Hostelling International - Boston

Hostelling International - Boston

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19 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116
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This environmentally friendly hostel is located near Chinatown and Boston Common in downtown Boston. It features shared guest rooms with bunk beds, as well as complimentary continental breakfast and ... Read more
laundry facilities. There is no parking onsite, but there are several parking garages nearby.

Amenities

Free Breakfast
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Laundry Services
Meeting Rooms
Air conditioning
Kitchen

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Located in the heart of Chinatown this newer, budget hostel offers everything you'd want in a hostel. The location is prime - close to cheap eats and nice clubs - as well as easily accessible from both Logan and South Station. It's hip, with funky furniture and table tennis in the lobby. As to be expected with a hostel, the beds are bunked and space tight. There are lockers in the rooms but you can also book a single. The staff are awesomely friendly. What's coolest about this place is how they really want to show you Boston. There are ways activities and tours around the city to join, led by volunteer Bostonians who want to share the city with you!

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This is one of the nicer hostels I've seen. They have individual rooms or rooms with 4, 8 people in bunkbeds. They're clean, the decor is fun (this Boston one is T-themed) and the bathrooms/showers are individual/lockable. I don't mind sharing rooms but pretty picky about bathrooms. They have enough bathrooms too so it's not like the individual bathrooms means you'll have to wait a long time. Community areas are modern and fun with pool tables etc, and they do group activities like touring Harpoon Brewery.

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While Hostels are huge overseas, they don’t seem to have really caught on in the US yet (we American’s aren't ones for sharing), so I was really curious to check out Hostelling International’s property in Boston to see what it was all about. I've stayed in some seriously sketchy hostels in my time, so I was pleasantly surprised by the clean, fresh, fun atmosphere of HI’s Boston location. The place has a sort of “industrial-chic” look to it, with lots of stainless steel, exposed pipes and fun bright colored accents. It’s minimalist (it’s a hostel after all), but well done. And the entire complex is supposedly green—as in eco-friendly! You technically have to be an HI member to stay here, but you can also purchase annual membership upon arrival ($0-28) or pay a fee of $3 per day for a temporary membership, in addition to the standard room rate, which generally starts around $40, depending on availability and time of year. The other super cool part of HI is the variety of community events they arrange, like yoga classes, trivia nights, bowling excursions and midweek mixers—all for an affordable cost, if not free! This is a great place to meet people, not just from Boston, but all around the world.

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I couldn’t believe this place was a hostel. Well, besides the young crowd, hip environment, and encouragement of traveling culture, yes I could. But Hostelling International’s newest location in Boston is truly a sight to see. It’s hip, it’s urban, and most importantly, it’s cheap for youthful travelers. Not only is breakfast free, but also so are their provided activities on their ever-changing bulletin board! Single or dorm room, each unit had the bare basics of a bed, television, and linens, yet seemed so luxurious. A big attention catcher was the uniquely Bostonian accent of the T in the building. Each floor is color-coordinated with a T line, and each bathroom has a T shower curtain that was all sorts of cool.

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For a hostel, it’s not that bad. I liked the computers offered for guests in the lobby, because any 20-something that checks into the hostel probably wants to check up on all their social networks. Also, they had some complimentary pastries in the dining area and cookies at the front desk, which is something finer hotels could offer their guests. I wasn’t thrilled with the hotel’s location, as its tucked away onto a sidestreet in the Back Bay. I could see visitors not familiar with the area getting lost trying to find it at night. I wasn’t too thrilled that my cell service cut off the second I entered the building either, but that could be more of an indictment of my wireless provider. As another positive, they had a lot of activities planned for guests.

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For a hostel I’d say there are lots of perks to this location (though last I heard it’s scheduled to close once the Stuart Street one opens in June). There’s free Wi-Fi, and plenty of computers in the front room. The cafeteria has plenty of tables and a couple vending machines (as well as a piano, interestingly enough). Beds are six to a room, and the front desk is helpful (there’s a well-stocked cookie jar), though usually as busy as you’d expect. There’s a pleasingly large selection of board games for those who’d rather stay in, and a lot of information about nearby events and activities for those who wouldn’t. The rate is on the higher end of the scale for a Hostelling International site but not bad considering all that you get.

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This great hostel located in the Back Bay area near Fenway Park was my first ever experience in a hostel. My visit came at the start of a monthlong backpacking trip down the East Coast.

I had a great first experience. The rooms were clean and not crowded. The staff were friendly and breakfast items were served every morning. Unlike some of the other HI locations, the computers here all worked fine.

I later recommended this hostel to another friend to positive results.

Recommended for:Backpackers
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Wonderful place. It has a piano in the cafeteria!

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Computer station
Dining & Drinks
  • Free breakfast
  • Coffee shop or cafe
Fitness & Recreation
  • Billiards or pool table
Accessibility
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
Traveling with Children
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
Pets
  • Pets not allowed
  • Only service animals are allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator/lift
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Meeting rooms 2
  • ATM/banking
  • Fireplace in lobby
Bath
  • Shower only
Bed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
In-Room Dining
  • Shared/communal kitchen
Media & Technology
  • Television in common areas
Housekeeping
  • Limited housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 99
  • Number of floors - 6
  • Year Built 1885
  • Express check-out
Hostelling International - Boston

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