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30 Best United States Backpacker Hostels

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#3 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
2 travelers mentioned "backpacker" and "backpacker hostel" when describing this hotel.
  • "The Green Tortoise might look a bit rough around the edges on first arrival but this hostel ticks every box if you are a backpacker looking to meet other people, hit all the cool..."
  • "the hostels in the US, this is the one that was most typical of a proper backpacker hostel. The place is big, but make sure you book ahead as it fills out pretty quickly. There..."
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#2 of 10 Specialty lodging in Wailuku
3 travelers mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
#13 of 19 Specialty lodging in Anchorage
2 travelers mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "I recenlty stayed at AK backpacker Inn and my experience at the hostel was not as bad as some of the reviews. The place had heart ! the customer service is the key to the success of..."
  • "When it came to my research of Hostels, many choices appeared online, and I chose..."The Backpacker's Inn. This place rocks in Alaskan style and offers many things to the customer..."
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#3 of 6 Specialty lodging in Haleiwa
2 travelers mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "If you're used to staying in hostels and enjoy the backpacker experience you will love it. Hawaii is quite expensive and without this great hostel with its surfing history and laid..."
  • "I stayed in the shared cabins 18 years ago as a backpacker, so knew the location was excellent, and that it's the least expensive place to stay on the north shore, which is what we..."
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#1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Everett
2 travelers mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "The Backpacker's Hostel is located in a suburb of Boston called Everett, which felt very safe and secure. However it's a bit of a distance from the city centre and all the..."
  • "If you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay within easy reach of Boston's main locations, there is much to commend Backpacker's. Everett is north of Boston and the hostel is..."
#4 of 9 Specialty lodging in Hilo
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "The Hilo Backpacker's Hostel is one of my least favorite hostels I've stayed at. The reason why this is so is because this hostel is kind of a "no shoes allowed inside" kind of..."
  • "This hotel has good central location, but to get here from the airport you need rent a car, the free car park is just next to hostel. Hostel is very clean, rooms big clean and beds very comfy. Ther..."
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#2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Pahoa
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "for local attractions. This place is definitely for the hiker/backpacker/adventurer in you - well done Hedonisia - I'll definitely be back!..."
  • "I meant to write this review 3 years ago when I visited (July 2008) but I had some PC issues at the time so it never actually uploaded. I am going back this year so have decided to write one now! ..."
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#1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Boston
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "I am not a 20 year old backpacker but a 50 year old blue collar worker who just refuses to pay $300 per night for a room to shut my eyes and sleep in. HI-Boston is tops in so many..."
  • "One of the best hostels we stayed in during our trip, cleanliness and amenities wise. However we didn't find all of the staff friendly, and thought that some of the pub crawls could have been better o..."
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#2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Hilo
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "So, this is a great hostel for a backpacker or someone who doesn't want to spend much on a room, where he/she only stays at night to sleep anyways...."
  • "At Hilo Bay Hostel it was a very nice place, kitchen, showers, dinner room, social room GREAT, beds was not comfortable, and since we had to have the window open because of the heat the noise from the..."
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#1 of 14 Specialty lodging in Nashville
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "To sum it up- If you're a music lover and a traveler/backpacker who is looking for a place with all the essentials for less than the typical hotel, then the Nashville Downtown..."
  • "I can't say enough about the facility and the staff of the Nashville Downtown Hostel. This was kind of a spur of the moment trip for my friend in I since we didn't have anything planned for spring bre..."
#1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Midpines
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostels" when describing this hotel.
  • "Backpacker hostels tend to be like that, which is good. I reserved a room with shared facilities which was in a cabin, and was small but beautifully appointed inside, just like a B..."
  • "Had a fantastic time at the Bug. Amazing trails, family friendly and scrumptious food at the restaurant. The steak was a crowd pleaser with my family and the staff were very accommodating of requests...."
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#1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Sacramento
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "I am a 30 something year old that use to stay at Hostels as a backpacker while I traveled around the world. I had not stayed in a Hostel in years and figured that I would give it a..."
  • "Had a private room. Great for one night. The location was unbeatable, The home itself was 120 years old with a really interesting story and it was beautiful. The morning coffee and bagels were good..."
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#6 of 47 Specialty lodging in Honolulu
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "On an Island catered to fancy resorts, hostels in Oahu are not held to incredibly high standards - but HI Waikiki is definitely one of the better backpacker choices. Clean rooms..."
  • "Best place to stay if you want to be a very close walk to the beach and save a lot of money. Great location, next to beach, food, busses. We borrowed beach chairs and boogie boards for free; there wer..."
#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Astoria
  • "I would like to recommend this hostel with full heart. Excellent place to stay, just minutes away from the Laguardia Airport and 20 mins from JFK. Free super speed wifi, room in excellent situation. T..."
  • "Well, I stayed in better hostels in my life but Westway stays as the best place for me to sleep in NYC according to price. Room service is done every second day, everything is clean and personnel is v..."
#1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Montara
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "cottage. The main building contains a kitchen and other facilities for backpacker types – also convenient. Looking forward to my next visit!..."
  • "This was the best hostel of all time. Surely go for one of the private rooms so that you can hear the ocean while you lay in bed. To be certain, the private rooms are small but who cares. Go there,..."
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#4 of 5 Specialty lodging in McCarthy
One traveler mentioned "backpacker motel" when describing this hotel.
  • "It seems to be where everyone goes to hang out. Lancaster's backpacker motel is owned and operated by the same people who operate Ma Johnson's in McCarthy. The properties are..."
  • "We were on our way to a backpacking trip up in the Wrangell-St Elias mountains and decided to stay here overnight on the night before we were leaving as well as the day we were back. The place met our..."
Berkeley YMCA (Berkeley)
#2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Berkeley
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "The YMCA hostel was the best experience I had staying in Berkeley as a backpacker. It's cheap, safe, run by a dedicated staff, and reasonably clean. It's a budget hostel, not a..."
  • "The location - a short walk from the BART station and downtown Berkeley's restaurant row - was perfect. I had one of the private rooms with a twin bed which was shabby but clean and well secured - pla..."
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Hostel Detroit (Detroit)
#1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Detroit
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostels" when describing this hotel.
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Florida City
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostel" when describing this hotel.
  • "This is definitely the place to be when you are looking for a friendly, clean and very relaxed real backpacker hostel close to the Everglades National Park, the Keys and close..."
  • "We arrived at the hostel not really knowing what to expect after finding it online a few weeks earlier. We booked a private room, and it was very clean and cozy. The bathrooms and common areas (our ro..."
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#1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Arroyo Seco
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostels" when describing this hotel.
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#3 of 8 Specialty lodging in Charleston
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "to stay 1 day longer as i primarly wanted. Its a great place as a solo-travaller and backpacker to meat people, great pub 2 houses next...."
  • "I have stayed in many hostels and each has its own quirks that can be endearing or annoying depending on what you are looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed staying here. The staff was friendly, helpful ..."
#5 of 6 Specialty lodging in Newport
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "There are no actual "hostels" in Newport so William Gyles is the only real option for a backpacker wanting to stay in the area, even though it blew my usual budget, expecially since..."
  • "This hostel is small by most standards, but you get a single bed in a room shared with just a few other people. I was here in November (off-season) and there were only a few other visitors. The host, ..."
#4 of 16 Specialty lodging in Portland
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "The rooms were clean and warm, there are a range of things to do and helpful backpacker bits and pieces (eg stamps). No TV- bring a viewing device if you need it, but there are..."
  • "We always enjoy staying with Hostelling International as they always provide a good hostel experience. We had a private room in this hostel, and it seemed more like a room in a nice b&b than a hostel...."
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#12 of 47 Specialty lodging in Honolulu
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "of Waikiki if you want to explore some other bars or take advantage of the backpacker specials on Lewers street. Some reviews talk about creepy long term guests. There were..."
  • "I recently stayed at this hostel for just under 3 weeks and it provided everything we could possibly want in a hostel at a very reasonable price! it's easy to find, fantastic location, secure, friend..."
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#2 of 14 Specialty lodging in Seattle
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "Stayed at the City Hostel in Seattle, was a good hostel for the everyday backpacker, its not as close to Pike street markets as you would like but the room we stayed in was nice..."
  • "This location was fantastic! The staff was incredibly friendly (even when off the clock, one hung out and played cards with us). They were all so helpful with information about the area and things to ..."
#1 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostels" when describing this hotel.
  • "I have stayed in a lot of backpacker hostels over the years & I can say with confidence that I have, by far, had the most enjoyable experience at the Pacific Tradewinds. PT is..."
  • "The atmosphere is great, it feels like you're part of a tight-knit family when you stay here. Everyone is really easy to get along with, and the staff are happy to help and will even join you for acti..."
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#4 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "I met some of the greatest friends at this hostel, it attracts a great kind of backpacker. Location is perfect, just make sure you don't head the wrong direction or it's not so safe..."
  • "This was my first hostel experience and it didn't disappoint. Friendly staff made us welcome and were happy to answer queries and help us out. Room was clean, comfy and well thought out. Privacy scre..."
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Hostel Cat (Las Vegas) 1.5 of 5
#6 of 32 Specialty lodging in Las Vegas
One traveler mentioned "backpacker hostel" when describing this hotel.
  • "Who could ask for more from a backpacker hostel? I certainly was impressed. The area is not too bad but you will see the odd hooker and homeless dude and drunks. A group of you..."
  • "I spent over a week staying at hostel cat and can honestly say I loved it! The hostel is located on las vegas blvd, between the fremont experience and the main strip. For $7, you can buy a bus pass fo..."
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#10 of 54 Specialty lodging in Chicago
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
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#2 of 24 Specialty lodging in Washington DC
One traveler mentioned "backpacker" when describing this hotel.
  • "To sum up: a pleasant enough place to lay your head on the cheap (I would recommend it to any backpacker) without having those extras that distinguished some hostels i came across...."
  • "This was my first stay at this Hostel, The front desk service was excellent in my opinion, I even had to change my room because I did not want a Top Bunk bed because of knee problems, they happily ac..."
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