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Top five accessible hostels around Europe

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Affordable travel should be made available to everyone, but sometimes it can be difficult when you’re younger, as well as disabled or living with a medical condition, to find great places to visit with accessible and inexpensive accommodation.

 

We’ve outlined some of the highest rated and unique hostels across Europe to get you started on your travels. Bon voyage!

 

  1. Coll Bunkhouse, Isle of Coll, Scotland

How is it accessible?

  • The whole building has been designed with accessibility in mind, without forgoing modern fixtures and fittings
  • Everything has level access, which means there are no separate entrances
  • Parking has been created with specialised cars in mind
  • The bathroom facilities have grab rails and a seat
  • There’s enough space throughout the building for wheelchairs to navigate with ease

What is there to do in the local area?

  • RSPB bird reserve and information centre
  • Great for keen photographers as there are some beautiful beaches and fantastic views
  • The Art Den offers a selection of creative pieces from the local island artists
  • See Visit Coll for more information

 

Albert Dock, Liverpool
Staying at the YHA Hostel in Liverpool puts you right in the centre of the city, so you can explore the sights.

 

  1. YHA Liverpool, Liverpool, England

How is it accessible?

What is there to do in the local area?

  • Take a trip on the Mersey Ferry, which is also fully accessible
  • Check out The Beatles Story, a brilliant accessible attraction celebrating the journey of this world-famous band
  • Liverpool Cathedral is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. With a great deal of accessibility throughout the attraction, this is a popular destination

 

 

  1. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

How is it accessible?

  • Bathroom facilities are equipped with grab rails and lowered wash basin
  • Lifts throughout the hostel so there’s no need to use the stairs
  • Accessible travel facilities to and from the hostel

What is there to do in the local area?

  • The hostel itself has some great activities, including live music nights, movie evenings, and even a Dutch food night!
  • Visit the Van Gogh museum, which is fully accessible – if you choose to go with someone, they can visit free of charge
  • The Heineken Experience is a great way to delve into Amsterdam’s rich heritage and this attraction has an accessible route throughout to enable you to enjoy everything on offer
  • Check out Simply Emma’s wheelchair users travel guide to Amsterdam for more ideas

 

Barcelona City Centre
Hola Hostel can be a great base to explore the beautiful architecture of Barcelona from.

 

  1. Hola Hostel Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

How is it accessible?

  • Rooms are well lit and spacious
  • Easily accessible entrance
  • Situated in the heart of Barcelona so you can visit everywhere you need

What is there to do in the local area?

  • Explore the Gothic Quarter with ease
  • Book tickets before you visit the Sagrada Familia to avoid disappointment on the day
  • Sample the amazing Spanish food
  • Again, check out Simply Emma’s accessible city guide to Barcelona for further inspiration

 

 

  1. Generator Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

How is it accessible?

  • All rooms have ensuite bathrooms
  • Staff are multilingual
  • Wheelchair friendly

What is there to do in the local area?

  • There are numerous accessible tours to complete in Stockholm which include:
    • Vasa Museum
    • Royal Palace
    • City Hall
  • You can also explore Stockholm via great walking tours or mobility vehicles
  • Swedish public transport is at the forefront of accessibility too, with Swedish Railways incorporating lifts and seats for those who require a wheelchair, as well as seating for those with allergies too
  • And if you’re the adventurous type, try skiing

 

 

Don’t forget, although the most important part of your travels is the enjoyment factor, make sure you’re protected with travel insurance from the experts, so there are no unexpected surprises.