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5302 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77004-6830
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Sara A wrote a review Oct 2016
2 contributions3 helpful votes
Not worth it. I had over 75 bites from two nights...and maybe more except I had to go to the hospital for a steroid shot to shut my immune system doen because my body was so overwhelmed with the histimine response. Hundreds of dollars in doctors bills to deal with this. And the worst itching I have ever experienced. Not worth it!
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Gemma wrote a review Aug 2016
Colchester, United Kingdom145 contributions81 helpful votes
After reading reviews for this place before I went I wasn't expecting much. That and it's only $15 a night! It is rough round the edges and just needs a good clean up. But you get what you pay for. The beds were fine and the bedrooms work. The reception is only open 8-10am and then 5-11pm so if you turn up in the middle your not checking in until late. It was more of a problem if the wifi went down at night or on that middle bit. (Which did happen a lot) The location is brilliant, right in the museum district and not far from a metro into downtown. Becca the receptionist was very nice to us and helpful. I think if you want a clean hostel full of people and a good atmosphere don't book! But it's a place to lay your head and visit Houston. Uber is cheap here and there is a full kitchen to use.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Don S wrote a review Feb 2016
Fort Collins, Colorado26 contributions6 helpful votes
good value for the money. the rooms were clean, the bathrooms could use some attention, good museum location. the best part, is chris gallegos, the nite manager, he is wonderful, he gives good directions, good restaurant reccomendations, and even carries my bags. The marriot should hire this guy| Thanks Don S. Fort Collins Colo.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Karan D wrote a review Sep 2015
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Best place ever. Feels like home. Too find this kind of place in houston is very hard. The guy at the front desk, chris. He is a great man. Very helping and perfect place to stay in a big city. My experience was wonderful with this hostel. I stayed in houston for 3 months. Best place ever 👍
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TeoHarley wrote a review Aug 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia298 contributions131 helpful votes
No one was there when we arrived in the afternoon and after half an hour of waiting we left only to return in the evening. Hostel terribly dirty and messy , if there was a chance to give 0 stars would be the only voting right ..Help!!!! Anyway...ENJOY
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Martin S wrote a review Aug 2015
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Starting with the positives, the man working reception during their limited hours was friendly and helpful. Advising us on ways to get around Houston and offering to look after our valuables whilst we were out. The location is close to the museum district which has a tram service. The building looks dilapidated from the outside and when we reached inside it had a strange musty smell to it. Everything inside looked dated and poorly maintained. There's only one male and one female bathroom which isn't adequate for any hostel. The kitchen is well equipped but again smells strange and I saw a few bugs crawling around the sink. Worst of all at night in the downstairs lounge area there were multiple big cockroaches running around and I even saw a rat! I can't recommend this place to anybody.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ian J wrote a review Jan 2015
Los Angeles, California, United States10 contributions7 helpful votes
Bought the dude that worked the desk dinner and then drove him home. Super nice guy. Then got decimated by bed bugs. Had no experience with them so thought it was a rash from the weird sheets. Traveled on to stay with friends and brought the bugs to them. Horrible, horrible experience. Called the hostel to talk to my friend at the desk and all he said was, "Well, it's a hostel." No dummy, hostel does not mean bed bugs. This place needs to be shut down by the health department.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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TwentyFourBeerz wrote a review Dec 2014
3 contributions3 helpful votes
The good. $15 for one night and $25 for your own private room.. About 10 mins from Downtown on the Metro Rail which is a few blocks away from the hostel. A nice area. You can actually check in at 8am-10am if you arrive in Houston extra early. The staff seemed decent The bad.. The actual hostel looks like it's from some rundown city in Alabama and airlifted into its current location. The place stinks. It actually could double as a homeless shelter as when I was there that's really all I seen. There's this random diseased cat roaming inside.. I'm allergic to cats!!! Bed bugs, broken restrooms and the one restroom that worked it was gross. All in all a total renovation project needs to be done. I give it a half star only because the place is so conviently located and cheap!!
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Date of stay: October 2014
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sra2 wrote a review Nov 2014
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I was returning from a 3-month trip, stopping by in Houston to visit some friends. I found this hostel online, and it was very conveniently located. So after returning from the supposed third world, I spent one night here. I woke up with no fewer than 50 bed bug bites all over my body. On top of that, nobody is there to do check in from the hours of 10 to 5. I really, really, really should have just gone somewhere else.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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freshlybrewedcoffee wrote a review Jul 2014
Leeds, United Kingdom18 contributions21 helpful votes
I have probably stayed in about 20 hostels in the US and this was by far the worst - in fact, I really don't know how it's still operational. I can only assume the people leaving gushing reviews are friends of the manager or have been paid to do so. As soon as I walked through the door, I was hit by the most disgusting smell (some vile combination of stale beer, urine and vomit) that permeated throughout the whole building for the duration of my stay (one night, I couldn't face any longer). There are several long-term tenants here (many of whom have a penchant for alcohol), giving the place a very seedy vibe. The $15 a night might sound like a bargain, but for that you basically get a mattress on a unit seemingly made of coat hangers - if you want wifi, a towel or even a room key, you have to pay extra. I was assigned a top bunk, which didn't even have a ladder to get to it, resulting in (a) an injured ankle, and (b) the person in the bottom bed being needlessly woken (although that occurred every time either one of us rolled over). Hostel bathrooms are rarely the cleanest, and this one was fittingly deplorable. There was no hot water and the shower pressure was feeble. Even though the Texas heat in June can be trying, few people want to wash themselves in droplets of ice. Like other reviewers, I was also the target of savage bed bugs. Worst than that, I also had some sort of allergic reaction, which persisted until I checked out. I don't know what it was, but strangely enough it has never happened anywhere else. Somehow I can't help suspecting that the lackadaisical approach to cleanliness might have had something to do with it. The only redeeming feature of this place is its location, which is reasonably safe, easy to get to and from by public transit and close to the Museum Quarter. But I probably ended up spending more on resulting medication than I did on the night's stay. It's definitely worth spending a few extra bucks and going to the HI instead.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Houston International Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Houston International Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Children's Museum Houston (0.3 km), Holocaust Museum Houston (0.3 km), and The Health Museum (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Houston International Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lucille's, Barnaby's Cafe Museum District, and Bodegas Taco Shop.
Are there any historical sites close to Houston International Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (5.1 km), Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern (4.1 km), and Sam Houston Park (4.0 km).