Hebden Bridge Hostel is now back open under the leadership of IOU Arts, a Halifax-based arts company. The hostel has been refurbished to create a modern but cosy environment. But what is it like to spend a night at the hostel? Our Heritage Manager stayed over to find out!*
The approach to the hostel has been improved by the creation of step-free access, meaning that wheelchair users can access the main entrance independently from the car park. There is also plenty of outside seating so you can enjoy the weather (blue sky not guaranteed!).
It’s clear from the reception desk that IOU are an arts company, and have made their mark on the hostel by including creative touches like this hammered metal front desk. Check-in is self-service, with all the information sent to you in advance to streamline your arrival.
Now to my bedroom, which has a clean and contemporary feel. All rooms have been newly redecorated, however sustainability was at the forefront, and so original features have been retained where they were in good condition. This is a double room, but rooms of many types are available, right up to six-bed bunk rooms.
The hostel backs on to Nutclough Woods, so the view is pretty hard to beat!
Each room comes complete with an en-suite sink, toilet, and shower room, so you won’t be queueing for a shower in the morning!
The hostel is perfect for self-catering stays, with a large communal vegetarian kitchen complete with every utensil and appliance you could need. I found the kitchen extremely clean and tidy, with modern appliances and a cosy, friendly atmosphere.
The communal areas are extremely welcoming, with the aptly-named ‘snug’ offering a cosy and comfortable place to unwind in the evening. Why not get to know some of your fellow travellers?
Breakfast in the light and airy common room is the perfect way to start your day, whether you’re setting off for a hike or cycle, or heading into town to explore the Hebden Bridge cultural scene. And there is great wifi signal, so you can plan your activities for the day!
*please note this post is not sponsored, however the night’s stay was gifted by IOU in exchange for feedback.