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- Posted:Thursday, July 2, 2009
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The experience of staying in a hostel is like no other, a point that was recently made by Scott Shapiro - co-owner of development company Eagle Rock Ventures. His firm is about to launch a new hostel in the US - Seattle to be precise - and he emphasised the aspect of interaction with people from all over the world.
This is certainly one of the factors that I enjoy most about this type of accommodation and it could well attract others to a new hostel in England.
According to the North Devon Journal, the seaside village of Westward Ho! - the exclamation mark is part of the name - has just seen the arrival of the Manorville Youth Hostel.
The venue is a Victorian building - the second-oldest in the village - and it is only the third hostel in north Devon, having celebrated its official opening last week. In addition to cheap accommodation, visitors can stay there in the knowledge that they are experiencing a piece of history, as the property was used by the suffragette movement in the early 20th century and Emily Pankhurst was actually resident for a while.
So if you're planning a trip to the English coast, it could be worth checking out the hostels on offer. But do be prepared to protect yourself against the sun - a heat wave is gripping the UK and a survey by Travelodge found that 40 per cent of people have awoken from a nap on the beach to find themselves burned!