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Yorkshire Real Ale at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant

We are always keen to champion Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, located next door to The Fort, as it offers amazing food and a great selection of drinks. In fact they have just teamed up with The Great Yorkshire Brewery and are proud suppliers of Yorkshire Lager.

After many years of experimenting, with help from around the globe, The Great Yorkshire Brewery produces the UK’s first Yorkshire lager: made from Yorkshire water, British barley, malt, yeast and whole hops.

As a guest at The Fort we’d like to remind you that you receive a complimentary 20% discount of all food at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, so why not head over when you’ve unpacked and try not only their locally sourced food but now locally sourced lager.

If you fancy heading over to The Great Yorkshire Brewery’s website you will see that they have kindly provided a link to not only Kennedy’s, but also us here at The Fort. Thanks guys!

Group bookings at The Fort Boutique Hostel

We recently added space to The Fort Boutique Hostel by converting luxury apartments that were situated next door and turning them into accommodation perfect for larger parties.

We have been inundated with group bookings and thanks to the extra room we can now accommodate them in the new dorm rooms that not only boast the same quirky feel as the double rooms, but also provide guests with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom. We are particularly happy with the largest dorm room, which even has its own relaxation area – perfect for deciding on the day’s activity, watching TV, or simply relaxing after a day in one of the UK’s best loved cities.

If you fancy booking a dorm for a group, then please head over to our website and contact our team to not only discuss a possible discount, but also organise breakfast at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant next door.

Of course, the extra room isn’t just for group bookings, and we are thrilled to be able to offer even more room to York’s number one hostel ensuring our guests have a memorable stay.

You may have also seen on The Fort Boutique Hostel’s Facebook page that we were featured in the Guardian’s travel supplement. Well, the reviewer loved his time with us and we can now boast a third of a page write up in a national publication with great photos!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (at Kennedy’s!)

It has been an incredibly exciting year for us here at The Fort. Not only have we seen bookings go through the roof, but we have also played host to a variety of creative visitors to York. These have included numerous journalists who were keen to venture to York and stay with us in one of our very lovely rooms (not to mention try a breakfast from Kennedy’s, next door).

In fact, if you check out the travel section in the Guardian next Saturday you will see The Fort’s latest review. We were thrilled to be chosen as a destination for a journalist from the Guardian, and will post the link as soon as it is available.

Speaking of Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, they have just sent out a newsletter to inform all their loyal customers about their planned activity for this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 8pm, you can expect bubbly on arrival with a complimentary hog roast on the roof terrace with music from top live band, FUNKtion.  Not only will Kennedy’s bash allow you the chance to see the  New Year in with style, but you also have the option of heading over to the minster at midnight, to then return and party until 2am.

To ensure that your New Year goes off with a bang then please contact Kennedy’s to purchase your ticket (£20 each) by emailing contact@kennedysbaryork.co.uk, as they are limited in number we urge you to book asap!

Regardless of your planned activities to see in the New Year, everyone at The Fort would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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.

Illuminating York is a firm favourite here at The Fort

As you may have read, via our tweets and also in a recent blog post, we were waiting in anticipation for Illuminating York. We have to say that we were not disappointed.

The main events took place at the Minster and Castle Museum (that’s where our shots were taken), and although there were a few rumbles of discontent that more medieval buildings were not included on the night, it can’t be disputed at how well the whole evening’s events were executed.

York Minster has been at the heart of the festival for a number of years, although this year the exterior wasn’t used but instead the interior of the great cathedral. There was also a sound installation installed in the gardens of the Minster called ‘Contours’; now despite being a festival of light, the harsh Nordic tones that were central to the installation really enhanced the experience.

A nice point to note is that the cathedral was open (that meant we didn’t have to pay the standard £9 entry fee – something that can cause a problem traveling on a budget).

The exterior of Castle Museum was bathed in glorious technicolours that help to tell the story of the city. We have included a link to a great video clip of the event at Castle Museum to show you just how good it was.

As the event has been running successfully for that last 7 years, we should no doubt expect another creative display next year!

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.

The Fort readies itself for the festivals

The past year has flown by, and we are only weeks away from one of our favourite of all York’s festivals: Illuminating York.

If you are unfamiliar with this particular festival of lights, then let us enlighten you on just why we love it. To begin with it is spread across the city, incorporating many of York’s finest buildings. Now in its seventh year the festival responsible for illuminating our historic treasures is set to continue its mission to enable both residents and visitors alike to look at York in a different light  – quite literally.

Using multi-coloured lights to add a contemporary twist to the illumination of buildings such as Clifford’s Tower and York Minster, we eagerly await the ingenious methods used to provide entertainment simply using different lighting techniques. Last year we were enthralled by the work of two French artists whose work was highlighted through light in real time.

The Fort was chosen as the accommodation provider for a number of the talented artists involved in last year’s festival, and we are proud to say that it has once again been chosen as a base for those who will be working their magic across the city.

If you’d like to see York in all its illuminated glory, then please feel free to head over to the city from 26-29 October. If you’re looking for accommodation at The Fort then we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We will be featuring our own images of the festival on Facebook along with a blog entry, so if you don’t get the chance to head over and see it you can check in with us online to see what you missed.

With the Ghost Festival (22-31 October), York Early Music Christmas Festival (30 November – 10 December), not forgetting the Festival of Angels (10-11 December), there is plenty to see and do in York over the coming months.

For further info on the Illuminating York Festival, please head over to their official website.

New delivery at The Fort

We recently decided to invest in a computer for use in The Fort’s communal area the other week, and we are thrilled to announce that it has been delivered and is being prepared for installation.

As we are so keen on shouting about The Fort online we felt it only right that you should be able to have a free access point to the internet at The Fort. Although we offer complimentary WiFi, you may not have a laptop or smartphone with you so we hope our new edition will provide you with the opportunity to access our website, designed by the very talented team at York’s digital design agency Nugenko. From the website you can find out what’s happening in York along with access to our various social media sites (including this blog!).

As soon as the computer is linked up we’ll send a tweet and put a picture on here and Facebook.

Just to note that our beautifully designed lift is currently undergoing some TLC, so if you are heading over to stay with us in the next few weeks you’ll have to bare with us. As soon as it is brought back to life we’ll let you know. (You can read the interview with Simon Gornall on how he came up with his concept for the lift’s interior by clicking here.)

The Fort wows reviewers from across the UK

The Fort was featured in a review by Yorkshire Living Magazine earlier in the year, although with the growing importance of reviews offering an impartial insight into accommodation rapidly gaining momentum, we felt it time to invite various travel journalists to stay the night and give you their view of The Fort.

Of course the media exposure is good for us, and also helps us to make any improvements that are raised (as we do with any concerns that you highlight).

Earlier in the month we were thrilled to receive a visit from Urban Coco, an online fashion and lifestyle magazine, who are using their stay as a feature piece on their new website. You may have seen the review already, thanks to the link placed on our Facebook page, but if not you can check it out here

September will see the arrival of three more magazines: Lush Magazine, focusing on fashion and lifestyle; Shoestring magazine, an online magazine written for those travelling on a budget; and finally Gr8 Life, a lifestyle magazine distributed across the south of the UK.

We also have to mention that we recently received a visit from a BBC journalist who loved The Fort and was keen to feature it in Olive Magazine. This will be out later in the year, although from his comments on his visit we can expect a glowing review!

If you received an online newsletter from Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant this month, you will no doubt have seen The Fort mentioned, along with the fact that they had a makeover in their downstairs area. We just love the new wallpaper, and have included a few pictures here on our blog.

As ever, we fully encourage you to leave any comments and suggestions via our numerous social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Hostelworld, and right here on our blog.


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