In these tough times hostels are great places for families to stay in rather than hotels. Because of this we have developed a list of family-friendly hostels with private family rooms which make the perfect base for a family break.
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Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara
With an average rating of 88% from Hostelworld.com customers, Sleepzone Connemara is not only a gorgeous hostel but is one of the most spectacularly situated hostels in Western Europe. Rooms for families range from three to six bed and all have ensuite bathrooms. The hostel has its own tennis court, pool table and mini-supermarket and with the Killary Adventure Centre just next door, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits are available on its doorstep. If it is a relaxing holiday that the family are after, the serenity of the location of Sleepzone is an attraction in itself.
Valley House Holiday Hostel, Achill
What better place to bring the family away than the scenic island of Achill. Valley House Holiday Hostel, a historic Victorian house is located on scenic wooded ground close to Blue Flag beaches with a 9-hole pitch & putt course and lake stocked with trout on the grounds. If weather permits there is a BBQ in the courtyard, perfect for the crisp spring evenings, alternatively there is a full self-catering kitchen, large dining room and residents lounge complete with pool table. With so much to do and see there is no excuse for boredom here!
Dingle Gate Hostel, Dingle, Kerry
Nestled between the hills and mountains of Annascaul and Inch the Dingle Gate Hostel is situated in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula. Family run and purpose built the hostel has a friendly atmosphere with plenty of space for the kids to run around, large landscaped gardens and a games room kitted out with a pool and tennis table and its own kitchen, ideal for larger groups!
Neptunes Town Hostel Killarney, Killarney, Kerry
Neptunes is Killarney’s only purpose built holiday hostel located only a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail station and close by Killarney’s 25,000 acre national park. The activities are endless with mountaineering, walking, cycling, water sports, fishing, pony trekking, tennis and golf - so there is no shortage of things to do for the family here! The hostel caters for everyone with private family rooms ensuite available along with an extensive self catering kitchen, a games room and satellite TV. This hostel is a great choice for the whole family.
Glendaloch Youth Hostel, Wicklow
Set in one of Ireland’s most picturesque spots in the deeply wooded glacial valley of Glendalough National Park lies Glendaloch Youth Hostel. A perfect spot for a family get away with fishing, rock climbing, pony trekking, walking forest trails and the Wicklow Way at your doorstep. Private ensuite family rooms are available in this hostel, along with a self catering kitchen, free internet and free parking making it the perfect family getaway close to home!
Newgrange Lodge, Newgrange
Newgrange plays host to Ireland’s most famous and oldest Neolithic passage tomb – older than the pyramids and as big a mystery as Stonehenge. Located close by with stunning views of the heritage site lies Newgrange Lodge; a perfect base to discover the beauty of the Boyne Valley and beyond, with the hostel even providing a packed lunch! With in room telephones and satellite television in each of the ensuite bedrooms along with a wide variety of rooms including private family rooms, Newgrange Lodge is ideal for a short family break.
Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Backpackers Lodge, Fort William, Scotland
Located just 4 miles from Ben Nevis the area around this hostel is very peaceful whilst offering fantastic adventure opportunities for the whole family. The on-site residential mountain and river guide can organise rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and even skiing in winter. The small and cosy lodge sleeps between 12 and 14 people with rooms of 4 or 6 people making it perfect for families. Also available is a fully equipped guest kitchen, washing machine/dryer and a mini-supermarket.
YHA Ambleside, Lake District, England
In the heart of the beautiful Lake District and with stunning views from its lounge YHA Ambleside is in one of the most picturesque places the UK has to offer. Ambleside offers far more than just its gorgeous location. It is based in a busy village on the shores of Lake Windemere meaning that guests can enjoy many watersports along with walking and climbing. Rooms range from 2-8 beds with the four and five bed rooms perfect for families.
London House Hotel, London, England
Located nearby the fashionable Notting Hill district, Portobello Market and minutes from Hyde Park London House Hotel offers great value accommodation in central London. If parents and children need their space the newly refurbished family rooms have their own plasma screen tv, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Its location on a quiet street, but close by to tube stations makes this hostel perfect for a family break in a city with endless opportunities.
YHA Bath, Bath, England
A beautiful Italianate mansion in its own gardens, YHA Bath offers a comfortable base for exploring the elegant city and offers all the facilities you would expect of such a prestigious location. After a day discovering all that Bath has to offer, relax and enjoy a drink and meal at the hostels own café and bar, Café Di Fiesole. The hostel offers comfortable four bed rooms with ensuite bathrooms making it a great base for exploring one of England’s most historical towns.
YHA London St Pancras, London, England
Located just opposite St Pancras International station and home to the Eurostar, this is the perfect stop for anyone travelling to and from London, or even for those looking for a convienent London location. It’s the perfect spot for families travelling to London too because of its close proximity to some of London’s top attractions – London Zoo, the British Museum and British Library. There’s also a cafe/ bar on site at this family friendly hostel as well as a tours desk and internet access.
Right in the heart of Collserola Park you will find INOUT Hostel. It’s surrounded by up to five hectares of gardens and woods, but yet just 500m to the nearest underground which will have you into Barcelona’s city centre in minutes. At the hostel you will find great living rooms, games room, TV, WiFi and you can also avail of the terraces, sports areas and a great outdoor swimming pool. Facilities at INOUT Hostel make it the perfect choice for all ages.
Nuovo Ostello di Bergamo
This family hostel is the ideal choice for a relaxing stay in Bergamo. Located in the suburb of Monterosso, Nuovo Ostello di Bergamo is just a short bus ride to the city centre. It’s also surrounded by stunning green countryside which you can take in on the outdoor terrace with seating. There’s lots to do in Bergamo also with great museums, shopping and restaurants.
MEININGER Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus
You will find this hostel in the heart of one of Berlin’s most exciting neighbourhoods that’s full of cafes, galleries, clubs and shops. MEININGER Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus is the perfect pick for all age groups and has some amazing facilities on offer including free Wifi, guest kitchen, parking, free luggage storage and a great cafe.
MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz
Located in one of Vienna’s more lively neighbourhoods, MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz is in the Leopoldstadt district which is now one of the city’s most popular areas. In this district you will some great markets, cafes and restaurants serving some of the best cuisine in Berlin. The hostel is housed in a modern building and rooms come equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and are beautifully designed. There’s also a games room, guest kitchen and free WiFi in common areas.
Stayokay Den Haag (The Hague)
Stayokay Den Haag is the perfect place to stay for your visit to The Hague as you will find it in the centre of the city, just five minutes walk to the Hollands Spoor railway station. From here you are in easy reach of attractions like the Peace Palace, as well as some beautiful shops and restaurants. Also, in close proximity to the hostel lies a beach, a ski-centre and ice rink as well as the Parliament. So there is plenty to do around Stayokay Den Haag. And after all that you can look forward to coming back to a cosy yet modern room at this great hostel.
For your stay in the south of Holland book into Stayokay Maastricht. This beautiful city is the ideal choice for those who enjoy world class museums, great shopping and mouth-watering food. It’s also a great place to explore the outdoors with some great hills and landscapes, all of which makes it the ideal choice for a family vacation. Stayokay Maastricht is in the heart of the city but lies upon the bank of the Maas River. This modern building is home to some very spacious rooms, cosy beds, a stunning waterside terrace and some very friendly staff.
You will sleep like a king or queen at Stayokay Domburg as you will actually wake up in a castle. This great hostel on the Zeeland Coast is housed in Castle Westhove, a 13th century castle that even has its own moat! Close by to this great accommodation you will find a great beach for long walks or swimming during the summer. There’s also a forest and some great walks all around the area, making this the ideal family hostel.
Sydney Harbour YHA
Stay in Sydney’s historic Rocks neighbourhood in the award winning Sydney Harbour YHA. This large hostel is the perfect choice whether you’re with a group of travelling solo. It also has some great facilities including spacious communal areas, coffee bar and grocery store on site, rooftop terrace and daily activities. It’s also very close by to a lot of Sydney’s top attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Darling Harbour.
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Stay right by the beach in Port Stephens in this beautiful hostel that is set on six acres of natural bushland. Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers is just five minutes from the beautiful One Mile Beqach as well as being close a national park. This makes for the perfect accommodation for those looking for some outdoor adventure or even those just looking to relax in scenic surroundings. You will find boutique accommodation here with cabins and dorms on offer. Or if you want to get really close to nature you can avail of the camping facilities.
The Old Countryhouse
The Old Countryhouse has been a firm favourite for backpackers, tourists and families coming to Christchurch for many years now. This hostel is housed in a charming colonial villa that is equipped with some hand-made timber furniture along with a cosy interior. You will also find a fully equipped kitchen, a comfy TV lounge and internet to avail of in this hostel. It’s walking distance to the city centre and you will also find some great shops and restaurants just minutes from The Old Countryhouse.
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort
Stay in a beach side paradise when you book into Smugglers Cove Beach Resort. This accommodation is the perfect place to stay for exploring Fiji and its surroundings. It’s also got lots on offer at the resort with entertainment most nights, its own swimming pool, cafe and BBQ area. The rooms here are all fully equipped with modern facilities and you can take your pick from dorm rooms to king size rooms with your own private balcony.
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