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Psst… 5 Intriguing Hostels in Denver

Ember Hostel | The Denver Ear

If you have friends or family coming to town and are looking for a social and budget friendly spot for them to stay, then check out the great hostels in Denver. These five hostels are in beautiful classic buildings, all of them are downtown and within walking distance of incredible museums, restaurants and shopping. There are options to book individual rooms and dorms, as well as amenities like free wifi, coffee and bikes to ride downtown!


Hostel Fish | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Hostel Fish

Hostel Fish has interesting history (the building has been home to both a brothel and salon) and is a five minute walk from the downtown spots in Denver. The building has eleven themed rooms and two female only rooms. The Hostel Fish’s cozy bar that serves flaming absinthe among other classic drinks and is hip and friendly. Right below the hostel there is the Ophelia’s with live music and great food, or right around the corners you can find Voodoo Comedy Warehouse and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery.

Amenities: Free Wifi, Free Coffee

Approx. cost for dorm room starting at $4o

Psst… you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the great ambiance of Hostel Fish’s bar! A fun spot to hang out, get drinks and meet travelers from around the world! 


11th Avenue Hostel is a three story stay near downtown, so after dropping your bags off you can grab a bite to eat at Torchys Tacos and get dancing at Club Vinyl. Furnishings are simple and comfortable with special rates for groups, students and military. They offer male/female dorm rooms, as well as private rooms with television, or a family room with two bunk beds, a queen bed and a private bathroom.

Amenities: Free Wifi, Direct TV

Approx. cost for dorm room starting at $28.99

Ember Hostel | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Ember Hostel

Ember Hostel is located in the historical Capital Hill neighborhood and is a short walk from the incredible downtown Denver scene. The hostel offers quite a few amenities including private lavatory and shower services, a twelve person jacuzzi and a one-hundred year old fire place.  They also have a concierge service that can assist guests in finding tickets to concerts, suggest restaurants and offer ideas of great places to see in Denver like a short walk down the street to the Fainting Goat (a comfy Irish pub) or Charlie Brown’s (a classy piano bar).

Amenities: Wi-Fi, Guest Laundry, Complimentary Espresso & Tea

Approx. cost for dorm room starting at $4o


Mile High Guest House is in a lovely Denver neighborhood, close to downtown in a renovated mansion. They have both private and dorm rooms available for a comfortable stay. Their house activities range from BBQ nights, Game Nights and pub crawls. Rumor has it that they make fresh pancakes and coffee in the morning! If you fancy a walk it is a few blocks to Cheesman Park or in the other direction there are many restaurants and curiosities. Perhaps try Voodoo Doughnut or a new type of drink at Kava Sutra kava bar.

Approx. cost for dorm room starting at $32.99


Stout House Hostel was built in 1893 and has gone through many families and few renovations to become the hostel it is today. This marijuana friendly hostel comes with amenities like pool tables, fireplaces, a professional dj setup and bicycles for guests to ride around the city. If pedaling doesn’t sound like your idea of a vacation the light rail is one block from the house and there is a bus stop across the street, so cheap transportation is easy to find. Just two blocks away is the Mercury Cafe which has great food music, poetry, and dancing almost every night. Or make your way to the British Bulldog, a great English pub in the heart of Denver.

Amenities: 420 friendly, pool table, Smart TV, free wifi and breakfast

Approx. cost for dorm room starting at $85

Psst… because this hostel is 420 friendly it is for adults 21+!