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HI - Littleton - Friendly Crossways

247 Littleton County Rd, Harvard, Massachusetts, 01451, United States

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Experience New England country hospitality at HI-Friendly Crossways, the longest operating hostel in the US. Only 30 miles west of Boston.

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Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI Friendly Crossways is the second longest continually operating hostel in the US. The hostel is only 30 miles northwest of Boston and Harvard Square in Cambridge and easily accessible by train.

HI Friendly Crossways has many great facilities including; a large, well-stocked self-catering kitchen, delicious, healthy meals provided by an on-site caterer, fireplace, fire circle and common rooms.

This country hostel is only 20 minutes from Thoreau's Walden Pond, national historical parks in Lowell and Concord, and the Fruitlands Museums. The surrounding area is great for hiking, canoeing, biking, and skiing. Fascinating day trips can be made to Salem, Plymouth, Sturbridge , and Boston for history, maritime museums, witches, whale watching and more.


Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 5.7% is payable at check-in.
  • If a cancellation is made within 24 hours of arrival time for a booking of 1 or more nights you will be charged for 1 night.
  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 7 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 6 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 13 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only in local currency.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby
  • Internet Cafe Distance - 5 to 10km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - At Reception
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Jan to 24 Dec

From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-978-456 9386

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Walden Pond, Concord (More than 10km)
  • Lowell National Historical Park (More than 10km)
  • Freedom Trail, Boston (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Très négligé. Cette auberge à grand besoin d'amour. En hiver, seule la chambre et la salle à manger sont chauffées (à peine). Les chambres ne se barrent pas. De plus, on doit quitter l'auberge de 10h à 17h, ce que j'ai appris à mon arrivée. Très déçue de mon séjour et je ne recommande pas.


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Sat 07 Dec 2019

Stephanie, I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at Friendly Crossways. The actual building is 7,500 square feet, and we cannot heat all of it all the time without raising our very reasonable prices. Guests have the opportunity to lock their bedrooms from the inside and turn their heat on to their preferred comfort level. As I had mentioned in my confirmation email to you, we have one of those traditional hostels that has a daytime closure. However, guests are able to stay during the day for a day fee. I regret if my staff did not follow up about that possibility with you. I wish you safe travels wherever you go.

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. .,

Mon 09 Dec 2019

Wonderful as ever! Have stayed here a number of times before, and enjoyed this stay just as then.


Avatar for Bruce


Sat 19 Oct 2019

Thank you for your lovely review. We always enjoy having you stay with us!

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. .,

Mon 21 Oct 2019

Great country hostel, and great conversations. Gardens wonderful.


Avatar for Mark


Mon 30 Sep 2019

Thank you so much!

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. .,

Wed 02 Oct 2019

My husband and I met at this hostel in 1993 and visited recently as part of our 25th anniversary trip. It has changed in all the right ways (updates to bathrooms etc.) but retains its original charm and historic feel. Wonderful place, and you can buy their award-winning honey and see the hives it comes from!


Avatar for Jill


Sat 07 Sep 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review. So much fun to meet you and your husband and we love sharing your story about how you met at Friendly Crosswatys!

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. .,

Mon 09 Sep 2019

The bars above in the ratings have bo reference as to what they mean. I am very satisfied with all aspects of my stay. The "Staff", owner's of the Hostel were awesome, friendly, welcoming, comforting and I will definitely return to visit them.


Avatar for Thomas


Wed 28 Aug 2019

Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for your wonderful review; much appreciated!

Manager avatar

. .,

Fri 30 Aug 2019


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (More than 10km)
  • City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Cycle trails (5 to 10km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

1hr to Manchester NH and Logan Aiports. 1.25hr to Providence RI Airport. 1.5hr to Hartford CT Airport
From S. Station take Redline Subway to Porter Square then take commuter train to Littleton/495 stop.
Parking is available at the hostel
From N. Station take Fitchburg train to Littleton/495 stop.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking

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