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10 years 2 months ago
I initiated the project in my town , called - ''hostelling for the kids ''
I would like the school groups to visit the nice city for the cultural development and leisure.
But , my question is , what is the childrens age limit for the hostel ?
Obviously , they must be with a adult , teacher , but is there any restrictions for the children staying in the hostel ?
Peter - I think you are being too short sighted on this matter. As a hostel manager one has to think of the majority of the guests not just the children.
At my hostel we have reservations about taking children less than 5 years old as they would be staying in dorm rooms with other people. I do not think taking them would be fair on the children or the other guests.
Fourteen years ago, when we first opened, we took groups of school children and stopped after one season. What a nightmare. Thirty screaming 14 year olds not mixing with the other folk. I got complaints about them from my regular customers.
It is not discrimination; just trying to have a good hostel.
During late July and August large groups of French school children visit Crete, usually led by 2 or 3 university students. Often they don't book ahead. I still get the occasional phone call in the morning asking if we have 32 beds for that evening or, even worse, they simply arrive in the afternoon expecting beds. Now I call that completely irresponsible by the company organising the trip.
I think it's just a matter of finding the place that suits you. If a hostel had a policy of not taking children, I wouldn't want to go, as it would indicate to me that it may well be a party type hostel where the kids wouldn't enjoy it anyway. We accept kids of any ages, but we're more of a family place than a party place to be honest. All night drinking games are not really our speciality. Personally I find young kids to be a lot less hassle than pissed up backpackers.
We have many children staying and have safe gardens for them to play whilst the parents have a lazy breakfast. There have been some lovely stories; like the Dutch girl who came with her mother one year and persuaded her father to bring her here again the next year. And then there is Italian Jo she came with her mother 3 years running and then 4 years later came back for 2 weeks with her boyfriend.
Sounds excellent - I'd love to come and see your place - one day...... My only real point regarding kids is that there are plenty of hostels that would be great places to take your kids. There are some others that wouldn't suit them. That's the beauty of hostels, they vary totally between quiet rural ones, to city party places and everything in between. Long live that diversity I say.
PS, I only posted this so as I have one more post than you - pathetic isn't it!
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