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Britain’s best luxury hostels

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Safestay, Elephant and Castle, London

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Are you looking to explore Great Britain in style but you’re on a tight budget? Well, you’re in luck. has an excellent selection of luxury hostels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where you can find fabulous comforts and a unique social experience. Here...

Safestay at Elephant and Castle, London

If ever there was an opulent hostel in London, it's this one. Set in a gorgeous 18th-century Georgian house, Safestay's best feature is the design of its dorm rooms. Each bed has curtains and a personal reading light so you can find a little private space at any time of day or night. The boutique-styled common areas are also very comfortable, with games, cosy couches and a terrace for sunny days.

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The Riverhouse Backpackers, Cardiff, Wales

This central hostel is set in a charming Victorian townhouse located just across the river from the Millennium Stadium. Not only do they frequently serve free dinners to their guests but every morning you can enjoy a free hotel-style continental breakfast featuring fresh fruit, pastries, cereal, fruit juices and more. And with consistently high ratings across the board, it's no wonder the Riverhouse Backpackers has been rated the best hostel in Wales every year since 2008.

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Skyewalker Hostel, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Skyewalker Hostel is a friendly place and luxurious way to spend your time on the Isle of Skye. They were rated Scotland's best hostel in 2011 not least because of their stunning location in the Scottish Highlands. The highlight of this hostel is the glass dome, where you can sit and watch the stars at night or just warm up next to the wood fire, no matter the weather.

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The Fort Boutique Hostel, York, England

A lot of thought has been put into the decor of this modern boutique hostel. Each room features a luxuriously designed theme as well as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. There's also a number of fully equipped kitchens with laundry machines and, best of all, The Fort Boutique Hostel is located right in the historic centre of York so you can explore this charming city at your leisure.

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Kipps Hostel, Canterbury, England

Kipps Hostel Canterbury, set in a Victorian townhouse, is a great way to experience the historic city of Canterbury. They host nightly events with dinners, games and more. With on-road parking, a picturesque herb garden and tons of complimentary extras (from radios and hairdryers to towels, tea and coffee), this is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. In fact, this hostel has the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and layout of a comfortable B&B.

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YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe, Lake District, England

This is a truly luxurious hostel, set in a Victorian mansion with stunning views over the Rothay Valley. The rooms are all private and guests can enjoy the onsite bar and the budget-friendly, fully licensed restaurant. There are also laundry facilities, a games room and a self-catering kitchen so you can feel at home during your stay. It's ideal for families and group breaks as the staff can organise a range of outdoor activities, from abseiling and canyoning to kayaking and aquaseiling.

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Global Village, Belfast, Northern Ireland

This hostel keeps up a very high standard of cleanliness and has great facilities, including a games room, Barbecue, PlayStation, Wii, free Wi-Fi, parking, bicycle hire and much, much more. In fact, you can be sure of a cosy stay here with all the comforts of home, like laundry facilities, power adaptors and cable TV. With such a perfectly central location in the Queens Quarter of Belfast, Global Village is an excellent choice if you’re looking for that touch of luxury.

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