5 Boston Hostels that are Easy on the Pocketbook
Sleeping in a major city can cost more than the price to travel, eat, and enjoy your destination combined...until now!
Traveling can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in life. Some people travel to visit friends, distant relatives, or family. Some people travel for work or business, being asked to go from city to city as part of a normal process. Some people travel for the sake of adventure and to enjoy something new and exciting in a new culture. Whatever your reason for traveling is, one thing all travelers can agree on is that sleeping arrangements can often cause the biggest headache. Planning ahead of time and booking places to sleep can show just how expensive it is to stay anywhere in the world that is slightly popular or populated. Hotels are a first choice for just about every traveler and the hotel companies know this. That is why you might be looking at prices near $100 per night! This cost is just for a place to sleep at the end of a busy day. It's hard to imagine that a place you barely spend any waking time in can cost more than the trip itself!
Luckily for you and many other readers like you, there is an alternative sleeping arrangement for a fraction of the cost. Between sleeping in your car and spending $100 per night at an average hotel, there is a middle option. That wonderful option is creating more and more buzz in the traveling world each and every year. We are talking about hostels. Hostels are affordable living places where travelers can not only get a very decent night of sleep, but also meet others like them from all around the world. The world of hostels works very simply. Rent a bed, enjoy a unique setting, meet and talk with locals and people traveling from all around the world, enjoy paying a fraction of the price of a hotel, continue on your journey with an unforgettable story. It's as simple as that. Each hostel is unique and offers a variety of services, the majority of which are free with the price of a bed. Amenities such as internet, television, games, breakfast, garden areas, coffee bars, smoking lounges and more can all be enjoyed. When visiting foreign countries, it is a great place to stay and meet people who have an understanding of more than one language; extremely useful when needing directions or a guide to what is enjoyable in the city of your choice. When staying at a hostel in your native country, you are given the opportunity to be an ambassador to your country. A person who can welcome someone foreign with open arms. Someone who can make them feel at home, even if you are both visiting a new city.
Boston is one of the most expensive and visited big cities in the world. With such a variety of entertainment and history, it welcomes people from all around the world. Of course, living up to the talk of such a major city allows hotel companies to charge extreme prices for the peace and quiet of safe sleep. Thankfully, the hostel world has invaded Boston in the form of five extremely affordable options! Each hostel is unique, each one containing its own life, and most importantly each one is going to leave you with a once in a lifetime story of how you experience Boston.
Abercrombie's Farrington Inn
If you want to find the most affordable living arrangements within the city, look no further than Abercrombie's Farrington Inn. This little guest house sits along the Boston Subway system (Green Train), roughly two blocks, and is just west of Boston University. This will not be the most luxurious stay in the city by any means but it is absolutely the most affordable for simple living arrangements. Reservations can be made for the night or up to an entire week, starting at just $22! Consider that Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the world and you have found quite a steal. A week at this lovely hostel is what you would look to pay at any decent hotel within the city limits for one night. When traveling here, don't worry about sheets or towels for the bed and shower. All sheets and towels are included, as well as luggage storage. Worried about parking in the city? Fear not. Abercrombie's Farrington Inn offers a free parking space for each room rented. So when you want to visit one of the world's most well known and expensive cities, leave your money worries at home because Abercrombie's Farrington Inn has everything you need and more to allow the vacation funds to be used for all the sites and tastes of the city.
Friend Street Hostel & Café
Our second hostel takes us close to the TD Garden, centralized in the city for convenient travel. The Friend Street Hostel & Café is a step up in price, though hardly noticeable for such a great value. With a choice of six and ten dorm rooms, chances are that you will not only find a bed for your trip but you will also meet many people from around the world. With a slight step up in price comes a slight step up in accommodation. Starting at only $37 per night, enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning as well as free internet access throughout your stay. Each guest will also be given a locker to store valuables and bags. The common room boasts card and board games, a television and computer, and even an event board so you can see what Boston has to offer during your visit. If you wish to use their towels for showers or their locks for keeping your goodies safer, you will need to rent these items. However, this is just a small fee for a few extra things you may have forgotten at home. Extras such as vending machine, coin laundry, and common kitchen are a few great perks to make your stay feel more like home. The less you have to do while you are out enjoying the city, the better. Friend Street Hostel & Café is sure to feel more like staying with friends or family than staying in a new city for the first time.
If you are looking for a place hidden away from the busy city and might want to be in or around the Roslindale neighborhood, Global Hostel is the perfect place for you. This interesting setup of a hostel consists of a two bedroom apartment with shared bathroom. One room has a double bunk for four guests while the other room is able to house six. The apartment sits atop a historic New England style home on the second floor. Close to taxi and bus service allows this location to be a great getaway from the city while being buried deep in the city. Waking up and having plenty of time (10am checkout) to enjoy a complimentary breakfast is the perfect start to your day exploring the big city. Starting at $39 per night, guests are immediately given the New England living experience for out in the country prices. Staying at Global Hostel is a wonderful way to bury yourself deep in the culture of the city while allowing your mind and body to unwind in the solitude of this elegant setup.
40 Berkeley Hostel
Located in Boston's South End, 40 Berkeley Hostel brings the safe and secure feeling of home to the world of hostels. For the best and most secure feeling of safety, the payment of $40 is per room, giving you the privacy you need to keep your belongings close at all times. Security is the most important aspect while staying here and the people working at 40 Berkeley Hostel want to make sure you never have any doubts. They also want you to feel as home as possible. Free popcorn, free billiards, free towels, free internet, and free luggage storage are just a few of the great accommodations that will help ease any fears of a new place. These little treats will give a very warm and comforting feeling to your stay that will not soon be forgotten. Visiting in the summer? Enjoy the outdoor garden patio. Visiting during one of the many months of cold, ice and snow? The fireplace is sure to warm you up on your stay. No matter the reason or season, 40 Berkeley Hostel is the right stop for the right price.
HI - Boston Hostel
HI - Boston Hostel, or Hostelling International Boston, is one of the newer hostels in the city. Built in 2012, HI - Boston Hostel is in a fantastic location for the city. Located only a couple minutes from Boston Common, Chinatown is quite a nice place to start your adventure of the city. The idea behind this hostel is going green and being modern, something the people in charge have done very well. Each room can find four to eight beds and the rooms themselves include the little things that make a house a home. Things of comfort like power outlets for charging devices, personal reading lights, and personal shelves and lockers to keep your things safe and secure. Everything you could possibly need for your bed is included, things like sheets, pillows, and pillow covers. Towels for bathing are yours to use upon arrival. Free internet use and breakfast each morning are becoming as important in hostels as they have been in hotels for years and HI - Boston Hostel covers both areas. Enjoy the company of other travelers in the common room enjoying television, a game of billiards, a stop at the coffee machine, or helping in the making of food thanks to a great spacious kitchen. Starting at $41.49, this home away from home is a fantastic deal on your wallet while getting to enjoy everything a bigger hotel chain might be able to offer. It is time to see what caring people have in the offering at the HI - Boston Hostel.
When visiting foreign countries, hostels provide a great place to stay and meet people who have an understanding of more than one language; extremely useful when needing directions or a guide to what is enjoyable in the city of your choice. When staying at a hostel in your native country, you are given the opportunity to be an ambassador to your country. A person who can welcome someone foreign with open arms. Someone who can make them feel at home, even if you are both visiting a new city. These Boston hostels give you a great introduction to the advantages of these inexpensive accommodations.
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