Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hypertravel Hostel: The Modern Age of Hostels Finally Comes to the USA—and Tucson, Arizona



Territorial property from the turn of last century

Mention the word 'hostel' to the typical American and the facial reactions are not likely to be welcoming. The word alone conjures up images of school groups in sterile dormitories on one hand, or grungy backpacker dives on the other. Neither image is particularly welcoming (and God help you if you ever saw the movie of the same name. You might need psychological help after that, particularly if you came back for the sequel). The good news is that all of these images are way past the expiration date, if not outright falsehoods.

There is a new era of hostelry around the world which is finally making its way, albeit painfully slow, to the United States of America. These lodges, inns, guesthouses and other assorted accommodations all offer the bunk-beds and shared spaces that typically define a hostel, but also add oh so much more, like private rooms and hot tubs and history and atmosphere and... you name it. The offerings are as varied as the spaces themselves. If this all sounds more like a B & B than a hostel, then there might be a reason for that.