• Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Family Hostels

When it comes to a family vacation one word often comes to mind - expense. The bigger the family, the more it’s going to cost. So in these credit crunch times many families are avoiding their annual family holiday because they simply cannot afford it. However, there are some families who have found a way of getting around the costly family vacation. These families are overcoming their own economic crisis and going on their annual family holiday by getting imaginative when booking them. One such change in these family vacations is opting for a family friendly hostel for your accommodation. Many hostels provide family rooms and many more hostels are advertising themselves as family friendly hostels.

These family hostels have a great atmosphere for families of all ages and more importantly they keep costs down in many ways. Firstly, the rate for your family room in a hostel will be a lot cheaper than in a hotel. Secondly, most hostels have a kitchen for all of their guests to use meaning you can cook up meals and snacks and not have to dine out all the time. And finally, there’s always plenty of free entertainment on hand at hostels, be it chatting with other guests in common areas, watching films or reading books that the hostels have on offer or availing of one of the many free tours and events that a lot of hostels organise for their guests. The family friendly hostel is becoming more popular as it meets the demands of the many families that are opting for cheaper family accommodation and spending their family vacation in a hostel. Here, we have a list of some family friendly hostels from all parts of the world where you can spend your family holiday without breaking the bank or cutting back on comfort!

IYHF Youth Hostel Zinkensdamm

IYHF Youth Hostel Zinkensdamm

This hostel is a member of the International Youth Hostelling Foundation so if you have a member card you will get a great rate. There’s no need to worry if you are not a card holder though, just be aware of the little extra rate when booking your family room. The IYHF Youth Hostel Zinkensdamm is a great family hostel for your family’s trip to Stockholm. It is located in the vibrant city district of Södermalm which boasts many parks, squares and bustling city streets. Zinkensdamms hostel is located in a calm area by Tantolunden, the largest park in Södermalm. Its location makes it even more perfect for your family vacation as you can avail of the local amenities such as swimming, miniature golf or football. Nearby lies the vibrant street Hornsgatan where you will find subway and bus lines, taxicabs and many different forms of entertainment for all the family. The IYHF Youth Hostel Zinkensdamn welcomes families and its modern design and friendly atmosphere make it the perfect pick for your family room in Stockholm. It has a large variety of room sizes and rates to choose from. There are also two large kitchens for guests to use, as well as great rates on meals and snacks in the hostel cafe.

Villa Saint Exupery Gardens

Villa Saint Exupery Gardens
This popular hostel always comes in top of the polls of France’s best hostels. This hostel in a villa was once an old monastery and is situated within a private park. The Villa Saint Exupery is family run and is a family friendly hostel. Everything you could want from your family hostel is here at Villa Saint Exupery and if it wasn’t located in the stunning French Riviera then you might never leave its doors! A family vacation to the French Riviera can be very expensive but not if you book a family room at the Villa Saint Exupery. This family friendly hostel offers its guests a free all-you-can-eat breakfast, a great bar with drinks from €1, free internet and WIFI, free bus pick up and detailed, friendly advice on all local tours and services. The Villa Saint Exupery Hostel is located close to all that the Riviera has to offer; gorgeous beaches, the old town, museums, and clubs making it an ideal location for your cheap family holiday in the Riviera. This hostel also organises local tours and activities such as scuba diving at discount rates. Book your cheap accommodation in the sunny Riviera here.

Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers

Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers hostel is an eco-friendly, architecturally designed retreat that is set on 6 acres of natural bush-land. This family friendly hostel boasts boutique style accommodation and it has been created using wood and glass which maximises light, space and harmony with nature. Melaleuca offers different types of accommodation with the choice of cabins, dorms or camping; all of which are perfect for your family holiday. The cabins are in a tree-house style and come in sizes up to a four share with linen included. This would be the ideal pick for your family stay at Melaleuca giving you that adventurous sense of staying in the great outdoors while keeping the comfort. This family friendly hostel also has dorms available with bunk beds fitting up to six people, again with linen included. Melaleuca also has a large 4 acre ‘free range’ site available for those wishing to camp or park up their kombi/van for a night or two. It is not a powered site but is still an idyllic location for either of these options. And if you fancy the experience of camping in the bush-land but have no tent then Melaleuca have a luxury tent hire on offer. This hire comes with a luxury tent, bed, pillows and linen making it a perfect choice for your family’s outdoor experience in comfort. There is also plenty to see and do in the area surrounding this family accommodation as Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers hostel is a five minute walk from the beautiful One Mile Beach and Tomaree National Park. There are also whale watching tours, surf lessons, fishing and massive sand dunes to keep the family entertained on your stay at the Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers Hostel.

The Burren Hostel (Sleepzone)

The Burren Hostel (Sleepzone)
The Sleepzone hostels in the west of Ireland are a popular and perfect choice for any family vacation. The Sleepzone - The Burren is open since 2007 meaning it is in tip top condition with all the facilities a family hostel could possibly offer. The hostel is is situated in the spa town of Lisdoonvarna where it boasts close proximity to some of Ireland’s most famous areas of natural beauty such as the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region. The Sleepzone – The Burren boasts cheap accommodation consisting of 22 rooms, all ensuite. Family rooms are available and other hostel facilities include a cosy lounge area, free internet, private parking and laundry services. The hostels location in the village of Lisdoonvarna makes it an ideal base for your family holiday because it is close to many of Ireland’s historical and geographical sites of interest. Many of these tourist attractions are free such as dolmens, stone forts, medieval castles and award-winning parks. The Aran Islands are also just a short boat-trip away - passing the foot of the Cliffs of Moher. So if you are coming to spend your cheap family holidays in the west of Ireland this year then check out the great family room rates available at the Sleepzone – The Burren.

YHA Ambleside

YHA Ambleside
England’s Lake District is a popular family holiday spot with both international and UK holiday makers. Its stunning scenery and miles and miles of beautiful countryside and lakes make it an ideal location for a family vacation. The YHA Ambleside hostel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Lake District and the views that it boasts are simply amazing. This family friendly hostel is based in the picturesque village of Ambleside on the shores of Lake Windemere. This hostels lake-side location means that there are plenty of family friendly activities on offer such as a wide variety of water sports, hill-walking and climbing activities. The YHA Ambleside hostel is very welcoming to families and has all of the facilities you will need to enjoy your family vacation. If you want to take your cheap family holidays in the UK this year then do not miss out on booking the YHA Ambleside in the Lake District.

London House Hotel

London House Hotel
This popular family accommodation is in a perfect location for your family vacation to London. Located in the central but quiet surroundings of Bayswater this budget family accommodation is an ideal pick for a stay in the bustling city of London. With the London House Hotel you get a prime city centre location close to all amenities and transport, and you also get a comfy family room at a cheap price. This family accommodation is located close to Hyde Park and Notting Hill, while the Queensway and Bayswater tube stops are nearby giving you access to the entire city. All rooms at the London House Hotel have been newly renovated to include a private shower and toilet, and a plasma screen TV. Your family room will be comfy and clean to a high standard and make your family holiday an enjoyable, but cheap stay.

The Backyard Inn

The Backyard Inn
If you are taking your cheap family holidays in New Zealand’s North Island this year then make sure you include a stay in the Kiwi Paka Hostel in Rotorua. This beautiful family friendly hostel is located about 3 hours drive southeast of Auckland and is situated right on the edge of Kuirau Park. The Kiwi Paka hostel is also only a few minute’s walk away from the town itself so there will be plenty for you to do on your family vacation. When you book your family room here you will find yourself staying on up to four acres of land with stunning surroundings. The Kiwi Paka hostel comes highly recommended by all kinds of travellers and it also boasts friendly staff that will assist you with any aspect of your family holiday. Your stay here includes facilities such as internet access, a swimming pool, common room, kitchen, bar and restaurant. This family accommodation is a perfect pick for your Rotorua experience.

Montana Youth and Family Hostel

Montana Youth and Family Hostel

The Montana Family & Youth Hostel is set in idyllic surrounds up the hillside of Mount Ulriken, about 5 km south of Bergen City Centre. If your family vacation is making a stop in Bergen then make sure you book your family room here in this popular, family friendly hostel. The Montana Family and Youth Hostel offers parking but also access to a bus route that brings you to the town of Bergen. This family hostel boasts a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in comfortable surrounds. The town of Bergen is always a busy spot, particularly in summer months. It is known as the city of seven mountains and is also an important harbour town. There is also plenty for your family to see and do here with attractions such as the local market; the railway "Fløibanen" which takes you up to Mount Fløyen where you'll have a great view of Bergen city centre; a famous aquarium and plenty of fjords to explore in the area. The area of Montana which is where this family hostel is located offers you panoramic views of Bergen Valley, the city and harbour. And if you fancy an even more exceptional view then you and your family can hike up to the top of Mt Ulriken. The Montana Family and Youth Hostel also offers free internet access, games room and guest kitchen to add to your family vacation in Bergen, Norway.

These ten family hostels are just a handful of the family friendly hostels that are available in all parts of the world. So with cheap family accommodation along with a lot to see and do in the surrounding areas, there is no need for you and yours to miss out on a family vacation this year. Do your research and planning and you can make this year’s family holiday the best yet.

By: Tracy Lynch

By: IMPORT

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