Review: HI Boston Review – Best Backpacker Hostel Boston

HI Boston Hotel Review - Hostelling International

Boston in Autumn, could things be more perfect? – Well, unless you’re budget conscious probably not.

Now let’s be clear, staying in a hostel is nothing new to us here at Inside Our Suitcase. In fact, we’ve reviewed and stayed in many across the world in the past.

However, we’ve never stayed in one that cost more than £30 a night for one bed in a shared room (and I doubt will ever again)

However, with this being the cheapest option in central Boston for single and couple travellers (by miles!) we knew we had to share our experiences of our time in Hostelling International.

Before we get started it’s worth noting that I believe this to be the only backpacker’s hostel Boston.

Backpacker hostels are not a ‘big thing’ in the United States like they are in Europe and Asia and they are rather hard to come by.

However, the HI (hostelling international) brand is trying to change that and is launching new backpacking hostels across the USA all the time.


Hostelling International benefits from a fantastic location just outside of China Town. It’s a short walk to the start of the Freedom Trail up on Boston Common and a 15-minute walk from South Station.

Being located so close to the city centre it’s just a short walk to all the great things to do in Boston. The Hostelling International ensures you’re never far away from the shopping district featuring the likes of Macy’s and Primark.

If you’re looking for food in and around the area then you’re in luck!

When you come out of the front door of the hostel there’s a pizza shop on your left on the corner around 30 yards. As well as an array of cheap eats if you turn right and walk around 150 yards. These include a 7-11 for the convenience food or simply some snacks!


We stayed in a 6-bed dorm on the third floor. The room was laid out like a long corridor with all the beds on one side, each set of bunk beds were broken up by a set of lockers.

Bedroom layout at Hostelling International Boston

This small detail went a long way to adding privacy to the shared room.

The bed itself was really cosy and bigger than a UK standard single and came set with two pillows (seriously, two… not one, two! – Can you tell I love myself a good set of pillows?).

The bedding and towel both of which are completely white were really fresh, so fresh they could have been new… or an advert for Daz washing powder.

Each bed came with a locker with a rail to hang clothes and 2 coat hooks inside. You also had a small shelf with a plug socket and light by your bed to charge your phone that only you can access from your bed. I also really liked the 2 pegs on the opposite wall for your coat and towel.


The room was located down a side corridor off the main hallway of the floor, with 2 rooms there were 2 bathrooms. In each bathroom, you found a shower, toilet and sink, with a mirror and hairdryer (much to Helen’s delight).

Within the bathroom is a small basket attached to the wall with rolls of small bathmats for the showers, also with a basket in which to place the used bathmats for washing.


The hostel was modern, cool and felt as though it had only been open for a number of weeks. The furniture was all in great condition and was well looked after. The lobby area was open space and reflected a large living room, with plenty of leather chairs, footstools and sofas to sit on as well as large wooden tables and rustic chairs.

Reception and lounge area at Hostelling International Boston

Underneath the tables were plug sockets incorporated into the floor and more dotted around the room. The check-in desk also housed a large fridge with sweet treats, drinks and a coffee machine.

As check-in isn’t until 4 pm many people sit and wait in the lobby area. They also have a luggage room you can store luggage in for the day for $3 while you go out and explore.

There are toilets available to use downstairs but you have to request a key card to get in, you swap your ID for the keycard and swap back on your return.

This is just to stop anybody coming into the building and using the facilities. There’s a newspaper stand for you to read the paper as well as free WIFI throughout the hostel.

Hall way with street sign design at Hostelling International Boston

Within the bathroom is a small basket attached to the wall with rolls of small bathmats for the showers, also with a basket in which to place the used bathmats for washing.


The Hostelling International kitchen is located on the second floor. Here you’ll find a complimentary breakfast served between the hours of 7 am until 10 am. The breakfast is self-serve with a wide choice of cereal, fruit and bread. There’s also free tea, coffee and juice available.

The Hostelling International kitchen benefits from a self-clear system. In the cooking area, you’ll see a rack at one edge of the room with 4 tubs with labels to separate off your dirty plates and cutlery.

Kitchen and dining area ta Hostelling International Boston

Hostelling International has 2 bins in every single room. 1 for main rubbish and a second for recycling.

The environment is a key feature throughout the Hostelling International with automatic lights in the rooms and eco-friendly messages in communal areas encouraging guests to make eco-friendly choices during their stay.

The Hostelling International kitchen and dining area have complimentary dining amenities including sugar, salt and pepper laid on the table with some flower decorations throughout the day.

Not to mention a shelf in the back corner of the dining room full of board games.


Considering that a hotel of a similar calibre to this hostel in a similar location in central Boston would cost $110+ per night for a double room. I consider Hostelling International to be fantastic value for money and would recommend it to anyone looking for a backpackers hostel Boston.

If you’re a solo traveller I’m honestly unsure of why you would stay elsewhere with those kinds of prices. Plus! The bonus of meeting fellow travellers.

It’s certainly the best hostel we have stayed in anywhere in the world and we won’t hesitate to book with Hostel International again in the future.

As always, we’d love to know what you think of Hostelling International. Have you stayed here before? Maybe you’ve stayed in another Hostelling International property? Let us know in the comments below.

HI Boston Review



Overall our stay at the HI Boston Hostel was great, everything from the arrival and check in to departing. Our room was comfortable and very clean along with the bathrooms. We were very impressed with the facilities and friendly service from the staff.


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