The Alpha Hostel Margate’s budget accommodation is focused on giving families and individuals a great value location that is clean secure and has facilities to support your holiday and educational exploration of both the local area and the SE of England and London.
The hostel has two lounges a large self catering kitchen a dining room and 19 bedrooms. The hostel can accommodate 60 guests. The rooms are a mixture of 2,3,4,5,6 bedded rooms. Seven of the rooms are ensuite. All rooms have wash basins.
This mixture of bed room size makes it very popular with families and individuals. The two lounges both have TVs and DVD facilities. The dining room doubles as a large area for activities with “surround sound” and projection facilities with a large fold down presentation screen. The projector can be used for DVD or PC presentations.The hostel has a BT high speed broadband and a hostel WiFi network free for the use of the all the guests.
Small Families groups often meet from far and wide just to reunite in a great location that meets all the ages’ needs.
Individuals find our location great when travelling on foot or bike exploring the local area using the “Viking trail “a popular cycle and walking trail which runs passed the hostel. Because of our location being only 50M from the blue flag sandy beach we also have individual’s canoeists exploring the coast line, wind surfers and kite surfers.
A breakdown of the bedroom sizes
2 bedded rooms – 6
3 bedded rooms – 2
4 bedded rooms – 5
5 bedded rooms – 2
6 bedded rooms – 2
Individual prices are £16.00 for individuals over 18 and £12 for under 18’s per night accommodation only.
Check in times
Check in times are: 17:00 – 22:00, Check out times are: 10:00 weekdays and 11:00 weekends
History of Alpha hostel
In 1959 the building was converted from a residential house to a bed and breakfast hotel/guest house called the Beachcomber. It traded as a Hotel/Guest house until 1998 when it was sold and converted to one of the first Youth Hostel franchisee working with the YHA (England & Wales) Ltd. It remained as “Margate youth hostel” until 31st August 2014 when due to a commercial decision the YHA (England & Wales Ltd) made the announcement that they could no longer market the hostel. The hostel was renamed – Alpha hostel and has became an independent hostel – following (and in some case exceeding) the quality, ethos and safety recommendations of the YHA.
Alpha hostel is still independently inspected by the local council and the British tourist boards inspectors to ensure the standards are kept and maintained. It still meets the UK governments recommendations for use by UK schools (with an approved health and safety/ risk assessment policy) which also applies to independent groups, families and individuals. Over 90% of our group bookings return within a one to two year period. This we believe shows that the Hostel has a program that listens to our customers and provides the flexible reasonable priced services they require.
Alpha hostel access statement
Hostel Access wheel chairs
The Hostel is a late Victorian building that restricts free mobility for wheelchair users above the ground floor. The front door to inner door has a ramp and all doors on the ground floor will accommodate a standard wheel chair. There is a ground floor toilet (suitable for wheel chair users) and one bedroom that can accommodate 6 persons or 3 wheel chair user (in the lower bunks). The ground floor room is ensuite (W/C/washbasin/shower cabin – this may cause access problems but is dependent on mobility of the individual. It can not accommodate a wheel chair). The dinning area is wheel chair friendly. The self catering kitchen has standard work surfaces/cooker heights.
General Access and safety
There is limited parking on hostel forecourt but mostly customers park on the street which is free. This hostel has no lift. The stairs to the first floor are not too steep but the stairs to the top floor are at a greater angle. All doors in the hostel are 80cm fire doors with mechanical closers. The communal toilets and shower rooms are mostly equipped with automatic lighting and ventilation and hot air hand driers. The hostel is children/elderly friendly relating to the rooms accommodation, however we recommend that under 5s do not use the top bunks. All the bedrooms have bunk beds only, but we do have three rooms with double beds/single beds over. The general areas are all access friendly. The hostel has a smoke/fire detection/emergency lighting system. Our main concerns is that under 12s be supervised by an adult in the self catering kitchen. All fire escape routes are clearly marked and fire instructions placed on the notice board on bed room doors.