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Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard
Darien, Illinois
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54 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“First time at a Hostel”
Reviewed September 27, 2011

Our son wanted us to stay at the Hostel on Martha's Vineyard. It was a very interesting and a lot of nice people. A breakfast was provided, which we didn't expect. We had a fun time at breakfast with the diverse people from different countries. We were just there for 24 hours so we didn't have a chance to check out everything.

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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

I've been to a lot of hostels and this is one of my new favorites. The location is secluded and beautiful; a great place to just get away from it all! The owners/staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and made the hostel feel homey. The daily breakfast was one of the better ones I've had at a hostel. The room I stayed in was dorm-style and had around 10 bunk beds, but it was clean and not crammed at all. I would highly recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

This was a great place to stay - all the staff was super friendly. It is right on the bus route #6, but need to be at the bus stop early or they won't stop. The couple that run the place made sure we had everything we needed. It does include a free breakfast each day which includes pancakes made by Mike. There is coffee & tea available all day. So if you are on a budget this is a great place to stay. On the day before we left - there were about 15 teenagers from a deaf school all on the second floor and since we were the only couple on the first floor - they let my hubby use the first floor female bathroom. One funny thing was we had to wash our own dishes and I didn't know how to work the sink - foot peddles to turn on the water :)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Framingham, MA
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30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2011

We reserved a private rooom with a private 1/2 bath for my family of 4. GREAT! Clean, well-managed, nice, spacious property, free breakfast in the morning, outdoor and indoor showers, and right on the bike bath and a bus route. You'll pay 50% less than the budget hotels on the island, and get a much better experience. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2011

HI - MV was a great choice of a place to stay and top notch as far as hostels are concerned. My husband and I decided to take our bikes via the ferry and spend the weekend biking around the island. From getting off the ferry and biking with bags, its about 7 miles or so, but nearly all on separate bike paths. Once you get there the hostel itself is spacious and inviting. The older staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the area and very available to help you plan your weekend in terms of best routes, taking the buses, sights to see, etc. On top of that, at least on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday you're welcomed by an included pancake breakfast with coffee and tea - nice touch! My husband and I stayed in the general dorm area, it was full, but the facilities are very clean (bathrooms included) and there are no complaints. There was no A/C when we were there, but the weather was manageable. I'd highly recommend staying here - where else can you stay on MV for $75 for two people with included breakfast? Probably no where else.

Room Tip: Book early and note that they do charge a $3 per person charge if you're not an HI member.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2011

we spent a couple of days at the hostel while exploring the Vineyard. The staff (Mike and Donnie) couldn't do enough to make our stay a pleasurable one. This included finding a makeshift bath/paddling pool for our 14 month old daughter, lending us towels for the beach and ringing around the kayak tour companies to see what was running as the tourist season hadn't quite begin. Incidentally, Mike also does a great pancake breakfast which was throughly enjoyed on both mornings of our stay.

In terms of location, the hostel itself is a bit removed from civilization but accessible by bus or taxi. If anything though, this added to the peace and tranquility of our stay. Please note, if you're looking for a 'party hostel' this isn't it. Quiet time is from 10pm onwards and there is no alcohol allowed at both hostel and indeed most of the island (with the exception of Oaks Bluff and Edgartown). We passed the evenings doing puzzles polaying board games provided by the hostel.

In short, this is a great hostel which made our time on the island a pleasurable one.

Room Tip: go off-season.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Brattleboro, Vermont
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2011

Had a great time at this hostel - it was very clean, very comfortable, and very well designed. So easily accessible too! Donnie and Mike are fabulous (and make tasty whole wheat pancakes for breakfast!). Definitely recommend, especially for students or anyone on a budget.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard
Address: Edgartown-West Tisbury Road 525, P.O.Box 3158, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02575
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > West Tisbury
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in West Tisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard 2*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
World class beaches, biking trails, art galleries, and a variety of preservation lands are among the island's many attractions. Favorite destinations include the Aquinnah Clay Cliffs, Chappaquiddick Island, the Menemsha Fishing Village, and the Gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs. Famous for its beauty and diverse geographical landscape, visitors to the Vineyard quickly become enchanted by "the land beyond the sea beyond the land." Centrally locate on the isle of Cape Cod, our hostel remains in the 1950's architectural style it was constructed in, as the country's first youth hostel, over four decades ago. This is in keeping with the quiet, traditional atmosphere on the island. Attractions include local crafts and galleries but the real magic of Cape Cod lies in it's relaxing ambience. The Island of Martha's Vineyard has long been a favorite destination for exploration and recreation. World class beaches, biking trails, art galleries, and a variety of preservation lands are among the island's many attractions. Favorite destinations include the Aquinnah Clay Cliffs, Chappaquiddick Island, the Menemsha Fishing Village, and the Gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs. ... more   less 
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