The Glenwood Springs Hostel is kind of a silly place, with lots of traffic going through it toward Aspen, but carrying very little discernible melody of its own.
Located right on the main drag, Glenwood Springs Hostel is about as gritty as they come. It's a musky, dark little spot, and is in dire need of restoration. It's difficult to just call it dirty, especially when it has so much character -- but looking down at the floor as we write this, we're alarmed to notice that the carpet is in dire need of a manicure.
It's cheaper than any of the hotel offerings in town, is within walking distance of everything you could need, and it's always full of interesting and often unusual travelers.
Rooms and Bathrooms
We stayed here last year on a ski trip, and our "private room" was so small (and the accompanying bunk bed so narrow) that we had to get blackout drunk to sleep there. We lucked out on this year's trip, with a private room on the ground floor of the "back house" (there is a main house, and a separate one just behind it.) We prefer the back house scenario -- it has its very own kitchen, which is stocked with amenities (including a significant amount of garbage and recycling that no one seems to take out), and also a small sitting area (did we mention this place is dirty?). In the other building, there is an upstairs bunkhouse, which is probably best described as "like feet." It's crowded, the bunks are old, metal-frame children's furniture, and it's best left to the birds. Ask to see your room before you book at this hostel to see if it meets your expectations of "sleeping" and "not dying."
The bathroom in the back house is particularly gross, with no evidence of recent cleaning whatsoever. The same is apparent in the shower stall, which needs an powerful stream of bleach pouring from its spout instead of water, at the moment. It's wish-we-brought-flip-flops nasty.
The main house is also equipped with a kitchen, laundry, common area (replete with an enormous collection of record albums, but with no record player immediately apparent), a guest's access computer, and loads of charming, if not musty, memorabilia.
We slam Glenwood Springs pretty regularly, and always arrive at this hostel with a unique sense of dread. With that in mind, we do keep staying here year after year -- so that probably carries more weight than our lack of enthusiasm for it. Both experiences with the staff here have been very pleasant -- with this year's host, Sara, being particularly nice, showing us around and offering us options on rooms -- so if Glenwood Springs Hostel could clean the place up and renovate the rooms, it would be up to par with the rest of the hostel scene in Colorado instead of lagging sorely behind.