Went away for a three night break to Swanage a while back now (July 2008) - and lets say it was besetted with problems. Two days before we were due to go the YHA rang up asking where we should have been and that it was only fair if we were wanting space that we used it - get the old comfirmation out, reliably informed when we booked it that it was booked for two days later - told that this was impossibwe
Politely asked them to find us alternatives - two spaces were found and they did find a b&b close by for the other friend and they agreed to pay the cost of his accommodation - they were the lucky ones.
Showed up on the Monday after a long trip down to be reminded by the deskman that the Hostel had gone to great lengths to help us and that we should remember that if we needed to make any further requests - not an attitude that was needed at all.
Room was in a word grotty, the worst YHA I have stopped in but can understand that I was in a YHA and that you're only supposed to sleep in it. - The food was poor but you were allowed to take your own stuff in, so no real harm there.
Lets say the friend who had to put up with the B&B got a much cosier deal.
I was disappointed to say the least but I enjoyed my trip to Swanage - I'd defintely avoid the YHA though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This large, sea facing, Victorian villa is situated 5 minutes walking distance from the blue flag awarded beach of Swanage. Our hilltop location gives the front facing room's spectacular panoramic views of Swanage town and bay. Swanage town often holds music festivals, Art weeks and the Swanage Carnival every year. The town is a classic British sea side resort, and the gateway to the Jurassic coast, a world heritage site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- YHA Swanage Dorset