Well where to begin... Myself and my female relatives had a magnificent stay in this hostel. It was clean, cosy and comfortable. The welcome was nice and we met a fun-time, American lady on our way to find our room. She introduced herself as "HEY, WHAT'S YOUR NAME" and revealed she was loitering with intent, to charge her self-proclaimed, "'s*** tablet" that was obviously not meeting her gadgetry requirements. Nice lass. Very forward.
We found the room at last, our feet were blistered from the maze of corridors we had toured accidentally en route. It was like being on a school trip. I entered the key card for the door in the slot with little success. It took a few go's, I'll admit. My sister ended up stepping in and managed first time. I'm sure it was some kind of black magic? Anyway, the room was simple but fine and dandy. We were getting stuck into making our beds and getting prepared for a ninja style entry to the room after our return from the pubs later that evening. There was a pair of shoes by one bedside so we bargained for at least another 'roomie', it is a hostel after all and that is the nature.
We all got ready and walked down to the town. We read it was a 20 minute walk from the hostel but we thought it was more like 10, unless you had a gammy leg. The Inverness nightlife... Ah, well that is something special.. If you enjoy creepy men, crap clubs and dreadful banter, this is the place for you! We somehow made the most of it and a great night was had by all. Top of the pops.
On our return to the hostel, all was quiet so we crept into our room (with my sister opening the door). We grabbed our wash bags and used a bathroom across the hall to get ready so as not to disturb the other lady in the room. We headed back quietly, ready for bed but getting into the creaky beds without a sound was virtually impossible.. All settled, darkness.
The next thing I know, there is 'The Mother' of all snorts...... Oh no! We've got a snorer!!
I turned over and tried to get some shut eye with my thin pillow folded several times to block out the sound and a bit of spinny-room. I was on a top bunk so there was no anchoring a foot to the floor this time. About ten minutes passed and everyone was drifting off.
'CRASH! BANG! WALLOP! ARGH! BANG!
I got a huge fright from the biggest bang I have literally ever heard. I thought the ceiling and floor had given way.. The room shook!! Everyone went from half asleep to lights on and up in about a millisecond.
What met our and our 'roomie's'' eyes was completely unexpected. There was a middle aged, Asian woman of a larger build, lying splattered on the floor. It turns out she was a second lady staying in the room who we had not seen in the dark and now she was unconscious on the hard, cold floor. We all rushed around her as it was obvious that she had fallen from a top bunk and missed the ladder.. No waaay! Instead of landing on the entire room of floor space, she'd launched herself so that she took out a table on the way down. The table was now wedged between the window, the radiator and her heid. It was pretty bad. She came around fairly soon after and managed to get up onto a chair. She wanted some time to "sense her body" and was groaning a lot. Her mouth was slightly bleeding and she had walloped her neck. She unnecessarily proceeded to apologise for every minute that passed until an hour or so later when the ambulance arrived, "I'm so sowwy, please go back to bed" I lost count at one hundred even though we were doing our best to reassure her everything was fine. She spoke average English which was a little lost in translation sometimes. My cousin witnessed her telling the Paramedic that her head 'danced' off the table instead of 'bounced', try not to smirk! It was like a sleepover gone wrong. My sister had fetched the lovely night porter, Andrew, who was extremely kind and professional whilst handling the situation. He had the patience of a saint! Miss Wang went off in an ambulance after a lot of persuasion and groaning that she was ok. It turns out she was fine after all and the great stramash was over.
Although the accident in itself was not funny, trying not to laugh in an inappropriate situation whilst being slightly drunk is very difficult! Even now, as I am writing this, I cannot help but erupt.. You had to be there. I'm delighted she was ok and didn't mind the lack of sleep at all. I slept like a baby from 4am until 6m until an entire coach load of Chinese people packed up and left, early doors on the floor above. I honestly thought they were having a line dancing class before they went, the stomping was endless.
We got up at 9am for checkout this morning and the room erupted with giggles to recall the day and night before. You couldn't make it up.
All in all, we had a grand time and the hostel was lots of fun. We made a few memories, that's for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inverness Youth Hostel offers modern budget accommodation with superb facilities. The youth hostel also offers family friendly private en suite rooms, all of which are freshly decorated, warm and comfortable, with private lockers. Some rooms also have glorious views towards the Moray Firth. Inverness Youth Hostel offers meals but also has an excellent self-catering kitchen, making it popular with groups and families. The youth hostel has a warm welcome and buzzing atmosphere making it one of Scotland's top youth hostels in the capital of the Highlands. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more less
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