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HI - Richmond

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

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Overall Rating 97%

From 49 Reviews

Hostel rating (49)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 97%
Location 96%
Security 96%
Service 97%
Comfort 96%
Green rating 96%

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 $31.00
  • Private
    From $88.00
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



The accommodation, the staff and the location were good. The locker I was assigned had one hinge broken. From the looks of it, it has been that way for a while. The common areas, kitchen, etc, were great.


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Sat 02 Jun 2018

Glad you overall enjoyed the experience, and we are actively working on getting that locker fixed. Thanks for the heads up! -Brooke, Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ethan Ashley,

Mon 04 Jun 2018

The only reason I rate "fair" is because I was in a dorm (6) with someone who snored horribly all night, at no fault of the staff but definitely taking into account. The staff was phenomenal! They are courteous and professional, very welcoming and accommodate when able.


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Tue 15 May 2018

We provide free ear plugs at the front desk for exactly that type of noisy situation! We're always ready to help. - Brooke, Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ethan Ashley,

Thu 17 May 2018

Breakfast à enrichir, pas assez varié


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Tue 15 May 2018

Nous travaillons toujours à améliorer notre petit déjeuner. Merci pour les commentaires. - Brooke, Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ethan Ashley,

Thu 17 May 2018

All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The bunk beds are exceptionally solid and comfortable. Charging stations on a shelf above each bed and inside the locker! Just be sure the power for the station is ON. They have sell locks for the lockers right there for $4. Common areas are all spacious and comfortable. Spices, storage, and appliances for cooking or managing leftovers. Parking on the weekend I was there was exceptionally easy on the street right in front of the hostel.


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Betty J.,

Wed 02 May 2018

Glad you enjoyed the well-stocked kitchen and our ample charging stations! - Brooke, Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ethan Ashley,

Fri 04 May 2018

Really enjoyed my stay and look forward to getting back. Parking is a challenge, but the staff is well equipped to tell guests about parking lots and street parking rules. I like the duvets. The bathrooms (one person at a time, sink, toilet, shower all in a one-person space) were unique (I did like them). The common spaces are great, nicely appointed, comfortable.


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Sat 28 Apr 2018

We're glad you enjoyed the hostel, and our team was helpful! - Brooke, Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ethan Ashley,

Mon 30 Apr 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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