The YHA has managed to grab the headlines with a story about a refurbished youth hostel which now boasts a honeymoon suite.

Following a £647,000 upgrade, Grinton Lodge in Swaledale also now has extra rooms, en-suite accommodation and better facilities for those using the camping pods in the grounds of the former shooting lodge.

The upgrade is clearly part of an on-going campaign to update the public’s image of the YHA. For many the Association is still associated with drafty dormitories, communal chores and officious wardens.

However, the popularity of ‘stay-cations’ and the growth of glamping has led to a renaissance for the movement. More refurbishments like this will be vital in order to create a fresh and appealing image for the industry in the years to come.

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