Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:57

The first guests arrived at the new YHA Eden Project this morning (Friday).

Michael Hyland and Gaia Martinelli-Bunzl from Hackney in London arrived at Eden having taken the sleeper train to nearby St. Austell station and a bus for the last leg of their journey.

They are using YHA Eden Project (powered by Snoozebox) - whose rooms are made from shipping containers – as a base for a weekend in Cornwall to celebrate Gaia’s birthday.

The 54-bedroom YHA property is fully-booked for its opening weekend and its first guests were delighted with the facilities.

Michael said: “We’re on a weekend away from London to see the countryside, get some fresh air and see Eden’s domes. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to drive for the weekend but being based here means we can use public transport.”

After his first look at the room, he said: “It’s great, it’s amazing what they can fit into a small space, it’s really cosy and it’s got everything you need.”

Gaia said: “I think it’s really cool, we’re going to be really comfortable this weekend and I’m really excited about it.”

The innovative new YHA being run in partnership with Eden Project has been built by portable hotel company Snoozebox.

The cleverly designed, compact and comfortable Snoozebox rooms are self-contained and include air conditioning and heating, an en suite wet room, power sockets and YHA’s own green bedding to ensure a YHA experience. For peace of mind and security all rooms have key card entry and a personal safe.

Prices for private en suite rooms start from only £39.00. To celebrate the opening of YHA Eden Project, YHA is offering 20 per cent off bookings made at Eden between until 9 November for stays taken between 24 October 2014 and 12 February 2015.

Book online at or by calling 0800 0191 700 and quoting PEEK-004 to get 20 per cent off the cost of bookings.

The investment in YHA Eden is part of YHA’s capital investment plan in England and Wales. Since 2011 YHA has invested more than £25 million in its network helping put further distance between the out-dated public perception of YHAs and the modern reality, which is proving particularly popular with young families looking for great value, child-friendly breaks.