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Hostelz.com's Review
To get to the YHA York Youth Hostel from the train station, you have about a mile walk along a paved path beside the river Ouze (that happens to be brown). The TIC in the train station will give you a free map (which is helpful because the YHA is off most travel-guide maps). It's a gorgeous walk, but poorly lit after dark, so if you're traveling solo, take an alternate route -- come up through town, make a left at Bootham bar, walk about one kilometer, then turn left at the sign to the YHA.

The hostel is busy and exquisitely efficient. You enter through an attractive courtyard, where you can sit outside and eat. There is a well-staffed check-in counter where you get linens (included), buy meals (the hostel has both a cafe and a bar in-house), postcards, postage, and tickets for discounted admission to city sights.

The bedrooms have either four or eight bunks (one outlet per room) and have sinks ensuite and lockers (bring your own lock). Bike rentals and laundry machines are available, as is free luggage storage.

The self-catering kitchen is huge and clean. The included breakfast has stringent, enforced rules (two selections from the cold counter -- juice -- but unlimited hot, fatty foods). The dinner servers seem more relaxed and would let you substitute, say, fruit if you don't want a heavy dessert. They offer unlimited coffee and tea at meals. The in-house bar has three computer stations on which you can buy time.

The hostel is clean and quiet. The staff was very accommodating after a flight cancellation changed our travel plans unexpectedly. We had a very enjoyable stay.

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November 2006

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5   Very nice I stayed at this hostel in the beginning of October of 2009. It was clean and comfortable. The location was a mile outside of York. But i liked that, since you got to walk along the river which was very pleasant. All of the staff were very helpful and nice. But i have to put in a special word of gratitude to the cooking staff. Not only was the breakfast free, It was also one of the best breakfasts that i have ever had, anywhere! The cooking staff were also nice and friendly while they served the breakfast. It was not your usual hostel breakfast. Overall a very nice hostel. A great location. And very nice staff. walk along the old city walls while you are in York. And the Yorkshire museum/gardens is fantastic.  , USA ()
4   Clean Very Clean Hostel. Staff are also friendly, and very nice buffet breakfast as well!  ()
5   One of the best hostels I've stayed at This hostel is excellent! Very clean throughout. Spacious lounges. They offer great evening meals -- reasonably priced and large portions of home-cooked food.  ()
5  I thought the hostal was brilliant. I enjoyed my stay and I would love to go back. the meals were lovely. I would recommend it to friends and family. The thing I thought was funny was the scary man outside the restaurant  ()
5  If only we had known! We would have planned a longer stay. It was fun, friendly, clean, and welcoming and the breakfast and evening meals were great. No hassles with parking the car, overall very comfortable. Would definitely recommend to friends.  ()
5  Definitely the best youth hostel I've every stayed at. [in foot and mouth year] Hope they don't decide to close it, after all it is north of both London and Matlock.  ()
5  What an excellent hostel! It is in a beautiful location within walking distance to the city. There is also a bus stop nearby. This hostel is one of the best supplied I have ever experienced. There is a bike rental, great lock-up for valuables, a bar, gardens, cafeteria, internet. And everywhere it is clean. The staff are friendly and helpful.  ()

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