Houston's first hostel offers low-cost lodging for travelers


by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU 11 NEWS


Posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 28 at 6:01 PM

HOUSTON — Houston is now home to its very first non-profit hostel.

The dormitory-style hotel is perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a fortune on lodging.

The new Morty Rich HI Hostel is located in the 500 block of Lovett in Montrose.

It opened in mid-September and has already housed guests from Japan, Canada, and Wales.

Grace Dodier, who just moved from a hostel in Austin, has assumed the role of general manager.

"Back in the day, I had a different type of job and I stayed in four or five-star hotels all the time and yes, they’re lovely. You get big lush cushions and you get really nice showers and all that good stuff, but you don’t have the social interaction," said Dodier.

On average, a night at the hostel will run anywhere from $26 to $30 a person.  There’s a pool, community living areas, a kitchen and 55 beds.

Recent college graduates Josie Lawthon and Elizabeth Arnold, from Wales, are on a year-long "explore the world" vacation.

"We just like traveling around and staying at a hostel is a good way to meet people cause there’s lots more people that use the same place," said Lawthon.

The 20-somethings arrived Tuesday night from New Orleans and were impressed with the accommodations.

"We stayed in one in Miami and it was disgusting compared to this, so this is luxury," said Arnold.

You have to live at least 40 miles outside of Houston to book a night stay. 

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