I have visited many hostels in the U.S. and elsewhere and typically (these days) get a private room- for savings and a nice place to stay with a special, international community atmosphere. Despite the friendly staff, I reluctantly have to say this has been one of my least favorite hostels. The biggest issue was cold showers. The water got tepid at best. Add to that the fact that the private room is right off the kitchen- which is always a problem in terms of potential noise. I was fortunate, but I think I checked out just in time, as a huge group of high school or college age students poured in the day I left. Another resident reported a mouse in her room at night, checking out someone's potato chips. There was a fight in the kitchen. The staff on site handled it deftly, but it's the first time I've felt uneasy. The private room was a small room with 2 bunk beds and a bathroom. The hooks on the bathroom wall also detached when I attempted to hang a few things. If you don't mind taking your chances with hostel adventures, the location is nice, right off Charles Street- a nice street to walk down to the Harbor and Convention Center area. Charles Street feels safe at night and has lots of dining and ethnic restaurant choices. The staff was also universally friendly, accessible and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Baltimore is making waves as an up-and-coming city with a vibrant arts community, a growing craft beer scene and as DC’s quirky northern neighbor, and HI Baltimore hostel is a great place to stay while you enjoy everything this city has to offer. Though not at the top of many traveler’s itineraries, Baltimore is an East Coast gem that’s not to be missed. If you crave fresh seafood, live for local festivals or simply love meeting new people, Baltimore is the destination for you. Known for Artscape, the largest free arts festival in America, Baltimore also boasts museums such as the Walters Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art, both of which are free, and the American Visionary Art Museum. Walk down to the Inner Harbor and spend a day at the Aquarium or take in the view from historic Federal Hill. If you love baseball, see an Orioles game for as low as $7 and enjoy our city’s throwback stadium, Camden Yards. With free daily pancake breakfast, free WiFi and free weekly events such as dinners, pub crawls, movie nights and city tours, Baltimore is a great place to explore on a budget. Relax at the end of a long day of sightseeing in the hostel’s common room, outdoor patio or game room or join fellow travelers in the communal kitchen to cook a meal. HI Baltimore has everything you need to make your stay in Charm City feel like home. ... more less
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