Hostel upgrade offers Old Town budget rooms

A college lecturer with a passion for travel is aiming to offer affordable, independent hostel accommodation in the heart of Hull’s Old Town after taking over Hull Trinity Backpackers.

Glenn Gavin has travelled extensively for business and leisure and has drawn on his own experiences to adapt the previous hostel into an environment

suitable for groups or individuals on a budget.

Guests so far have included a Japanese busker, an Italian actress, Spanish and Portuguese volunteers training to work in Africa, Aussies and Kiwis tracing their roots, students, and contractors working for local companies.

With around 25 beds priced at between £19 and £30 the emphasis is on safety, cleanliness and comfort. The property has new washing and drying facilities and is equipped with Lightstream broadband throughout.

Glenn said: “We cater for varied needs. Our first floor is predominantly dormitory style beds, suitable for groups, or individuals on a budget. There’s also a family or close friends room which takes four but is also en-suite.

The second floor has been completely created from what was a large empty space. We have three single rooms, two of which can cater for two people, and a new

kitchenette area, though more ‘Ready Steady Cook’ than ‘Masterchef’.

“We’re starting small but we hope to have the problem of needing to expand before too long. We’re not standing still either – we hope to offer limited cycle hire in the near future, and a drinks licence to serve residents is just around the corner.”

“The plan is to be proudly Hull based, work with other local businesses and hopefully knit into this vibrant Old Town area. Much of the hard work setting up is done; next it’s time to establish our name out there.”

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