Those of you following me on Twitter will know that for the last few days I’ve been down in the heart of Cornwall in the bustling beachside town of Newquay completing a Surf Instructor course.
Instead of staying in a B&B or campsite I used this time away to get back into hostel life (which I miss alot) and see how English Hostels compared with their Australian counterparts. To be honest I didn’t have my hopes set high!
I opted for St Christophers/Belushis – not just because of the name but because I stayed in one of its chain whilst in London during college, and from what I can remember it was pretty ok!
The St Christophers in Newquay raised my expectations from the start though. The staff were friendly a laid back and there was a reassuring presence of security on the door – although I think this was more visible than usual due to the bank holiday.
After negotiating to my room (it was a slight maze of corridors but nothing too complex!) I was pleasantly surprised with my home for the next few nights. The 10 share dorm was of adequate size, clean and covered in surf photos from the local area. The en suite was bigger than expected too – with 2 shower rooms and a toilet.
The hostel is pretty central to the party end of town, with most of the night spots just round the corner – not that it matters too much though as it boasts it’s own Belushis bar underneath with nightly specials, live music and a pretty good menu of food too.
The location is epic if you surf aswell – check out the view from my room, you don’t get much better than that…
And even if you don’t surf the hostel has it’s own affiliate surf school so you can hire the kit or go for a full on lesson – a perfect way to spend a sunny day in the surf capital of the UK, and the famous Fistral beach is just a 10 minute stroll away.
The only major letdown was the lack of wifi in the rooms and the fact it didn’t have a kitchen to cook your own food, not a biggy for a short stay but if you were planning on staying a while it could become and issue, but there’s plenty of restaurants and supermarkets within a short walk.
Overall I was stoked with the place, it was full of backpackers from all over the world (including England) had a great vibe and an awesome location – and at £12.50 per night including breakfast it was a pretty good bargain! Head over to their website for more pics and prices