Youth hostels offer better facilities for guests

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am

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Renovation work on Macau's second government-owned youth hostel will begin later this month to provide better facilities for guests.

The Hac Sa Youth Hostel will be closed from December 31 for five months as it undergoes a major facelift.

Earlier this year, the 24-bed Cheoc Van Youth Hostel was closed for renovations and reopened in July.

The hostels are used by people participating in activities organised by the Department of Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, youth groups and schools and foreigners with international youth hostel cards.

The Hac Sa hostel has three 16-bed dormitories, 10 four-bed rooms, six two-bed rooms as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The hostel provides air-conditioning, barbecue stoves, televisions and cooking equipment.

Both hostels are located on the beach and the Hac Sa hostel coversan outdoor arena with a built-in sound and lighting system.

A spokeswoman said the Hac Sa hostel had not been renovated for some time.She would not disclose the cost of the work as the tender had not been awarded yet.

'It has been a long time since any work has been done and it is in need of this,' she said.

'This will provide a comfortable and well-facilitated environment for guests.'

It costs between HK$20 and HK$80 a day to stay in the hostel.

Melanie Leong, 16, who has stayed at both Macau hostels over the past few years, said the facilities were excellent.

Melanie said it was encouraging that the hostels were being kept in good condition as they were very popular.

'It is so cheap to stay there and it's right on the beach. You can have fun with all your friends,' she said.

'I have not been inside the Cheoc Van hostel since the renovation work was carried out, but one of my friends said it was much better than before.'