Youth Hostels Boston

If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Boston, or you just want to meet and hang out with other backpackers and international travelers, the youth hostels in Boston are your best bet.If you've never stayed at a youth hostel before, and you are looking for a cheap hotel in Boston, then I recommend you give them a try if you are a little open-minded. Youth hostels are a great option, particularly for solo travelers, if you want to meet other folks that can help you enjoy time in a new city. And usually, the term "youth hostel" is a bit of a misnomer, as many of these backpacker inns accommodate folks from all ages.

When it comes to hosteling in Boston, you only have a few different choices, but the locations can't be beat. All three of them are located right in the city and are close to many of the sites and sights that make Boston so much fun to visit.

HI-Boston's Hemenway Street Hostel
HI-Boston's Hemenway Street Hostel

Hosteling International Boston Youth Hostel

HI-Boston Downtown is the name of Hosteling International's Youth Hostel in Boston. But take it from me, a Boston native, their hotel is NOT Downtown. It is located in Back Bay, which is actually a much better location than Downtown Boston in my opinion.

The hostel is located on Hemenway Street, close to the corner of Boylston and Hemenway. This is a great location for anyone visiting Boston. You are within walking distance of lots of great places to visit, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Fenway Park, the Charles River, the Christian Science Mother Church, Copley Square, the Boston Public Library, and Copley Place.

If you like to shop, Newbury Street and Copley Place are great destinations. There are also plenty of great restaurants on Newbury Street and dotted around the general area -- in all price ranges. Love the nightlife? Most of Boston's major night clubs are located within walking distance of the hostel -- over on Lansdowne Street.

You are also just over a block away from a T Station, so you can take the Subway downtown or anywhere else you'd like to go. And if you want to head over to Cambridge, there's a bus that stops right in front of the Subway station that can take you over the bridge and past MIT's main campus and then into Harvard Square.

HI-Boston Fenway

HI-Boston Fenway is located on the Boston University campus in a converted dormitory, only one train stop away from their main Boston hostel in Back Bay. HI-Boston Fenway is only open June through August.

If you are visiting Boston for sight-seeing and you like to walk, the Back Bay location is a more convenient location, but this hostel near Fenway Park is a great place to stay if you are planning on catching some Red Sox games during the summer.

It is also conveniently located near Kenmore Square and the T Station there, so you can easily get around Boston from here.

40 Berkeley

This hostel used to be called the Berkeley Residence and it was owned and run by the YWCA of Boston. I have no idea whether or not the YWCA still owns this place, but they have a nice swanky website now. This is still a hostel though and not a hotel -- which seems to be a fact many reviewers have missed if you take a look at the reviews on Priceline, etc.

In truth, 40 Berkeley isn't entirely a hostel. It is really a mixed use property -- they have long term guests and student housing, as well as hostel accommodation.

Located in Boston's South End neighborhood, again this is a convenient place to tour the City from. You'll be close to many great restaurants and shops in the South End and you are in walking distance of Copley Square and Newbury Street. You can even walk into the Theatre district from here if you want to see a play, or go visit the Boston Public Gardens, but make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. Alternatively, there's a Subway stop located four blocks away (Back Bay Station).

This is a bit pricier than the Hosteling International hostels (which generally cost around $40 per night) but you also get more privacy. Bathrooms and shower rooms are still shared, but you'll have a bedroom all to yourself -- for about $30 more per night, including breakfast.

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jim10 6 years ago from ma

Wow! Great prices for such prime location. You won't get anywhere near a hotel for those prices. I work on Newbury Street and it is a fantastic location especially if you like shopping and eating.


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

Yes, you definitely won't get anywhere near a hotel in Boston for those prices. I'm not keen on dormitory rooms, but I could definitely handle shared bathrooms if it were saving me that much money -- especially for the amazing locations.


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esllr 6 years ago

I will definitely look into this. The is a huge youth hostel in NY that the travelers share their stories while relaxing in open seat areas. I will go there this summer and while saving some money. Thanks for your insite.

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