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“Great location on the way to the Grand Canyon”

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Grand Canyon International Hostel
Reviewed 24 October 2013

I have to say, I fell in love with Flagstaff! Such a lovely town with nice things to do and to see.
I was backpacking on my way to the Grand Canyon and decided to stay here for two day, it's a city around 2h from the GC National Park and has an Amtrak Station in it, since I was moving around by train, it was decisive.
The hostel has one great thing: the staff.
I was there during summer and on the first night it was full of young people making noise really late, the frontdesk not only took my complain seriously but had me sleeping in a different room so I could stay on the quite side of the hostel.
I admit I had problems sleeping, but I'm a light sleeper. The rooms are not fancy and you get some sunlight in the morning, but it was safe and in a great location. If you are not looking for luxury, you can easily stay here, but have in mind this is a small town hostel, rooms and bathroom are normal ones, there are no lockers and the breakfast is regular, but somehow it has itsown charm and is really welcoming.

Room Tip: Make sure you are in a female dorm, they also have mixed dorms and in small rooms it makes all the d...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We booked accomodation via the web prior to our trip to Flagstaff and intentionally selected these guys because of their fantastic Grand Canyon tours.

We arrived from Las Vegas by Greyhound and rang them and were promptly picked up and taken to the hostel where we signed up for the sunset canyon tour.

The next morning we all gathered around 11am and were driven to the local supermarket downtown to buy lunch and provisions. Our tour guide was fantastic and had so much knowledge about the States and the Canyons.

During our tour we made several different stops at the Canyons for photo opportunities including one right at the start of the trip within the Indian Reservation area. Here our tour guide and company have a local native Indian contact just off the main road who sells handmade items (necklaces, bracelets, tomahawks and other souvenirs) which we browsed and bought for souvenir and memory.

Our Canyon trip also entailed trekking down 1/7th which is roughly, 1mile down the winding trail of the Canyons. The trek was literally breathtaking (especially on the way back up) with fab and amazing views. We also stopped for lunch under some trees in the magnificent heat which was a good touch.

Towards the sunset, we walked along the rim down to the Canyon Village, had some tea and coffee at the Canyon Hotel and then sat down at the edge of the rim to watch the sun go down.

What an awesome tour - thank you to the Grand Canyon International Hostel and their tour rep for making this a truly remarkable and memorable trip.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

I have been to many hostels throughout and this has to be the one I felt most at home. It was literally like going to your grandmother's house. It was so warm compared to the freezing January snow outside and the staff were like a family! Would recommend this to anyone visiting the Grand Canyon or just to see a real American town!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

During my trips years ago, I had a chance to see a lot of youth hostels. This was one of the most welcoming, customer service oriented and cleanest I've seen. I had arrived from Las Vegas after a long overnight bus ride, and somebody from the hostel was waiting for me at the local Greyhound station to pick me up and prep me for the Grand Canyon hike that I was going to join. Great gesture that I was not expecting for sure. The hostel is very well kept, even though rustic and simple. If feels more like being guests of a family than just being in a hostel. Although I don't use youth hostel anymore, I would definitely stay here again to live the great atmosphere once again. They are also great in preparing hikes down to the Canyon and to Sedona National Park. Great times.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

I've been here twice now. Big kitchens, friendly staff, and, of course, all the great fellow travelers, which is the best feature of hostels. Located in the very hip area of Flagstaff on the edge of Northern Arizona University. The area is sort of a cross between Boulder and an uncrowded San Francisco - not to be missed!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

I stayed here nearly 5 years ago now, but this hostel was really great. At the time I was travelling with my friend and we were only 19, and the staff here made us feel really welcome. The rooms are pretty simple with shared bathrooms, but it's all we needed. There is a communal kitchen and dining room, a TV room...all the things you would expect from a hostel. Every week they have one night where everyone in the hostel eats together and you just contribute $5. They also ran trips to the Grand Canyon and to Sedona for a very reasonable price. It is a warm, friendly atmosphere and the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and at home here, whether it was driving us to the supermarket (even though we were prepared to walk) or directions...everything. Definitely recommend for young travellers.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

On the way to the Grand Canyon I stopped over in Flagstaff for a night and stayed at this hostel. The location is great as it's right on the main strip in town so it's walking distance from plenty of restaurants, pubs and shops. The room was a fairly standard hostel room - two bunk beds and a sink. The room was clean and i slept well so I have no complaints!

I really liked Flagstaff. It has a very laid back and mellow vibe. i'd like to go back and spend some more time and when i do i'd have no reservations about staying here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Grand Canyon International Hostel

Address: 19 South San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Region: United States > Arizona > Flagstaff
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Flagstaff
Price Range: £41 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcoming happy travelers from around the world for over 20 years! This charming hostel located in the quaint mountain town of Flagstaff, is a fun, friendly and inexpensive place to stay the night, and is only 80 miles from the magnificent Grand Canyon! It provides a unique and relaxing environment which encourages mingling with other guests, including the thousands of International visitors who overnight here every year. Make new friends, practice your foreign language skills and rest up for your next Arizona adventure, all under one roof! There's nothing fancy about this place, but it definitely has loads of charm and character! The accommodation is clean, simple and affordable with cozy dorm rooms on the main level and "themed" private rooms on the upper floor. The location is ideal for those who prefer walking to driving. Exploring historic downtown Flagstaff is easy - a vast selection of restaurants, pubs, shopping and nightlife are all within walking distance. A healthy breakfast, WI FI, parking and taxes are included in the nightly rate, and on site kitchen and laundry facilities are available for guest use as well. We also operate awesome day hiking tours to the Grand Canyon. Shop around and you'll see that we offer the best price in town - guaranteed! We hope you will choose to visit our little "home away from home" very soon. Safe travels! ... more   less 
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