5 Top American Hostels

Traveling can be expensive, especially when we are young and funds are limited. There are ways to stretch your money so you can travel more often. Hostels are significantly less expensive than hotels. They are geared towards a younger crowd. You get to share a room or dorm with other people, but what a great way to get to make new friends. Most people hear the word hostel and think of Europe. However, America has some really great hostels. Here are some hostels to consider.

Chicago Getaway Hostel


Located on the north side of Chicago, this hostel offers a friendly atmosphere and cosy accommodations. They have a range of dorms available, accommodating between 12 to 4 people and are segregated by sex. Each dorm has a private bathroom. If you are traveling alone and do not want to share a dorm with others, the Chicago Gateway offers the option of paying for the other beds in the dorm, so that you have a private room. This hostel offers free Internet, continental breakfast, and lockers. Fixing your own meals will not be a problem, since they have a common kitchen and a BBQ area. They offer plenty of things to do when you are not out sightseeing such as a pool table, board games, and guitars. This is a great option for young people visiting Chicago.



Located close to some of the major attractions in Chicago, this hostel offers guest a modern feel and clean rooming. They offer dorms for men and women that sleep eight to ten people with a private bathroom. They offer a twin room that can be rented for a single individual if you are willing to pay for both beds. This hostel is close to several public transportation options. HI-Chicago offers a walking tour to their guest so they can see all the local landmarks that are close by. A continental breakfast is included. There are lockers in each dorm, but guests must provide their own locks. If you are looking for a hostel close to the action, HI-Chicago may be the place to stay. If you are looking for more hostels in Chicago check out Hostelbookers.com.

Hotel 31
Located just off Park Avenue in New York City, Hotel 31 offers comfort and reasonable prices in a city that can be among the most expensive in the world. They offer rooms for groups of four, two, and a single traveller some with a private bath and some with a shared bath. The rooms offer many great amenities including cable television, daily maid service, and air-conditioning. Each room offers a unique design and decorative scheme. The staff are multilingual for foreign travelers. Hotel 31 offers 24-hour concierge service to assist guests with tickets, information, and other helpful hints. New York City can be an expensive city to visit; Hotel 31 can help you save money.

Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse


Located near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, the Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse offers the feel of home while you are away from home. This hostel offers a dorm for eight people of mixed sexes and a dorm for five that is women only. They offer shared bathrooms in their dorms. There is a locker under each of the beds. There are many amenities at the Green Tortoise such as free Internet, a guest kitchen, and an included breakfast. There is luggage storage available and 24-hour reception. The Green Tortoise does not impose a curfew. Once you are done sightseeing for the day, there is plenty to do at this hostel while you relax. They offer a pool table, foosball, and a piano in their giant ballroom. If you are visiting San Francisco without breaking the bank, then this hostel will help make the most of your budget.

City Hostel Seattle
With a view of the Space Needle in Seattle, the City Hostel offers a low cost option to chain hotels and expensive boutique hotels. This hostel offers a variety of dorm options from 6 to 4 beds and mixed groups to women only. Additionally, guests who wish to have a private room may pay for the additional beds in a room. The City Hostel Seattle offers free Internet and a free breakfast. In the evenings, relax in their theatre while watching a movie or visit their library. All three floors have a guest kitchen. With its wide range of amenities, the City Hostel Seattle is the perfect budget friendly option.