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White Mountains Hostel
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Conway
Certificate of Excellence
Amherst, MA
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Top notch hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a great place for inexpensive, clean, comfortable accomodations when adventuring in the White Mountains. I've brought numerous groups here and they always enjoyed it. The hostel is under new management and Tim is great--professional, kind, and positive.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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TimWestwig, Owner at White Mountains Hostel, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Thank you for the kind words and it was a pleasure to have your and your group stay. I look forward to next time!

Best,
Tim
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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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

I've stayed at dozens of hostels and this is one of my favorites. It has everything that a good hostel should have:
- big kitchen
- comfortable social area
- comfortable beds
- clean bathroom
- good location
- accessible by bus from Boston
If you need a cheap place to crash in New Hampshire, I highly recommend the White Mountains Hostel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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TimWestwig, Owner at White Mountains Hostel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you very much for such a great review! We will continue to try and go beyond your expectations.

All the Best,

Tim
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

I stay at the hostel several times each season. The hostel was recently bought by Tim, an experienced hostel-keeper from NYC. It appears he will be bringing some fresh energy to this already good place.

My one comment has more to do with hostels in general than this particular hostels: Though, yes, people should bring earplugs for small noise disturbances, I believe that hostels should more actively communicate that "If you KNOW you are a LOUD snorer you should book a private room."

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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TimWestwig, Owner at White Mountains Hostel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you for the nice comments about the hostel! Your point on the noise disturbance is noted and some kind of friendly suggestion is a good suggestion.

Best,
Tim
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Natick, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

I needed a convenient place to sleep, easy to reach after work in Boston, but close to the mountains for an early hiking meetup. This fit my need perfectly. A comfortable dorm-style bed. A clean and serviceable bathroom. A comfortable common area with wifi and tv. Facilities for cooking if I had needed. A reasonable price. And half and hour to Pinkham Notch. Much more civilized than beginning a hiking weekend with a 4:30 a.m. departure from Boston.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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TimWestwig, Owner at White Mountains Hostel, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Thank you for your response and I hope to see you come back again. The hostel is under brand new ownership/management starting this month. We are very excited to be sprucing up the hostel and making your stay even better.

Best,
Tim
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Woburn, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

The driveway was hazardous with a thick coating of ice and no sand on it. Rooms were overheated. Otherwise, fine as usual. Convenient location for hiking in the White Mountains. I feelt he hostel has slipped since it left Hostelling International, but I would still stay there.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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TimWestwig, Owner at White Mountains Hostel, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Thank you for reviewing the hostel. I agree the driveway should have been in better shape. Just to let you know I am the new owner and operator of the hostel , just got here a couple days ago, and I actually used to be the regional director of this hostel when it was a Hostelling International Hostel. I am pretty sore from having chopped a lot of ice the past two days here to try and make things a bit better. I think the warm weather over the weekend will help a lot. I plan to work very hard to earn back a higher rating. Thanks again and happy travels!

Best,
Tim
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MANCHESTER CENTER
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

I stayed here for a long weekend during the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest and I had a great time. The hostel was clean, offered a BIG kitchen with two of everything (stoves, sinks etc.), plenty of bathrooms and showers and friendly staff. It was pretty full for several nights but everyone was pretty easy going and respectful.

Room Tip: Pick a room farthest from the stairs, they are a bit creaky.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

The rooms are clean. We stayed on a Friday night, and it was quiet. The kitchen is fully stocked to cook or make tea/hot chocolate in the morning. I will definitely stay here again in the future. excellent!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: White Mountains Hostel
Address: 36 Washington St, Conway, NH 03818-6042 (Formerly Albert Lester Memorial Hostel)
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Conway
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Conway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — White Mountains Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel has 5 bunk rooms with 28 beds and 5 private rooms. There is big common kitchen and common dinning and meeting area. The hostel is super clean and friendly place to stay. We specialize in groups of 15-40 people. ... more   less 
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