The Burlington Hostel

The Burlington Hostel

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4.5
#1 of 1 hostel in Burlington
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Affordable Community style Lodging in Vermont- Only $40 per night/bed - Burlington Hostel is situated two blocks from Church Street & two blocks from Lake Champlain. We offer accommodation for the young and older travelers who come to enjoy our geography, climate, culture, cuisine, attractions, or work opportunities, and who are on a budget or simply prefer the clean social multi-cultural hostel accommodations. Our hostel has an attractive & comfortable atmosphere, friendly, caring & helpful personnel, nearby coffee shops, natural food stores, yoga studios, attractions, events, and numerous transportation options for our guests. The location is ideal for arriving, exploring, and departing guests.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Concierge
Shared bathroom
Meeting rooms
Room features
Iron
Hair dryer
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
French, Turkish

Location

53 Main St Fl 2, Burlington, VT 05401-8407
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Sunshine590550 wrote a review Jun 17
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at this place twice, in 2015 and 2017. I have fond memories of it. It was the only hostel I ever stayed in. But unfortunately it looks like it has closed permanently. That's what it says on their Facebook page.

It was a great place in the heart of Burlington not far from the outdoor mall and lake. I will miss it.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Closed
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Danny B wrote a review Aug 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived in Burlington after hiking the Appalachian Trail to catch a flight the following day. I had nothing planned other than to find a hotel or hostel. Based on price and location I decided on the hostel. I didn't realize it was parents weekend and was told they were all booked up. I asked where I may be able to find a room somewhere nearby I was told I'd probably be out of luck. I was told by Mike, who was working at the desk, to stick around and he would find some place to put me. I had a sleeping bag in my pack from the trail so I offered to even sleep on the floor. He ended up giving up his bunk to me and saved me from wandering the rainy streets looking for other accommodations. Great facilities and and even greater staff.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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Meerc wrote a review Feb 2013
Chicago
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is probably the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed at. I work for a non-profit, and our budget is limited; Burlington Hostel was a great place to stay for the conference I attended at a nearby hotel. It is quiet and there is a comfortable area for reading, working, etc.
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Date of stay: September 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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7TroopCutCopyPaste wrote a review Jul 2012
London, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I wouldn't bother looking at the ratings for this place as I promise you The Burlington Hostel won't be like any other place you have ever stayed - instead read this brief review to get an idea.

What's different to other hostels?
1) Most importantly (and strangely), every single day, all guests are kicked off the premises for FOUR hours between 11am and 3pm without exception. Why? They say for cleaning, and I believe them because...

2) The hostel is immaculate... I mean IMMACULATE. Cleaner than any hotel I've ever stayed including 5 star Intercontinental etc. And I've been to Japan.

3) No shoes. Take off your shoes at the door and expect to roam the dorms, common room, toilet and showers in either bare feet or socks. While a bit unnerving its not a problem because of (2) above.

4) It's quiet. Quieter than library quiet - everyone talks in whispers even at 10am while having breakfast in the common room. I saw a girl so afraid to talk that she was skyping her friend in makeshift sign language.

5) There are no doors in the entire hostel except for the front door and the toilets. All dorm rooms are entered via curtain and as are the showers (and shower cubicles themselves).

6) No alcohol allowed in the premises (or "near the premises" according to the rules!)

Okay - now on to the normal stuff which is mostly positive. I'll leave it to you to pass judgement on (1) to (5) above and whether it is to your liking or not because it certainly took us by surprise!

The staff are polite, professional and helpful. The free breakfast of waffles with optional $2 genuine maple syrup is very nice. The common room area is a good size for the size of the hostel. The location is very good - a short walk downhill to the breathtakingly picturesque lake or uphill to the bustling and truly excellent shopping and eating district of Church Street. Of course I don't need to comment on cleanliness here except to say its exceptional. Free earplugs were available at the front desk and towels were provided for the showers.

I've deducted points from my rating as I felt the hostel lacked atmosphere due to the clinical cleanliness, strict rules and ensuing 24/7 quietness that lead to a lack of socializing between guests. Also the hostel does not have private rooms so my girlfriend and I booked a 4 bed dorm thinking this would be the most private. Instead we had to walk THROUGH an occupied 8 bed dorm to arrive at the "4 bed dorm" which was separated via a single curtain.

Overall the hostel does a lot right but does not at all cater to our tastes as world travellers in their 20s looking to have fun and meet people. If we were to return to Burlington we would probably stay somewhere else where we can relax although I can imagine some travellers this would be just what they are looking for.
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Date of stay: July 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chel K wrote a review Sep 2011
Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights and the first thing we noticed when checking in was their set of rules on the wall. They were so aggressive, which was ironic because they market themselves as relaxed and carefree. One of the rules read something like "the fun is at Church St, if you're noisy or drunk you will be kicked out with no refund at anytime during the night" I felt as if I was being told off before I'd even gotten to my bed. We're by no means party animals but yet we found ourselves tip toeing around afraid to do anything! Granted it was really clean and had a great location but the strictness and vibe about it really put us off. When we left in the morning to go sight seeing we were asked where we were heading like we were children again living with overbearing parents, it was really none of their business. We were told we HAD to take our shoes off and I really wasn't keen on walking around bare footed in say the toilet. The whole thing was a bit creepy. This was one of many hostels my boyfriend and I stayed at during our 2 month trip of America and Canada and all the other hostels (hostelling international) were great, they had rules but they were explained nicely and fairly.
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Date of stay: September 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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130501Hydepark wrote a review Oct 2013
London, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It's my very first time to write such a comment like following thought,
I stayed at the hostel two years ago and liked the place from bottom,
Thing is that I had to leave the hostel from noon and I was very tired after long trip to BTV from Japan, and hoped to take a rest just for a day sleeping or sitting on the chair, yet, I did not have told them nor asked them as I could read the atmosphere that the owners wish us to leave and it is a policy,

And I tried to book the hostel again last year dueling holiday seasons, emailed them directly asked them if I take rests for several days ,
But the owner said that the traveler who stays one month or more can take a rest during middays , yet traveler who stays only four to five days can not stay during middays,
I felt uncomfortable with the word 'only'

For me, I know they have a strict policy and they would like to clean the rooms, and the rooms were super super clean,
But I did not feel any hospitality from the first year, and they sincerely likes travelers from western parts of the countries, yet the owner especially the gentleman was not kind and not tried to look at me,

The answer is no, it's gonna be a negative feedbacks, but I was hurt a lot by the owner,.
I would like to recommend for all of you who's from western country sides, yet not for the especially for Asian, I don't think about the difference between both sides, but, I surely felt the Man did not like the people who do not speak English perfectly

Seen from their HP, they for us on only travelers from inside of the US or Europe,

It's really sad and will never ever stay at this hostel even though I do love Burlington from bottom.
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Date of stay: December 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Burlingtonhostel, Manager at The Burlington Hostel
Responded Aug 6, 2014
Hi Hydepark, I wanted to reach out and apologize to you on behalf of everyone here at the hostel for the treatment you received as a result of your ethnicity. It's worth noting that the Burlington Hostel has come under new ownership this season. While I can't speak for the previous owners, I can say that our current staff values diversity and welcomes guests from all over the world. As travelers ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to overcome the language barrier as well and would never ignore a non-native English speaking guest. I would also like to add that while guests were required to leave the hostel from 11-3 every afternoon under the previous owners, this is no longer the case. Our check-in/check-out time is 12 PM, but guests are welcome to stay in our hostel lounge as long as they'd like at any hour of the day, and guests staying more than 1 night are free to sleep-in as well. I hope that if you make it back to Burlington, you'll consider giving the Burlington Hostel another shot! We would look forward to the chance to improve on your last experience. -Sam and the Burlington Hostel Staff
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Kay E wrote a review Sep 2018
Calgary, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel itself was cosy, I really enjoyed the 'make your own' waffles and complimentary oatmeal. Something different from the usual cereal and toast in hostels! I was disappointed with the staff, they were all young and had that 'don't care' attitude. The main common area/kitchen was often very noisy and the ironic thing was, it was the staff making all the noise! With their bad language and inappropriate conversations, unprofessional to say the least! That definitely put a 'dampener' on my stay. Another criticism would be the lack of doors. The dorms and bathroom just had small curtains...which certainly provided little sense of privacy.
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Date of stay: August 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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BabyNigel wrote a review Mar 2015
Antigua, Guatemala
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great base for exploring Burlington. Around the corner from a world class bakery (AUGUST FIRST) this is a clean and comfy place to meet world travelers, recover from skiing or whatever, and venture out to the waterfront or Church Street Marketplace.
Way more fun than a hotel (and cheaper), I felt totally comfortable as a single woman traveling alone. It's staffed full time by the owner and his wonderful staff. Coffee and pancakes are available for breakfast but with so many bakeries and coffeeshops in the area, I skipped it. Wifi is free and there is good light for reading.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Julie F wrote a review Aug 2014
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you like hostels and like being in the heart of Burlington not too far from Church Street- the Burlington Hostel is the place to stay. August's Bakery is around the corner, and everything within walking distance. Even the great Skirack where to rent bicycles. I felt very safe and comfortable. Lockers are safe too with a combination. Great place to stay and great price. Also VERY CLEAN!!!
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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bric_0419 wrote a review Aug 2016
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just spent 1 night here but would definitely stay again. Centrally located, very clean, great staff. My only mild complaint is they do not have parking. However there are plenty of meters right outside and a few parking garages nearby. Definitely a good experience.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sunshine590550 wrote a tip Jun 17
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Closed"
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Ryan L wrote a tip Jul 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call the Hostel directly rather than book through a service. Talking to the helpful staff is the best way to find the right bed for you."
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RLMorris14 wrote a tip Oct 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a female-only, male-only, or co-ed dorm, depending on your wishes."
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thatwomaninthewoods wrote a tip Sep 2017
New York City, New York40 contributions50 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doesn't really matter which room you pick considering its mostly one big room with curtains separating it."
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Sam wrote a tip Jun 2017
Boston, Massachusetts46 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring earplugs"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Burlington Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Burlington Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Esc4pe (0.4 km), Church Street Marketplace (0.4 km), and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Burlington Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a business centre.
What food & drink options are available at The Burlington Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Burlington Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistro De Margot, Istanbul Kebab House, and Pizzeria Verita.
Is The Burlington Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Burlington.
Does The Burlington Hostel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Burlington Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French and Turkish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Burlington Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ethan Allen Homestead (3.8 km), Auer Family Boathouse (7.4 km), and O.J. Walker (0.9 km).
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