Best USA/Canada Hostels
Know this isn't the preferred method of travel on my continent but hear me out. In short, I'm back from my world travels and have discovered an effect of it is how I seem to be visiting a new place every weekend- either hopping in my car for a drive or grabbing a last-second esaver ticket. So far it's been staying with friends, family, and the occasionally a Couchsurfer, but the latter doesn't work out well when I'm arranging things only a day or two in advance. I'm also missing the hostel scene from my travels so thought this would be a good thing to know for later- what are some good hostels in the USA and Canada? I know they actually exist as I stayed at one I liked in San Francisco and had a friend who liked the one she stayed in at NYC, but figure there's gotta be more out there. Thanks all!
zip112 in brooklyn.
- decent rooms in a couple very New Orleanian looking buildings
- a big enclosed backyard with picnic tables, a tiki bar (doesn't serve alcohol - but you CAN keep yours in the alcohol fridge out back!), a swimming pool (only for the hottest days - it's unheated - but luckily in New Orleans there's a lot of those!), a stage for events, and usually lots of internationals hanging around drinking in the nice evenings
- a full kitchen, with fridges to keep your stuff, and even a vending machine with random essentials such as Ramen noodles and Easy Mac (in addition to the usual chips & chocolate)
- NOT in the French Quarter, but right one the corner of a Canal line streetcar stop (the main line to GET to the French Quarter; etc)
.... um. Yep!
1 - Shantz Haus, Courtenay BC
2 - HI Castle Mountain, Banff National Park AB
3 - Surf's Inn, Ucluelet BC
Now, that's probably half the hostels I've stayed at in North America, but the first two are, I think, excellent hostels by any standard. The last one was mostly nice in triggering all sorts of happy travel memories...the facility itself was mid-range, pretty much in line with a hundred other hostels I've stayed at in Europe.
Here are the ones I'd recommend:
HI Vancouver Downtown is probably my favorite in North America. I've stayed there at least half a dozen times over the years.
HI Santa Monica is pretty swanky as far as hostels go, and it's two blocks from the beach. If you like quiet, homey, kumbaya type of places the HI Point Loma in San Diego is tops. Those are usually my two stops when I'm in Southern California.
I've always heard rave reviews about The South Beach Hostel, but I've never been because I'm from Miami so I usually stay with family in town.
Of the others, the downtown HI hostel in Boston was probably the best of the rest, while the ones I stayed at in San Diego and San Francisco were both ok but nothing to write home about.
Los Angeles-USA Hostel Hollywood
San Francisco-Green Tortoise
Seattle-Green Tortoise (they give you free dinner every other night and it's a lot of food, not just one dish)
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