Hostelling International Boston’s grand opening at the hostel’s new Chinatown location, on June 22, attracted numerous visitors who were given an inside look at the new facility.
Located at an intersection of Boston’s midtown cultural district, theatre district, and Chinatown, the state-of-the-art 480-bed hostel offers affordable accommodation that is geared toward a younger clientele. The hostel incorporates dorm rooms with four to eight beds, as well as a library, activity room, television room, kitchens and internet lounge, for a unique lodging experience.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in the opening speech that the new hostel is “so far superior to the ones in the country,” and will be able to accommodate waves of tourists visiting Boston in the upcoming holidays.
The new building at 19 Stuart Street is LEED Gold certified and the atmosphere of the hostel is meant to “foster intercultural exchange and awareness” among its guests, according to the organization’s website.
Features that make the building LEED Certified are the building’s use of ultra-low flow toilets, efficient lighting systems, use of nontoxic cleaners, green elevators, low-flow shower heads and faucet fixtures, and highly reflective “white” roof that reduces cooling needs.
HI-Boston does not only focus on business but also community involvement. Bob Sylvia, the General Manager of HI Boston, said their community room is open to the public, and local residents can take advantage of this common space.
“If you want to use this room for social gatherings, meetings, or other events, you can make a reservation through HI Boston and it is free,” said Silva.
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