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Seattle gains hostels – about $35 per night

posted by on 2009.10.05, under economy, international district, seattle hostels
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The American Hotel is Seattle's largest hostel with 320 beds. Located in the International District, it's part of the Hostelling International network.

 

It must be something from my traveling days. But I’ve always enjoyed staying at and learning about hostels.

I recently filed this freelance story for seattlepi.com about more hostel beds in Seattle, including ones at the Hostelling International-affiliated American Hotel.

The price is right, too: About $35 per person per night.

The addition of hostels in Seattle marks an increase since 2007, when one near Pike Place Market closed and left the Green Tortoise Hostel as the only one of its kind in downtown. 

Hostels come in all types of buildings, too.

On the Northern California coast, my friends and I pedaled our bicycles to one housed in an old lighthouse. Some are based in castles.

I’ve always found that they’re a good way to stretch your traveling dollar.

You can spend more time in a location to walk around, look at the buildings, eat food, take photographs or just rest up.

 hostelsign

 

UPDATE: I just learned about a recent Los Angeles Times article about the hotel industry and its challenges given the trying economy.

The subtitle to reporter Hugo Martin’s article sums it up:

In this economy, the hotel industry is coming up with unusual promotions to try to lure guests: Stay a night, get a tattoo or rent a Porsche.

Read the full article, but here’s an interesting paragraph:

If this all sounds desperate, it’s for good reason. Occupancy rates nationwide have been hovering at below 60 % this summer, the lowest levels since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hotel revenue per available room has dropped nationwide by nearly 20 % this summer, to less than $60, the steepest dive in 22 years, according to industry reports. Even worse, hotel analysts don’t expect the industry to rebound until 2011 or later.

Kind of gloomy news, huh?

Earlier, I posted entries about the new price that Americans are willing to pay these days, as well as the concept of price matching.

Right now, I don’t know really what to say – except that tofu remains comparatively inexpensive and I’ve included recipes for some delicious dishes.

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