This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cleveland. To help you make friends with Cleveland before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga County in Ohio, and is known to tourists and locals alike as the North Coast. Cleveland is among the most commonly sought-after destinations by tourists in the United States, chiefly because the bustling metropolis is the center of many artistic communities. Notable centers of the artistic lifestyle and practice are the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Playhouse. The former and the latter are known the world over for their amazing cadre of excellent actors and actresses, while the Cleveland Museum itself is a depository of various styles of art from different time periods, and from different countries.
For nature lovers, Cleveland also offers an excellent range of back-to-nature excursions and sanctuaries -- the North Chagrin Reservation, the Rocky River Reservation, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are the most popular destinations. Cleveland is also home to large ballparks, and is well-known throughout the country for the Progressive Field, the Cleveland Browns Stadium, and the Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland is also known for its unique cuisine. Notable for its fancy restaurants and its myriad eateries, it is also known for local delicacies like fish fry -- a favorite among locals, and a definite must-try for tourists. Due to its multifaceted ethnic culture, Cleveland is also home to a wide array of foodstuffs outside of the typical American fare, so a cursory exploration of the place is in order.
For a very populated city, finding hostels in Cleveland, especially during the holiday seasons, can be a minor problem, although the wide selection of hotels, hostels, and bed-and-breakfasts should provide enough of a variety for your budget and your tastes. One of the best ways to get great deals is to book a reservation several months in advance prior to your planned trip, or, if this is impossible, at least a week prior to your flight.
The best Cleveland hostels or hotels can be found in the city proper, although these tend to veer towards the pricey side of the spectrum. Hotels and hostels along the outskirts of the city proper (but still within city limits) tend to be of a cheaper sort, although there may be a significant drop in the quality of the place.
Written by local enthusiast for Cleveland hostelsAngelica Burrage