16 months after Storm Desmond and the devastating floods that wreaked so much damage in December 2015, YHA Keswick has officially re-opened, marking a major milestone for the town's recovery. Following £500,000 of investment by YHA (England and Wales), the official grand re-opening of the hostel took place on on Thursday 6th April and provided an opportunity to thank everyone who helped in the rescue and clean-up operation throughout Keswick.
The 107-bed Youth Hostel on Station Street on the banks of the River Greta was just one of a number of businesses and homes in Keswick that were devastated by Storm Desmond. Prior to the flooding YHA Keswick was one of YHA’s most popular properties in the Lake District. Following its refurbishment, the Youth Hostel is expected to host 21,000 overnight stays during 2017.
YHA Keswick is one of the last businesses in Keswick affected by the floods to re-open for business ahead of the summer season, marking a final piece in the recovery of the town’s vital tourism economy. As part of the refurbishment, YHA Keswick has been fully reconfigured and decorated internally with new furniture and fittings. Nine new en suite bedrooms have been created as well as a luggage and bike store.
Inside, the reception, bar, server, dining area and café have been combined in a large welcoming, social space. There is also a separate social space combined with a self-catering kitchen for guests.
Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), said: “This was a very special re-opening of a Youth Hostel following investment because it was about the town as a whole and how it had pulled together and supported each other in the face of such adversity. “I am delighted that YHA Keswick was able to be the venue for such a special celebration.”
YHA Keswick is one of 21 youth hostels that YHA (England and Wales) has in the Lake District operating at the heart of all of the communities in which that are situated in, providing a place to stay, social spaces for guests and local communities, employment opportunities and work with volunteers as well.
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