Quite often when I'm planning a city break I really struggle to find hotels that are affordable. If I'm rushing about during the day exploring somewhere new all I really want is a comfortable bed to rest my head for the night.
During our recent North East Bloggers trip to Glasgow we stayed at the Euro Hostel, which is a great city centre location and has private rooms from £20.00 or, if you're happy to share a dorm, £10.00.
Wanting to make the most of our girls weekend we booked into one of Euro Hostel's brand new VIP Suites for an added touch of luxury. The Suites offer accommodation for larger groups, sleeping between 2 and 20 at a bargain price. Absolutely perfect for a girls weekend or a hen party. Our suite slept 8 people and fully occupied only costs £21.25 per person (wow!)
Now I must confess that I had ideas of what the hostel may be like. Having never stayed in one before I was a little worried it'd be full of people half my age who would be making loads of noise and that our rooms would possibly be a bit tatty and perhaps not very comfortable.
I was so wrong! Our suite was spacious, very clean (to the point that it smelt a little too strongly of cleaning fluid) and really comfortable.
After quickly putting down our bags we decided not to head out into the city and instead popped down to the Hostel's own bar, Mint and Lime. There were plenty of seats available and there was a nice atmosphere with a few people gathered round the TVs to watch the rugby whilst others chatted with friends. Looking round the bar I noticed people of all ages including a few older couples. The Euro Hostel appeals to a wide range of people.
There are some fantastic offers to be had at the bar including pints from £2.95 and bottles of wine from £5.95, just what we needed after our train journey.
Feeling comfortable and settled for the evening we decided to spend the rest of the night in our suite. Each suite has its own private lounge with a few welcome additions. We had an HD TV (which unfortunately we couldn't get to work) and a football table.
We opened up some Prosecco and the hours flew by as we gathered round our quirky coffee table having a good catch up.
Before we knew it our beds were calling and we made our way into our bedroom. Our room consisted of 4 bunk beds and I was immediately taken back to my childhood. For a brief second I considered taking a top bunk, but then my sensible adult head got the better of me and I decided to go for a bottom bed.
The beds were really cosy and each one came with a little shelf for your phone (please tell me I'm not the only person who has to check Twitter and Facebook before going to sleep!), reading light and plug socket. We all appreciated the free Wifi and happily ignored each other in favour of playing on our phones before falling asleep. You know you're with good friends when you can get away with burying your nose in your phone every now and again!
We all prepared ourselves to be woken up by loud neighbours but it didn't happen! I had the best nights sleep, managing a solid 9 hours which is unheard of.
Feeling fully refreshed shower time was quick with 3 private bathrooms in our suite. We all loved the large mirror in our bedroom complete with colourful stools, it was quite the novelty being able to sit together and do our makeup (I love having a nose through other people's make up stash).
Before breakfast we decided a little morning fresh air would be rather nice so we grabbed a few minutes in the Secret Garden, a lovely little outside space that's exclusive to the Hostel's suites. The outdoor terrace is a great addition and the ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee or some alfresco drinks in the evening.
Having enjoyed our time in the bar the evening before we decided to return to Mint and Lime for breakfast which was a £5 all you can eat extravaganza. I always get greedy at a breakfast buffet so helped myself to some cereal followed by a cooked breakfast, washed down with juice and tea. I almost picked up a blueberry muffin for later but then decided that might be a little greedy.
The Euro Hostel prides itself on bridging the gap between a hostel and a budget hotel. That means it's great for the travelling student but equally as great for couples wanting a city break, friends exploring a new city or hen groups. The one thing I learnt from my stay is to never judge something before you've tried it. Our stay was comfortable and relaxing and I wouldn't hesitate to book again.
You'll also find Euro Hostel in two of my favourite cities Newcastle and Edinburgh so if you're looking for fantastic budget accommodation you know where to head.