Hostelling International (HI) Finland has named Turku’s Hostel Borea as its Hostel of the Year for 2014. The hostel ship, opened in 2011 by Turku Touring, is moored on the west bank of the River Aurajoki near Turku Castle and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.
‘The staff at Hostel Borea have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment and successfully developed the hostel’s services and facilities. The hostel has also been an active member of Finland’s HI hostel network,’ explains HI Finland’s Secretary General Aki Tuominen.
The positive feedback given by guests and the unique atmosphere of Hostel Borea, located on the historic museum ship S/S Bore that was built in 1960, were also among the aspects that impressed the jury. In 2013, Hostel Borea received the HI-Quality certificate, awarded by Hostelling International. The certificate shows customers and partners that the hostel meets strict quality standards.
Hostel Borea is Finland’s largest hostel. It has 265 beds in 130 cabins. The ship also has a lunch restaurant, café, and function room that is available for hire. The conference facilities on board are suitable for groups of 6–100 people.
Hostelling International Finland has chosen a Hostel of the Year since 2004. The award was established to recognise hostels that offer exceptional services and facilities. The winner is chosen by HI Finland’s board of directors. This year, the jury put a lot of emphasis on the initiative and vision of hostel managers and staff.