Overall had a good time and would recommend it to others. Positives: Great location in Cooper-Young neighborhood, several great restaurants, a BBQ place, and a coffee house within blocks. Daily chore took 5-10 minutes (sweeping bathroom floor, disinfecting doorknobs, wiping down kitchen tables.). Liked that those easy tasks saved us $10 on the room. Always had an available bathroom and shower. Liked that there were private and communal bathrooms. Private room had individual air conditioning unit that we could control. They had bikes available to rent for $15 per day including lock and helmet (lock and chain were HEAVY, however) Wide variety of ages staying there. Quiet hours 10 pm-7am. Ample fridge and shelf space for food storage. Full kitchen. Liked that the church that hosts it is invested in the community in food, recycling, and bicycle ministries. Nice outside deck. Greenline paved bike trail was nearby.
Cons: Did not experience as much visiting and sharing experiences as at other hostels. Did not get to eat breakfast there as it was not served until 9:00 and was not ready at 9:00 one morning. Breakfast was oatmeal and/or pancakes. Living room was a bit worn and not as clean as some hostels. Java Cabana coffeehouse opens earlier, as does Stone Soup Kitchen (yum!) We felt one needed a car here. There were some areas nearby that seemed unsafe to walk and cycling was a little difficult to navigate (trying to cross busy Poplar Street was scary!) You really can't check in until 2:00 pm on the dot and someone had to let us in to get to the office.
Even with the cons, price was great, staff was accommodating, and we liked the neighborhood. Pilgrim House is worth a stay.