A buddy and I stayed at this hostel for 2 nights, checking in during the off-season on Friday 9-27-13. I've never stayed at a hostel before so I was not expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations and the staff.
The hostel is very expensive, all things considered with Martha's Vineyard accommodations ranging much, much higher than this place. I'm not a hostel member and my total invoice per night was only $38. Hostel members save roughly $3 per night.
The hostel is centrally located and there is a MV transit bus stop directly in front of the property. We did not ferry our car over and took advantage of the MV transit authority bus system to get around the island. A 3 day bus pass was only $21 per person. You could opt to ferry your bike over with you which would be another great alternative for getting around if you don't mind biking a lot.
The hostel is really clean and at this time of year (the off-season) and there were not that many guests. Lots of different rooms with multiple bunk beds in each room. My room (2nd floor) was very large and had about 20 beds (bunk style) but only 5 people sleeping in the room. They do offer rooms family/group rooms for guests who want more privacy. My floor had a men's and women's bathroom. The men's room had a countertop with 3 sinks, 2 private curtained shower stalls and 2 private closed door toilet rooms.
Breakfast was awesome! The staff made pancakes. I helped myself to the coffee, oatmeal (with toppings), toast (with toppings). There were 2 or 3 stoves which you are free to use to cook meals, a microwave oven, a refrigerator to store your groceries, and plenty of seating in the kitchen. It's a very large room.
There is a living room to sit down and read or use the computer. There are plenty of books and magazines to use. There is complimentary wifi.
If you like jogging/running/biking, just out back there are paved and unpaved trails. I ran a 7 mile loop one morning on this trail.
I'm already thinking about next season and making reservations to bring my family along with me next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- World class beaches, biking trails, art galleries, and a variety of preservation lands are among the island's many attractions. Favorite destinations include the Aquinnah Clay Cliffs, Chappaquiddick Island, the Menemsha Fishing Village, and the Gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs. Famous for its beauty and diverse geographical landscape, visitors to the Vineyard quickly become enchanted by "the land beyond the sea beyond the land." Centrally locate on the isle of Cape Cod, our hostel remains in the 1950's architectural style it was constructed in, as the country's first youth hostel, over four decades ago. This is in keeping with the quiet, traditional atmosphere on the island. Attractions include local crafts and galleries but the real magic of Cape Cod lies in it's relaxing ambience. The Island of Martha's Vineyard has long been a favorite destination for exploration and recreation. World class beaches, biking trails, art galleries, and a variety of preservation lands are among the island's many attractions. Favorite destinations include the Aquinnah Clay Cliffs, Chappaquiddick Island, the Menemsha Fishing Village, and the Gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard West Tisbury, MA