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Jump into summer with a group getaway

man jumping into a lake

Yes, it’s that time of year when our eyes readjust to the light, the grass is looking greener and our mood is up. And it will soon be the time of the year when we itch to live outdoors and when working at a desk becomes a chore. You’ve guessed it, it’s holiday season at last! If you haven’t booked anything yet, Hostelling International Groups might be your answer.

With over 350 group hostels worldwide, there will be one that meets your needs to ensure a perfect holiday this summer. Here are few suggestions for you: 

Gstaad Saanenland Hostel – Switzerland 

The ultra-modern hostel Gstaad Saanenland is set to open its doors in the popular Gstaad-Saanen region in Switzerland this June. Centrally located and a stone’s throw away from stunning scenery and imposing mountains, this is a perfect destination for any type of group longing for an action-packed holiday.

With more than 300km of signposted, well-maintained trails and imposing alpine backdrops the Gstaad region is a hiker’s paradise and offers something truly memorable for the whole family. But if walking doesn’t take your breath away, then get on a cable car and enjoy astounding views over this beautiful region. The cable car runs throughout the summer and tickets can be purchased at the hostel.

And if that isn’t enough, try visiting spa and wellness facilities in the region that make indulging programmes here second to none and ensure there is also time for your group to relax and unwind after an active day out.

Group hostel Gstaad Saanenland has 158 beds; rooms are modern, bright and practical and enjoy en-suite facilities. The living room is cosy, the dining room spacious and the large outdoor terrace enjoys beautiful views over the surrounding hills. With a three-course evening meal of local dishes and a good buffet selection for breakfast included in the room rate, eating at the hostel will not let you down.

A 10% discount applies to groups of over 10 people and every 21st person stays for free.

Get active in Switzerland; please click here to make an enquiry.

Gstaad Saanenland

Oostende De Ploate Hostel – Belgium

Ostend is one of Belgium’s most popular holiday destinations packed with lovely sandy beaches, a famous racetrack, a prestigious casino, excellent shops and some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. And what’s more, our hostel Oostende De Ploate is right in the middle of it all.

Ostend is also a good base to explore Belgium’s coastline, filled with quaint seaside towns and visit key battle sites of World War II for those who love a bit of history. The North Sea Aquarium attracts many visitors and will no doubt amuse the little ones.

There are plenty of events to keep you entertained throughout the year in Ostend, including Theatre by the Sea, Magic Lights in the Park, Sparkling Mondays and the Christmas Market to list a few.

With 150 metres of sandy beaches stretched over five and a half miles at your doorstep and within walking distance to some of the city’s best sights and attractions, Oostende De Ploate Hostel offers a fantastic holiday destination all-year round and is a great place for your next family holiday this summer.

It’s a newly-open family-run hostel and a true example that hostels and design can work together. It offers impressive, modern and comfortable accommodation and is very proud to offer accessibility for people with disabilities. The hostel has a total capacity of 157 beds with 4 rooms with 6 beds. The other 45 rooms, all of them en-suite, accommodate 2, 3 or 4 people.

Start exploring by making an enquiry here.

Backpackers entering De Ploate hostel

Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel – The Netherlands

A city for living, a city for visiting, and a city full of cultural vibe. It’s also a place with a relaxed attitude to life and a nightlife that is filled with excitement.

Amsterdam is packed with museums and galleries and a home to Rijksmuseum, a renovated must-see museum dedicated to arts and history.

The small quaint streets, the canal district filled with blooming tulips and the many squares, create an atmosphere in Amsterdam that visitors find unique. It’s a perfect city to be discovered on wheels, so hire a bike and start exploring.

The group hostel Zeeburg in Amsterdam is truly fantastic. It is a state-of-the-art converted school building that offers modern and spacious facilities and benefits from having a cinema and a theatre. It is perfect for school groups as it has special educational packages including full board, rooms and activities which can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Start your discovery by making an enquiry here.

Amsterdam Zeeburg common area

Genoa Hostel – Italy

Genova is a noisy, buzzing and colourful Mediterranean port crammed between the hills and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a place to dream, a city of ancient streets which are filled with palaces, medieval walls, towers and all sorts.

In the old port, the world-class aquarium, home to 15,000 different species, promises an unforgettable experience. And if maritime history is your thing, visit the fascinating maritime museum Galata Museo del Mare and learn how sailors, passengers and exiles used to live.

There is no doubt that this friendly city offers endless opportunities and things to discover for all groups and all ages and the group hostel in Genova, ideally located with panoramic views over the harbour, is an ideal base.

Live the dream this summer, click here to enquiry now.

Genoa city and port

Which destination grabbed your attention? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment in the box below or email us at socialmedia@hihostels.com.

Are you looking for other best-value group destinations? Read our blog post here.

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