As part of my road trip through southern England, I decided to challenge myself and tick off one item on my bucket list: staying in a hostel. After careful research, I chose the YHA hostel in Brighton for my first night’s accommodation. In this article, I will share my experience of staying in this hostel and its wheelchair accessibility.
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin
The accessible room we had booked was located on the first floor, across the elevator. While the elevator was a bit small in my opinion, it still accommodated my Permobil M5 wheelchair.
Rolling into the room, I immediately noticed the spaciousness, as it was a four-person room. There was a carpet on the floor, which made maneuvering with a wheelchair or hoist a bit challenging. Nevertheless, the beds were of a suitable height for easy access with a hoist. The large window provided natural light and a view of the park.
Moving on to the bathroom, which was incredibly spacious, like the bedroom. There was no threshold between the bedroom and the bathroom. The sink was on the smaller side, but it was still accessible, as it was a roll-under sink. Additionally, there was an easily foldable shower chair available in the accessible room.
This room in the YHA hostel in Brighton was priced at £45 per person per night. The hostel offers various pricing options, starting from £20.00 per night for a bed in a shared room and £30.00 per night for a private room. Hostels are well-known for their budget-friendly choices for different types of accommodations.
Based on my experience, I would give the YHA hostel in Brighton a rating of 3 out of 5 for its accessibility and pricing. The room provided space and had wheelchair-friendly features such as a foldable shower bench. While there were areas for improvement, such as the sink size and carpet in the room, the hostel provided a comfortable and inclusive stay. The pricing options were reasonable, making it an affordable choice for travelers.