As a family of 4, we look for good value, well-located accommodation wherever we travel. Anyone who has travelled as a family can tell you rooms for four in any city can be hard to come by and expensive.
We have stayed in hostels in Europe and Asia in the past and hope to do so in the future because they really work for us. So on our recent trip to Kent, we were looking at places to stay in Canterbury, we put the YHA Canterbury Hostel to the test!
Have you stayed at a YHA Hostel?
The Canterbury YHA is located in a gorgeous Victorian-era multi-story house. There is a small amount of car parking out the front (9 car parks) The friendly staff will happily check you in and tell you about the facilities available on-site as well as ones in the local area.
Like all good hostels, the YHA do this very well for visitors to the hostel. There will be a rack that is full of brochures and pamphlets emphasising the sights and attractions of the area.
The friendly staff will happily give you information about any of the local attractions. Local knowledge is the absolute best!
Being a refitted repurposed house, you won’t find a big all in one common room, bar and cafe like you would at say YHA Central London. Everything is done from the small but central office. It is a bit like being back in school waiting in line to see the principal.
At the office, you can order coffee and cake, 5 different types of pizza, beer, wine and cider. The YHA Canterbury offers a rotating meal deal every evening. You can get a 2-course meal for 9.95 GBP. Some of the meals on offer include
- Beef Lasagne and Orange sponge with custard
- Cumberland sausage and mashed potato with honey sponge & custard
- Chicken Tikka Masala and lemon meringue pie
Being a progressive company YHA also offers a vegetarian option for all meals. There is also a vending machine available for buying snacks.
The communal room features couches for relaxing, chairs for playing board games and cards. The office has a large selection of board games that you can borrow and play, perfect for families staying in a hostel. A bookcase full of reading the material and a tv on the wall to keep you entertained.
The 15 rooms are mainly 4 and 6-bed dorm-style room with bunk beds. Some rooms have ensuites available, make sure you ask for this when booking.
For those without an ensuite, there are toilets and showers on every floor. Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception.
The real charm lies in The Shire. The Shire is an area out the back of the main house. You will find 3 large deluxe cabins, they remind me of hobbit houses from Lord of the Rings.
These cabins sleep 5, with 3 single beds (2 elevated) and one queen bed. The cabins feature shower and toilet facilities, fridge and microwave. The kids loved the cabins, it gave you camping like feel but in the middle of a city.
In the basement of the main house, you will find a laundry for clothes washing which is always handy for travelling families. The kitchen features 2 stoves with oven tops, plenty of pots and pans and cooking utensils.
You could easily cook a 5-star meal in the Canterbury YHA kitchen. There is a dining table in the kitchen for the family to sit around while the meals are cooked.
The downstairs dining room fits 32 people for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Canterbury Hostel is centrally located with the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral just 1.3 kilometres away.
There is a Sainsbury store just 400 meters away for all your food supplies and the ferries from Dover are located just 30 minutes away. This hostel is the perfect launching point to catch a ferry to France
Was the YHA Canterbury a winner for families? Yes definitely, any families looking for quality Canterbury accommodation at a budget price look no further than YHA Canterbury. Have you tried a hostel for families when looking for your next holiday accommodation?
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .