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HI - Lucas - Malabar Farm

3954 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, Ohio, 44843, United States

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Overall Rating 96%

From 1 Review

Hostel rating (1)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 93%
Security 93%
Service 100%
Comfort 93%
Green rating 93%

H.I. Malabar Farm celebrates country life on a historic working farm located in the middle of Ohio's most popular outdoors tourism area.

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Lucas Hostel

Hostel Lucas

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

This cozy hostel, with its B&B atmosphere, is located on a working farm in Malabar Farm State Park in rural Ohio. Explore all that this state park has to offer - rolling hills and valleys - by foot or bicycle; and cross-country skis or snow-shoes in the winter time!, Rent-a-hostel: Thinking about a family reunion, a retreat, or a country wedding? Rent the whole hostel (up to 20 people) for only $350 per night! ($75 additional for 24hr access.) Available all year, by reservation only.


Prices are members' 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

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 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 unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • 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.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car parking nearby - Less than 500 m
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Mar to 31 Oct
Open from 01 Dec to 15 Dec

From 17:00 to 22:00
From 07:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-419-892 2055

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Malabar Farm State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mohican State Park (3 to 5km)
  • Ohio State Reformatory (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Mark was very friendly! Beautiful location--perfect for a mini-getaway. It was a little unappetizing to see the cat food out (on the kitchen floor)--don't get me wrong, I love cats! Maybe just find a feeding location a little of out plain sight. Mark went above and beyond--even mailing me my i-phone charger (after I forgot it).


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Thu 07 Sep 2017

The house is comfortable and being at the farm is a great experience. That said, it's been years (decades?) since I've been at a hostel where I'm locked out from 9-5 and there's no time to simply sit and relax with coffee and a book in the morning. While I really enjoyed my stay, I'd certainly only visit in the summer! Since the hostel is out in the country, I'm not sure where you're supposed to go if it's pouring rain or freezing cold. Not a lot in the vicinity to rely upon for shelter.


Avatar for Judith


Thu 25 May 2017

It was a pleasant experience. I'll be back again. Thanks


Avatar for Greg


Sun 07 May 2017

Great location, clean, comfortable, and Mark is a pleasure to talk with.


Avatar for Douglas


Thu 04 May 2017

A beautiful setting, helpful and polite staff, unique experience. I would definitely visit again! I would have liked to use the shower after my bike ride and after morning checkout. Definitely would be willing to pay extra to do so also.


Avatar for JoAnn


Wed 03 May 2017

Please consult with us before your stay in the future to see what can be arranged. On this particular occasion, your group changed its planned stay from the previous wide-open weekend to a weekend that left me less than 24 hours to clean and do laundry before the arrival of another large group. When the calendar is that full, we can't offer later shower accommodations. We will gladly accommodate you whenever possible!

Manager avatar

Mark Sebastian Jordan,

Fri 05 May 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (1 to 2km)
  • City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Cycle trails (5 to 10km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (2 to 3km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (3 to 5km)
  • 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

16km to Mansfield Lahm Airport
Alternate Transport
Malabar Farm State Park: Exit I-71 (exit 169) at State Route 13; at Hanley Rd. turn east (right from south left from north). Go about 2 miles; turn right at 4-way stop at Little Washington Rd. Go south about a half mile. At fork in road bear left onto Pleasant Valley Rd. Go about 6 miles; turn right at Bromfield Rd. Hostel is first house on right. (Follow signs for Malabar Farm State Park.) Parking is available at no charge In the paved parking lot across from the Hostel. Please use the Hostel drive way for unloading and loading only.
Free parking is available in car park across from hostel. Hostel driveway is for loading and unloading
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Motorsports
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking

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