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Hostelling International - Boston 2.0

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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  • Numerous room type options including private rooms and those with private bathrooms
  • Centrally located within walking distance of most attractions and the T line subway
  • In-room lockers allow for charging devices while locked in
  • Each bed includes an outlet near the pillow and a reading light
  • Large clean common kitchen for cooking
  • Numerous free daily excursions led by volunteers or staff
  • Free breakfast and coffee and snacks throughout the day
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Lacks amenities such as a fitness center
  • Rooms are simple and stark
  • Some room types have guests sharing the space with strangers

Bottom Line

This 100-room modern hostel is a great place for young adults to save some money and meet new friends. It is a bit pricey for a hostel, but the features and cleanliness of it compared to other hostels makes it worth the extra cash, especially for guests who take advantage of the free tours and events. Each room has a clean hallway bathroom just for that room which is a rarity among hostels. Not surprisingly, there is no fitness center or pool.

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Lively modern hostel that attracts young, budget-minded travelers.

The Hostelling International in Boston is located on a busy Boston city street. Entering the building you will notice that it has a young hipster vibe with modern industrial decor to match. The common areas are spacious with lots of seating. With a library, pool table game room, TV room, computer room, and lounges, there is something for everyone to do when not out and about. The hostel is clean, open, and sparse as far as decorations, but provides enough atmosphere to make it welcoming.


Right in the thick of things

This hostel is centrally located in the heart of Boston. From the hotel, you can travel in one direction to the theater district or the other to get to the Back Bay district. It is located only six miles from the airport and is within walking distance to almost all attractions including The Freedom Trail, Harvard, Fenway Park, libraries, breweries, restaurants, Chinatown, and more. The T line is a 5-minute walk for those who prefer rail to walking or want to visit a location farther afield.


Plain, but adequately equipped

The Hostelling International has 100 rooms ranging from private rooms to 4 and 8-person rooms. They are bare bones in decor, but have awesome features for a hostel. Each bed comes with an outlet for charging devices and a nightlight, as well as an oversized locker which can also charge devices locked inside. Beds include fresh linens, and you get a towel for showering. Each room comes with a private spotless bathroom (in the hallway). Private rooms have an in-room private bathroom and TVs with DirectTV.


Cook, wash clothes, play games, and catch up on email

This hostel has all the necessities: A clean common kitchen, laundry room (additional fee) with ironing station, game room, TV room, library, and computer room (additional fee). There is a no-alcohol policy and guest room floors are secured by a keycard system.

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19 Stuart St., Boston, Massachusetts 02116-4723, United States

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