SHIP SHAPE SLEEPING AT EDEN PROJECT'S NEW HOSTEL
PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:13 30 August 2017
Shipping containers are being used to create a youth hostel for visitors to the Eden Project with accommodation from £12 a night
A new Youth Hostel made from shipping containers is set to open at the Eden Project in October.
The hostel is a partnership between Eden, the Youth Hostel Association and Snoozebox and was granted planning permission in July.
The 58-room hostel can accommodate more than 220 guests and is a direct replacement for the YHA’s Youth Hostel at Golant, near Fowey, which closed earlier this year.
The new hostel, on the former site of Eden’s Strawberry car park, offers views over St. Austell Bay and is a short walk or bus ride to Eden’s main entrance. It is being built by Snoozebox, the leading provider of portable hotel accommodation and services. The rooms are all en suite and equipped with all the usual YHA conveniences.
The Youth Hostel is a further development of the relationship between Eden and the YHA, which saw camping facilities being made available at the Bodelva site for the first time this summer.
Dave Harland, Eden executive director, said: 'This is an exciting development for Eden and we’re very pleased to be working with the YHA and Snoozebox to further expand the options for people who would like to stay here and make Eden their base for exploring this fantastic part of Cornwall.
'This is a Youth Hostel with an Eden twist and must rank as one of the most novel places to stay in the country. The quirky, innovative rooms – housed in shipping containers – are incredibly comfortable and will be a real talking point for anyone spending time in them.'
At Golant last year the YHA had 11,500 overnight stays or 5,750 people, the majority being school children visiting Eden. With the closure of Golant YHA, the Eden Project was an obvious location for a replacement hostel.
Prices start at £39 per night for a private room or £12 per night for a bed. Guests can add discounted tickets to the Eden Project to their order when booking their accommodation.