It’s located in the heart of Boston , halfway between Chinatown and the Theater District of the city .
It’s part of the Hostelling International group , which has hostels all over the world .
This hostel is very easy to get to by public transportation .
If you’re coming from Boston Logan Airport , you can take the free Silver Line train to South Station and walk a few blocks down to the hostel at 19 Stuart Street .
If you’re arriving by an Amtrak train, Greyhound or Megabus, you’ll arrive at South Station as well.
You have two other options besides walking when you get to South Station .
You can either take the Silver Line bus, which isn’t free, and drops you off across the street from the hostel , or if it’s late at night , and you really don’t know your way around the city, take one of the many cabs that wait outside the terminal .
Have the address of the hostel handy just in case the cab driver claims he doesn’t know how to get there and tries to overcharge you .
I’m very biased , but I like to think that this is one of the nicest hostels in the country , and given all the reviews that this hostel receives from many of the hostel AND hotel booking sites , I’m not the only one who feels this way .
The building that the hostel is located in was once an office building .
It has six floors and like most of the hostels in the world , Hostel International Boston has private rooms , and dormitory rooms with four, six, and eight bunk beds .
You have male , female , and coed rooms .
Each room has lockers, so remember to bring your own padlock .
If you don’t have one, you can buy one at the front desk .
Each bed also has a private lamp so you won’t disturb your bunkmates.
There’s no curfew per say, but if you come back late from partying in the clubs on Lansdowne Street or those hockey , baseball , or basketball games at TD Gardens or Fenway Park , just remember to keep the noise down to a minimum .
When you first check into the hostel , you’ll be asked if you have a Hosteling International membership card , and they also want to make sure that you don’t live less than 90 miles away .
If do live less than the 90 miles , you can’t stay at the hostel .
If you don’t have a membership card , they add three dollars per night to your bill.
That might not seem like much , but I would advise getting one.
The card doesn’t only work for this hostel , but for Hostel International branches all over the world .
Membership is good for one year .
Check in time is 2pm or earlier , if beds are available .
If not, you can store your bags at the hostel and explore the city until a bed is ready.
Check out time is 11am .
There’s a small cafe area right next to the big and spacious lobby area .
They also have a jar of cookies right at the front desk .
There’s also free WiFi in the hostel , they’ll give you the password at the front desk .
The elevator is right in front of you as you use your key card for entrance from the lobby into the hallway .
If your room is on the second floor , you can get your exercise and walk up the stairs , unless your bags are heavy.
All the hallways from the third floor all the way up to the six floor might look familiar to some of you if you’ve been to Boston before .
The hallways are painted in blue , orange , red, and green .
That’s right , those are the colors of the four “T” lines that make up the Boston subway .
If you want to go sightseeing in the city and aren’t sure which stops are on what train line, you don’t need a guide .
Just look at the shower curtains in all of the bathrooms .
It’s the map of all the subway stations in the city, including the commuter lines that run from South Station and North Station , called the Purple line.
But please don’t depend on the shower curtain .
Get yourself a Boston city guide from the front desk if you didn’t bring one with you .
Like many hostels , they also have free breakfast .
It runs from 7am until 10am, every day.
Coffee, tea, and water are free all day but for the daily breakfast , there’s white or wheat bread, bagels, fruit, hard boiled eggs , cereal, yogurt , as well as orange juice and apple juice .
The kitchen , which is on the second floor , has cooking facilities , dishes, pots and pans , cooking utensils , condiments and a place to store your food .
Just remember to label your food if you put it in the refrigerator or pantry.
They provide labels for you.
If you don’t label your food , someone might take it or worse, the staff will throw it away .
The second floor also has a laundry room , reading room , game room, and my favorites , the candy vending machines and the TV room .
There’s also computers so that you can print out your boarding pass or make another reservation for one of the other Hostelling International locations .
The hostel is in such a central location , so you can walk to Chinatown for either Chinese , Vietnamese , Malaysian , Japanese or Thai food .
There’s even fast food restaurants close enough as bars and pubs stay open fairly late due to the fact that this is the Theater District .
If you don’t want to have take out food, Walgreens , CVS and good old 7-Eleven are a block or so away from the hostel for those groceries that you might need.
Unlike the Old City Hostel in Philadelphia that I mentioned in an earlier post , ( See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com / 2017 / 05/ 05 Liberty -Tales – Philadelphia – Pennsylvania – The -House -At-325-Cherry-Street), this hostel is a “dry” hostel .
Don’t look for any alcohol , because it’s not allowed on the premises anywhere .
The rooms have bathrooms right outside the room , so remember to bring your key card with you .
The most nights that one can stay in the hostel is 14 days in a calendar year.
Other hostels have this rule as well .
The hotels in town are fairly expensive , but this hostel is a very affordable option for you .
I would advise though booking directly on the hostel’s own website rather than on websites such as Hostel World or Booking . com.
One more thing about the kitchen .
There’s communal tables which makes it easy to strike up a conversation with your fellow travelers .
If you don’t make new friends or strike up a conversation with at least ONE person during your time here, given all the activities provided by the hostel , sorry, that’s on you, boo.
Some of those travelers might be going to that same Red Sox baseball game or Celtics basketball game that you’re going to .
I could stay anywhere in the city as I have friends and family here.
But is is my go to place when I’m in town.
Make the Hostel International Boston your place if you come here for a 30 Plus Teams Tour or not.