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“a train to santa fe” 3 of 5 stars
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Route 66 International Hostel
1012 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM (Downtown)   |  
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Genoa, Italy
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72 reviews 72 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“a train to santa fe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

we chose this hostel because we had to go by train to indian market festival in Santa Fe on august and sleeping in Santa Fe is really expensive. The hostel is 15 minutes walking to the train station, and you can enjoy a train trip to Santa Fe. The hostel is on the route 66 between dowtown (5 minutes walking) and the old touristic town (10 minutes walking).
We chose the ensuite room, simple and bright, and very cheap! The hostel is good for young people, is charming but slovenly. Free parking on the backside

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Good location, walk to down town nightlife. Might be a longish walk if you're packing from the train station, but doable. Parking is a little tight but available. Beautiful comfortable old building with creaky floors and lots to explore. I stayed in the large dorm as I always do, bathroom facilities hadn't been upgraded to multi-user versions, so some folks might find that dicey. Extremely good kitchen! I could comfortably stay here for a long stay or while house-hunting if I was going to resettle in Albuquerque. Mattresses had those heavy rubber covers which have become more and more common in US hostels, oh well.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hudson, NY
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79 hotel reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

This hostel has no air conditioning in the dorms, wi-fi is filtered, staff is very rude. The dorms are very hot and the fitted sheets constantly slide off of the plastic mattress covers.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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San Diego, California
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Stayed here Sat Dec 3rd - Sun Dec 4th.
Amazing place. When I arrived in Albuquerque I happened to stumble upon the town having their Christmas Parade right on the same street the hostel was located. All the guests were happily hanging out on the porch, drinking and having a gay old time.
The girl who checked me in was really nice but seemed a little pre-occupied and sort of rushed the check in because she wanted to get back to drinking with her friends, but that didn't bother me.

The girls dorm was huge with 4 bunk beds and even a couch in the room.
The place was really roomy and i felt at home lounging around.
Very clean place.

Only tiff i have about this place is the parking!! Only parking available was 2 spots behind the hostel in an alley. The girl in charge told me NOT to park on the street or my car would defiantly be broken into. So i managed to squeeze it into one of the spots in the alley.

Other than that I would most certainly stay here again, I loved it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011 via mobile

No AC in the room in august, room clean, bathroom clean but soooo old. Service nice, but slow.

It's not the best motel, but it's ok for one night because it's really cheap.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

I've stayed in Youth Hostels all over America, and it's always hit-or-miss. Sometimes, you get a real gem ... but sometimes, they're just hostile. The Route 66 Hostel in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the best around. You really can't go wrong on a private bedroom at $25/night, and the place is clean and welcoming. The Hostel requires that you do one chore for the night, but it's really quite minimal ... so I found it pretty basic. There's much more of a sense of community here than I've seen at other Hostels. Had a great time in Albuquerque!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Minneapolis
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

Arrived late at night, easy walk from the bus station, pleasant, helpful staff, common space full of helpful resources, charming old building. But, ugh! The room was so gross. I've stayed in many hostels, but really this was one of the worst for a decaying building that needed a lot more TLC then it's gotten. Ill fitting windows,clean beds, but I was so fearful of the millions of cracked and peeling surfaces, I could only imagine it was teeming with bed bugs. I'd looked for a review before we arrived and not been able to find one. Now that I've read all the bed bug reports, I'm worried about what we might have brought home. We did not get bed bugs that we know of, but I stayed up late worrying about it, finally went to bed with all my clothes on, hoping to avoid them. The bathroom was almost too hideous to use, in fact I did not evn use the shower. There was an old kitchen sink and cupboard in the room, covered with a curling old piece of something. Ugh, it was not a restful night. It turns out there were a number of old, cheap motels just down the street that we could have gotten for the same price, or cheaper. Of course, I don't know what they were like...and they would not have had the same friendly, helpful people. It's too bad they dont' have a better building. Hostels can be so great. This one, I'm afraid, is not.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1012 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM
Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque > Downtown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Albuquerque
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