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Eugene Whiteaker Hostel
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Perhaps I shouldn't even think about staying at a hostel considering the 63+ years I've inhabited this body. In fairness I have to say that the staff were friendly, the kitchen was functional, and the bed provided a comfortable sleeping platform. And 25 bucks doesn't buy much in the way of accommodations anywhere outside of Las Vegas.

Honesty requires me to say that the room I slept in smelled a bit musty and had poor ventilation, the train tracks were nearby (though there weren't too many trains), and I couldn't sit up in my lower bunk because of a shortage of headroom.

The hostel lies a bit over a mile from the Greyhound station, so, if you arrive by bus, you might want to consider taking a local bus to near it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

There's not another hostel in Eugene (so far as I know), so it's lucky that Whiteaker is as great as it is. Super cozy, everyone was friendly, good facilities and a nice locations...what more could you want? Contrary to some of the reviews here, the owner is extremely friendly and security did not seem to be an issue at all. Stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

(Setting the scenario) ::: Sunshine Superman on the radio::::

I'll pick up your hand
And slowly blow your little mind
(Fading)Blow Your Little Mind.........................

It's summer, 1966... hot, psychedelic signs everywhere, the smell of dope being smoked in the park, people dancing to music you can't hear, tye dyed t-shirts, organic markets on the corner, everyone looks like Mother Earth.. Peace, Love, Rock and Roll.....

That's the only way I know how to explain Eugene Oregon.. It's like being with gentle, peace loving organic hippys of the 60's....
The hostel is right out of the 60's...
it's clean, cozy, artsy fartsy, perfect for people in their 30's 50's 60's...
it's awesome, man...

if you're a budget traveler and you're a peace loving old hippy or new kid on the block, this is your place..
if you're a snob and hate dust on books... don't bother, buddy..

several sitting areas, rooms, projection room, 58 beds, 2 bldgs, back yard, fire pit, gardens, bike racks, large kitchen, breakfast, coffee, bathrooms in dorms and around hostel.

the neighborhood is colorful, the cast of characters are colorful, but so is the entire city!!! plan your visit when there's a festival... bring your tie dye tshirt and granny glasses, love beads and remember how to make the peace sign.
call well in advance because this is a really popular hostel..
it's like staying in a museum from the 60's.

Peace, man..

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank LynneDear
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Be warned if you do anything wrong the owner may threaten you with violence. His name is mac and cheese and he needs to be locked up.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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9  Thank Hippieface
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

Nice hostel. Excellent location in an interesting neighborhood close to good grocery stores, restaurants, a microbrewery and a riverfront park. Courteous staff with prompt service. Main location is relatively quiet though a train goes by with some regularity. I slept through it. The annex is closer to the train tracks and I've heard guests and residents there say it's a lot harder to sleep there.

The only issues were:
* My reservations, which I made online, did not match what was in the hostel's computer system, and I did not wind up getting the type of room I booked online. Luckily, they worked things out and I got a room at all. Some folks who arrived after me were not so lucky. I suggest contacting the hostel directly in advance to confirm you have the room and location you think you reserved.
* The staff and their friends hang out at the main location when not working (apparently staff live at the hostel) so it can get congested, especially the kitchen, and many of them smoke outside in the garden.
* They have only one kitchen with one stove, and it can be hard to get stove space with the many staff cooking their food.
* Several private rooms are located off of a dorm so they are not as quiet as a typical private bedroom and the private rate seems a bit unfair. Contact the hostel to make sure you know what you're reserving.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

It's an ok hostel - security is a problem for sure. I never write reviews but I stayed in the hostel last year and spent $30 on a grocery order and one of the staff members (or someone they new) stole my entire grocery order out of the fridge. Clearly this has bitten as me for a while and although giving this hostel a pass mark, this sort of thing needs mentioning as I'm sure others would have had this happen to them ... tip ... buy a $10 grocery order and hedge your bet ... haha

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

I've stayed here several times over the past year. It's a good place. Whiteaker is an offbeat and chill little neighborhood in Eugene that I like more than most. It's safe, It's close to parks, good food and town. The Hostel employees are usually young temporary workers passing through - most of which aren't stellar at 'customer relations' but are perfectly good people. Mac, the owner, is super friendly and helpful. It is always super clean here. Front doors lock at night with a code. It has a real homey atmosphere to it. I've stayed here solo and with friends in some of the bigger rooms. The loft in the Annex has got to be the coolest little apartment in all of Eugene. I wish I could live in it!

So, it's not perfect, and it is, after all, a hostel - so one has to put up with noise at night sometimes or the occasional sketchy folks hanging out, or maybe a confused and grumpy temporary worker - but there's also lots of neat people who pass through here and work here.

If you're going to camp, it's a bit noisy because of a nearby factory and that durn train that goes by blaring its horn all night. But if it's raining (which it usually is here in Eugene) then camping is NICE and QUIET, much more so than the dorm rooms. Oh, pancakes, coffee and oatmeal every morning? Nice!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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1  Thank Mrm2012
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Address: 970 W 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97402-4994
Location: United States > Oregon > Eugene
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Eugene
Price Range: $38 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Eugene Whiteaker Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique, art-filled and friendly Hostel located in the Whiteaker, Eugene OR. Dormitory beds & private rooms available for travellers. ... more   less 
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