a year or more in advance. Some of the larger hostels have reduced their prices to make it economical for small groups to hire the whole building for exclusive use. So not only do you have the pick of the crop, but you can also hire an amazing building which would normally not be affordable for 6 people.
IHUK is backing “Support Our Hostels”, a recently launched lobbying campaign to ask the Government for additional funding and to encourage hostellers to come and stay. Scottish Independent Hostels sent a report to the Scottish Government in August after a survey of its members co-led by Gregor and Helen from Saddle Mountain Hostel. The report highlights the challenges facing hostels as they try to reopen their doors for business. IHUK is now lobbying the UK Government on the same issue.
Social distancing guidelines put hostels, bunkhouses and the group accommodation industry in a much worse position than the majority of accommodation providers.