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Boston's Best Youth Hostels

Traveling on a budget can be tough, but saving on accommodations can stretch your dollar a little further. These hostels offer a cheap stay, free breakfast, and a chance to meet travelers from around the world. Pack a bag and explore Boston without breaking the bank.
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Hostelling International - Boston

19 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-9455

Hostelling International Boston is located downtown between Chinatown and the Theater District. This environmentally friendly building is just the place for travelers to stay or for visitors to attend an educational session or event. The rooms here are safe, clean and affordable, and are open to travelers from around the world. Female, male, and co-ed dorm rooms are available, as well as private rooms with en suite bathrooms. Daily activities are offered, as well as the option to be shown the city by a local.

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40 Berkeley Hostel

40 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 375-2524

This hip downtown hostel is located in the South End and is just a short walk to Boston's hot spots. The 40 Berkeley building is the former home of the YWCA, which was purchased in 2010 and transformed into the chic place it is today. 40 Berkeley is not only a budget friendly accommodation, but it prides itself on organizing and finding the best discounts, deals and activities to help you enjoy your stay without emptying your wallet. Basic rooms, standard rooms and suites are available, as well as long-term and permanent housing.

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Friend Street Hostel

234 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 934-2413

Friend Street Hostel can be found next to the North End and the TD Garden. This locally-owned hostel offers an affordable stay in a friendly atmosphere. With new beds and lockers, free WiFi, free breakfast, and free activities, the comforts can't be beat. Male, female, or co-ed dorm style rooms are available with either ten or six beds. Weekly events include movie night, pasta night, New England clam chowder night, and group trips. The Friend Street Cafe is also located on premises and serves beverages, pastries, soups and sandwiches.

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Farrington Inn

23 Farrington Ave.
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1860

Farrington Inn is a hotel alternative located near Boston University and Commonwealth Ave. This small guest house caters to travelers on a budget by including parking, limited local phone service, and WiFi in its price. Regular rooms, furnished rooms, and suites are available. The suites are perfect for groups or families, as they combine the advantages of a hotel and an apartment. Farrington Inn provides more space with separate bedrooms, a living room, and a full kitchen. This small inn will keep you close to the attractions downtown.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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