Support at HI Boston
HI USA’s Boston hostel has received unprecedented accolades and community support in Boston and across the youth travel world, as a world class facility. The success of this 485 bed hostel was many years in the making, but there is still so much to do to realize its full potential. Become a part of HI USA history by supporting HI Boston today!
Quick Facts About the Hostel
Hostelling International’s Boston Hostel (HI Boston) has operated for the past 27 years in the City of Boston. To expand its capacity, provide handicap access and offer greater energy efficiency, HI Boston relocated to 19 Stuart Street in 2012.
The $42M project was funded through a combination of Federal New Market and Historic Tax credits, private financing, owner equity including the sale of the existing facility and other private support.
The hostel’s location at 19 Stuart Street is an intersection of Boston’s midtown cultural district, theatre district, and Chinatown, close to the Boston Public Garden and adjacent to public transportation.
19 Stuart Street is a landmark building on the National Register of Historic Places (1886-1888 “Dill Building”). The preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures as hostels is an important part of the Hostelling International mission.
The world-class facility brings more than 46,000 visitors to the city each year to experience the culture and community of Boston. It’s estimated that hostel guests spend in excess of $16 million each year in the local economy.
HI Boston is proud to join Mayor Thomas Menino’s broad revitalization plans for a greener, more sustainable city, as the nation’s first LEED certified hostel. The facility plans incorporate many green technologies as well as shared amenities for guests and is in walking distance to major tourist destinations in the city. The environmental impact of each guest will be among the lowest of all travelers.
Guests are encouraged to connect with the community by engaging in activities that help educate them about the world and broaden their perspectives. The new facility provides community spaces where Boston-area youth can become “citizens of the world.”
The greenest building is one that already exists!
The new HI Boston building is more than 55,000 square feet of space on six floors has been completely renovated as a sustainable, green facility.
Hostelling is already a wonderful example of low-impact travel, encouraging visitors to leave a smaller “footprint” by sharing rooms and communal spaces. The new Boston Hostel has taken this to the next level being built to LEED certified standards. Sustainable design components include low-flow plumbing fixtures and reduced lighting loads - taking advantage of the historic building’s tall windows.
The “green G” icon can be found on graphic signage throughout the building to indicate design elements such as a green roof, and green elevators for guest education and green building tours.
Green and energy efficient features at the New Boston Hostel include:
- Green Elevators
- Historically correct replacement windows
- Sustainably produced furniture including tables made from recycled building materials
- Signage and media for a Green Education program and Green Building Tour
- Bicycle storage
- Regional building materials, including certified wood
- Low-emitting construction materials
- Controlled lighting systems
Connecting Travelers and Community
Hostelling can be an integral part of a more meaningful life experience by providing unique opportunities to interact with other travelers and the local community. HI Boston hallways echo with other languages, the aroma of unfamiliar cuisines from the communal kitchen, and the laughter of strangers in the common areas forging new friendships. It’s a special experience for young people, taking advantage of their innate enthusiasm, sense of adventure, openness to the world and adaptability. A hosteling experience can help shape open mindedness, tolerance and global insights and HI Boston is providing a rich opportunity for this since it opened its doors. Help us broaden this reach, inspire young people and change lives!
Donate to the HI Boston hostel today! You can designate your gift to support the area you’re most interested in.
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