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“Nice Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
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The Cleveland Hostel
2090 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113   |  
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phila, Pa
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17 reviews
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“Nice Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Somehow my partner and I have become seniors. It wasn't planned but it happened. Keeping age in mind he questioned whether a hostel would be the right place for us in our initial visit to Cleveland.
We have to say The Cleveland Hostel was a great choice for us. You can choose to share a room and a bath or to take a room with a private bath. We chose the latter and for 75 dollars a night got a clean room with a nice bath..shower, which was fine with us...and easy access to a shared kitchen. We did not use the kitchen but we saw some of the children...okay, twenty somethings...making use of the facilities. You can buy food and cook in or pick up take out. The only requirement is that you clean up after yourself. Seems fair.
The location is terrific. Ohio City is a section of Cleveland that is undergoing a renaissance . Lots of hip bars and restaurants. We liked the neighborhood so much that we ate at three different restaurants in the area rather than taking the car to downtown Cleveland. Parking is a cinch by the way...free and right across the street.
Driving to the sights in Cleveland was easy. Although if you don't have a car there is a public rail service about a block away.
Both the owner, Mark, and his second in command, Michelle, were happy to help with directions and suggestions as to what to see in town...don't miss the Cleveland Museum of Art which has combined their older building with a stunning modern addition. The art was fine but we were more impressed with the architecture of the buildings.
This hostel is a great find for both young and old travelers.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Prescott, AZ
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This European style hostel is very conveniently located (on the main strip of Ohio City-many amazing restaurants with great happy hour food options, West Side Market, Dave’s Supermarket, public transit [RTA red line station], nice mile walk to Lolly the Trolley-excellent 2 hour sightseeing tour).
Huge, comfortable, clean, beautifully designed kitchen, dinning area, and social/community interaction area on the second floor. Great roof deck area that has tables/chairs and an amazing view (it was a little chilly during our trip, but would be a great space to unwind). Good security (front door key card access). Private rooms, four person rooms with private bath, and larger shared rooms available (price variations). We did a four person room with private bath (two bunk beds) $27 per person. Because it off season, we ended up having the room to ourselves (the other two beds were open). Low census so noise was not an issue. However, if you are a light/medium sleeper you may want to bring ear plugs. Great stay in a wonderfully unique hostel! We highly recommend it and look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

- The hostel is closed to the station of RTA (10 min to downtown)
- There is a big market near the hostel
- This building is new and clean (est. 2012)
- Good shower room
- Well organized kitchen

I think the hostel is one of the best hostels in USA.
I strongly recommend to stay in this hostel if you come to Cleveland:)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austinburg, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

It has been a few years since we have stayed at a Hostel, maybe ten, twenty, okay; it is approaching twenty-five years. However, my wife and I decided to check out Ohio City and try to recapture some of our misspent youth. We could not be more impressed with Cleveland or the Cleveland Hostel.

First, let us discuss Cleveland. Remember when Cleveland was the butt of all of those jokes after the river catching on fire? Well, Cleveland is now HOT!!! On a recent tour of the Great Lakes Brewery, we met visitors who traveled to Cleveland from California, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In a tour of about thirty people, as we sampled “Burning River Pale Ale,” we were the sole travelers from Ohio.

Restaurant choices in the area are amazing. We sat at the “Chef’s Table” and watched the staff prepare delicious fare at Crop Bistro. It is in a former bank building, built just before the 1929 stock market crash. Does the artwork in the building foresee the coming “crash” and the re-birth of the building as a restaurant? You be the Judge. Make sure to check out the former bank vault, now a funky place for group gatherings. Crop Bistro is not an inexpensive place to eat, but not out of line for the quality of the food and the setting. Besides, you can now afford to splurge a little. Think of all that money you are saving staying at the Hostel.

For cheaper food options, there are a number of high quality restaurants, coffee and pastry shops, many that have been highlighted on the Food Network. Take along a cup of coffee as you stroll many of the quaint shops selling local products. Do not miss the West Side Market, conveniently located across the street from the Hostel. If you are a foodie, you can travel the world and not leave the West Side Market.

As for other sites, we strongly recommend a visit to the Cleveland Art Museum a short drive away at University Circle. This area is known for its vast cultural activities, including the world famous Cleveland Orchestra, consistently rated one of the best in the WORLD. However, the true gem is the soon to be completed renovation of the Cleveland Art Museum. Rafael Vinoly has masterfully blended the older 1916 Greek revival museum with the “newer 70’s style” expansion to create an architectural work of art. The expansion has allowed the Museum to more fully display its vast collection. You could easily spend several days at this facility, a museum that now rivals the best in Europe.

Speaking of Europe, Mark has done a fantastic job of bringing a classy, European Style hostel to the North Coast. The rooms are clean, reasonably priced, well appointed, with fantastic common areas. You can easily shop at the West Side Market and prepare a meal in the expansive kitchen area. Just make sure to clean up after yourself!

The key to this Hostel is with every good business – LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. From your rooftop view of the Hostel, you can begin to realize all that this city has to offer. Cleveland has a lot going for it and the Ohio City area has a hip vibe about it. For a “middle aged” couple, the Cleveland Hostel was a perfect place to explore the vast cultural activities within the Cuyahoga River area. We are pleased to report that the river is no longer on fire, and that Cleveland offers the traveler the ability to see the world within a short walk or drive of the Cleveland Hostel. Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I was here in February with a group from work. The rooms were very clean, and there was plenty of entertainment. The neighborhood is very engaging with music and other art.

There is a candy store next door which for my sweet tooth was the perfect fix. Within two blocks there are multiple breweries/restaurants, as well as the historical West Side Market

What astounded me was the view from the roof, see my picture. All in all, a great value!

Room Tip: The more friends the better as with any hostel
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Avon Lake, Ohio, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our company is located in Cleveland and we employ college students from all throughout the Midwest. The Cleveland Hostel has been the perfect place for them to stay while in town for orientation weekends. The rooftop views are incredible and everyone has loved being able to meet new people in the shared rooms or the common area. Ohio City has so much to offer with Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the other great bars and restaurants.

Only tip: Be sure you bring soap and shampoo!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The hostel itself is great, huge kitchen, in a bohemian/funky neighbourhood, very near public transit station, everything is clean and very new/good condition, no breakfast, good security, price is good for the quality of accommodation.

However once big concern is service or lack of. When I arrived around 6.30 to 7 pm, the door was locked and there was a sign in the window saying the owner was away temporaily with a contact phone number to call.

When I called the receptionist/owner stated he was not coming back at all that night. Luckily some other people spotted me and let me in. There were some sheets and a named envelope with my key and some written instructions. There were a couple of other named envelopes.

The bottom line is if I was not let in, I would have been locked out all night. It is not good enough to write out a note and leave it to luck. The hostel did not warn me in advance this was the arrangement, apologise or even explain themselves. In the morning for check-out I met someone else who I only saw on the desk once.

It is a shame I had this experience as it has the potential to be a great hostel, but the owner/workers who run the place cannot just disappear for an entire evening and let the guests fend for themselves. This is shoddy and unprofessional service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2090 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
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Location: United States > Ohio > Cleveland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Cleveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cleveland Hostel is housed in an historic building in Cleveland's vibrant Ohio City Neighborhood with restaurants, shops, breweries and the fabulous West Side Market right at your doorstep. With numerous bus lines and a stop on the red line train just a block away it is easy to get anywhere in the city. We offer shared and private rooms, a large fully equipped kitchen, common areas, and amazing views of the city from the roof top deck. Our staff are well traveled, friendly and helpful. ... more   less 
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