Take your hat off to Hatters Hostels!
With four hostels tucked under their hat, Hatters Hostel group know how to WOW backpackers with their funky set up and friendly staff. Hot foot your way around their top-notch hostels found in the Midlands and the North…
Great cities and great hostels… let’s take a tour of the Hatters ever-growing backpacker hostel empire! Manchester is privy to not one, but two of their hostels – Hatters Manchester & Hilton Chambers, with the other two sitting proudly in Liverpool and Birmingham!
The original hostel is Hatters Manchester, the building of which was a hat factory… rather apt with the ‘wherever I lay my hat’ catchphrase of the backpacker community! Next up came its ‘little sister’ 3 star hostel Hilton Chambers, which is walking distance away, with both of them nestled in Manchester’s coolest location, the Northern Quarter. Manchester has a varied and diverse history, including being the world’s first industrial city. These days it’s been given a face-lift and there are a number of industrial heritage sites to visit. The global recognition of being home to Old Trafford and Manchester football team has also helped to move it up the league of glory!
The hostels decor is extremely cool and the Northern Quarter, where the hostels can be found, retains a unique character and charm too. With interesting architecture, an abundance of history and an alluring nightlife, you’ll enjoy wandering the neighbourhood and hanging out in the hostels in equal measure. The network of trams, trains and buses make it an easy city to get around though, and live gigs vamp up the music scene at many cool hang-outs dotted throughout. Nicknamed ‘Madchester’ in the late 80s, nightlife remains an integral part of city life. Canal Street – the gay capital, and Curry Mile – jam-packed with curry houses, are other popular hang out spots in this vibrant university town.
Hatters Liverpool boasts gothic architecture and an upbeat fun vibe, typical of this city’s friendly reputation. Voted ‘Europe’s Capital of Culture’ in 2008, Liverpool has an abundance of extraordinary culture and heritage, particularly evident around its impressive waterfront. Stepping away from the more prominent sights, discover plenty of hidden gems… Lark Lane for example – popular for its Bohemian vibe with quirky market stalls, funky bars and affordable restaurants.
When you’re not playing pool, table tennis or chilling out with fellow backpackers, Hatters knowledgeable team will keep you posted on what to see whilst visiting the The Beatles’ hometown! Guaranteed to occupy a fair few spots in your photo album will be Liverpool’s magnificent cathedrals and many other majestic buildings. And then there’s the nightlife! Once the sun sets on this Northern city, the lights dazzle with its lively club, pub and live-music scene… all easily pulling the crowds who are up for some fun and frolics. One thing’s for sure, you’ll have a ‘lorra lorra laughs’ (a catchphrase made famous by Liverpool legend Cila Black!) during your stay!
Hatters Birmingham is the most recent addition to the Hatters Hostel Group, but after a number of years it’s now well established in the UK’s 2nd largest city. The hostel is located in the Jewellery Quarter in a former silversmiths and offers ’boutique themed hostel accommodation’. Birmingham has undergone a huge regeneration programme that has given the once forgotten city a whole new lease of life. This melting pot of culture offers a real mix of flavours and creativity. Twirling with markets, music and workshops, catch the vintage vibes of the Custard Factory, whilst the Bull Ring stamps its mark with contemporary architecture and a bag-filling shopping experience. The Cube is another architectural delight and iconic landmark – this 25 storey mixed-use development offers spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Hatters will set you up with a delicious free breakfast and then the city offers many tasty food options for lunch and dinner. Eat your way around the world as you hot foot into different quarters offering vibrant cultural tasters. The ‘Balti Triangle’ brims with Indian delights – you will soon be lost in a sea of curry and other spicy dishes. Chinatown, found in the city’s Southside, boasts oriental splendour with a vast array of neon-lit restaurants and cafés offering tasty authentic menus. You certainly won’t leave Birmingham hungry!
Hatters have winning ingredients for a memorable hostel experience and we take our hat off to them for creating a UK hostel network which satisfies any backpackers’ taste for travel and adventure. Hostel hop your way around these three fabulous cities and taste the magnificent Hatters creation for yourselves!
Visit www.hattershostels.com to book yourself a bed.