Minneapolis International Hostel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMinneapolis International Hostel
Located south of downtown and next to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minneapolis International Hostel is the only budget option in the Twin Cities.
To get to it by public transportation, if coming from downtown Minneapolis, go to the Government Plaza stop on the Light Rail, then get on either #17 or #18 southbound bus, getting off at 24th Street. You should come to a McDonald's, where you cross the street, going about 2 blocks until you see a brick building. If you are in front of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, then you went too far. If coming by car, there is on-street parking, but not sure of the rules. Definitely check for signs on that.
Entering the place, it starts out looking like an old elegant home, with the stairs and kitchen. By the kitchen, is the reception office, which also serves as storage of linens and bed sheets. You will be given those things, along with a towel and a code to enter the building from the back.
There seems to be only a few dorm rooms, but the one that I stayed at, was an all-male room with 12 beds. A large enough room, that the beds are lying in a row, with no bunk beds. That is a good thing, so you don't end up with a noisy top bunk bed. And there are hooks on the wall behind the beds, so you can hang some things, like your jacket or towel. At first glance, the dorm room does not look good, and the floor squeaks at times, but once you get past all that, I did like the setup of this dorm room.
The bathroom is basic, as there is only 1 in the room. Basically, like one at a home, with only 1 of everything in it. So if everyone gets up at the same time, it could mean a long wait. There is one on the 1st floor, which is a public one with no shower. Also, with the shower, if you are the first one to use it after a while, you will have to let the water run for a few minutes, for the hot water to work.
There is a kitchen, but not much of a common area. At least, I did not find any common area. And the staff are really nice, and can be fun to talk to. There is laundry service, which is included, but you may have to stay with it at times, and have to let the staff know ahead of time. Also, there is WiFi, which works really good in the hostel.
Breakfast is not included, but there is a McDonald's and a few other restaurants, a couple blocks away. And if you don't mind the walk, a 15-minute walk on Stevens Ave. to a strip mall area, where you have more eating options, like an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet.
And if you stay on a Thursday or Friday night, there is the option of visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is open late on those nights. Just across the street! The museum itself will have a separate review, but its location just adds worth to staying at this hostel.
This hostel does have some issues, mainly with appearance, but there are some really good things about it as well. I liked it, and while not one of the best and really pricey for a hostel, I would not mind staying here again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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