Double congratulations are in order – The Fort has been voted the best hostel in England for the second year running.
The boutique hostel off Stonegate in York took the title after users of website hostelworld.com gave it the highest rating of any in the country.
Karen Waugh, the owner of the 60-bed Fort, as well as Kennedy’s Bar & Restaurant, said that she was “thrilled and honoured” by the award.
More than a thousand guests have left a rating of their stay at the Fort – and with an average of 87% nowhere could beat it.
In the modern hotel world, £70 doesn’t buy you a lot; £58 even less. Pound-for-pound, The Fort is very good value.
The Fort’s story
The building was originally occupied by Kennedy’s, but there were apartments above the bar which were empty.
Karen decided to make the most of the space by creating The Fort. Each room was individually crafted to create a specific ambience.
It boasts en-suite wetrooms, flat screen TVs and wi-fi connectivity, while its location couldn’t be more central.
– Karen Waugh
With some help from her friends
“There are many people I’d like to thank, but one of the most crucial are my business advisers Garbutt & Elliott who have been with me every step of the way,” Karen said.
The Monks Cross business advisers helped her with the financial information that funders needed to agree to lend Karen the money.
They also provided payroll, bookkeeping VAT and management accounts, and gave advice to support her expansion.
“We have supported Karen for several years as her business interests have grown to now include Sotano Charcuterie & Bar in the basement of the Hostel next door to Kennedy’s Bar,” said Jeremy Oliver, partner with Garbutt & Elliott.