Highly recommend staying here!I would consider returning to this hostel in the future. Stayed in a private room and had more space than needed. The place was very clean, and don't have any complaints.
- Free Wifi
My plans changed during my ski trip so I called Crested Butte Lodging at 7pm on the day of my arrival (from Leadville, before dinner, while I was already on route) to reserve 4 nights at the Crested Butte Hostel and to tell them that I expected to arrive after 11pm. CBL shares a building with the Hostel and closes at 8pm. The Hostel front desk has even more limited hours (4pm-5pm and sometimes in the morning) but we still found a way to get me into my bunkroom upon my arrival. I registered the next morning when someone was at the front desk. I was also able to get a 4-day lift ticket for a ~12% discount! That's even better than the online discount, which is 5% less than the ticket window price.
The location is awesome! It's a few steps away from the bus stop for the free mountain shuttle to Mt. Crested Butte and the ski area, 3-5 minute walk from the bus stop for the free RTA bus to Gunnison, and within reasonable walking distance from everything in the Town of Crested Butte (all reachable by free shuttle if you don't feel like walking). The Gas Cafe is right next door with its legendary breakfast sandwiches and decent selection of postcards.
The place is clean and pleasant but still has character. Bunkhouse guests use the single-sex community bathrooms, which are accessed with their key cards for the single-sex bunkrooms (good security). There are some private rooms as well but I'm not sure if they have their own bathrooms.
Guests can get groceries and use the kitchen, and with bunkhouse beds at only ~$34/night this is a great deal! The reason you can be as comfortable as you are here at such a low price is likely due to the limited front desk hours. But if you're the high-maintenance sort who's seeking to be pampered, Crested Butte is probably not the place for you anyway. For something more airbrushed, Vail/Beaver Creek is up on Highway 70 and Park City/Deer Valley is over in Utah. But the terrain at the Butte is wilder and far more EPIC!
Crested Butte is a wonderful place to visit. The international lodge offers an excellent place to stay while visiting CB. It was very easy to make reservation via phone. They had our room ready when we arrived. There were 4 of us so we were able to get a room to ourselves - 2 bunk beds (sleeps 4). We enjoyed CB so much that we decided to stay +1 night in CB at the International Lodge. The front desk staff was very helpful. Would highly recommend this place to anyone travelling to CB. The cost per night was very reasonable and the hostel offered all needed services. One minor negative is that the wifi signal does not work in the room - it only works in the lobby.
I spent eight days in the nearby mountains during the fall 2013 aspen season, mainly primitive or car camping. Twice I stayed overnight at the CB Hostel to shower, re-organize my gear, and get a relaxing night's sleep. And on my last day of vacation, went to the hostel to get a warm shower prior to my long (16 hr) drive back home.
For basically the price of a campsite, you get clean accommodations, warm shower and kitchen facilities. A laundromat is next door. If all you need is a shower, that's six bucks, but make sure you schedule this during the time that the front desk is staffed. CB is a cozy town, with the restaurants and shops only 4-8 blocks away from the hostel. Since I was in town during the "off season" (i.e., before the slopes open), I lucked out and got a room all to myself during midweek.
Susan, the lady on staff, was courteous and helpful to all the guests.
Would I come back here the next time I go backpacking/climbing in the Elks? Yes!
Really nice place to stay in CB. Super clean well equipped kitchen which, if you've stayed in other hostels, is a wonderful thing. Entire place is clean and pleasant. On site parking. Left behind a sweater and coat. Very nice manager Susan shipped it within hours calling to say she had them.
The town had a relaxed gentle vibe. Great mountain biking. Looking forward to getting back for more next year, maybe even some skiing this winter.
Being at this CB Hostel was a pleasure. Truly.
Enjoyed my stay here. It was pre-season, so I had a whole bunk room to myself for $25. Pillow, blankets, towels. Each bunk has a large, lockable drawer for valuables for which I brought my own lock. Handy for locking my laptop. Plus, each bunk room is card keyed, as is the outside door. Comfortable mattress, individual reading lamps, exceptionally clean restrooms, hot showers, relaxing common room, functional kitchen completely stocked with pots, dishes, silverware, coffee maker, microwave, stove, oven, etc. Wifi was good sitting in the front window seats in the common room. The manager Susan was very friendly and helpful with recommendations and information regarding town. There is a laundromat connected to the hostel. There are also private rooms available. Male & female bunk rooms. Reservations taken. All in all, highly recommended!