I have stayed at many hostels in my traveling life, and in many different continents. This was one of the cleanest hostels out there. Candace makes sure that the hostel is continually cleaned and in good shape. There are four main room with bunk beds, which means that the hostel holds around 32 people. Still, groups usually come in the afternoon to stay and rest, and she makes sure that the bathrooms are not left in a rough shape even after multiple uses of tired visitors.
Candace also maintains the kitchen in good shape. All of the pots, pans, silverware and other cookware were clean, (unlike most hostels and backpackers around the world), and the it was pleasure to cook in such a well-kept and tidy kitchen. For the two nights that I cooked - I even had full use of the clean and large kitchen for myself. The hostel is also right near the local food coop of Durango, which has delicious, fresh and local foods. Candace makes free drip coffee for the guests in the morning.
The clientele often goes to sleep early and gets up early, so there is no partying or wild travelers sitting over some booze and talking all night. This is a quiet hostel for quiet travelers passing through. Candace regularly checks the common room to see if the guests are comfortable. Some of the travelers are bicycle racers and groups that go trekking through the mountains, so they have to get up early. European visitors also stop in for the night.
The price is 30$ per night, which includes everything: towel, taxes, etc. This makes the payments easier.
The only issue was one night of no sleep. This one older man had a snoring decibel level of an 8. I could not get to sleep all night. On the hostel's website, Candace makes sure that snorers don't stay at her hostel, but they come anyway. This is one of the drawbacks to hostels. The prices are better, but there is always some person with a snoring issue.
If you want a clean bed, kitchen and bathroom, and a good priced offer in Durango - which is hard to find in town, then stay at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Durango Hometown Hostel, located 1.2 miles from historic downtown Durango, opened summer 2008. The hostel consists of four dorm rooms, sleeping 6-8 people each. Guests have their choice of a single-sex or co-ed bedroom. Features include security lockers, ample bathroom facilities, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, three house computers and WIFI. Common areas include an outdoor deck on the edge of a forested hillside, and a cozy living room with a fireplace and library. ... more less