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“Halfway Hostel” 3 of 5 stars
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The Avenues Hostel
107 F Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103   |  
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Halfway Hostel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Let me start by saying our room was clean and quiet and the location to downtown is excellent for walking. However, this is like no hostel I have ever stayed in. The clientele appears to be mostly long-term renters who are down on their luck. We stayed 2 nights and never encountered another "traveller" or spring break reveler like ourselves. Everyone was friendly, and it is located in a safe neighborhood but there was a definite feeling that we were the only people just passing through on vacation. If you are looking for a cheap place to stay, this fits the bill. If you are hoping to share a communal meal and talk with travelers from around the world, this is not the place. We definitely felt like we had rented a bunkbed at a halfway house.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

It was fun for an adventurous traveler like me who was there to ski. It is located in a lovely, neighborhood with lots of character and beautiful old homes. Met fellow travelers from Utah, New York, California, Idaho, Korea, New Zealand, Belgium. I stayed in a dormatory room with a clean, comfortable bunk bed. Had access to full kitchen to cook my food. Have several common areas, TV rooms --I didn't use them. Access to computers/internet, lots of books. Didn't have any problems, kept my valuables with me, but they do have lockers for rent. Convenient to an excellent public transit or if you are used to walking -- walking distance to downtown attractions.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Cost was $20 per night for a dorm room with 4 beds. The showers are very hot and the comped breakfast includes eggs, cereal, bread with peanut butter and jelly. A great grocery is just 3 blocks from the hostel. Hostel is clean and my room was very quiet. Kitchen contains needed to cook basic meals.. Would stay again.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

First off this is NOT a IYH hostel. Yes, there are some transients , mostly travelers and ski bums though. I stay here weekly as I am in culinary school and do not want to live in SLC. Yes the Staff would fail a hospitality course for the most part but there are a couple there that give a damn. I do love the neighborhood and weather permitting walk in it. There is a Smith's 4 blocks away, downtown a 10 minute walk away. The beds are not perfect, bring a blanket or sleeping bag. Bathroom clean enough, coffee strong and they usually have eggs and cereal for breakfast. Most times my roomies are fine, had to deal with a tweaker one time. Bring earplugs for the snorers. It is fine for what I need. A bed, shower and breakfast. All for 20 bucks. Trust me, I have stayed at much worse for more money. If you want more, go to Motel 6.

Room Tip: Room 11 seems to have the firmer mattresses in the men's dorms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I was expecting a hostel. This is not a hostel, it is a DORMITORY for tumbleweeds - people who are down on their luck and homeless. One of the girls in my room smoked marijuana and was home at 4am every day. I got sexually harassed by some drunken bum in the common room, of course nobody was around to contact regarding this. A lot of my food got stolen from the fridge, and belongings were stolen from my room! I saw one of the people using my bottle of conditioner - just helping herself. We requested a refund, and of course didn't get it. Ask yourself this - would a person who is confident in their business have a 'no refund' policy? No, they wouldn't. When we were checking out, the owner just 'left' and didn't come back because he knew we were going to have issues. What employer does that to his staff? Just leaves them there like that? A final comment - this 'Salt Lake City' is the Mormon capital of the world, yet it is full of dishonesty, theft, drugs and very unJesus like behaviour!! DO NOT STAY HERE.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This hostel was close to a lot of beautiful churches and I took an awesome walk to the capital...once you get to the top of the stairs you get a breathtaking view. The hostel was very friendly and I was able to feel at home quick. I guess it was a little outdated and the bathrooms were small. I've been to a lot better well kept hostels but I would recommend it. It was cozy and a cheap place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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78 reviews 78 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

After a bad experience at Arthur's camelot in SLC, decided to try the Avenues. Actually, had been here many years ago. then it was so so except that the "free breakfast" was a pot of cooked oatmeal which had been left out so no telling how old it was. Fast forward to now and things are a little better. Did not have reservations and just showed up and they were able to accomodate me. Price varies if you pay by credit card or cash or book through an external site (warning: the external site is in Ireland so when you are trying to book for today and it is already 9 hours later there, you may not be able to do it for 'today". room was dormitory and was fine. Breakfast had a little more variety this time, eggs, corn flakes, and milk. But for the $20 or so it was a lot better than camping miles away.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 107 F Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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Location: United States > Utah > Salt Lake City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Salt Lake City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near all Salt Lake's major attractions, Ski Resorts, Convention Center:Temple Square with the world famous Tabernacle Choir, the Genealogical Library, Pioneer Museum, City Creek center, Kennecott Copper Mine, Red Butte Garden, Governors Mansion, University of Utah, and the Great Salt Lake.One mile from AMTRAK, Greyhound, & the Visitors Center.On Bus Lines, free parking, free internet, free breakfast. ... more   less 
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