Hostels are a very popular form of accommodation all over the world and have been used for many years by young travelers, backpackers, groups of friends, and individuals who just want to keep their travel costs down and stay somewhere simple.

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Hostels offer affordable accommodation, typically featuring shared rooms or dormitories, but with many also offering private rooms too. They also tend to feature lots of communal spaces like kitchens, terraces, patios, and lounges where guests can relax and enjoy the comforts of home together, as well as chatting to one another and making some new friends along the way.

Hostels are especially popular in big cities around Europe and elsewhere around the world, but many can also be found in the big cities of the United States too, with Houston being a fine example. The biggest city in all of Texas and the fourth biggest city in the United States, Texas is home to over 2.3 million people and is one of the main economic, cultural, and touristic centers of the Lone Star State.

Over 7 million visitors come to Houston each year just for the city's thriving Museum District and live entertainment events, with many more visiting the city to see other attractions and landmarks like the Theater District, the Sam Houston Monument, George Bush Park, the Houston Ship Channel, the Space Center Houston, the Houston Zoo, and more.

Houston is a city with a lot to offer, home to leading sports teams, countless museums, amazing restaurants, a jam-packed calendar of live and special events, and so much more. It's also home to plenty of low cost hostels, offering the perfect way to stay if you want to spend some time in Houston without throwing away huge amounts of cash on accommodation. Read on to learn all about a few of the best hostels of Houston.

- HI Houston, The Morty Rich Hostel - 501 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-636-9776

HI is one of the leading names in the hostel world, with those two famous initials standing for Hostelling International. You'll find HI hostels all across America in many major cities, including this particular location right in the heart of Houston. This HI Hostel is situated on Lovett Blvd in the Montrose part of the city, just outside Midtown and very close to many major landmarks and sites of interest like Houston Zoo, the Children's Museum of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Menil Collection.

The hostel itself is housed in a luxurious. elegant mansion dating back to the early 1900s, so you can really feel like you're staying in quite a classy place when you choose to spend a few nights at this Houston hostel. The dorms and rooms are furnished and decorated to a good standard, with simple bunk beds and storage lockers provided in the dorms. You'll also be able to enjoy free breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi at this hostel, as well as use of the outdoor swimming pool and sundeck area, the gazebo, the gardens, and the lounge.

- Wanderstay Houston - 4018 Chartres St, Houston, TX 77004, Phone: 281-501-9610

One of the main reasons many people visit Houston is to explore the city's outstanding Museum District, and if that's part of your plans too, you'll want to consider stopping off at Wanderstay Houston. This Houston hostel is situated right in the heart of the Museum District itself, within walking distance of key museum locations like the Houston Musem of Natural Science and the Children's Museum too. Houston Zoo and some good parks and shops can also be found nearby, so you really can get a full Houston experience if you choose to stay here.

This hostel offers very comfortable and cozy dorms with nice clean furnishings, big windows, clean bunk beds, secure storage lockers, and little reading lights too. There are also private rooms available for people wishing to pay a little extra and have a little additional privacy, and all guests will get free breakfast and use of the various communal spaces like the lounge and yard.

- Bunkwood Hostel - 2721 Engelke St, Houston, TX 77003, Phone: 713-714-6522

A very warm welcome and some super comfortable rooms are waiting to greet you at the Bunkwood Hostel of Houston. In terms of location, you really won't find a better hostel than this one for people wanting to explore Downtown Houston and see the main sites and activities of this Texas city. The Downtown Aquarium, Market Square Park, and Discovery Green are just a few of the local attractions, and you can access the Theater District on foot from this hostel too.

This Houston hostel features a warm, welcoming vibe that travelers will undoubtedly appreciate, with the dorms being nicely decorated with simple wooden beds and a few extra furnishings to make them feel more homely. The shared kitchen is also really nicely laid out and equipped with plenty of storage space and useful appliances like a big oven, a fridge-freezer, a microwave, tea and coffee making facilities, and more. As well as the kitchen and rooms, you'll find an attractive garden and a comfortable TV lounge which are both open for guest use at Bunkwood Hostel.