A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend The Eden Sessions down at the Eden Project in Cornwall. You can read more about that over at WitWitWoo, but I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about the accommodation that was provided.
The Eden Project partners with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) and offer a sleeping solution for visiting guests called Snoozeboxes. A Snoozebox is a small hotel room in a shipping container – yup, a shipping container! When I first heard I would be staying in one, I have to say the memory of a panic attack whilst trying to get out of a two-man tent at Camp Bestival at 4am came flooding back. Suffice to say, I’m not a fan of confined spaces. But I looked online and I figured, just how small could it really be?
The answer? Pretty small. BUT … they have made amazing use of the space they do have.
Each ‘pod’ butts up against another in a row of approximately 20, and there are three rows. As you walk into your Snoozebox, your eyes are assaulted by the bright green colour everywhere which, thankfully, you get used to pretty quickly. The room is equipped with full air conditioning which ensures you never feel claustrophobic, a big TV that is fixed to the wall in the main double bed area, a set of bunk beds and a small bathroom (or rather, an en-suite wet room.) A point worth mentioning – toiletries and towels are NOT provided, so remember to bring your own (although you can rent them from Reception.)
Here is a very brief tour of my room:
It also has a small half-size wardrobe, a set of drawers and a mirror/dressing table area.
It has everything you would want in a hotel room – plenty of plug sockets too, which is great for a tech geek like me. But I should point out that the Wi-Fi is really patchy and I couldn’t get any at all in my Snoozebox, although it is available when you walk round the corner to Reception.
Talking of the reception area, it is based in a big marquee, along with lots of tables and chairs and a small bar/café area. They don’t provide breakfast per se, but there are fresh pastries every morning and, for the benefit of this review, I took it upon myself to test them out – and I can confirm, they are delicious!
Back to the Snoozebox. It is an approximate 15-20 minute walk away from the Eden Project itself, but there are plenty of ‘Park & Ride’ buses that will take you to and from the site. After the concert the night before, however, the roads are really congested and so I decided to walk back to my room. Granted, I was exhausted, but I had a great night’s sleep. The bed is really comfortable and you feel almost ‘cocooned’ inside your pod – I didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.
There is plenty of parking space and you can park directly outside your Snoozebox if you’re worried about security – but you are only surrounded by trees and, as a single woman travelling on her own, I felt really safe.
You will also find Snoozeboxes pop up at festivals and sporting events, although I would imagine that as that’s a captive audience, the price would reflect that. I should point out that I didn’t pay for my Snoozebox (I was there as part of a blogger project), but the prices for a Snoozebox at The Eden Project are very competitive.
Overall, I think kids especially would love this type of accommodation – it’s quirky, a little different, competitively priced and, most important, comfortable. I wouldn’t hesitate in staying there again.
* Prices start at £39
* The YHA Snoozebox at the Eden Project is open all year round
* Dogs are NOT permitted at YHA Eden Project
Further details: http://www.edenproject.com/visit/holidays/on-site-yha-hostel