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#52 of 104 Specialty lodging in Boston
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SwinginYoyo wrote a review Aug 2018
Voorschoten, The Netherlands120 contributions20 helpful votes
My friend and I booked to stay in an 8 person mixed dorm for the weekend. In terms of value for money this place is a bit of a joke! We paid way too much for a below average experience. The hostel looks new and modern but is like an asylum instead. Concrete and metal everywhere, no character, no warm friendly staff, facilities are very basic. I expected way more! Either the prices need to go down or this place needs to do a lot more to improve the guest experience. There is no atmosphere at all. Breakfast is very basic too. Not worth the money in my opinion!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Hallylouise wrote a review Sep 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom28 contributions47 helpful votes
The best thing about this hostel is the location. Due to this it is a great place for a one night stay. Beds aren't too comfortable but spacious and rooms are reasonably clean. Small hostel with only a few toilets and showers are fine but could do with some cleaning. If you're not a fussy person this place is fine for a one night stay. There are lockers and reliable wifi connection.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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MGN wrote a review Sep 2016
10 contributions4 helpful votes
The Bos Hostel is the worst hostel I've ever stayed in. It's very dirty, wasn't cleaned once thru our 3 days stay. Extremely expencive, it's crowded, you sleep in rooms of 12-18people, and there are only 3 showers and 2 toilets. They don't even have garbage cans in the restrooms. There are empty packages of shower gels and shampoos everywhere. Showers are disgusting and clogged with hair, there is no cleaning person who would take care of that. Beds are extremely uncomfortable! Wi-Fi is so weak that when two people are using it stops working at all. The only advantage I can think of is the location and AC in the room. I do not recommend unless the only other option is sleeping under the bridge.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Taylor M wrote a review Sep 2016
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No elevator access so be prepared to lug your suitcase up a very steep flight of stairs. Some staff members are friendly others can be quite abrupt. There are secure lockers in the rooms but I'd rather keep all valuables on me. Beds are not comfortable as you have to make sure you lie on the side on the foam mattress or you sink down on to the metal bars. Mixed dorm very cramped for 8 people other rooms seem more spacious. Wifi isn't the best and there are no sinks in the toilets. Adding to that the toilet locks don't work very well and with a firm tug unlock from the outside. It's in a good area and very accessible to metro stations and shopping areas but should only be used as a base each night, nothing for luxury.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Gemma H wrote a review Aug 2016
Winchester, England, United Kingdom1 contribution
After arriving in from my flight earlier this evening, I got in to the hostel and was checked in by an unwelcoming guy. Once checked in and given my bed number, he told me to go find it with no direction to which floor it was on. I was directed by a guest as she showed me the room up another set of steep steps to the next floor. The room itself has 12 beds (6 bunks) which doesn't seem too bad, but when 3 of the bunks are all in the same corner of the room it leaves very little space for backpacks and suitcases. Within the room of 12 there is a single door leading to another room of 6 beds, a total of 18 people accessing the room at one time which makes the traffic in and out of the room constant. On finding my bed number there was already a bag on my bunk, and when I asked one of the girls already in the room, she suggested that it belonged to the girl in the bunk bellow and had been placed there out of convenience. So I moved the bag and went to the bathroom. Returning, a girl was stood in front of bed confused/ angered to why her things had been moved. The guy had assigned us the same bed! Luckily the girl was understanding of the situation and there was one spare in the room which I took, but who knows if someone else will be coming into the room tomorrow in the same situation. As part of the stated 'included amenities' where linens. I was given one hand sized towel at checkin that doesn't cover my body and a blanket and pillow in cold overly air conditioned room. Both the women's shower and toilet cubical are unclean and the gender shared toilet has a constant smell of wee. I've gotten much better prices with much better service in hostels the across the USA. I've had my share of bad hostels but the combination of crappy service and dirty facilities makes this the worst! Only my first night here and already can't wait to leave.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Anna E wrote a review Aug 2016
5 contributions3 helpful votes
The hostel is located in a rather dodgy area with limited restaurant/eating choices. Facilities are very limited, only two dirty bathrooms and three showers for females. The rooms are very small. Beds are very uncomfortable (basically the matress is a futon bed?). On the upside the reception is open 24/7 however the staff was not very welcoming. I would not suggest anyone staying there.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Emma F wrote a review Aug 2016
Leeds, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
I have stayed in 13 hostels in the last 6 weeks and this was not only the worst, but the most expensive. I was in a 4 bed mixed dorm, the door to which had NO lock on it, and the "lockers" were a plastic box on the floor that weren't secured down so anyone could pick them up. The mattresses were extremely uncomfortable. 2 toilets were shared between the entire hostel (around 40-50 of us I'd guess) and the women's showers were disgusting, the bathroom bin overflowing. I felt unsafe the entire time I was there due to the lack of lock on the door. Staff were unknowledgeable (I overheard a girl asking about the metro, they didn't know, so I had to tell her), they didn't even offer maps, but the worst part was that I was overcharged. Hostelworld said I would pay $94 upon arrival but I was charged $127. I questioned this with reception and they said this was tax. Over 35% tax?! I contacted hostelworld after my stay, they investigated it, and apparently the hostel will contact me for a refund. I have not heard anything yet. The only reason I thought to check my receipt is because I overheard another girl complaining about being overcharged at reception, so it sounds like it is done to everyone. Do not touch with a barge pole.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Room Tip: The 4 bed mixed dorm downstairs does not have a lock on it
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Dayu R wrote a review Aug 2016
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This hostel is the worst one I have ever stayed. Facilities are very limited, only two dirty bathrooms for the entire hostel for more than 50 people. No cooking facilities except a microwave and a fridge in the kitchen. The mattress is basically a big sponge. I would not suggest anyone stay here.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Bethany M wrote a review Aug 2016
9 contributions20 helpful votes
My friends and I stayed here after spending 8 weeks in a camp in Massachusetts as we wanted to do a short stay in Boston. The outside of the hostel did not look promising however we were pleasantly surprised once up the stairs and inside. We were greeted by friendly staff who were more than happy to help and give advice and directions. This hostel to me was great value for money as the bed was comfy and the facilities basic and functional, absolutely everything was fine :) there is also a small living area you can hang out in with a tv to wait in if your making plans and the wifi is excellent too ! Would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SaraYvonne17 wrote a review Aug 2016
Preston, United Kingdom15 contributions3 helpful votes
Try and book the hi hostel if you can, better value for money!!! Yeah security not great, you get a plastic box to put your stuff in with your own padlock. Our door had no lock so if traveling with a lot of valuables then beware. The beds are not the best, very soft. Showers and toilets ok but just not many of them. Location is ok, near north street station. So close to little Italy and Quincy markets. If you are happy with basic then it's fine but for 5 dollars more you can stay at the hi that includes breakfast.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about BOS Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to BOS Hostel?
Nearby attractions include New England Holocaust Memorial (0.5 km), Room Escapers (0.5 km), and TD Garden (0.2 km).
What are some restaurants close to BOS Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bova's Bakery, Ernesto's Pizza, and Pauli's.
Is BOS Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Boston.
Are there any historical sites close to BOS Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Printing Office of Edes & Gill (0.6 km), Old North Church & Historic Site (0.6 km), and Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (5.5 km).