YHA youth hostel
I stayed here in 2006 actually having an interview for the YHA, so I was on my own (which may skew my results but hopefully I'll be fair).
The Hostel is out of the way but that means its in a really green and quiet, safe location. The building looks nicer in the pictures on the website than in real life but it just needs a bit of paint again. The grounds are really nice and the inside is nice, especially the breakfast room.
Breakfast was great and is included in the price I think.
Bathrooms were ok, it was busy while I was there so the showers took a while to wait for, get up early to get a shower before the ques if its busy, but then thats just common sense :)
The rooms were a bit bare and characterless, but the beds were fine. Rooms can get quite busy, there are separate floors for male and female.
The staff were great, really friendly and helpful :)
I would recommend it if you have a few days to visit stratford, but are on a budget.
Unique Quality: Nice building, nice surroundings
Directions: You have to take a bus from the centre of Stratford (sorry can't think of the number, call the hostel, they are very helpful), its quite far out but the bus driver will let you know where to get off if you ask
Good Quality, Cheap Price
This is possibly the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in. It's a mansion - literally! It's on a bunch of land, and it's an easy walk to town.
It is a bit more expensive than a lot of hostels - about 16 pounds -- but still cheaper than most places around, and it's worth the money.
There are lots of picnic tables outside so you can eat, play cards, read, talk in a beautiful area.
The only drawback I'd say is that there are limited hours that you can cook your own meals, but they have a full dining room/cafeteria that makes meals that are filling, tasty, and cheap! Those ramen noodles you're hauling around in your pack will last until the next hostel! It also beats having to hunt down a store to buy your own food, haul it back, cook, and then do your own dishes!
Unique Quality: Typical hostel stuff - tv lounge, nice kitchen, big grounds, picnic tables, laundry room, bicycle rentals, etc.
The rooms are bigger than a lot of hostels - there were about 8 or 9 bunk beds per room so it can get a bit noisy as people stumble through the dark to get to bed if they come in late, but most hostelers are respectful enough of others to make an attempt at being quiet!!
Directions: About a mile and a half from the center of town.
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