February 1, 2013

Pori’s Hostel River is Hostel of the Year 2013

New player recognised in the accommodation field.

Hostel River in Pori, Finland

Hostel River of Pori, Finland, has convinced both customers and the executive board of Hostelling International Finland of its excellence as a hostel. The national hostel association nominated Hostel River as Hostel of the Year 2013. Pori is an industrial city on Finland’s western coast and known as a lively centre of culture.

Hostel River’s proprietor, Sirkka-Liisa Peni, opened the business near downtown Pori a little under two years ago in a wooden building dating back to the 1930s. The hostel was already a very functional whole when it opened, but it is the owner’s continuous work to develop it further that has impressed the association.

The hostel’s operations have been refined continuously, and Sirkka-Liisa’s partner, Kalevi Mäkinen, has renovated the premises, making it possible to extend the facilities gradually. The interior decoration of the hostel matches the spirit and history of the old building perfectly.

Hostel River, Pori, Finland
Hostel River has rooms with up to four beds.

In addition to the premises and that decoration, the hostel has been applauded for its enthusiastic customer service. Customers thank the owner for the hospitality and for home-like premises that always feel welcoming. In addition to travellers, Hostel River caters to the locals by providing facilities for hobbies, meetings, and celebrations.

Hostel River in Pori is the Hostel of the Year 2013 in Finland
Sirkka-Liisa and Kalevi were awarded at Finnish Hostel Managers' Meeting in Helsinki in January.

Hostelling International Finland wishes to thank Sirkka-Liisa and Kalevi for their efforts to maintain the genuine spirit of hostel culture. The couple decided to shape their business into a hostel after the owner’s son returned from an InterRail trip telling stories of Europe’s hostels. Sirkka-Liisa was immediately fascinated by the idea of a relaxed, free-form accommodation service. Her ideas crystallised into their final form on an excursion to Central Europe during which the enterprising couple stayed in hostels and collected ideas and inspiration that helped to develop Hostel River into what it is now.

Check out Hostel River website on www.hostelriver.fi.

Karjapiha 2, 28100 Pori, Finland
Tel.: +358 2 534 0500
The hostel is open throughout the year. Weekdays from 7a.m. till 5p.m., other times on request.

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