Pine Ellis is an ideal hostel for travelers who dream of staying in a little old lady’s house in the middle of nowhere.
The hostel is located in the town of Andover, Maine, which consists of a general store and a restaurant. Considering that there is almost nothing else in the town, the hostel is quite easy to find, and the area is safe and quiet -- almost eerily so. There is plenty of parking, especially in the off-season when Andover is basically a ghost town.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm room is quite small and has no closet, shelves, or storage lockers for guests to put away their personal belongings. The beds are relatively comfortable and plenty of towels and extra linen are available. However, guests may require extra pillows or may wish to use their own, since the pillows provided are quite flat and old. There is no overhead light in the bedroom, so the only light comes from a couple of small lamps and, in the daytime, two windows. The dorm room is located on the second floor at the top of an extremely steep staircase, while the bathroom is found on the first floor. Climbing the staircase with luggage is quite treacherous, and going down the stairs to the bathroom in the dark is also relatively scary. Although the handle must be held down for the toilet to flush, the bathroom is in good condition and gives guests plenty of space and privacy.
The kitchen is small and a bit cluttered, but visitors should find everything they need in order to prepare their own meals, as long as they have brought their own groceries. At the front of the house there is a porch which is also a little cluttered, but does have seating and ashtrays for those who may wish to smoke. There is also a television room adjacent to the kitchen, which is decorated in the typical geriatric American style of placing handmade quilts, knit blankets, and lace doilies atop mismatched, yet comfortable sofas and armchairs.
As far as the atmosphere goes, it all depends on the season. In the summer and winter months, the hostel is bustling with outdoors enthusiasts planning treks and whatever other activities people do out in the wilderness. In the off-season, the town and the hostel is virtually uninhabited, and is pretty creepy if you remember that Maine is where horror writer Stephen King resides and does most of his work. Staying at Pine Ellis is like staying at Grandma’s house, so if that is what you want out of your New England accommodations, then you will feel as if you have hit the jackpot with this hostel.
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