The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel provides cozy comfort at a fair price for visitors to the Columbus area.
The hostel is located about one mile from the Ohio State campus in the SoHud area of Columbus' University district. It is a typical American college neighborhood, where most of the residents are Ohio State students. The area is safe and in close proximity to public transportation, though parking in the area is limited.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Housed in a two-story duplex with basement and attic, the hostel has male, female, and mixed dorms, as well as a private room. Each well-lit room has a closet, desk, and plenty of outlets for charging electronics. The beds are warm, comfortable, and freshly made with clean linens. Each door has an electronic lock that opens with a numerical code, and storage lockers are available free in the common area.
There is one full bathroom on the same floor as the sleeping quarters and another full bathroom in the basement. Each is sparkling clean and modern, with self-cleaning showers and plenty of room to get dressed and prepare for the day. Large, fluffy towels and some toiletries such as shampoo and lotion are provided at no additional cost.
The common area on the first floor is impressive for such a small hostel. There are comfortable leather couches, computers with Wi-Fi and a printer, and a projection television that can be connected to a DVD player or computer. Bicycles and helmets are available for use, and there is a free guest laundry in the basement. Area maps hang on the walls by the staircase to help visitors get their bearings, and each week staff members post events and concerts on a large board to let guests know what is going on in the area. It's a great place to hang out and chat with the sociable staff and guests you'll find at the Wayfaring Buckeye. The kitchen is equipped with every modern appliance you could need, and guests are welcome to help themselves to the stock of dry cereals, bagels, coffee, and tea. There is also a porch with seating and ashtrays, since smoking is not permitted inside the hostel.
The Wayfaring Buckeye is luxurious compared to many hostels. Although there is not a lot to do in the area, and those with cars may have trouble finding a place to park, the accommodations are top notch when it comes to comfort and cleanliness.