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New hostel provides more affordable lodging in Hub
The new hostel, which has more than twice the number of beds as the old facility, charges $29 to $59 a night for dorm rooms that sleep four to eight people. The hostel also has 20 private rooms that go for $89 to $169 a night.
The old facility was bursting at the seams during the summer, when the hostel would rent a Boston University dorm to house as many as 300 additional guests at a time.International travelers between the ages of 18 and 30 make up the majority of the Boston hostel’s guests, a demographic expected to increase significantly over the next several years, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
- 480 beds
- $46 million facility
- TV screens outside the elevators show the weather
- Washing machines are hooked up to a website that tells you when your laundry is done
- Tables made from recycled aluminum
- Chairs made from recycled plastic bottles
There are some factual errors in the article though:
Hostels started in Germany about 100 years ago as an affordable way for young city dwellers to visit the country, spreading to the United States in the 1930s. Hostelling International, a nonprofit group founded in 1934 in Northfield, has 4,000 hostels in 80 countries, including 60 facilities in the United States. There are seven Hostelling International properties in Massachusetts, five on the Cape and Islands, with the remaining one in Littleton.
HI-USA was founded in 1934 in Northfield, Massachusetts, but not Hostelling International itself which has the 4,000 affiliated hostels.