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The review is in!

We recently welcomed the editor of Plush Magazine to stay at The Fort. As a lifestyle magazine, we felt that it would be the ideal place to showcase just how beautiful The Fort is.

Not only did we receive a thumbs up for The Fort’s quirky décor, but we also received praise for our breakfasts served in Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant (served from 10am).

We are pleased to say that not only has The Fort received a full page spread, but also features in the Leeds Guide, available as a hard copy at numerous vendors across Leeds and also visible via their fantastic website.

Another piece of exciting news is that we welcomed a journalist from the Guardian, who is compiling a review of the best of York. We can report that he not only had a great time at The Fort, but also took advantage of the sumptuous breakfast that is provided at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant. We will keep you posted and feature his review in the when it appears in the paper and online.

For all info, and not to mention updates of what there is to do in this great city, please feel free to check out our Facebook page.


All you need to know about York in the palm of your hand

Our computer hub is already proving popular with guests wanting to find out more about what they can do whilst visiting York, and although our website does highlight what we feel you can’t miss out on we also want to give you something tangible to use on your visit to York; something to keep for future use, or to pass on to a friend. So, we are proud to announce the development The Fort’s ultimate guide of things to see and do.

Known technically as a ‘z-card’ our complimentary guide, that will be provided upon check-in, will allow you the chance to find your feet thanks to the map it will feature, and also give an insight into all York has to offer; from bars to restaurants, shops to tourist attractions, we plan to condense it all into a wallet-friendly guide.

As we championed fresh talent through the design of our rooms our design of the guide is no different, and we look forward to working with a talented young designer brimming with creative ideas.

Each of the specific locations will have been handpicked by our team to ensure that you receive an unbiased guide to the places we know will provide you with the ultimate York experience on a budget.

As a work in progress we expect the guides to be ready for print sometime in November, although we’ll be featuring the design process via our numerous online sites.

We hope that by offering guests a guide to York, we should help alleviate the problems that can arise though not knowing what to do or where to go, and we appreciate that time is precious.

Until we have the guides ready for distribution upon your arrival, please visit our website for up-to-date information on what to do in York. Not forgetting that all guests are entitled to 20% off food and drink at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant next door to The Fort.

Going Solo?

As we review the visitors to The Fort, we can’t help notice the number of solo travellers. Being a hostel it is to be expected that we will attract guests either travelling alone, or needing accommodation for business purposes.

We’d like to highlight the things that previous guests have stated to ensure you have a full and enjoyable experience whilst staying with. Jennifer Ryder who stayed with us in August all the way from Australia, said:

This place was lovely, really like a hotel more than anything. There aren’t any laundry facilities but the staff were more than accommodating with helping us out. You also get a discount on meals at the restaurant next door and it is close enough to absolutely everything you need. Awesome rooms and super comfy beds.

Ricardo Messano from Uruguay was thrilled with his experience earlier in the year, and a UK guest who stayed with us in July echoed this:

An amazing, well positioned hostel and fantastic as a base for sight-seeing/shopping/business trips! The lounge area is also great as it means that if funds are tight, you can easily just rustle up a ready meal or just chill out to avoid the weather! I will definitely be back later this year!

The communal area now has the added benefit of a computer hub with complimentary Wi-Fi, so you are also able to access the Internet and update your friends on your activity.

We endeavor to post the latest news and useful links on our Twitter page and also use our Facebook page to highlight the latest updates.

Reviewing your reviews

We mentioned last week that we would address the concerns raised in any of our reviews left on our booking providers website, Hostelworld.

We have done this in the past and it has proven to be a popular way of engaging with our visitors, and also ensuring that we continue to provide a unique experience.

With an 89% rating on Hostelworld, we are currently the highest rated hostel in the city of York, but that doesn’t mean that all those that stay leave without a suggestion to push our percentile even higher.

Firstly we’d like to thanks to the reviewer from the US, who stayed with us in May, who commented on our amenities, and happened to state that she wasn’t keen on the seating in the communal area. Well, this has been duly noted, and we are looking into providing bespoke furniture for the area, to maximise the space available. As for the amenities, we’d like to say that if you ask any member of staff all the essentials will be provided; including iron, hairdryer etc.

A female traveller left a review from the UK in April, and she mentioned that the bathrooms in the private rooms have a curtain, rather than a door. We can announce that this issue is being dealt with and we will update with photos as soon as possible.

We also accommodate those on business, and one Italian reviewer who joined us whilst on a work trip happened to mention the issue of lockers in the dorm room. We are currently sourcing some quirky secure storage, and we’ll have pictures as soon as we receive them.

We also have to thank all the lovely reviews left by other guests, including Ricardo Messano from Uruguay, who said that The Fort was everything he wanted to be, and that if he comes to our lovely city again, that he will be sure to book into The Fort – Thanks Ricardo!

To all those who have stayed with us over the last year, many thanks for your reviews and we look forward to seeing lots of you again. If you check out our latest coverage in the York Press, you can see that The Fort is only in its first phase of development, and that as we prepare for stage two you all have plenty to look forward to!

Freebies with The Fort

The Fort recently ran a competition in Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant’s e-newsletter, where one lucky entrant could win a night’s stay in a double room of their choice here at The Fort. We can now announce that the winner of the competition was Shannon Potts from York.

As part of the prize, we request the winner offers a few words about their stay, so we look forward to Shannon’s words when she takes advantage of her night here at The Fort.

If you fancy spending a night here at The Fort, then click the link and head over to our booking provider, Hostelworld.

Next week we are planning to run through the latest comments and address any issues that have arisen, so if you’d like to ask us a question or raise a point about your stay, then please feel free to email us at contact@kennedysbaryork, and watch out for our next blog post!

We actively encourage all the visitors that read our blog to head over to our Facebook site and Twitter account, where if you ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ us, you will receive the latest info delivered to your newsfeed.

If you fancy being added to Kennedy’s e-newsletter and benefiting from the various freebies, including a night’s stay at The Fort, then simply email contact@kennedybaryork.co.uk to let us know!

Keep on moving

It was recently highlighted in the Yorkshire Post (Yorkshire’s premier newspaper) that due to the proposed rail improvements across the UK, train times would be slashed.

Now particular emphasis was placed on Yorkshire (as you can imagine) with the article stating that track improvements and five more trains daily to London’s Kings Cross, the time to York from London would be cut to just over two hours.

Now we appreciate that if you are planning a jaunt through the UK, be you an international traveller or fellow Brit, getting to your destination is not always the most enjoyable experience – especially if you face delays. But with these improvements meaning that you can travel up to York, and onwards to the North of England and then on to bonnie Scotland, we couldn’t be happier that you will enjoy a more relaxing ride.

OK, we realise that these improvements may take a while to implement, but it is a start. It is also a fantastic reason to experience the city of York on you trip across the UK.

Don’t forget that if you are planning to travel to York, you can arrive here by plane, train and/or automobile (sorry, had to get that in). Trains run daily from the London, and coaches are just as frequent – the National Express service providing really pleasant ride, despite the extended journey time.

To arrive at York by plane you would need to fly to Leeds Bradford Airport, then hop on a train from Leeds to York (taking about 40 mins). Alternatively, if you flew in to Manchester then you would simply board a train at the airport and be whisked directly to York in around 1hour 45mins (with TransPennine Express).

So, with the train times set to improve and an infrastructure that already offers you a swift ride to the Medieval heart of the UK, why not make it a key destination on your journey?

Reaching a milestone in record time

We are getting pretty excited here at The Fort, as we are about to welcome our one thousandth (yes, 1000th!) guest via our lovely booking provider, Hostelworld.

Although we knew that boutique hostels were the way forward, affording you luxury on a budget, we didn’t expect to surpass our projection for the first year so soon.

From Australia to Argentina, China to Canada, we have welcomed guests from across the globe, leading to an average rating of 89%, and also ‘Top Rated’ hostel in York, by HostelWorld.

If you scan through the blog, you can track our journey from conception to completion, followed our trials and tribulations during our first year.

None of what we have achieved would have been possible if it weren’t for a concerted effort by the owner, Karen Waugh, and not forgetting the designers who brought inspiration through interior design to The Fort’s various rooms.

We have been featured in numerous press articles: from the Independent to York’s local paper, online magazines to iPhone apps, we are proclaimed as one of the best boutique hostels in the UK – and we agree!

Of course, as we live in an age where the Internet plays a vital role in communication, and our presence on Facebook, Twitter and here on WordPress, have not gone unnoticed by the guests that have frequented The Fort. With a plethora of information, we have kept all of you up-to-date with all the latest news, reviews and quirky stories that have caught our attention.

So, if you have previously stayed at The Fort, thank you, and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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