We have been staying with family in Guernsey, and came over to Jersey for the weekend to see the wildife park. With small children, it was easier stay overnight than take a late ferry back.
We picked the hostel initially because the camping was fully booked and it had come recommended from a friend of my aunt's. It was impressively cheap - seven of us split into two bedrooms for the night plus a ticket for the wildlife park came in around £100.
The initial impression is that the place is a little home-made, but Joshua and company seem to do a decent job and clearly care very much about the place. The rooms are decent - were upstairs in 'Thylacine', and though one of the lights didn't work, the beds were very comfortable and there was a fan which, though very loud, worked well in our stuffy room. We had all our towels, although my aunt and cousins had none in their room.
The showers and loos were as good as could be expected, but they are ultimately what prevents the place from having a higher rating. They were quiet however and there's no problem in getting showers in the morning or evening.
The kitchens were decent although we only used them for breakfast and the lounge looked quite good but was rarely used as there was a rather awkward atmosphere. The library was also empty, which was great news for me as it enabled me to flick through old Chester Zoo newsletters as I pleased.
Wi-fi was available in the foyer, I think it came from the academy building or the computer lab which is why it wasn't available in the rest of the hostel. The computer lab was free to access, but the computers were a little outdated and were rather slow.
So although the accommodation was hardly glamorous, it was a good night's sleep, and with wildlife park tickets included it was a bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Durrell Wildlife Hostel is a traditional Jersey farm house named Les Noyers. It is located in the north western corner of Jersey Zoo and is only a 10 minute walk to coastal cliff paths. A bus stop can be found by the entrance of the zoo, which makes St.Helier easily accessible. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Durrell Wildlife Hostel Jersey, Channel Islands