High up in the Rocky Mountains lies Denver, CO, a city renowned for its food, weather, and culture. This place is a satisfying mix of urban development and pristine, natural landscape, and it can appeal to just about anyone. 

The surrounding mountains offer some of the best hiking and skiing in the country, while the downtown area is overflowing with art, sports, and vibrant nightlife. Denver also has an interesting history as a mining town and later, as a hub for organized crime, and evidence of its quirky heritage is found all over the city.

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Whether they choose to watch the Nuggets play at Pepsi Center, pet some goats at the Denver Zoo, or visit the world-class museums in the arts district, most visitors have a memorable time in Denver.

Denver covers an area of 155 square miles, so finding a place to lodge can be overwhelming when visiting Colorado while traveling in the USA.

Hotels can be expensive, especially if they’re centrally located. Luckily, affordable hostels abound in the city, so there is an option for every budget. Here are 4 of the best hostels in Denver for travelers to consider during their next trip to the Mile High City.

Ember Hostel

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Highlights of the Hostel

  • 12-person hot tub
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Selfie wall
  • Coffee and tea bar

This hostel is housed inside of an actual mansion in the heart of Historic Downtown Denver, offering a one-of-a-kind boutique hostel experience. The 9,000 square foot property features common spaces for socializing or cozy corners for some quiet solitude.

Luxe details like crown molding, silk wallpaper, and antique wingback chairs make the space look very expensive without the premium price tag. Guests can choose between a semi-private double room or a dorm-style room with bunk beds, each with its own light, power outlet, and curtain.

The surrounding neighborhood is extremely walkable, with the State Capitol building an easy 15-minute stroll away. A plethora of nearby bars, restaurants, and shops provide all the entertainment a guest could want. On the premises itself,

Ember Hostel provides plenty of opportunities for activities, such as movie nights, board games, yoga classes, and a book swap to keep guests engaged. As an added plus, the reception desk is 24-hours, so there is no curfew. All of the features result in a hostel that is attractive, comfortable, and lively.

Hostel Fish

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Highlights of the Hostel

  • One free drink per guest during happy hour
  • Bar/nightclub/restaurant on site
  • 24/7 concierge service
  • Open mic night twice a month
  • Artwork in every room

Hostel Fish is located in the famous Airedale Building, which used to be a brothel in the 1800s! The place has been made over with modern artwork and kitschy, quirky decor, but the motif of exposed brick and hardwood floors maintains its historic roots. Each shared room is cleaned daily and uniquely decorated, so every guest can enjoy a stylish, comfortable stay.

Hostel Fish has its own fully-stocked bar, which holds a daily happy hour from 7-8 p.m.

The hostel also shares the Airedale Building with Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, a local watering hole that serves as a restaurant, bar, and music venue.

One of the best things about Hostel Fish is that it’s centrally located with easy access to public transportation, so most visitors don’t need a car while staying here. With a bar on the premises and a nightclub downstairs, some guests might not even want to leave!

11th Avenue Hostel

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Highlights of the Hostel

  • 24-hour security on site
  • Free shuttle to 16th Ave Mall
  • Coffee and tea bar
  • Foosball table

11th Avenue Hostel offers no-frills accommodations in trendy, downtown Denver. This property has all the basics covered: clean dorms, clean bathrooms, a laundry room, and 24-hour reception. For people visiting Denver for the first time, the hostel also hosts free weekly excursions, such as pub crawls and guided walking tours. Therefore, everyone can experience the city like a real local.

Many of Denver’s top attractions are within a few blocks’ radius, including the world famous Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, Capitol Hill, and multiple bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. These attractions are just one leisurely stroll away from 11th Avenue Hostel. So are multiple access points for public transportation.

The property is centrally-located, but for a hostel-worthy price. For just a fraction of the cost of other downtown hotels, 11th Avenue Hostel promises travelers the perfect place to experience the city, no matter their budget.

Stuart St BNB

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Highlights of the Hostel

  • Fridge stocked with free snacks and drinks
  • Hot breakfast included
  • 24-hour security
  • Garage hang-out lounge with T.V.

Tourists who prefer more natural scenery should look no further than Stuart St BNB. The hostel is found inside of a spacious, suburban house in the mountains, providing guests with a quiet and safe place to stay. Between its two stories, the structure features dorm-style rooms, meeting rooms, a living room, a kitchen, and shared bathrooms.

Its location makes it harder to reach via public transport. To make up for the inconvenience, there is ample parking space, and the facility also rents bicycles. Despite being outside of the city center, Stuart St BNB is still 6-8 miles from downtown hot spots like Coors Field and Capitol Hill. A trip into town takes only 15 minutes by car, or 30 minutes by bus.

The management here observes strict quiet hours, so guests don’t have to worry about any rowdy parties keeping them up. For night owls, the garage has been converted into a comfortable lounge, providing a place to gather at night without bothering sleeping housemates.

Its location in a suburban neighborhood means that the area gets very quiet after dark. Therefore, this might be the perfect spot for weary travelers who need a place to escape and recharge after exploring the hustle and bustle of urban Denver.

Denver is a hospitable city filled with friendly, interesting people. Any time of the year is a good time to visit. Summers are mild and sunny, perfect for picnics in the park or catching a baseball game. The snowy winters transform the Rocky Mountains into a skiing and snowboarding paradise, providing a picturesque backdrop for the city during the holidays. Some other popular Denver activities include:

  • Excursion to Pikes Peak
  • Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Ski trip to Telluride or Boulder
  • Explore Rocky Mountain Park
  • Catch a train or a meal at historic Denver Union Station

…and that’s barely scratching the surface of what Denver has to offer! Everyday life can range from artsy to outdoorsy in a way that’s uniquely Denver. The city is home to dozens of museums, hundreds of music venues, and thousands of bars and restaurants. Tourists have the pick of the litter when it comes to finding things to do here. So don’t miss out! The only way to experience them is to finally book that trip.

With literally millions of visitors arriving annually, Denver’s tourism industry has boomed over the last few years. This has resulted in plenty of places for tourists to stay, whether they want something luxurious or a little more basic. Hostels are the perfect option for anyone traveling on a budget, such as solo backpackers, young couples, and students.

Customer service is an important part of having an enjoyable traveling experience. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination, only to be met with the cold shoulder. The great thing about all four of these hostels is that they are staffed with friendly, helpful locals who are equally happy to point you in the direction of the bathroom down the hall or their favorite hole-in-the-wall down the street. Clearly, they offer much more than just a place to rest one’s head at night. Along with friendly staff, these hostels provide an excellent place to gather and make friends. Traveling can be lonely, but it’s never lonely for long inside of a fully-booked hostel.