Hey there and welcome to the best hostels in USA! This is the only guide you need for stunning, memorable hostels.
Here we cover top destinations, from San Francisco, Miami and New York to lesser known areas like Detroit and Denver.
Are these seriously the best hostels in USA?
For sure – we really wanted to up our USA game!
Interesting fact: due to the hotel lobby cracking down on hostels, dorm sizes are kept small in some cities with usually a maximum of 4 people per room.
We already have great guides to hot North American destinations, including:
- best hostels in Los Angeles, along with coolest hostels in California
- best hostels in Boston
- coolest hostels in Washington DC
- fun hostels in Chicago
- best hostels in New York City
- best hostels in Brooklyn
- greatest hostels in San Francisco
- best hostels in Seattle
- greatest hostels in New Orleans
- best hostels in San Diego
- amazing hostels in Portland
- 12 cool hostels in Hawaii
- best hostels in Denver
- best hostels in Miami
- best hostels in Anchorage
- best hostels in Houston
Phew, that’s a lot to take in!
HOT OFF THE PRESS: 5 Star Hostels in the USA are now on the scene.
To help you out further, we’ve included a big hostel map to pinpoint your chosen hostel(s).
Furthermore, we share with you our ultimate hostel packing list to prepare you before you go.
Get ready for the following destinations hosting the best hostels in USA:
- New York City (5 star hostel)
- Washington DC
- Chattanooga (5 star hostel)
- New Orleans
- Breckenridge (5 star hostel)
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- New Mexico
- All Best Hostels in USA on a Map
- Destination not Listed?
Backpacking North America? Check out our guide to the 40 best hostels in Mexico.
Hop across the border and discover the 17 best hostels in Canada.
Note: some destinations only have one hostel listed. That’s because we couldn’t find any more worth mentioning that we would recommend to our friends and family.
Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type
|🗽 Best Hostel in New York:||Freehand New York City|
|🏛️ Best Hostel in Washington DC:||HighRoad Hostel DC|
|🏙 Best Hostel in Chicago:||Found Hotel Chicago River North|
|🌉 Best Hostel in San Francisco:||Green Tortoise Hostel|
|🥳 Best Party Hostel:||Auberge NOLA Hostel in New Orleans|
|⛰️ Best Hostel for Adventures:||The Bivvi Hostel in Breckenridge|
|👩💻 Best for Digital Nomads:||Hostel Fish in Denver|
|😍 Best Boutique Hostel:||The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel in Chattanooga|
|🏖️ Best Beach Hostel:||Samesun Venice Beach|
Best Hostels in Boston
Let’s kick start this guide in the north eastern state of Massachusetts, at its biggest city known as Boston. This is where you’ll come across the oldest public park in the United States!
More excitingly, we have 3 awesome hostels to show you. They are:
Read: our full guide to the best hostels in Boston.
This is a great option for travelling families of three. The private rooms are especially designed for small families.
There is a total of 20 rooms here, including dorms.
Make use of the fully-equipped kitchen and lovely garden in the summer. There is also nearby free parking.
Location: Dorchester – Boston’s largest and most diverse neighbourhoods. A great choice for the LGBTQ community.
Found Hotel Boston Common
Hotel comfort will be found in the dorm and private rooms of Found Hotel Boston Common!
Each bed comes with all the lovely details such as a curtain, outlets and shelves.
It’s within walking distance of Boston common, Beacon Hill, Fenway Park and Harvard Square.
HI Boston Hostel
Choose HI Boston Hostel if you’re keen for a free walking tour, on-site cafe and free breakfast. Yet maybe not in that order!
What’s great is that for a change there are both female and male only dorms. If you’d rather a private room, you’ll get your own en-suite.
This hostel is right in the heart of the city, steps away from Boston Common and the Freedom Trail.
Best Hostels in New York
Do we really need to introduce New York? Most likely you’re aware that thi bustling city is home to Central Park and the Empire State Building. And so much more!
So let’s save time and skip straight to the coolest hostels on offer:
For even more options, have a read of our complete guide to the best hostels in New York.
We also have a top pick for our favorite hostels in Manhattan in particular:
- HI New York City Hostel
- Freehand New York City
- Chelsea International Hostel
- Extra: American Dream Hostel
You can find them in our guide on the best hostels in Manhattan.
And one for the best hostels in Brooklyn:
We even wrote a unique guide with 30 FUN things to do in NYC. We share here hidden bars, kayaking and coffee shops with aspiring models.
1. Freehand New York City
From live music at the rooftop bar to fitness workshops, social butterflies will feel right at home at Freehand New York City.
Staff are there for you round the clock, and the Wi-Fi is super fact and reliable.
Other perks include a cafe and lovely spacious rooms.
Seriously, there is so much more to this 5 star hostel. Check our full review below.
2. The Local Hostel NYC
What better way to acclimatise than viewing the NYC skyline from a rooftop terrace? Drop you bags and head straight there!
Make new friends at the bar and try out of the locally made beers on sale. Morning breakfast is served here, too.
The Local is surrounded by trendy cafes, museums and galleries. Just a couple of stops from Manhattan.
3. NY Moore Hostel
Forget rickety bunks; NY Moore Hostel offers only single beds in their dorms. Score!
Female solo travellers can enjoy single-sexed rooms with 3-4 beds.
Kick start the day with a free yoga class, and wind down in the refreshing outdoor courtyard before heading to a local restaurant. There’s an on-site kitchen, too.
Best Hostels in Philadelphia: Apple Hostels of Philadelphia
We found just one hostel for you in Philadelphia. It’s certainly the best option and makes your planning easier!
Apple Hostels of Philadelphia is a great choice if you like freebies and meeting new people.
Rooms offered include male-only and female-only dorms, plus mixed options and a couple of private rooms.
Staff throw events every day of the week. Enjoy free beer four nights of the week and fun activities such as ghost tours.
You’ll be staying close by to all of the main attractions in the heart of the Old City.
Best Hostels in Washington DC
Yet another iconic destination in the US of A. Believe it or not, Washington is an affordable place to stay.
Once again we’ve worked hard to find 3 great options:
Psst! Have a look at the full guide to best hostels in Washington DC.
FYI: HI Washington DC unfortunately closed its doors permanently in December 2020.
1. HighRoad Hostel DC
This is without doubt the greatest hostel in the city. Why? Let us tell you!
For one thing, there are free dinner nights and patio gatherings (with free beer) to get the good times rolling.
Not only that, but it’s in a great location surrounded by restaurants and bars.
If you like your own space, head to the common room and cuddle up by the fireplace.
2. Duo Housing DC
Remove your shoes, step inside the cosy living area and feel at home right away.
Duo Housing DC is brought to life by friendly staff and cosy living spaces.
Tea and coffee is unlimited, breakfast is free and there is a lovely quiet working area for digital nomads.
Good to know: there are mixed dorms (4-12 beds) but no private options.
3. Duo Nomad
A no-frills, social hostel awaits you at Duo Nomad.
This is your chance to join in fun dinner evenings and patio events with other travellers. You can also simply relax with Netflix and video games always at hand to help you out.
Located just 5-minutes from the capital, it’s a great base for exploring the city. Long-term stay is also welcome.
Best Hostels in Richmond: HI Richmond Hostel
Update: Sorry folks, HI Richmond Hostel has permanently closed its doors as of 2021. There are currently no other hostels in the area.
Virginia’s capital, and one of the oldest cities in America, is home to one hostel worth mentioning to you, dear reader.
When visiting Richmond, we recommend to you HI Richmond Hostel.
HI Richmond is located in downtown Richmond, offering 4-6 bed dorms and a range of private options.
It’s a basic step up that allows plenty of opportunity to mix with others. Whether than be in your spacious bedroom or on the outside patio area.
Ask staff about volunteer-led tours.
Best Hostels in Detroit: Hostel Detroit
Note: Hostel Detroit is open, but they have temporarily suspended using Hostelworld and Booking.com. Check Hostelz.com for booking options.
Fair enough, this hostel could have thought up a better name. But don’t be put off by it!
In fact, Hostel Detroit goes to great lengths to introduce Detroit to every traveller in a way that helps them truly get to know the culture and connect on a personal level.
This 100 year old building had been re-created into a colourful, social space.
Join one of the local volunteer-led tours or ask staff to design your own self-guided exploration.
Best Hostels in Chicago
Forget fancy hotels when you can stay in a Chicago hostel. They are so impressive in design and comfort that you might think you actually did book a hotel by mistake!
Get ready to explore:
Guess what? Our complete guide to the best hostels in Chicago has even more important information.
1. The Chicago Hotel Collection River North Mag Mile
Trust us when we say you’ll be impressed rather than regretful when you see the super cool three-tiered bunks.
The Chicago Hotel Collection River North Mag Mile is a hotel-hostel mix, and this is evident by the stylish spaces and decor.
Enjoy an on-site cafe, gym, games room and cable TV.
Choose between single-bed rooms, dorms and multi-bed apartments for families or groups. It even has its own kitchen!
Note: The previous name of this accommodation was Fieldhouse Jones.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
2. Freehand Chicago
Freehand Hostel is situated in a classic building dating back to 1927. It’s within the great neighbourhood of River North, just two blocks from Michigan Avenue.
Get comfy at the in-house cafe, restaurant and bar. There is also a tea and coffee station.
There’s fun to be had most days of the week. Join in yoga, storytelling session, live music and nightly happy hour deals.
3. Found Hotel Chicago River North
We just love the funky design at Found Hotel Chicago River North. Check out those sturdy bunks and sleek decor!
It’s not wonder really why they use the word ‘hotel’ in their hostel name.
Nomadic millennials will love the basement lounge and bike rental. Don’t forget to ask friendly staff about the many tours available in the area.
Best Hostels in Nashville: Nashville Downtown Hostel
Before you freak out that there is only on option in Nashville, let us tell you that it used to be a candy warehouse!
Nashville Downtown Hostel is now fully renovated and can accommodate more than 300 guests.
Solo travellers and groups will love this option as a means to meet other like-minded folk.
The community kitchen is always open, and free tea and coffee is offered to enjoy in the shared lounge space. Lower Broadway and the Music City Centre are both within walking distance.
Extra tip: Nearby city of Franklin is a true hidden gem you want to visit. It is only 30 minutes away from Nashville! It is a small, charming, historic downtown with Civil War sites as well as good ole Tennessee whisky at local distilleries. Read this guide on what to do in Franklin – thank us later for this secret tip.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Chattanooga: The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel have done well to fuse together a boutique hotel setting, inexpensive hostel budget and a community atmosphere.
It also happens to be the one and only 5 star hostel in Tennessee.
What more do you need?
Well ok, there is more:
- Energy saving and eco-friendly mentality
- Fully-fitted kitchen
- Dorm & private options
- Huge garden space
There are rocks to climb, trails to explore and water to jump in too. It’s also easily accessible to downtown Chattanooga.
Best Hostels in Atlanta: Residence
Update: Residence has closed. Another good option for Atlanta hostels is the Atlanta Midtown Hostel. You can find all hostels in Atlanta USA here.
This is a new kid on the block that has not yet been tested. However, Residence looks promising so we wanted to mention it.
Have a look at the dorms – how nice do they look? All of your privacy needs are met, including a curtain.
Onsite there is a bar, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Enjoy a handy location just 26km from the nearest airport, and 7km from Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Miami
Drink all day, play all night… you know how the song goes! No doubt visions of Florida and Miami Beach leave you with a big smile on your face.
It’s a top destination when travelling the states, for sure. And every hostel has a pool!
What about cool hostels? We bring you:
1. Generator Miami
This is in fact Generator’s first U.S location, 100 feet from a beautiful beach.
It is an 8-level property (with 103 rooms), ideal for social butterflies that are happy to be surrounded by people.
There’s a swimming pool, numerous social spaces, a bar and indoor and out door restaurant.
If you need to leave for some weird reason, downtown Miami is within easy reach. Enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the property.
2. Freehand Miami
Who’s up for cutting edge vibes and designer decor?!
Now we have your attention, Freehand Miami has a lot to offer you:
- Courtyard w/ fairy lights
- Restaurant serving hostel-grown veggies
- Outdoor pool & cocktail bar
- Private & shared rooms
The beach is a mere 5-minute stroll and the lobby offers free iced coffee. See you there.
3. Rock Hostel
The team at Rock Hostel are redefining what it means to budget travel.
Forget mouldy ceilings and squeaky beds; enjoy modern comforts and an excellent location instead.
Let’s take a closer look at just some of benefits of staying here:
- Cocktail bar
- Hip restaurant/cafe
- Vast communal spaces
- Secure & spacious rooms
- Free breakfast
Just be aware that there are only shared dorm rooms available here.
4. Miami Beach International Hostel
Update: Just to let you know, this hostel has now transformed into an apartment-style model offering only private accommodation. They have a range of apartments under the umbrella name Lowkl.
Someone said free dinner?!
Yes, Miami Beach International Hostel offer free breakfast and free dinner every day. A great hostel for backpackers travelling on a budget.
Pick from female-only dorms, mixed dorms and private rooms (with private bathroom too!)
What else do they offer?
- 24 hours help desk
- Free and fast Wi-Fi
- And VIP rates on the best club in town.
Say no more!
Miami Beach International Hostel the best hostel for backpackers in USA.
Best Hostels in New Orleans
This Louisiana city near the Gulf of Mexico is famous for spicy food and round-the-clock nightlife. It’s a melting pot of African, French and American cultures. Cool, huh?
In late winter you can also enjoy the festive spirit of Mardi Gras!
Check out our hostel collection in New Orleans:
Check out the full guide to best hostels in New Orleans – including party hostels.
1. The Quisby
Come in and make yourself at home at The Quisby, an upscale hostel in the Garden District. Over a dozen famous bars and restaurants are located within half a mile.
All private rooms, shared dorms and female only dorms come with an en-suite bathroom. And a memory foam mattress, yes please!
Breakfast is free and there is a 24 hour bar downstairs.
2. Auberge NOLA Hostel
Looking for one of the best party hostels in USA? You’ve now stumbled upon it: Auberge NOLA Hostel.
It actually happens to be one of the best party hostels in the world!
There’s something happening every evening. Think free parties and social events.
The outdoor courtyard is a wonderful place to enjoy BBQ before hitting the town or relaxing in the cinema room.
Breakfast is free – the perfect antidote after a big night.
3. Madame Isabelle’s House
This beautiful family house was built in 1831 and still retains great character.
Both shared dorms and private are on offer. Yet we encourage you to spend your time in the hidden courtyard garden. There is a deck and jacuzzi with your name on it!
Quiet time is from 9pm to 8am to ensure a good night’s sleep. Wake up and enjoy yummy breakfast on the house.
Best Hostels in Austin
It would be rude not to explore the capital of Texas during your USA adventures. It’s surely a well-discussed part of the world. Time to see it for yourself.
Here is a great hostels in Austin:
1. Native Hostels Austin
This one if for the curious seekers filled with youthful wanderlust. Native Hostels Austin is a luxury hostel welcoming people from all over the world.
Rooms include 4 and 6-bed dorms, including a female only option.
Note: minimum age for booking is 21 years.
This hostel is just 2-blocks from downtown Austin and Austin Convention Centre.
Best Hostels in Dallas
Dallas is filled with amazing attractions and activities, including its world-renowned museums, attractions such as the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and a vibrant nightlife.
The city is also home to a number of professional sports teams, giving visitors the chance to experience the excitement of a live game.
Dallas is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, making it a great choice for a vacation. Take a look at these amazing hostels in Dallas for an amazing stay.
- SOVA Micro-Room & Social Hotel
- Wild Wild West Backpackers’ Hostel
- Studio 6-Dallas
- Deep Ellum Hostel – CLOSED
Good To Know: We have a detailed guide to the best hostels in Dallas.
1. SOVA Micro-Room & Social Hotel
Experience the best of Dallas at SOVA Micro-Room & Social Hotel! This stunning hostel is located on the main commercial street and offers stunning views of the city.
All rooms feature luxury-grade mattresses, so you can sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to explore Dallas.
The chic and classy interior décor was curated by the design team after visiting 50 countries – the perfect combination of comfort and elegance. Book your stay now and get ready to experience the best of the city!
2. Wild Wild West Backpackers’ Hostel
Ditch your boring hotel and come stay with us at Wild Wild West Backpackers’ Hostel, the perfect place to experience the cowboy spirit of Dallas!
Enjoy the cheapest dorm beds in town, comfortable beds for a good night’s rest, and a friendly atmosphere with a free breakfast every morning.
You can also explore the city with their friendly staff’s guidance and take advantage of the nearby attractions such as Red River Saloon and Billy Bobs Country Dancing Saloon.
All this and more await you at Wild Wild West Backpackers’ Hostel – the ideal place for an unforgettable adventure!
3. Studio 6-Dallas
Nestled in the heart of Northwest Dallas, Studio 6-Dallas is the perfect place to stay for an unforgettable experience! Enjoy deluxe rooms with comfortable beds and private bathrooms, as well as a well-equipped kitchenette with a stove in each guest room.
The hostel also boasts a fitness centre, making it ideal for those wanting to stay active during their stay. This pet-friendly hostel is conveniently located close to local attractions, adventurous activities and the Irving Convention Centre, making it easy and affordable to tour the metropolitan city.
So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at Studio 6-Dallas now for the ultimate getaway!
4. Deep Ellum Hostel
Unfortunately, Deep Ellum Hostel closed its doors permanently.
Deep Ellum Hostel opened its doors in 2018 right in the middle of all the best nightclubs and live music venues.
So as expected, this is paradise for party animals. There will be noise – you’ve been warned. Honestly though, just bring some earplugs if you like to sleep as this hostel is worth staying at.
The rooms are big and stylish, and the common area welcoming. Breakfast is free, too. There’s so much more to this gorgeous 5 star hostel. Check out the full review below.
Best Hostels in Denver
Over to Colorado now, the home of great museums (seriously!), and your doorstep to nearby Rocky Mountains for ski enthusiasts.
We doubt you’ll be disappointed with these hostels:
Have a look at our complete guide to the best hostels in Denver.
1. Ember Hostel
Live it up and feel like a king or queen in this literal mansion in Denver’s historic district. It’s 9,000 square feet!
It’s fun, social, fancy and has a boutique atmosphere everyone can learn to love.
Free events include movie nights and weekend strolls through downtown. When you get back, jump in the 12-person jacuzzi!
We just love the cabin-style bunks. It’s privacy and comfort at its best.
2. Hostel Fish
Before Hostel Fish acquired a fun name, it was in fact a brothel. Shhh, don’t tell your mum!
Let this hostel entice you with…
- Speakeasy style bar w/ FREE drink
- Co-working space
- Reading lounge
- Downstairs restaurant and music venue
Being right in the heart of Denver, there is no need for a car. Just use your feet.
Best Hostels in Breckenridge: The Bivvi Hostel
For the outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventures in the Rocky Mountains, The Bivvi Hostel is the only hostel you’re going to need.
It is a 5 star hostel, afterall!
Breckenridge is in fact in the heart of the Rockies, and this beautiful mountain lodge is warm and homely.
In the summer time join one of the many fun activities including white-water rafting and hiking.
Come winter, snuggle up by the fire pit and fill up on the generous free breakfast – it includes scrambled eggs, pancakes and fresh fruit!
Best Hostels in Seattle
This seriously green city is surrounded by water, evergreen forests and mountains. There is also thousands of acres of parkland available.
So take off your shoes, feel the grass beneath your feet and head to one of the following hostels:
Don’t forgot to check out our extensive guide to the best hostels in Seattle.
1. Green Tortoise Hostel
The staff at Green Tortoise Hostel believe that being in a beautiful place with great food and lovely people are essential for a memorable travel experience.
How could we disagree?
There are rooms for all traveller types to expect to meet all sorts of interesting individuals.
Amenities include a book exchange, big kitchen and a lovely free brekky to kick-start your day.
Take a free walking tour or rent a bicycle and explore the city that way.
2. HI Seattle at the American Hotel
HI Seattle is nearby the city’s main sports stadiums, so it’s great choice if you’re planning to catch a game.
Yet there are many more reasons to stay here, especially if you like a no-frills and chilled atmosphere.
There’s a games room with foosball, and a great kitchen to help you save coins.
3. City Hostel Seattle
Update: This hostel permanently closed in 2021.
Arrive as a stranger and leave as friend when you choose City Hostel Seattle.
It’s an artsy place, with each room holding a different design thanks to local artists and their mural skills.
Female solo travellers will love the ladies only dorm. It’s cosy with just 4-beds.
Not forgetting the free breakfast and courtyard area – two great reasons to consider staying here.
Best Hostel in Astoria: Selina Astoria Commodore
An eclectic space for any traveler looking for a unique stay. Selina Commodore is located in the historic Lewis Building, in the city center of Astoria. Worry not, the rooms have been renovated with a chic modern design.
The waterfront is less than a block away. Play cards in the lobby or just relax in their comfy sofas in the common area.
Wanna take a nap? You could also borrow your own turntable and vinyl to play in your room!
More good news. We got a hostel discount for all the Hostelgeeks community.
Best Hostels in Portland: HI Portland Northwest Hostel
As far as big hostels go, HI Portland Northwest Hostel is mahoosive! What was once an itimate 36 bed hostel, is now a 6 building village with 160 dorm beds, 32 private rooms and two apartments. Woah.
As you can imagine, travellers of all ages and preferences flock here, so it’s a good place to experience diverse hostel life.
There are plenty of enticing amenities including an onsite cafe, outdoor courtyard with BBQ and fully-equipped kitchen.
A free breakfast is also thrown in!
Social vibes are always in flow thanks to the free walking tours and communal pasta dinners.
Read our full guide to the 3 best hostels in Portland here.
Best Hostels in Hawaii
How about a little trip away from the mainland and over to jaw-dropping Hawaii? Lahaina is now a hotspot for tourism, one known as Lele meaning ‘relentless sun’. Of course, don’t forget Honolulu.
Take a look at our top hostels in Hawaii:
We also have a guide on the best hostels in Hawaii with more details!
Hakuna Matata Maui Hostel
We stumbled across Hakuna Matata Maui Hostel and just had to include it.
Located an easy 1-minute from the beach, this hostel also happens to be on the famous Front St.
Relax in the garden with ocean views, or borrow a bike, kayak or surfboard and explore the immediate surroundings.
Basic dorm and private rooms are on offer.
Here’s a full guide to the best hostels in Maui, Hawaii.
Good To Know: We have a detailed guide on the best yoga retreats in Hawaii.
Money-saving Tip: Before making your reservation, compare all prices on major booking platforms for hostels in Hawaii with Hostelz.com, and save lots of money!
THE BEACH Waikiki Boutique Hostel by IH
THE BEACH Waikiki Boutique Hostel by IH is a great option if you’d want to stay in a hostel near the beach in Waikiki and be immersed in a more lively community.
Mixed and female dorms range in size from 2 to 8 beds. There are both twin and double beds available. All of the rooms have private bathrooms.
Relax with a drink at the bar on the rooftop and meet new friends.
Good To Know: We have a detailed on the best hostels in Honolulu.
Best Hostels in San Francisco
San Fran, SF or “The City” – no matter which name you choose, this Northern California city is a top destination for solo travellers.
Posing for that Golden Gate Bridge selfie is on your bucket list, right? Right.
First things first, let’s have a look at where to stay in San Fran. Here we have listed our top 3 and of course some more options for you!
- Green Tortoise Hostel – best for digital nomads, solo-travellers and party animal
- HI San Francisco – Downtown – best for groups and families
- Pacific Tradewinds Hostel – best for budget travellers
- Samesun San Francisco – best for female solo-travellers
- Adelaide Hostel – best for groups
- HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel – best for couples
Read more from a local’s perspective and discover more tips at our full guide to the best hostels in San Francisco.
We’ve also collected 19 best hostels in California.
Read:🧘♀️ Best yoga retreats in California
1. Green Tortoise Hostel
Green Tortoise Hostel is our #1 hostel in San Francisco.
It has a good location and the hostel is just minutes to Chinatown, Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Union Square.
Jump aboard their hostel on wheels for Green Tortoise Adventure Travel treks to Yosemite, Alaska, and other US National Parks. These are some reasons the Tortoise is legendary.
2. HI San Francisco – Downtown
HI San Francisco – Downtown is conveniently located next to Union Square, making it easy to reach everything the city has to offer.
Meet other travellers and see San Francisco like a local with the help of the hostel’s fantastic staff, who can advise you on the finest self-guided walking tours and reveal the city’s hippest districts.
3. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
If you’re adventurous and open-minded and love to socialise, Pacific Tradewinds Hostel is for you.
It’s a small, community-led accommodation that naturally brings people together.
Enjoy the freebies; all-day peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ramen noodles and tea & coffee.
Get comfortable in 8-bed mixed dorm rooms. Sign up for movie nights, walking tours and general shenanigans with wonderful drink offers.
4. Samesun San Francisco
Samesun San Francisco has spacious female-only and mixed dorms. Their private rooms come with a balcony and private bathroom.
It is also nice that they have a room with disability access which is kinda nice if you think about it.
To further accommodate their guests, Samesun Backpackers San Francisco provides free parking in both of their on-site garages on a first-come, first-served basis.
5. Adelaide Hostel
Next up is Adelaide Hostel, a perfect option for female solo travellers that enjoy single-sexed dorms with private beds.
Guests keep mentioning how great the free breakfast is – there’s only one way to find out.
Check out the notice board to keep up to date with events. Whilst you wait, rent a bicycle or chill in the lounge area.
6. HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel
How about sleeping with the bay on one side, and a National Park on the other? That’s why HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel has made the list.
Step outside and witness the Golden Gate Bridge.
Step inside and chill by the wood burner and sign up for many fun activities. This includes a pub crawl.
Oh and there happens to be an on-site cafe serving local beer, coffee and home-made, organic meals.
Best Hostels in San Diego
Back in California, San Diego offers visitors a warm climate, relaxing beaches and green parks. There are also numerous art galleries and museums for those indoor kind of days.
We found 2 fun hostels in San Diego:
- California Dreams Hostel
- ITH CoLive Balboa Park
- Gaslamp Hostel – best for solo travelers
- HI San Diego Downtown Hostel
Here is our detailed guide to coolest San Diego Hostels – more hostels + party.
California Dreams Hostel
California Dreams Hostel happens to be located 30 seconds from Pacific Beach. ‘Nuff said.
Begin the day with a complimentary burrito and then sign up to a daily surf lesson or tour. Either that or rent a surfboard and hit the waves on your own.
Back at the hostel there is a big kitchen, free wi-fi and flat screen TV with Netflix.
ITH CoLive Balboa Park
Weekly activities, nightly community dinners and a free breakfast are just some of the things on offer at ITH CoLive Balboa Park.
This hostel is perfect for chilling, having fun and catching up with work.
Play some music or hang out by the pool table and challenge some new friends. There’s a lovely garden area, too.
Both shared dorms and private options are on offer here. You’ll be sleeping in Hillcrest neighborhood which is around 5km from downtown San Diego.
Best Hostels in Hollywood
Right then entertainment fanatics and famous-wannabes, Hollywood is the place to be if you want to have stars in your eyes.
Walk the red carpet and stare up at the famous sign and feel amazing.
And prepare for a wonderful hostel experience at the following choices:
- Samesun Hollywood
- Orange Drive Hostel
- Banana Bungalow – West Hollywood
- UPDATE: USA Hostels Hollywood is now closed
Tip: scroll to the next section and have a look at the nearby hostels in Los Angeles – it’s just 10 minutes down the road.
Also, here is a guide to the best hostels in Hollywood.
1. Samesun Hollywood (previously Walk of Fame Hostel)
Right in the heart of Hollywood, the staff at Samesun Hollywood want to make sure you have a fantastic experience.
Hike to the famous Hollywood sign or mingle with new friends during nightly socials at the on-site bar.
Dorm and private rooms are simple, yet comfortable.
Don’t spend too much time there and instead enjoy a central location and a game of pool.
2. Orange Drive Hostel
Explore the roots of Hollywood’s Golden Age and stay in the iconic Orange Drive Hostel, which was originally constructed in 1910 and has hosted stars like Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, and Kim Novak.
Enjoy the privacy of a double or twin room, or opt for a multi-bed dormitory suite if you’re travelling with a group.
With private lockers, a common area, free Wi-Fi, laundry and BBQ facilities, Orange Drive offers a unique and relaxing experience, while still being close to some of the best attractions in the area.
3. Banana Bungalow – West Hollywood
Banana Bungalow – West Hollywood is the perfect destination for travellers looking for an exciting and affordable stay. From double and multiple-bed dormitory rooms featuring a seating area, to the retro-style design, cleanliness and basic amenities, this place has it all!
You can make the most of the common kitchen area to prepare your own meals, or enjoy the complimentary breakfast and budget dinner options available.
When you’re ready to have some fun, join in a game of table tennis or billiards with other guests, or spend some time in the Tiki courtyard and soak up some sun.
Best Hostels in Los Angeles
Nearby to Hollywood is the sprawling city of Los Angeles. It’s another option worth considering if you’re visiting the area with equally cool accommodation.
We like to offer you as many choices as possible. Live, camera…ACTION!
So here we have 4 more awesome hostels:
Also: have a look at our guide to the best hostels in Los Angeles – it includes a fun party hostel.
1. Podshare Venice Beach
Podshare Venice Beach is one of 5 Podshare location across the city. If you buy a pass for this one, you can access the others, too.
The pod beds are to die for, seriously! No ladder, no rickety bunks.
From here it is a short walk to Venice Beach. Bikes are for hire when you want to explore and the work space is perfect for working travellers.
Oh yeah, and breakfast is free.
2. Freehand Los Angeles
Though technically a hotel, Freehand Los Angeles has done very well to design flash dorms ideal for the budget traveller.
Save money in a shared room, but still enjoy the rooftop pool (with bar), city views and fitness centre.
Every week guests are treated to fun social events such as jazz nights and DJ sets.
The best bars in L.A and a handy metro station are within walking distance.
3. The Steady Hostel
This hip hostel wants you to stay steady is their cosy oasis in the middle of the city. Why not?
There are 5 shared rooms on offer. Sizes include 7, 8, 9 and 12-bed options. This includes a ladies room and pod beds in the 12 bed dorm.
Thanks to the beautiful bright design, you’ll feel calm and collected in no time.
Make use of the common lounge, kitchen and dining area. Each morning you’ll be treated to fruits, cereal and coffee.
A great American Hostel !!!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
4. Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach is a cool Backpacker Hostel, maybe a tiny bit party but for sure a fun hub for backpackers!
Grab a bike, board or wave and choose your favourite chill spot. There’s lots to enjoy:
- The beach is 30 seconds away
- There’s an on-site bar
- Nightly activities (live bands, open mic)
- FREE breakfast
Located directly on Venice Beach Boardwalk, this is one of the most convenient places to stay in LA.
Perfect choice if you are looking for cheap hostels in USA. We even added it to our list of “the best beach hostels in the world”.
Best Hostels in Las Vegas: Sin City Hostel
Las Vegas has, understandably, a selection of hostels that offer a party vibe. Some offer a bigger scene than others, but they all offer activities.
One thing to be aware of: Las Vegas hostels are budget friendly and super simple. Don’t expect amazing things.
The best hostel in Las Vegas is Sin City Hostel.
It offers dorm rooms only, with one 8-bed female-only dorm. They are basic, yet comfortable.
There are plenty of things to get involved in such as pasta nights and games nights.
Check out our full guide to the best hostels in Las Vegas for more budget options.
Best Hostels in New Mexico: Cloudcroft Hostel
Once an abondoned property, Cloudcroft officially opened as a family-run hostel in 2006.
It’s located at an impressive elevation of 6,700ft in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains of Southeast New Mexico.
Hot in the summer and cool (snowy!) in the winter, this is a great hostel for outdoor enthusiasts. The surrounding 28 acres of land offer unlimited hiking opportunities.
Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, big porch, living room and friendly doggies!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Anchorage
For many people, an Alaskan vacation is the trip of a lifetime. In Alaska, there are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes to discover, as well as more than 6,600 miles of coastline. There are also rich cultures, a deep and colorful history, and some of nature’s most astounding wonders to be discovered.
If you’re looking to get close to the best of Anchorage, here are the hostels to take as a base:
We also have an in-depth detailed guide with more information: best hostels in Anchorage.
Base Camp Anchorage
Base Camp Anchorage is a great pick for those who love the outdoors. Centrally located in Anchorage, the hostel is a short walk away from all the late-night avenues, bars, restaurants, and cafes. The owners of Base Camp are super helpful and offer great tips on hikes and scenery in Alaska.
Guests will be pleasantly surprised to find a sauna, cozy common areas, and outdoor spaces. There are several local recreational equipment shops for those planning camping trips. Base Camp might be small but it boasts a welcoming and warm atmosphere. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be greeted by fellow travelers from all around the world!
Best Hostels in Houston
Houston, home of the Texans, Rockets, NASA, and Queen Bey, is an ever-expanding epicenter of culture. This vibrant city offers a thrilling mixture of sports, space adventures, and diverse cultural experiences for all who visit.
Boasting larger-than-life attractions, Houston – endearingly dubbed “H-Town” by locals – is an irresistible travel destination sure to captivate and entertain almost everyone who visits it.
Here are the city’s best hostels:
We also have a guide with more details and information: best hostels in Houston.
Wanderstay Houston Hostel
Who would have thought Houston could be a backpacker’s hot spot? Well, Wanderstay Houston Hostel is revolutionizing the scene! With uniquely themed rooms that celebrate the city, guests can enjoy the fabulous ‘Beyonce-inspired’ female dorm or the vibrant Houston Sports, Rodeo, and Diverse city rooms.
You’ll be drifting away to dreamland in their full-sized dorm beds, complete with convenient power outlets, lamps, and cooling fans.
All Best Hostels in USA on a Map
Below we have put ALL of the coolest hostels in USA mentioned in this article on a map.
That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!
We’ve marked them as follows:
- Design Hostels: Blue
- Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
- Party Hostels: Pink
- Other recommendations: Purple
(View full sized map here)
If you are looking for the best hostels in America, here we share your most asked questions.
What are the best hostels in the USA?
That is why we created this guide, to share the best hostels in USA for you as we share them with our family and friends.
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What are the best hostels in Washington USA?
We’ve worked hard to find 3 great options:
Have a look at the full guide to best hostels in Washington DC.
Are hostels safe in USA?
Yes, hostels are generically speaking very safe. They are staffed 24 hours and most have security cameras installed. There is a few things to consider for choosing and staying in a safe hostel. For instance, you should always check the safety-rating before booking the hostel. Also, always use the locker with your own padlock for your valuables.
Does the United States have hostels?
Yes, very much so! Hostels in the USA are spread all over the country. Staying in a hostel in USA is the best way to save money. Some of the hostels are high quality too. You can usually choose between a private room and a shared dorm.
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Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of these unique budget accommodations with you.
Make sure you check out our guides “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in USA. Which of the best USA hostels have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
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