Santa Fe International Hostel


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The first thing you will notice about this hostel is its striking mural, a sure sign that you are in the artsy town of Santa Fe. Upon arriving at the hostel, you will receive a handy walking map and visitor's guide. There is a bounty of free snacks and staple foods available, but it is advisable to use them only as supplements to your own food supply.

Chores are mandatory and usually involve some type of cleaning. You will receive instructions and can choose which one you will do. Doing chores used to be a tradition at many hostels years ago, but this may be one of the few remaining hostels in the world that still requires its guests to do chores. This is something you should know before you arrive because many travellers may rather avoid this hostel if they don't like the idea of doing chores on their vacation, and at this hostel not doing the chore is not an option.

The owner, Preston, is a notable aspect of this hostel. Many guests find him to be kind and welcoming. But he does have a very strong personality and he can be intimidating if you cross a line and end up on his bad side.

The hostel dorm rooms are accessible from the main building via outdoor corridors. The rooms are simple and tend to be poorly lit, but are clean for the most part. Watch out for the showers, though. You may want to bring flip-flops. Be advised that the bunkbeds are foam mattresses on hard boards.

There are several long-term tenants at the pension who tend to hang around during the day. There is a $2 charge for this privilege. There is also a $2 charge per day to use the internet, but there is only one computer so you take your chances as to its availability.

Directions from Greyhound station: Right on St. Michael's. Left on Calle Lorca. Left on 2nd St. Right on Cerillos. Hostel on right. The Greyhound station is open for only a couple of hours during the day, so don't plan on hanging out there for long before your bus.
by Meaghan Allen Staff Reviewer
April 2004


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Santa Fe International Hostel" at 1412 Cerrillos Road.)


1412 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
35.669881, -105.964959 (accuracy not guaranteed)
1 505 988 1153
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71% Guest Reviews

Clean the hostel and you get cheap price, this is the deal!
Chore ... chore ... and ... again chore! What's that? basically cleaning responsibility for every night you stay if you stay more than 1 night over there. You can clean hostel bathroom, kitchen so on. This is the only thing that annoyed me since I have to leave the hostel from 6 am till 10 pm every single day for a conference. No time to do it and no excuse! But what else you expected from the budget hostel? Price is just right, wanna private room? I suggest you upgrade for 5 or 10 bucks. So it's not as cheap as you expected anyway. Looking for other inn or hostel? more expensive! Receptionists are nice, helpful, and friendly. Breakfast and free food? oh no ... I never tend to try this -- check the expiration dates! Clean your room before you leave! Mop the floor yourself. Seriously fun! Never had such experience like this before in other budget hostels, only in US!
Age 29
Great hostel policy, friendly and helpful staff.
Just go there. It is the best. Do read faqs prior to booking, as it may not be your type of hostel. It certainly was mine.
Age 30, Slovenia
Staff was really nice. The place met my expectations and it's a great place to stay if you know where are you going. It's a hostel, so you can't expect to have someone who does everything for you. the jobs are really easy and they don't take you more than 5 -10 min. Great experience!
Age 21, Spain
Unique experience!
I really have to say my friend and I love this place. The location is good, not far from downtown Santa Fe and 1h car from Taos and Pueblo the Taos, two wonderful and picturesque villages in NM. But what is worth talking is the management of the hostel, since as a rule, guests have to perform certain duties in the morning (such as sweeping the floor, doing the dust) that make you cooperate with others and thus making you feel part of the structure. At the beginning it sound quite weird as we were used to other hostel where cleaning services are offered, but on the whole, the involvement of customers is a great idea and a great experience too!
Age 23, Italy
The staff leaves much to be desired, owner is basically horrible
Stayed here in April 2014. I had been traveling for a year and my Michigan ID had expired. The girl working the desk treated me like a criminal and went to get the owner, Preston. Be aware, this man should be avoided at all costs. His first sentence to me was, "You can stay but you can't live here." WTF!!! The dorm I was "allowed" to stay in was filthy. Probably because they rely on guests to do ALL of the cleaning. 21 year old hikers and skaters traveling through don't care. Common bathrooms were fine. The free food, although greatly appreciated, was expired. The bedding was pretty ratty. Chores are mandatory which is fine, but the staff is just so freaking rude about it. I was treated like a second rate citizen my entire stay. Perhaps if I would have shelled out more money I would have been treated better. Many of my friends have stayed here and say the same thing. The owner, Preston is a complete douchebag.
Age 48, united states
I like this place ...
... and have stayed here several times; You can walk downtown to the Sta Fe Plaza, about 2 long miles, which I recommend doing; en route there are WHOLE FOODS and TJoes's; en route is the train station with the Farmer's Market, a great experience; this independent is casual and unorganized; get to pick your chore early; there is lots of free quality food and it is appreciated! the kitchen is restaurant quality; very inexpensive; free parking; no frills here; not for the ostentatious; if a hiker make sure you tackle the 2M feet' up Atilaya Trail starting at St John's College parking lot.
Great accommodations, Wonderful folks
I'm glad I didn't let bad ratings deter me. My two friends and I really enjoyed the stay. The people on staff were friendly and helpful, and there was a communal atmosphere of respect and friendliness. The three of us got a room with several beds to ourselves. It was clean and comfortable. Fresh coffee and various breads and sundry foods were available every morning without charge, and we were also able to purchase our own food to store and cook it in their large, restaurant-quality kitchen.
Paul T
(USA-Knoxville TN)
Very Enjoyable.
My stay at the SFIH was delightful. I have experienced hostel-life for over a total of six months worth of nights in my life, and every aspect of this one, was fantastic. After reading others reviews before mine, I thought of the phrase,"life is what you make it." and the spiritual truth that we create our own lives; (so if we still believe we are victims, then we are projecting our own stuff onto others.). Anyway, a huge amount of shared food, A staff that was open and generous in every way, and quite endearing. The hostel chores are one of the reasons the rooms do not cost 79 per night. Chores help one to feel a part of the whole. Whatever you contribute your energy to becomes valuable to YOU -- that is how we become part of something larger than ourselves. Further benefits ... sufficient maps and information. Everything was CLEAN, including my shower. Overall, the stay was very comfortable, in the city of spectacular architectural unity. It is convenient to walk everywhere -- including the train station and the plaza. Best of all, there were beautiful people who did the hostel-mingle-thing better at the SFIH, because they make a place for it, we even had entertainment. Definitely highly, recommended.
Angel Bianca Agnello

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