Islesburgh House is voted best youth hostel in Europe

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Islesburgh House in Lerwick is Europe’s best youth hostel, and the second equal best in the world, according to the website which has 4,000 hostels affiliated to it.

Islesburgh, with a 96 per cent customer satisfaction rating, was beaten by HI Ban Dinso in Bangkok, Thailand, with a 97 per cent rating, and knocked Reyjavik in Iceland into second place (93 per cent) to take the European crown.

The HiHostel site describes Islesburgh as “a beautiful five-star hostel” offering “the perfect base from which to explore the Shetland Islands”. It praises the “excellent facilities and many en-suite rooms” and its proximity to restaurants, local amenities, historical sites and wildlife centres.

Councillor Florence Grains, the SIC spokeswoman for culture and recreation, said: “There have always been good reports about the Islesburgh Hostel, but this really is very flattering. It just shows I think not only how good the facilities are, but how friendly, approachable and welcoming Shetland can be to its visitors.”

In fact the friendliness of the Islesburgh staff gained a massive 98 per cent rating from visitors.

Individual comments included Annalies from the Netherlands saying “helpful and friendly staff that show a genuine pro-active interest in the guests. The building is beautiful and well maintained and kept very clean”. John, from England, said: “This was my first experience of a youth hostel and I thought it excellent. We had to stay one night in a hotel in another part of the island but the hostel was much better in all respects.”

Dale Smith of Islesburgh described the result as “staggering”. He said: “This is a fantastic result for us, and the comments on the website show just how impressed individual customers were.”


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