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Friend Street Hostel
Ranked #28 of 37 Boston B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 December 2012

I stayed at Friendstreet for 2 nights in december 2012. The staff is very helpfull and it the hostel had a nice travelers vibe. It was clean and basic. The dorm rooms and location made it a bit noisy, in my opinion this is part of the hostel experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Peter W
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Hey Peter,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your comments for us! It sounds like your a true backpacker in every sense of the word, and it's nice to know that an expert thinks we're doing things right! If there are any suggestions you have for improving our offerings, please don't hesitate to give us a shout.

Happy Travels!

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Ive been to a couple of hostels around the world and I can say that this hostel is just so-so. Nothing worth of standing ovation. Just plain and simple place to spend the night with. The location is very strategic (near the subway, beer pubs, the stadium and the Bridge). if you are carrying a stroller bag on your trip, better think twice before booking a room as the stairs leading to the reception and the rooms itself is quite narrow and steep.

Room Tip: if you are claustrophobic, you may wanna skip this hostel as the shower cubicle would give you seizu...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Thanks for taking the time to leave such candid feedback. We've been working hard to make our hostel something really special, and I hope you'll get the chance to come back and see that soon. Since your visit, we opened a super chic new cafe, which provides even more space for socializing as well as some added amenities!

Hopefully we'll see you again soon!

Best,
Friend Street Hostel

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Reviewed 10 September 2012

This is the most uncomfortable hostel I've ever been.
I stayed there in the month of August, in the middle of summer in a city that it is really hot, but in the hostel it was hotter than outside. With no AC, it was impossible to sleep, worst if you are sharing a 10-beds room.
Few space in the room for your things.
You cannot drink alcohol in the entire hostel, you cannot stay in the kitchen after 11PM, it looks like you cannot do anything.
Two good things: 1) Location 2) people that works there (except for the guy that is there at night that is a bit crazy).
If you find a better place... go there, not to this hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank EugeniaRP
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Hi Eugenia,

Thanks for leaving your honest feedback for us. I'm sorry to hear your stay was anything less than perfectly enjoyable, but I think you will be happy to know that we've made many improvements since your visit, thanks to feedback such as yours. We've added AC units to all of the rooms to help combat the heat. We're also working on getting an alcohol license to overcome our "dry" policy. The kitchen space is open 24-hours to our guests, and the other common areas are open until 1am.

If there's anything else we can do to enhance your next stay (if you're willing to give us a second chance), please let us know!

Thanks,
FSH

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Reviewed 18 July 2012

So I planned to skip Boston because of the review I'd read on hostel world about this place. But I had a few days spare and thought what are the chances I get bitten.
Boy was I wrong, so wrong that I had to go to mass. general to help with the bites.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Hi Lily,

Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback for us. I'm sorry to hear that you had a less than enjoyable experience with us, and hope you will give us the chance to make it up to you. Since your stay, we have replaced all of our furniture, and are proud to say that we are pest-free.

If there's anything I can do to further reconcile your issue, please don't hesitate to reach out directly.

Thanks,
FSH

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Reviewed 15 July 2012

I've never been to a hostel but the building had character. It was clean and colorful. I felt safe with my key to the room and my cubby at the bottom of the bunk beds. My mom was worried for our laptops but as long as you use a lock for your cubby I don't see how anyone could get to them without an axe. She was also worried that our luggage was too big an clunky for the cubbies; the cubbies are huge so that wasn't a poblem.

Attendents were friendly, attentive, and 24/7. They gave us tips on free meals, directions, and movies etc . . . There was free breakfast but we never ate it; we wanted bagles from Dunkin Doughnuts. We stayed four nights but most people only stayed one or two. Some girls were rude and kept the lights on even when 7 of us were trying to sleep, but this was not the hostel's fault. Hostel policy is lights out at 11pm and they do inforce it (they come and turn the lights out themselves).

Other patrons were down to earth and not the party animals I was imagining (but that might not be the case with your group when you visit). The common area was relaxed. One morning I walked in on a guy doing some crazy yoga moves. The tiny kitchen had a fridge to store our left overs. I was happy they had a Brita. You can get wifi in the common area but not on the third floor sleeping room. There was no a/c and it was a hot week. The fans were a welcome but not everyone in the room agreed (the joys of communal living).

Stairs were steep, showers curtains were a little on the moldy side, and the potties are communal, but if you think about the price of the stay you don't really mind all that much. The sinks did clog up one night but they were immediately fixed. Bunk beds are first come first serve. Matresses are thin (like the ones you'd get at camp) but the sheets and blankets are freshly washed. Laundry was a little steep but the attendent was fair and told us of a cheaper place to take our suitcase of dirty things.

The location of the hostel was perfect. 2 blocks away from a train station, a 10 min walk to Quincy market, and a 15 min walk to the Italian district. There were a lot of homeless people (more so than DC and Richmond) in the area (not on Friendly street though) and they are not shy in approching you but they are harmless.

I find nothing wrong with the hostel. It was a good experience and a good deal.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the street are normally quite but the hostel is next to a convention center. One ni...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Boytbab
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Wow - what an awesome review! Thanks for being so detailed and honest! I'm so glad you enjoyed our humble hostel's offerings. We really do try to make it a home for everyone, and I'm glad you caught that vibe.

Since your visit, we've made a ton of improvements to our place. We've gotten new beds, lockers, WiFi throughout the building, AC units for all the rooms, a cafe/lounge area, and much more! Hopefully you'll get the chance to come by and see all of the great improvements for yourself.

Hope to see you soon!

Best,
FSH

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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Its simple, nothing special, dorms were ok, breakfast was ok.
Not much a hostel to socialize with another travelers. The bars around the hostel get pretty loud at night, what is not a problem for me but can be for some other people.
The location is excellent and I felt safe at all times.

Would stay again, even though its a bit overpriced, but thats Boston, can't get anything much better at this price.

Cheers

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank andrebrazil15
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Hi Andre,

Thanks for leaving a review for us! We're always thankful for honest feedback like yours, and hope to see you again on your next visit to Boston!

Thanks Again,
FSH

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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Right down the street from TD Garden. Walking distance to everything downtown and the staff was great. There are a couple bars right there so it can be a bit loud.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank Travis F
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FriendStreetHostel, Manager at Friend Street Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Thanks for your comments Travis! While we love being in the heart of the city, I agree that it can get a bit noisy at times. For future reference, we do offer earplugs for just 50 cents at the front desk. We can't help the noise outside, but we can certainly help block it out!

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Additional Information about Friend Street Hostel

Address: 234 Friend St, Boston, MA 02114-1801
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range: £23 - £45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friend Street Hostel is Boston's friendliest hostel! We provide clean, safe, inexpensive accommodations for travelers to Boston, Massachusetts. Friend Street is centrally located and close to all Boston hot spots and attractions. Locally owned and operated, Friend Street offers friendly atmosphere and many amenities. Amenities include: free breakfast, free wi-fi, free maps, luggage storage, kitchen, 24-hour reception, free linen and laundry facilities to all guests. Travelers are sure to make new friends at Friend Street Hostel! ... more   less 

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