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HI - Littleton - Friendly Crossways

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

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Overall Rating 91%

From 3 Reviews

Hostel rating (3)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 93%
Security 93%
Service 87%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 87%

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

  • Dorm
    From $30.00
  • Private
    From $37.50
10 or more people?

Harvard Hostel

Hostel Harvard

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

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 5.7% is payable at check-in.
  • 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
  • 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 - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 5 to 10km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - 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



Great location near subway to Boston. Very pleasant clean bedroom. Old shower system. Soaps only supplied if you know to ask ahead. Why not have one in bathroom? Bath sink needs re-caulking. lovely location look out and see trees. Their parking is next to it. Nice refrigerator and microwave with eating utensils.


Avatar for Marietta


Thu 12 Jul 2018

As far as I am concerned, nothing needs improving. It is always so wonderful at Friendly Crossways! I have stayed there often and look forward to when I can stay there again. Thanks so much to everyone there! Warmly, Lynn


Avatar for Carroll Lynn

Carroll Lynn,

Wed 27 Jun 2018

Nice place, nice people. Good for catching a nearby train into Boston (1hr ride). Quiet country setting but close enough to local towns for food etc. It would have been good to be able to have had breakfast included.


Avatar for Ian


Wed 25 Apr 2018

A lovely relaxing hostel, my only issue was that there were no outside locks on the doors...


Avatar for Lee


Fri 12 Aug 2016

My group used the large dormitory and a small room. We really had a great time. Mary was the perfect host! She gave us directions to restaurants; provided menus so we could call ahead and order; provided logs for a fire; and was really very welcoming. We visited the Harvard Natural History Museum in Cambridge with a bagel stop on the way. Could not have been better! I'll be back with my students again next year if all goes well.


Avatar for Declan


Mon 21 Mar 2016


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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