I rank this within the top three hostels I've stayed in my life. Certainly you'll find more social hostels, or ones with a better party atmosphere but for a place to sleep, with good facilities, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a hostel which has been renovated to a higher standard.
General aesthetic is great, very friendly staff, good security, comfortable rooms with intelligent design- a light which only lights the path you walk so you don't wake everyone at night. Each bed also has a kind of enclosure where the headboard would be, within which is the plug socket/light, therefore you can recharge your things or turn on the light without worrying about waking others or having your stuff taken at night. Nice kitchen, decent common areas, excellent location. Bathrooms are also nice, very spacious, there's more than enough on the floor. Very occasionally I had to wait about 5 mins to use a shower.
It's hard to fault this hostel, my only two negative points would be that it's quite expensive for a dorm room in a hostel (I mean this generally, not specific to the US or even Boston) - I think the dorm room I stayed in was the most expensive of any hostel I've been or seen advertised (on the plus side for 4 nights I had nobody else in my room with me). Also, as a single traveller I didn't find it the best place for meeting people within the hostel but the organised events were decent enough.
Hopefully I can return some day and regardless of price I can't recommend this place strongly enough.
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