Our small family of a baby, 6 yr old, my partner and myself had a one night stay over. Apart from the sharp turn into the hostel (blink and you miss it!) the actual hostel is a treat.
The overal feel of the space is relaxed but welcoming. A well stocked library, a variety of cycling magazines and bits of history dotted around the place give this place a sense of real passing through - following the footsteps of many.
The staff we met were friendly, helpful and polite. All were pitching in and helping out, while also taking time to say hello and hear how things were. Our room was spacious and bright, and the dining space, and kitchen were fine.
The flower beds, welcome to the YHA banner and special treat on top of the ‘hostel open’ sign all made a great first impression that was more than lived up to when staying inside.
Part of the YHA network of hostels in UK. This one is located near the exit toward Middlesbrough, far from the city center. It's bike friendly and offers a shed for bikes. They have a fully equipped kitchen and a large dinning room. Breakfast is served in the morning and charged separately from the room. The rooms and facilities are clean. The showers (at least on our floor) didn't have a window and can get claustrophobic. A very nice lounge/reading/relaxing room, with a lot of books (some are free to take, some should be paid - good titles). There's no WI-FI, but one can survive.
The objective of the stay - to ride the Cinder Trail from Scarborough to Whitby in my wheelchair trike.
With a little help from my sister, access to the main hostel was easy and the private room in the annex had good facilities for someone 'lightly' disabled like myself. Access is via an easily climbed ramp up the hillside and there is no step at the annex entrance. With 4 bunk beds my sister and I chose the lower level, and found an en-suite fitted with grab rails and large enough to accommodate my wheelchair. We stayed 3 nights (and wish we'd had more): but we'll be back! We have yet to cycle (tricycle) over the N Yorks Moors and more of the forest tracks. For us, Scarborough YHA is the perfect base camp.
My friend and I found the entrance to the property quite dangerous, it is on a tight bend in a dip so it's very difficult to see oncoming traffic with very limited visibility. Room was OK, perhaps next time would like a stay closer to the sea front for the money.
I stayed here having completed the Way of the Roses cycle route after a train ride up to Scarborough from Bridlington.
It is fairly cosy inside, although it does have a suitably sized dining area and 'traditional' lounge/ reading room with comfy looking armchairs.
Unfortunately the whole building seems a little out of date with its quirky layout, and although equipped with modern bunks and very clean, the room didn't have much storage, power points, and just felt a bit old
The bathrooms and toilets although not exactly cutting edge do seem to have been refitted at some point and scrub up well.
Unfortunately the hostel was a little difficult to find at night, as although there are plenty of brown tourist signs leading you there from the edge of town when you reach the tiny access road on the bend you can't see any signs so keep on going (the pstcode takes you to the top of the hill too).
It turns out there are banners half hidden in the trees that would be more visible during the day.
I would certainly stay here again if visiting Scarborough, as it is still great value, and the staff are great as usual- but unfortunately the building just isn't as pleasant as the other YHAs I stayed at during the trip. It's still very much a traditional hostel amongst the more modern YHA establishments.