6 Reasons Why You Should Stay in Hostels When Travelling for the Six Nations

Have the time of your life hostel-hopping around Europe for the annual rugby tournament

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  • 02 February 2017
  • • 5 min read

The Six Nations is just around the corner: kicking off with Scotland v Ireland and England v France on 4th February. We’re all wondering if England will be able to keep up their winning streak. If you’re one of those lucky people with tickets to the international games, we’d say make the most of your experience by staying in hostels. Who wouldn’t want to tour Europe like the players do?

Not only will hostels make your life easier, you’ll have a blast for several reasons...

1 CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP!

St Christopher’s Inns in Paris

Why cash out on a posh hotel when you can save your money? If you need a warm bed after the match, hostels are your best (and cheapest) bet. It just so happens, we have modern hostels in four of the six locations where the Six Nations will be held this year: Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and Paris - and we guarantee you can find some decent ones in Rome and Dublin (try  hostelworld.com ).

Don’t fancy sharing a dorm with strangers? No problem - you can book a private room!


2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE HOME...GET DRUNK INSTEAD

Caption: Who’s buying the next round of shots?

The excitement doesn’t have to stop after the game. Go on a bar crawl or better yet, head back to the hostel’s buzzing, lively sports bar (if it has one) to celebrate your team’s win. You don’t have to worry about driving home, so go ahead and agree to that second, third or fourth pint. What the heck, make it five. Belushi’s - the bar underneath St Christopher’s - will be showing the matches and highlights on massive screens all throughout the Six Nations period - so you can watch your favourite rugby star make a try. If you have tickets to a Saturday game, watch the Sunday one in style from comfy sofa in the bar.

Watch live sports in Belushi's

The bar will keep the drinks flowing till early hours of the morning not to mention tasty food and snacks. Party with other rugby lads and lasses, get a round of shots...then knock out in your bed upstairs. Convenient.


3 EASY ACCESS TO STADIUMS

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (currently known as the Principality Stadium), home to the Welsh rugby team

Practicality is of utmost importance. You want to station yourself somewhere within close distance to the stadium when you’re travelling for the Six Nations. Lucky for you, our hostels are perfectly located. If you have tickets to Cardiff game, the Millennium Stadium is literally just across the road from our Nosda hostel & bar, offering pretty views over the river. Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Central Station are also just a stone's throw away.

If you’re travelling to Paris for the game, our award-winning St Christopher’s Gare Du Nord hostel (and bar) is just one train stop away from Stade de France.

And St Christopher’s Inns Edinburgh is just a 10 minutes cab ride away from the BT Murrayfield Stadium. Not keen on cabs? Hop on a tram from Princes Street and it will get you there in 18 minutes!


4 DELICIOUS DISCOUNTED FOOD

Dig into a Belushi’s burger and beer

You’re not a real sports fan if you don’t max out on hearty food (and big portions) on game day. If you’re staying in any of our St Christopher’s Inns hostels, you’ll get two massive perks. Perk number one: 25% off all food in Belushi’s (the restaurant and bar downstairs). Belushi’s is known for its delicious massive burgers, chips, nachos, hot wings and all the kinds of grub you’d want snack on pre, during and post-rugby.

Potato wedges,  nachos, wings and more. Hungry yet?

The second park? FREE BREAKFAST. This will give you that energy boost you need before you head out for the match.

Caption: The free breakfast counter at St Christopher’s Inn, Gare Du Nord, Paris


5 EXPLORE THE CITY THE NEXT DAY

Explore Paris’ best sites

All of the Six Nations games are hosted in bustling capital cities with countless things to see and do. You simply must explore them - and you can only do that if you spend an extra night in the city. Sightsee Rome, get a photo outside the Colosseum or try proper Italian spaghetti. Test out all the best craft beer spots in Edinburgh or pay a visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You get the picture. Maximise the fun and make a weekend of it. You’ll have great stories to tell back at the office on Monday.


6 IT’S SUPER SOCIAL

Make new friends

One of the best things about staying in hostels is meeting new people from all across the world. Especially if you’re a solo-traveller, it will make you feel a lot less lonely. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet people going to the rugby too so you’ll have plenty to bond over. Head to the game with them, enjoy a few beers and have a great weekend with your newfound friends. You may stay in contact with your dorm-buddies for the rest of your life.

If you don’t have tickets to the games, we recommend hitting a lively sports bar to watch the rugby (and stuff your faces with hot wings while you’re at it). That’s where we will be!

HERE ARE THE FIXTURES SO YOU CAN PLAN AHEAD:

Saturday 4th February 2017

  • Scotland v Ireland

  • England v France

Sunday 5th February 2017

  • Italy v Wales

Saturday 11th February 2017

  • Italy v Ireland

  • Wales v England

Sunday 12th February 2017

  • France v Scotland

Saturday 25th February 2017

  • Scotland v Wales

  • Ireland v France

Sunday 26th February 2017

  • England v Italy

Friday 10th March 2017

  • Wales v Ireland

Saturday 11th March 2017

  • Italy v France

  • England v Scotland

Saturday 18th March 2017

  • Scotland v Italy

  • France v Wales

  • Ireland v England

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