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HI - Richmond

7 N 2nd ST, Richmond, Virginia, 23219, United States

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Overall Rating 97%

From 13 Reviews

Hostel rating (13)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 96%
Location 99%
Security 96%
Service 98%
Comfort 94%
Green rating 95%

Richmond is a cosmopolitan city with small town charm that will transport you to a different world and HI Richmond is the perfect place to call home while you discover all the art, culture, history, food and natural beauty this city has to offer.

  • Dorm
    From $29.00
  • Private
    From $79.00
10 or more people?

Richmond Hostel

Hostel Richmond

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Opened in August 2015, HI Richmond is located in the historic Otis Elevator Building in downtown Richmond with a mix of 6- bed dorms and private rooms. The completely renovated hostel retains the charming details of the original building while incorporating the modern features and amenities travelers desire like free WiFi, breakfast, coffee and tea. The shared kitchen, lounge and outdoor patio offer guests the opportunity to mix and mingle and the volunteer-led tours will help you make the most of your stay.

With a 24-hour reception desk staffed with friendly and knowledgeable Richmond locals, we can help you discover this eclectic city from top to bottom. The city of Richmond is filled with cafés and restaurants, plenty of nightlife, and a rich American history and the hostel is centrally located to help you explore it all. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Richmond is an ideal destination for hiking, biking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures with a river, trails and state and national parks within arm’s reach.

Please note, our dorm rooms are only available for travelers outside of a 30 mile radius of the HI Richmond hostel. Anyone residing within that radius may stay in one of our private rooms


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 13.3% is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 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 4 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (804) 729-5410



There is literally NOTHING wrong with this hostelry! What a pleasure to stay here - in the geart of downtown RVA , stunning physical plant, aura of restfulness ready for activity. Better than a five-star hotel, at 1/10th the price Oh, wait . SHHHHH..... I like it all to myself. (Just kidding - meeting people from all over the world is a significant part of the attraction.)


Avatar for Andrew


Sun 23 Dec 2018

Wow! Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We love to hear how much people enjoy our hostel. Hostelling is such a wonderful way to experience a city- we hope you'll come back and see us again sometime! -Anna, Guest Services Supervisor

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Brooke Matherly,

Tue 25 Dec 2018

We had a fantastic experience with HI Richmond! We loved the accommodations, found the rooms trendy and comfortable, had great views of the city, found the staff knowledgeable and friendly, felt safe, and really enjoyed our first hostel stay in a beautiful downtown area and historic building. The green rating and excellent local coffee were a plus for us. We would have loved to participate more in the community environment but were there for a specific family visit, so we'll be sure to check into that more next time. It did seem that there was much available, even over the holiday. The parking was street, but free and no problem. The James River was a short walk away, and even in the cold it was gorgeous. We had much more to choose from to do than we had free time. When we got home from our trip, we excitedly looked up other HI hostel locations to plan for our next adventure!


Avatar for Justin


Tue 27 Nov 2018

Wow! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It sounds like you got a great taste of Richmond hospitality during your stay, and we always love to hear when people appreciate the VA Green Rating and our delicious coffee! I hope you are able to return soon to participate in some in-hostel activities and enjoy a cozy weekend with us. -Anna, Guest Services Supervisor

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Brooke Matherly,

Thu 29 Nov 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails
  • Hiking / Walking trails
  • Local market
  • Museums / Art Galleries
  • National / State Park
  • Nightlife
  • Parks / Green Area
  • Restaurants
  • River / Harbour / Lake
  • Shopping area / Mall
  • Supermarket / Food store
Getting to us

Getting to us

Richmond International Airport: Take I-64 West to Exit 190 for North 5th Street. Go right on Main Street and then right 3 blocks later on North 2nd Street. The hostel will be on your right. Distance: 10.3 mi/16 km
Main Street Station - Amtrak (Downtown): Right out of station onto Main Street follow Main Street to 2nd Street right and hostel is on your left. Distance: 1.0 mi/1.61 km

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