After a 1.2 million refit of the former historic Royal York Hotel, YHA Brighton finally opened its doors at the end of last year .
I’ll admit I was a tad cynical , I mean who actually goes on holiday to a YHA?. Well in 2013 the YHA recorded over 1,755,000 overnight stays , they can’t possibly all be German exchange students can they?. As a single parent, on a tight budget looking for a cheap seaside getaway, the price versus a traditional B&B ,were just too good to ignore. After my first trip to a YHA in Suffolk in 2012 , I’ve been quietly raving about the joys of YHA ever since,
This new offering is one for YHA to be particularly proud of , with family rooms at Brighton starting at £65 a night , Double rooms starting at £40. And a 6 bunk bed room for a girlee getaway from £14.50 per bed per night , as well as ignoring Brightons previously embago of b&b’s insisting on a 2 nights bookings on weekends it’s certainly putting the cat amongst the pigeons.
So after leaving London late one Friday evening, I grabbed my key from the 24 hour on site reception and headed upstairs. My room was spacious, with a quality linens and I was loving the chic peacock wallpaper. Drawing back the roman blinds in the morning I even had a cheeky sea view, Result !!
With an excellent power shower to get the senses going in the morning and towels provided , the only thing missing was was toiletries to finish off the look, even Travelodge provides soap, so I think it definitely needed here.
A breakfast buffet is served in one of two large bright downstairs communal areas and there’s a wallet friendly onsite bar to kick off the big night out. its perfect for that cheeky weekend away by the sea. The only issue is now the word is out , you’ll be fighting to get a booking !!
YHA Brighton, Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1NH
As well as providing an excellent alternative to Brighton accommodation options. I think its important to know where your money goes. The YHA funds a Bursary scheme which in 2013 spent £238,000 sending 5,754 young people on subsidised trips to its 140 diverse hostels round the UK from castles to beach houses. So you can get a budget weekend and do a bit of good as well , so that’s your good deed sorted and warm feelings all round.
Read more about the YHA and discover, more about their amazing hostels and family activity centres all over England & Wales at http://www.yha.org.uk
Please note a free night was provided by YHA in order for me to write this review, but my opinions as always are all mine