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HI - Richmond

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

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Overall Rating 97%

From 29 Reviews

Hostel rating (29)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 98%
Cleanliness 95%
Location 97%
Security 96%
Service 98%
Comfort 95%
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 $73.00
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.
  • 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 3.00 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 - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - 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



I think i have forgot my book there from Sven Nys. No problem, you can put hem in the bookcase.


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Tue 13 Nov 2018

We'll be on the lookout for your book! Please let us know if you would like us to mail it back to you, otherwise I'm sure it'll get good use in the Free Library. -Anna, Guest Services Supervisor

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Brooke Matherly,

Thu 15 Nov 2018

We were so pleasantly surprised by the hip progressive artistic decor. Such friendly staff! The rates so reasonable and the location perfect for our needs.


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Mon 12 Nov 2018

Thanks so much for your review! We're so glad you liked the vibe of our hostel- we want it to be as cozy as possible. We hope you'll come back and see us again soon! -Anna, Guest Services Supervisor

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Brooke Matherly,

Wed 14 Nov 2018

The staff was very welcoming. I like that they offer recommendations on local eaters and cafes, and always seem to point me in the right direction (with options)! I can honestly say for the price point, environmental practices, and instilling HI's mission, HI-Richmond sets precedence.


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Wed 03 Oct 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! We really strive to provide a unique and curated experience for each traveler that comes through our hostel. We're so lucky that Richmond has so many great sites and restaurants- the city practically does the work for us! We hope you'll return soon! -Anna, Guest Services Lead

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Brooke Matherly,

Fri 05 Oct 2018

I've stayed at HI hostels over the years & this one just might be a favorite! Near public transportation & in walking distance to many places in the downtown area (great spot for walking to sights) an average of 10/20 minutes walk to some really cool spots and hidden gems: Capital; main street station; city hall rooftop; convention center; James river (pipeline cat walk; slave trail; bell isle; browns island;) the amenities are great (I loved that they had a blender for smoothies) and more;


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Thu 05 Jul 2018

Wow, we're so happy to be your favorite! Our location is perfect for travelers that enjoy taking in the scenery- it's so great that you were able to sight-see in the city and come back to enjoy our amenities. We hope to see you again! - Anna, Guest Services Lead

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Brooke Matherly,

Sat 07 Jul 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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