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Exploring Australia with YHA www.yha.com.au

Comfy beds, fresh rooms and hot showers are important yet they are not the only reasons why travellers rave about our accommodation.

YHA hostels are a lively meeting place for a diverse bunch of travellers with a common love of independent travel and the desire to have great experiences in new places. Whether you're in the mood for a late night fiesta, or a quiet night in watching a movie or checking your e-mails, the YHA is the place.

Just like Australia, YHA hostels are diverse - there are over 140, centrally located hostels in all of the places that you want to visit. You'll find guest kitchens and loads of communal areas to chat with the people you met on the bus or over breakfast, as well as quiet areas for you to read or relax. In most YHA hostels double and twin rooms are available, plus you'll find doonas, blankets and bed linen in all except our Wilderness hostels. Many hostels have swimming pools and outside BBQ areas, which become the centre of all activity during the summer. Hostel staff are experts in their local area, and whatever you've come there to do, they can arrange it. And if you've just turned up because it was on the map, that's cool too, the staff can fill you in on what to do in the area.

There's more to travelling than going from A to B, taking photos en route. With YHA you can explore your options by simply logging on to www.yha.com.au. Access information on tours, activities, events and discounts or book a hostel and special travel deal.

And then there's the price! At just AUS$10 to AUS$33 per night in a shared room YHA hostels really are great value.

Queensberry Hill YHA, Melbourne Revamp!

Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria in the southeast of Australia is a cosmopolitan city boasting a mix of nineteenth century architecture and towering skyscrapers. A haven for the arts, fashion and other cultural pursuits, Melbourne is also well known for fine dining, vibrant cafe culture, bars and nightlife. Just a short drive and there is an opportunity to experience some wonderful wildlife - see the Fairy Penguins coming ashore for the evening or hit the waves and swim with the dolphins.

Melbourne is also home to an array of world-class sporting events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open Tennis, and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and will also host the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Queensberry Hill YHA is the perfect place from which to enjoy Melbourne. The recent refurbishment ensures that a stay in this hostel is the ultimate hostel experience providing the most modern accommodation close to all the city attractions. The hostel has many social areas and as well as the facilities receiving a major facelift the in house activities have too and include:

  • Fantasy food nights
  • Rooftop Jazz nights
  • Breakfast on the rooftop
  • In house travel desk organising local tours as well as trips further a field and as with all Australian hostels there is 24-hour access!

The bedrooms are mostly 4 bed dorms and additionally there are private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and many single and twin/double rooms.

To find out more or make a reservation visit the website www.yha.com.au

Cairns Central YHA - The newest backpacker haven in Far North Queensland!

Cairns is the perfect base to explore the real North Queensland. Here you will find world heritage listed rainforests fringing the Great Barrier Reef, with the outback just around the corner. Cairns is the perfect playground for thrill seekers offering scuba diving courses, white water rafting and bungy jumping. For something a little more sedate but no less breathtaking, take the Skyrail gondola or Kuranda train trips and tour the Great Barrier Reef.

Ideally located in the centre of town is the "New" Cairns Central YHA. The hostel has recently under gone extensive refurbishment creating a new modern and contemporary place to stay. With 235 beds, this YHA offers a wide range of room types, including multi-share, double, twin, family and disabled rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and rooms with ensuites are available too.

This benchmark hostel features swipe card access, large screen TV with surround sound, outdoor entertainment and games area, two spas and a new pool. Plus the onsite YHA Travel Centre, offers great deals on airfares, bus and rail passes, packages and local tours and activities.

To find out more or make a reservation visit the website www.yha.com.au


Youth Hostels in Belgium www.laj.be


Les Auberges de Jeunesse offers:

  • Comfortable, friendly accommodation welcoming individuals, families, groups and people with reduced mobility;
  • An open-minded and tolerant attitude towards young people of all ages;
  • Ten Youth Hostels in Wallonia and Brussels, each with their own personality;
  • High-quality facilities and services (fully-equipped conference rooms, relaxation areas, family rooms, a catering service offering an outstanding price/quality ratio, a professional and friendly reception service and more);
  • Indoor and outdoor activities, entertainment and events;
  • Packages. Here are just a few ideas: Brussels, Capital of Europe (4 days/3 nights), Discovery tour of Wallonia, Brussels, Bruges (4 nights/5 days).

A stay in Youth hostels in Belgium means quality!

For more information, please, visit www.laj.be

England & Wales

YHA England & Wales www.yha.org.uk

YHA England & Wales is the biggest budget accommodation provider in England and Wales and aims: "To help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing Hostels or other simple accommodation for them in their travels, and thus to promote their health, rest and education."

YHA England & Wales is a charity, established in 1930. YHA operates 221 Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales and have over 300,000 members. YHA is part of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF), a network of 4,500 Youth Hostels in 60 countries around the world.

YHA is committed to building bridges between town and country, and contributing to international understanding. YHA's plans for the future include increasing the membership and Youth Hostel use and to extend the YHA network to areas where there are no Youth Hostels at present. YHA has always been a countryside and environmental organisation, founded as part of the 'outdoors' movement. This has further developed into the YHA's adoption of policies that encourage sustainable use of the countryside, Youth Hostels and their local communities.

Five Star First For Kielder

A NORTHUMBERLAND community is seeing stars after its Youth Hostel became the first in England to get all five from tourism chiefs.

The English Tourism Council's assessor rated facilities and service at YHA Kielder as either 'very good' or 'excellent' following their visit last month.

It is a huge boost for the Youth Hostel, run by Mike Frost, wife Sheila and son-in-law Justin, which has already clocked up over 6,000 guest nights since it opened in August 2001.

Walkers, cyclists, school groups and even a community orchestra have checked into the Youth Hostel in what is believed to be England's remotest village.

Mike said: "I am ecstatic. We have all worked hard to make the Youth Hostel such a success. The conversion of the building was well thought-out and well done, so that has made it easier for us to maintain the high standards.

It is an extremely comfortable place for people to stay and we know our guests think it's wonderful because so many of them tell us."

The rating also underlines the importance of the Youth Hostel to the community and to the partners that helped transform a redundant building at Kielder First School into a 41-bed Youth Hostel.

The project was part funded by a £200,000 grant from the regional development agency One North East's Single Regeneration Budget, with other contributions and assistance from the Rural Development Programme, Tynedale Council and Northumberland County Council.

YHA Regional Manager for the North East Ian Baker said: "From the outset, it was clear that the Youth Hostel could be regeneration catalyst for Kielder. The people in the community have let us know that it has helped to 'reawaken the village' and revive the local economy. We are grateful for the foresight of our partners to help us achieve this success."

Andy Hugman, Tynedale Council's Kielder Regeneration manager, said: "The investment in the Youth Hostel has paid off many times over already. It's the first sizeable tourism offering that has been in the village for many years and it has attracted a large number of visitors.

We've been very impressed with the way the Youth Hostel has managed to keep the number of visitors ticking over all year round and we're delighted that it is now the first five-star Youth Hostel in England."

For further information, please, visit www.yha.org.uk


Finland has a clear Nordic identity, but offers the best of both East and West. Finland is well known as the gateway to the East. The distance from the Finnish border to the nearest Russian metropolis St. Petersburg is only about 200 km. (125 miles). Finland is a sparsely populated country where the distances are great. Its unspoilt natural environment is the perfect setting for all kinds of activity, whether you are seeking excitement or relaxation. Finland has a vibrant cultural life, with a busy calendar of festivals and events to suit every taste.

At the web-site of Finnish Youth Hostels Association www.srmnet.org you may get the complete information about Finnish hostels and their services. Finnish hostels and their services are considered to be of a very good standard. Cleanliness, comfort and cosiness are highly valued qualities. Visitors are delighted with the high standards of the hostel, which offer excellent facilities at comparatively low cost. There are 92 hostels in SRM-network serving travellers of all ages, families and groups. No matter where you want to spend your holiday - in towns, countryside, farms, near water - you will always find a suitable hostel. Hostels also offer many opportunities for activities such as fishing, trekking, berry/mushroom picking, skiing, weaving and - of course - visiting the genuine Finnish sauna!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association www.yha.org.hk

The Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association was formally established on 11 September 1973 and on the 11 September, 2003 HKYHA celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

The objective of the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association is to help all, but especially young people, to know, love and care for the countryside and places of interest; and to promote their health, recreation and education by providing simple hostel accommodation for them in their travels in Hong Kong and abroad.

At the web-site of HKYHA you can find information about hostel movement in Hong Kong, complete guide to hostels and many other useful and interesting information, which prepares you to the trip to this country with amazing nature and places of interest.


One of the main goals of the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) is to promote Youth Hostelling for Peace and International Understanding.

Hostelling offers a wholesome, rejuvenating opportunity for the desire to travel in a special and economical manner. It covers trekking, hiking, biking, canoeing or even mountaineering. The motto of the Association is: "Wandering one gathers honey" which conveys the idea to explore 'at your own steam', as far as possible. Call it wandering-not aimlessly but for gathering knowledge and being creative. It makes you acquainted with countryside in a much intimate manner, gain first-hand knowledge and appreciation of nature to become accustomed with various approaches to life in varying situations.

Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) issues its official magazine "THE YOUTH HOSTELLER" detailed information about which you may see and read at www.yhaindia.com. Also at the web-site of YHAI you may find information about different programs; complete list of hostels, members of the Association; membership offers, latest news and a lot of other useful and interesting information.


The Israel Youth Hostel Association (I.Y.H.A) www.iyha.org.il

The Israel Youth Hostel Association I.Y.H.A functioning under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Administration of Youth and Social Affairs, was established in 1937. The I.Y.H.A is a public association operating as a non-profit organization, providing: accommodation, recreation, tourism and guidance. The I.Y.H.A is a member of the International Youth Hostel Federation (I.Y.H.F) and the Youth Tourist Organization (F.I.Y.T.O).

The Association is a popular tourist network that has more than thirty hostels and guest houses. The structural development, improvement of the quality of service, and the proficiency of personnel has rated the I.Y.H.A among the highest in the fields of accommodation, tourism and educational tour guidance.

The I.Y.H.A operates a youth hostel and guest house network that hosts school children, youth, back packers and families from Israel and abroad. The uniqueness of the youth hostel network as a tourist and educational entity is manifested by the wide range of activities within the network. The Youth hostels and guest houses are located throughout the country, in the big cities, and in excursion areas with easy access to historical sites, attractions and places for recreation and vacationing.

Accommodation and Tourist Services of the I.Y.H.A

The youth hostels and guest houses of the I.Y.H.A have high standards that answer to the needs of domestic and international tourism. The accommodation includes: air conditioned rooms with bathroom on suite. Dining room, cafeteria, television room, public areas and lawns. Most of the hostels are situated near to historical sites and rural areas with fresh water springs and fountains that allow pleasant touring. The hostels provide information to sightseers about: museums, attractions, recreation areas, jeep tours, horse riding, sailing, each hostel offering attractions and tours within its domain.

In the year 2003 the Israel Youth Hostel Association (IYHA) has dedicated two lovely and service-oriented guest houses: Massada and Beit Shean.

The New Massada Youth Hostel and Guest House

It is situated at the foot of Mount Massada, overlooking the Dead Sea. The guest house is surrounded by the nature reserve with a most beautiful view - the Judean Desert. A new building, spacious and impressive, was built in unique architectural style identical to the surrounded landscape.

The guesthouse boasts 90 high-quality rooms suitable for individuals, families and groups. All rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms and showers, televisions, refrigerators and coffee nook. At the guesthouse is a magnificent dining hall, classrooms, and halls for conferences and special events, both private and public. Adjoining a huge veranda overlooking the magnificent view is a cafeteria. A synagogue and sports court are on the premises as well.


The Beit Shean Guest House

It is situated on the northern exit of the city of Beit Shean within walking distance of the Beit Shean National Park close to the nature with a beautiful view over the Gilad, Harod Valley and the Jordan River.

An amazingly beautiful building was built in unique architectural style, overlooking the Beit Shean Valley and the Mountains of Gilad.

On the premises are 62 high-quality rooms suitable for individuals, families and groups. All rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and showers, televisions, refrigerators and coffee nooks.

In addition to guest rooms is a spectacular dining hall as well as classrooms, conference and special event halls, both for private and public functions, a cafeteria, a sports court and swimming pool.


The quality of the IYHA guest houses is among the highest in the world!

For more information and online reservations, please, go to www.iyha.org.il

New Zealand

YHA New Zealand www.stayyha.com

Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand's Southern Alps are bigger than the Swiss and Austrian Alps combined. More than a quarter of the country is protected in National Parks and Reserves, and there are over 18,000km of coastline. Auckland alone has more boats per head of population than any other city in the world.

Whether you're into glaciers or galleries, volcanoes or rugby, New Zealand offers unrivalled variety, and an accommodation network that lets you be as close to the city or surf, the rainforest or mountains, as you wish.

YHA hostel staff has fantastic local knowledge, and by staying YHA, you can also expect international standards of security, comfort and cleanliness.

Opoutere YHA

This YHA is nestled in native bush and spacious gardens, with great views of the ocean. It's one of the last remaining undeveloped areas of the Coromandel Peninsula, yet still only two hours' drive from Auckland.

Borrow one of the kayaks that are free of charge for guests to use; it's only a two-minute walk across to the estuary, where you can spend the day paddling in peace. The Department of Conservation's dotterel bird recovery programme is also based at the hostel, from September to February.


Napier YHA

It ranks beside Miami Beach as having one of the world's largest Art Deco building collections. It mirrors the Mediterranean in terms of climate. And the surrounding plains feature a spectacular range of wineries, second to none. Napier has made a fantastic impression on visitors from around the world, many of whom still haven't seen half of what this city offers. Try the chocolate factory and beehive tours, or explore New Zealand's fruitbowl-the Hawkes Bay region has hundreds of orchards. Many day walks are easily accessible in this area, including Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve trail, which winds along the world's largest mainland gannet colony. Napier YHA is an experience in itself-a fully renovated, historic building on the oceanfront with sunny courtyard dining.


CastleRock Adventure Lodge YHA

Lying largely undiscovered amongst spectacular Waikato farmland, CastleRock Adventure Park offers an exciting range of outdoor adventures all in one location. Climbing and mountain biking are Castle Rock's core activities, with bicycle super cross, river swimming and tramping adventures also within the park and road cycling, kayaking, wakeboarding, and water-skiing available in the vicinity. CastleRock Adventure Lodge YHA has a spectacular view of the nearby climbing crags, which the swimming pool and hot tub overlook. This YHA offers private and multishare rooms, as well as self-contained accommodation, plus a tennis court, SKY satellite television and climbing instruction.


For more information, please, go to www.stayyha.com

Northern Ireland

Hostelling International Northern Ireland www.hini.org.uk

Olympic success for The Bridges and Mill Rest

July 2003 has been ground breaking for Hostelling International Northern Ireland. Two brand new hostels were opened: The Bridges in Enniskillen (on the left), and Mill Rest in Bushmills (on the right), and both have exceeded all expectations.

The two new hostels have welcomed a combined total of almost 3000 guests in June and July alone, including individuals, families, backpackers, sports clubs, school groups, and even an Olympic Team. July has traditionally been a poor performing month for international tourism to Northern Ireland, but these figures show a turnaround in the number of guests staying overnight, as July has been their busiest month so far. Overnights in July for the association as a whole are up 23% on last year. Within the network, Belfast is the busiest hostel, and shows the best reflection of overseas visitors, and shows increase of 9% on last year. This would lead the association to believe that even though there has been a general downturn in international visitors, backpackers have again proved to be resilient travellers, not put of by worldwide events.

Guests from all over the world have flocked to the hostels, as well as many from within Northern Ireland. The Tyrone Milk Cup Association was quick to praise "the excellent service" and "high standard of hospitality and amenities provided" at Mill Rest. The arrival of this milk cup team contributed to Mill Rest increasing overnights by 71% this July. The Bridges was the first hostel in Northern Ireland ever to have welcomed an Olympic Team. In June, the Special Olympics team from The Netherlands spent a week in Enniskillen preparing for the summer games in Dublin, and were thrilled with the facilities available and the location of the hostel. Between Olympic athletes, and competitors in the European Pony Championships, The Bridges has more than doubled its overnights on July 2002.

It is not hard to see why they have been such a success. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and come with single, twin, four or six beds. Mill Rest is the first hostel in the network to have mezzanine layout bedrooms, offering guests the extra privacy they want when staying with a group. The locations are second to none, with Mill Rest just a short steam train journey from Giants Causeway, and The Bridges in the centre of the island town of Enniskillen.

As well as the hostels being a success story for the Youth Hostel Association, it is hoped that they will have encouraged families to holiday at home. This year's good weather and political stability has no doubt encouraged people to holiday in Northern Ireland, and these facilities have provided them with an inexpensive way to do so. The hostels have attracted families from all over the North and South of Ireland throughout the year with their 'Family Friendly Rates'.

Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said, "It's good to see the Youth Hostel Association reaping the benefits of its hard work. There is an impressive increase in the number of hostellers this year and this is due to the excellent product and great service provided by the Association and the individual hostels. Not only do the hostels attract overseas visitors but the high standards of the facilities on offer go a long way to encouraging Northern Ireland people to holiday at home, an important aspect of NITB's spring and autumn marketing campaigns."

These new hostels have taken the first step in changing perceptions of Youth Hostels. More and more local people are using the facilities, both on their own, and with groups. It is predicted that this will not only increase the number of local people staying in the hostels, but also encourage them to spend their traditional two week summer holiday at home.

The trusty backpacker has also played a large part in the success story, and Belfast's' increase of 17% on last year so far confirms this. One visitor to Enniskillen described The Bridges as "The Hilton of Hostels!"

For more information about hostels in Northern Ireland, please, go to www.hini.org.uk


At the Portuguese Youth Hostel website www.pousadasjuventude.pt you'll find virtually everything you could wish to know about Portuguese hostels. Here you also can find out suggestions and programmes for your trips.

Portugal is a pretty much easygoing country, and with lots to explore and easy to travel in. Although a small country, with an area of 92,389 sq km (35,672 sq miles), Portugal is a country full of surprises, it's landscape, for example, is very rich and varied. If you have the opportunity to travel through the continent and the islands, you will be able to experience different sceneries, ranging from mountainous landscapes, to a green interior and a sweeping coastline, spectacularly sited castles, medieval villages, and excellent beaches.

Speaking of beaches, you must be wondering about the weather. Well, Portugal has a temperate climate and is warm from April to Late September/October, but there are exceptions in the North during winter (where there is plenty of rain and temperatures can go way down) and in the South during summer (where the heat can get to be unbearable). In the wintertime you can even build your own Snowman, snowfall is common in the mountains.

Next to it's landscapes and weather, one of Portugal's main attraction is its traditional cuisine. All regions of Portugal have some local delicacies, and they can range from cheeses, to desserts, to meat and fish dishes. You can get a good meal (and for a good deal!) at nearly every cafe, and you will find those practically everywhere.

You are always welcome to Portugal!


...has a rich history, prints of which you can see all around the country. Medieval castle, high mountains, kind people and interesting habits are waiting for your arrival. So go out and take a look around. There are so many things to see or to try in Romania. Sightseeing, hiking, fishing, tracking are just the few of them you can choose.

The main activity of Youth Hostel Romania www.HIhostels-Romania.ro is to develop the hostelling idea in Romania by giving to different people opportunity to travel and discover this beautiful country; increase the number of individual members, young people whom will use hostels in Romania or abroad; increase the number of hostels and the real understand of managers how they have to operate, whom are their clients, how they can offer better services.

For more information about Youth Hostel Romania, please go to www.HIhostels-Romania.ro


HI Slovenia www.youth-hostel.si

Here you can find useful information about Slovenia and complete guide to hostels, which are located in cities, in the countryside, on coast and on hills/mountains. Youth Hostels are available to all; you don't have to be a 'Youth' to stay in them. They are a meeting point for young and old of all nationalities.

A study tour to Ruse, Maribor and Pohorje in August 2009

During the period from 28th to 30th August 2009 in Slovenia there was held a study tour to Ruse, Maribor and Pohorje organized by the caring staff of newly opened Hotel Veter (www.hotel-veter.si). There were five of us, including me, representative from the Youth Hostels Association of Russia, who luckily didn't refuse to grab the chance to participate in that event.

When I arrived at the hotel I was kindly accommodated at a very lovely room where everything from the soft wall colors to the facilities included was carefully thought-out. During the day at the passage there was playing a pleasant calm music and in the evening in caf? there were live-music parties. Apart from these the Hotel offers you to spend your evening at a wellness center where you can find a well equipped gym, the swimming pool and saunas and whirlpool bath for relaxation. But if this is not enough for you in this case you can be offered to try to experience a Thai massage.

By the way, except that hotel in the same building you can find a hostel and apartments, this fact makes these place suitable for all social groups. The price for accommodation at all these places can slightly surprise you.

From my point of view, during the summer Pohorje is an ideal place for those who'd like to escape from all hustle and bustle of big cities, who'd like to enjoy the beauty of wild coniferous Pohorje woods, for those who used to an active life as here they can find lots of trekking ways, cycling paths and also for those who just dedicated to nature as it is a cultural heritage of Slovenia. During the summertime a summer festival is hold there where you can enjoy the open-air performances or different sport competitions i.e. a water rafting on river Drava. Pohorje is also well known for the biggest ski resort in Slovenia. So during the winters you won't have a chance to be bored there as well. Despite the fact that Ruse and Pohorj provide you with the chance to escape from the daily routine you can easily reach the second biggest city of Slovenia Maribor within 10-25 minutes.

So it's worth staying for a couple of days in Hotel Veter and Youth Hostel Vetrnica while you are in Slovenia. I guarantee you won't regret!



Swiss Youth Hostels www.youthhostel.ch

Mission statements outlining the philosophy of Swiss Youth Hostels

  • Swiss Youth Hostels Association places particular emphasis on assuming responsibility for the guests because travelling for them, both from an emotional and material standpoint, is an extremely important experience that is associated with the necessity for trust, safety and security.
  • The highest priority of the Swiss Youth Hostels Association is the ongoing provision of inexpensive services. Nonetheless, Swiss Youth Hostels Association also aims to keep pace with rising quality requirements.
  • Swiss Youth Hostels Association is a certified non-profit organization with the objective of yielding an adequate return to ensure the continuance of the organization.
  • Swiss Youth Hostels Association is a politically and denominationally neutral organization and as such operates in all areas of the country. With its youth hostels and holiday programmes Swiss Youth Hostels Association is committed to protecting the environment and countryside.

For more information about Swiss Youth Hostels Association, please go to www.youthhostel.ch

South Africa

The South African Youth Hostels Association (SAYHA)

It's always a good idea to do some research on your trip before you go. Check out things like the climate, visa requirements and accommodation. SAYHA hostels offer a great alternative to the more expensive accommodations.

The hostels are different in every town, city and country - no 2 are alike - they add to your travel experience and will become a talking point. Many travelers return to SAYHA hostels saying it was the best experience of their life. The hostels can be found in castles, barns, schoolhouses, farmhouses, tepees, log cabins, sailing ships and of course modern purpose built city hostels.

Many travellers will be pleased to know that there are NO curfews, NO age limits and NO reason why not to stay at SAYHA hostels.

Most hostels have 24-hour reception and access to the hostels is unlimited.

The majority of hostels offer self-catering kitchens or cafeterias, dining areas, secure storage and common rooms where travellers relax and share their experiences with travellers from around the world.

They offer further facilities like swimming pools, travel libraries, saunas, Jacuzzis and travel centers.

So for getting more information about possibilities of traveling around South Africa, please, simply logging on to www.hisa.org.za


Ukrainian Youth Hostel Association www.hostel.org.ua

Ukrainian Youth Hostel Association has been established in August 2003. In December 2003 it received an official Accredited Agent Status from the International Youth Hostel Federation.

First hostel in Lviv now open!
Ukrainian Youth Hostel Association is glad to announce opening of the first hostel in Lviv. The hostel is called "Banking Academy" and it is seasonal, open for guests from July 5 till August 26 and from December 24 till January 26. It is situated in the very downtown of Lviv, 5 min. walk from Opera and Rynok. Hostel occupies a part of 19th century historical building. 'Banking Academy' hostel is the first seasonal hostel in Ukraine.
Hostel Facilities: Located in the very heart of Lviv, 5 min. walk from the Opera and Rynok; 3 min. walk from Hostelling International Lviv info center; pick up from the airport, train station and bus station; 20 beds in hostel; linen included; luggage storage; no curfew; no lockout; sauna; bar & restaurant; gym; rock garden; telephone/fax; taxes included in price; towels included; hairdresser's; 1,45 hour flight from Kiev (price EUR 35 one way); overnight train to Kiev (price EUR 10).

International hostel now open in Crimea!
On July 16, 2004 Ukrainian Youth Hostel Association opened the first youth hostel 'Balaklava' in Crimea. The hostel is located in Balaklava - administrative district of Sevastopol.
Hostel facilities: Transfer from Sevastopol train and bus stations; 105 beds in hostel; hostel open year-around; parking; linen included in price; luggage storage room; no curfew; no lockout; telephone; shared refrigerator; TV in common room; open 24 hours; boxing room, ring and gym; basketball and volley available; city beach - 35 min. walk from the hostel; only 80 kilometers to Yalta, 45 kilometers to Bakhchi-saray, 83 kilometers to Simferopol, 12 km to downtown Sevastopol; hiking and bus tours around Crime; sea boat trips.

For more information about Ukrainian Youth Hostel Association, please, go to www.hostel.org.ua

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