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HI Phoenix - The Metcalf House
Dunedin, New Zealand
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70 reviews
57 hotel reviews
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“Great wee hostel”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I spent two nights here in the dorm. When I first arrived, the staff member was very welcoming and di her best to give me directions to the Musical Instruments Museum which, lets face it, is at quite some remove from the hostel. They were also very accommodating when I wanted to change to a lower bunk. The bunks themselves weren't the most comfortable I have slept in but they were OK.

The really great thing about the hostel was the social environment - people hanging out in the common room and willing to chat. I can't comment on the breakfast because I found a wonderful cafe. I did use the internet a fair bit, and it was always reliable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

I was lucky enough to get the last bed in the dorm room on the same day and would definitely go back. The staff are super-friendly and helpful, the common room is cozy and set up so it's easy to meet other travellers, the beds & bathrooms are clean and neatly organized and there's a backyard and front porch for relaxing. The location and price really can't be beat - it's located in a residential neighborhood right off the freeway, about 10-15 minutes (no traffic) from the airport. There are some shops and bars within walking distance. The neighborhood is quiet, well-lit and safe. Breakfast is available in the kitchen and the wifi password and towel rentals only cost $1 each. Highly recommended. (http://home.earthlink.net/~phxhostel/)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

The staff are local, very helpful and knowledgeable of hostels and travelling. They have a great Mexican Supermarket close by and the front and backyards are relaxing especially in the hammocks! There are musical instruments and board games to play and the light breakfast is amazing (included in your $23 per night). It is a small hostel but the other travellers are friendly and everything is accessible by public transport, thank god you can finally book on-line too!! The Lost Leaf Bar has live music, the filmbar, library, matt's big breakfast and the heard museum are my favorites. STAY HERE - you will not forget or regret it!!

Room Tip: Private Room has shared bath and there is a new family room sleeps 4 people that is amazing! These...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Potomac, Maryland
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

This is such a Great Place! I stayed a couple of years ago.
When your walking down the street looking for it, most likely YOU WILL WALK RIGHT PASS THE HOSTEL! It is that well hidden!
The entrance looks like an entrance to Jurrassic Park! A Lot of Greenary!
You can work for your nights stay here as well.
The Manager Lady is so Cool & Sweet!
They have an AWESOME COMMON ROOM! They have a Piano for playing your latest tunes, Brochures on things To Do in the area, also a Nice GuestBook which you can sign & also look at previous hosteller quotes!
The Kitchen is SUPERB! The backyard is a place to Chill & Relax!
Go there & Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about HI Phoenix - The Metcalf House

Property: HI Phoenix - The Metcalf House
Address: 1026 N 9th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2731
Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Phoenix
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Phoenix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The HI Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center is a traveling organization that caters to international travelers, tourists, students and people of all ages who want to experience the world with an affordable budget. Our hostel offers a combination of common spaces, gardens, reading rooms, dorms spaces, private room, and family rooms to meet the needs of our diverse guests. We are also a vibrant cultural center that curates and hosts artists from all over the world. We are the only accredited hostel in Arizona, and have won numerous awards for our unique programs, cultural events, and style. We have all the amenities you for a safe, fun, and unique travel experience. If you are looking for one of the most unexpected and exciting places to stay in the US, come to the desert and enjoy the Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center! ... more   less 

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