Traveling can get expensive, and accommodation can be a hard thing to shell out for, especially if you’re the type of traveler who dis up and exploring from the second you wake up until the second you go to sleep. Whether finances are your main concern, or you’re a solo traveler who doesn’t know anyone and is looking to make some friends, hostels are an excellent solution. Hostels are typically a lot more casual than a hotel, with shared dorm rooms, lots of community space, and generally, a much cheaper price point. Hostels also are well known for hosting plenty of events, like bar crawls, walking city tours, and excursions to some big local attractions, so they can be a great way to get out on the town and meet some new people under the eye of a practiced guide.
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Located within easy walking distance to downtown Denver, Hostel Fish is a trendy, comfortable lodging that is focused on the traveler’s needs. At Hostel Fish, the belief is that shared rooms and shared experiences make for an excellent adventure, and they give their guests the opportunity for both, with options for communal pub crawls, shared bunk rooms that hold up to ten people (as well as private rooms), with individual charging stations at each bed, and plenty of communal space. Hostel Fish has a bar, a lounge, and a kitchen for guests, daily housekeeping, and an activities concierge to help guests figure out whether they want to explore the city or hitch a ride into the mountains for the day.
1217 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: 303-954-0962
2.USA Hostels San Diego
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This brightly colored hostel, with its rainbow picket fence and colorful designs, is hard to miss, and in fact calls itself one of the most Instagrammable hostels in the world. Only two short blocks from San Diego’s Ocean Beach Park, USA Hostels San Diego is popular with surfers and beach bums who get up with the sun and spend the whole day out in the sand or the water. The hostel loans beach supplies like chairs, towels, frisbees, and more to their guests for free, and even has a few shuttle options to get people to other beaches and locations around San Diego. The hostel also hosts several events on a weekly basis, like community bonfires with S’mores and hot dogs roasted over the fire and frequent singalongs and performances held by musically-inclined guests.
4961 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, Phone: 619-223-7873
3.Bunk and Brew Historic Lucas House
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Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House offers affordable accommodations for travelers who are focused on and looking for adventure. Located in the heart of Bend, Oregon, just a few short blocks from downtown, Bunk + Brew has a Yard where local food trucks park and serve food and drinks, and offers special deals like their well-known Dirtbag Deal—an affordable package for bare minimalist travelers that includes a shower, wifi, a towel, and a beer, with options to add breakfast and use of the sauna. They also run events like the Ale Trail, led by Bunk + Brew staff, or live music performances at the hostel.
42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 458-202-1090
4.Drifter Jack's Hostel
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With colorful, hand-painted murals on all the walls from local artists, comfortable beds, and plenty of space to hang out and read a book or meet new people, Drifter Jack’s Hostel in Austin, Texas is a fun and relaxed setting for visitors to stay. Common amenities include a pool table and other games, a movie room, secure lockers, mini fridges, bike racks, and a book exchange. Drifter Jack’s does not offer private rooms, but their affordable, safe, and comfortable dorm rooms sleep four or six people, with female only dorms available.
2602 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, Phone: 512-243-8410
5.Gram’s Place Hostel
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When Mark Holland went to Amsterdam in 1991, he was impressed by the sense of community he felt while staying there, and the emphasis on music, which transcended the language barrier. When Holland returned to Tampa, he founded Gram’s Place Hostel with the intention of creating that same type of atmosphere, named for Gram Parsons, the famous country music artist. Today, Gram’s Place is the only “alternative adventure lodging” in the city, and it offers free bike rentals to guests so they have an easier way of getting around the city. Rooms are both private and dorm style, with co-ed options available, breakfast ingredients are provided, and there is also a pub and outdoor courtyard area for community gatherings.
3109 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33603, Phone: 813-221-0596
6.Stella Maris Hostel
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This charming little hostel in Wilmington looks like a quaint bed and breakfast, with a sweet little front porch and cheerful exterior paint. Stella Maris has a mixed dorm, a female dorm, and also private accommodations, and provides linens, parking, wifi, and even offers the possibility of airport pickup if the schedule works out. Bathrooms are shared at Stella Maris, and alcohol is not provided but is allowed on the premises. Stella Maris is located just a few blocks from the Historic Downtown district of Wilmington, and is an easy drive to Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.
605 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-408-2571
7.Park City Hostel
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Affordable lodging at Park City Hostel in Park City Utah includes all the essentials—linens, pillows, blankets, towels, select toiletries, wifi, and private, secure lockers where guests can stash their stuff while they’re out on the slopes all day. At Park City Hostel, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are always stocked in the kitchen, and there’s a rooftop patio where guests can go to sit and enjoy a conversation with a friend, or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. On select days and evenings, the rooftop is also the location of the hostel’s BBQs and movie nights.
1781 Sidewinder Dr, Park City, UT 84060, Phone: 435-731-8811
8.Stargazing Retreats Camp Verde
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Stargazing Retreats Camp Verde doesn’t exactly fall neatly into the category of ‘hostel,’ but then again, it doesn’t quite all into the category of anything at all. At Stargazing Retreats Camp Verde, guests stay in stargazing capsules, which are ventilated, transparent spheres that have comfy full sized beds, complimentary wifi, and private bathrooms (that part is not transparent, don’t worry). But the real draw of these unique accommodations comes when the lights go down, and that clear plastic ceiling becomes a window to the stars in the night sky. It’s an unforgettable experience, and one that’s totally unique.
2320 N Private Dr, Camp Verde, AZ 86322, Phone: 310-961-1109
9.Billie's Backpackers Hostel
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Located just minutes from the Alaska Railroad Depot, which can bring guests to and from places like Anchorage and Denali, Billie’s Backpackers Hostel is a comfortable, cozy, conveniently located accommodation in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska. At Billie’s Backpackers, guests can count on free wifi, linens, storage, phone, coffee and tea, and hot showers. The hostel also includes a kitchen, laundry services, picnic facilities, and a television with a Roku for streaming. Fairbanks, and by extension Billie’s, is a spectacular place to view the Aurora Borealis at night during the winter, and during the summer, they not only rent out rooms but also tent space.
2895 Mack Blvd, Fairbanks, AK 99709, Phone: 907-479-2034
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10.Aloha Surf Hostel
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A trip to Hawaii can get expensive fast, especially when flights, entertainment, food, and accommodations are all factored in, but Aloha Surf Hostel, located on the North Shore of Maui, can help take care of at least one of those concerns. This vibrant hostel offers affordable lodging in dorms as well as private rooms, in an awesome location that is conveniently close to two of the best surfing spots on the island: Ho'okipa and Kanaha Beach. But there’s also so much else to do on the island, and Aloha Surf Hostel helps their guests make the most of it by offering free daily tours to the red sand beaches, the lush green rainforests and the hiking trails among them, and more.
221 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779, Phone: 808-868-0117
11.The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
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Like the name suggests, The Crash Pad is an uncommon hostel, indeed. The staff behind The Crash Pad knows that Chattanooga has a lot of potential when it comes to outdoor activity, so they market themselves to adventurers and outdoors enthusiasts who come for the mountains and rivers that are everywhere in and around Chattanooga. They are proud to offer a hostel that bears all the charm and style of a boutique hotel with the affordable price point of hostel lodging. Guests can choose from dorm lodging, private rooms, or even a private suite that sleeps up to four people.
29 Johnson St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, Phone: 423-648-8393
12.Grand Canyon International Hostel
Home to breweries, Northern Arizona University, and of course, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff has a lot to offer travelers, including a great place to lay their heads at night. Grand Canyon International Hostel has received acclaim from all over the world for their friendly service, comfortable rooms, free wifi and breakfast, and more. Guests who stay with Grand Canyon International Hostel can crash in a dorm room that sleeps up to four people, or in a private room with a queen sized bed or two twin sized beds. Both private rooms and dorms have shared bathrooms.
19 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, Phone: 928-779-9421
13.HI Chicago Hostel
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The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel features comfortable, airy dorm rooms that have bunk beds and sleep single-sex occupants, as well as private rooms with shared or en suite bathrooms. Breakfast buffets are served in the morning and included with the cost of stay, and that’s not even close to the only amenity on the table. At HI Chicago Hostel, all tours and activities are included as well,and the common areas in the hostel itself offer even more opportunity for interaction with pool tables, games, ping pong, and a shared kitchen space.
24 East Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-360-0300
14.HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
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For a gorgeous and peaceful location on the water, check out HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hotel, which sits right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, so close that guests will be able to wake the the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore. Dorms as well as private rooms are available, and coffee and hot beverages are available from the espresso bar on the premises. The location along the beach tends to draw a lot of people to HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, which has plenty of scenic tide pools as well as an actual lighthouse.
8800 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037, Phone: 650-728-7177
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Just ten short miles from Everglades National Park, Hoosville Hostel is comfortable, safe, and clean, with plenty of access to tours and activities in and around the Everglades. Hoosville Hostel has 14 guest rooms, some of which are private for one or two guests and some of which sleep as many as eight, with mixed dorms and female only dorms available to choose from. Hoosville Hostel is located right across the street from a bus station which will take guests wherever they need to go, and has plenty of community space in the hostel itself for those who want to hang out there and socialize with each other or some of the other guests.
20 SW 2nd Ave, Florida City, FL 33034, Phone: 305-363-4644
16.Mellow Mountain Hostel
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On the shores of Lake Tahoe, on the California side, Mellow Mountain Hostel provides a great place to stay for vacations full of skiing, hiking, fun on the lake, or in Tahoe itself. Mellow Mountain has an 8 bed mixed dorm, a 4 bed mixed dorm, a 4 bed female dorm, and private rooms with a queen bed or two twin beds available for rent. Each dorm has its own en suite, and there is one private queen room with an en suite bathroom. Communal amenities include a full kitchen, laundry, a computer room, clean bedding, lockers, fans and heaters, and storage for skis and snowboards.
4081 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, Phone: 530-600-3272
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17.Morris Burner Hostel
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Inspired by Burning Man, the Morris Burner Hostel fully embraces the ambiance of art, community, and attitude that the Burning Man festival so embodies. At the Morris Burner Hostel, the four story brick building is filled with art, music, and people that will inspire their guests and evoke a strong sense of community and friendship. There is a permanent outdoor playa called the Moasis, and indoor amenities include spaces for watching movies and relaxing, a full kitchen where family meals are often served, and more. There are permanent residents ar Morris Burner Hostel who help make guests feel entirely at home, but other accommodations include bunk rooms and private queen rooms, each decked out in artistic, colorful Burning Man style.
400 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512, Phone: 775-327-1171
18.The Mountaineer Hostel
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The beautiful town of Silverthorne is located right along I-70, just a short drive from Denver into the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Silverthorne is conveniently located to many of the best ski resorts in Colorado, and it is also home to The Mountaineer Hostel, a beautiful mountain home that opens its doors to skiers and snowboarders in the winter, and hikers and adventurers in the summer. The beds at The Mountaineer are clean and comfortable, and include a bunk room as well as several private rooms with one or two queen or king beds, and the place is family friendly.
358 Lagoon Ln, Silverthorne, CO 80498, Phone: 970-368-2559
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19.Wanderfalls Guesthouse & Hostel
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The mighty waters of Niagara Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world, and there are several ways to see them, namely from the American or the Canadian side. When staying on the American side, then Wanderfalls Guesthouse and Hostel is a great option for accommodations. Only one block from the Niagara Gorge and just a short five minute walking distance from Niagara Falls State Park, Wanderfalls Guesthouse and Hostel is a great alternative to expensive hotels, where guests can relax and meet each other in the common area or ask the friendly staff about local businesses and activities.
601 Spruce Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301, Phone: 716-804-1389
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Wanderstay Houston is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, but it is still quite close to all the action in Houston, particularly the Houston Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science. Wanderstay Houston has co-ed as well as female only dorms with bunk beds, and simple private rooms for one or two guests. The shared kitchen and living areas are great for relaxing, and there are board games, book exchanges, and more. In the mornings, continental breakfast is included with the price of stay, and bike rentals are also available. Wanderstay is reserved for guests aged 18 and over.
4018 Chartres St, Houston, TX 77004, Phone: 281-501-9610
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21.HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
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This lovely hostel, located at the base of a lighthouse that is over one hundred feet tall, has several buildings with accommodations and common areas. HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel is located right along the water, with a steep and beautiful cliff that leads down to the beach. On the cliff, there is a hot tub for guests, as well as an outdoor firepit with plenty of cozy seating for snuggling down and listening to the sounds of the waves. The area is also part of a dark sky preserve, so it’s an excellent place to stargaze.
210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, Phone: 650-879-0633
22.ReTribe Hiker Hostel
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Just one mile off the Long Trail, the ReTribe Hiker Hostel is very popular with thru hikers who have been on the trail for days and are looking for a shower and a place to sleep that’s not the ground. ReTribe Hiker Hostel offers all that and much more, with three bunk rooms and two private rooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a twin. They also have laundry services, a small kitchen, and parcel services, so those looking to restock before continuing along the trail can have supplies delivered to ReTribe so that it will be waiting for them when they arrive.
8 Maple Leaf Rd, Underhill, VT 05489, Phone: 802-858-5316
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23.Treasure State Hostel
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Whether traveling to Bozeman or just passing through, Treasure State Hostel has great, friendly accommodations for the weary traveler. With spaces in their five bed dorm for under $30 a night, and plenty of other accommodation options including smaller dorms, private rooms, and a couple’s queen bed room, Treasure State Hostel has cozy, clean beds and a comfortable, welcoming common area. During the warmer months when the weather and snow aren’t a factor, the hostel offers shuttle service to and from the airport, and during their stay in Bozeman, guests will be able to walk right out the door and into the downtown area.
27 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, Phone: 406-624-6244
23 Best Hostels in the United States
- Hostel Fish, Photo: Hostel Fish
- USA Hostels San Diego, Photo: USA Hostels San Diego
- Bunk and Brew Historic Lucas House, Photo: Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House
- Drifter Jack's Hostel, Photo: Drifter Jack's Hostel
- Gram’s Place Hostel, Photo: Gram’s Place Hostel
- Stella Maris Hostel, Photo: Stella Maris Hostel
- Park City Hostel, Photo: Park City Hostel
- Stargazing Retreats Camp Verde, Photo: Stargazing Retreats Camp Verde
- Billie's Backpackers Hostel, Photo: Billie's Backpackers Hostel
- Aloha Surf Hostel, Photo: Aloha Surf Hostel
- The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel, Photo: The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
- Grand Canyon International Hostel, Photo: papzi/stock.adobe.com
- HI Chicago Hostel, Photo: HI Chicago Hostel
- HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, Photo: HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
- Hoosville Hostel, Photo: Hoosville Hostel
- Mellow Mountain Hostel, Photo: Mellow Mountain Hostel
- Morris Burner Hostel, Photo: Morris Burner Hostel
- The Mountaineer Hostel, Photo: Alexey Lesik/stock.adobe.com
- Wanderfalls Guesthouse & Hostel, Photo: Wanderfalls Guesthouse & Hostel
- Wanderstay Houston, Photo: Wanderstay Houston
- HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, Photo: HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
- ReTribe Hiker Hostel, Photo: ReTribe Hiker Hostel
- Treasure State Hostel, Photo: Treasure State Hostel
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