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HI – Syracuse - Downing International Hostel

535 Oak St, Syracuse, New York, 13203, United States

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Overall Rating 98%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 95%
Location 95%
Security 100%
Service 100%
Comfort 95%
Green rating 100%

An 1895 Victorian mansion, HI Syracuse is the perfect spot from which to explore the history and natural beauty of central New York State.

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Syracuse Hostel

Hostel Syracuse

Welcome to our hostel

HI Syracuse is a perfect base for exploring the history and natural beauty of central New York State.

Located in an 1895 mansion just a mile from downtown Syracuse, this seasonal hostel is convenient to the Erie Canal Museum, Amory Square, and Syracuse University. HI Syracuse is a popular base for those attending the New York State Fair in August, a convenient stopover for travellers on I-90 and I-81 and a good starting and ending point for adventures in the Finger Lakes region.

Cyclists are welcome. Due to its small staff, the hostel has a lockout period from 10am to 4pm each day.
There is no curfew. Open dates for the 2016 season: June 17-September 4


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 22:00
  • 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 7 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • 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.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 17/06/2016 to 04/09/2016

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-315-472 5788

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Syracuse University (3 to 5km)
  • Erie Canal Museum (2 to 3km)
  • New York State Fair (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



The Victorian House is beautiful, the stained glass stunning, the staff friendly, helpful and well informed, the renovated kitchen/dining in the basement spacious and well lighted. The walk into town passes some attractive houses, churches and businesses. Donna Baird, Ann Arbor, MI


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Mon 21 Sep 2015

was a good atmospheire but with no air conditioning was quite warm ..but with a house over 120 years old thats too be expected staff was quite plesent ..helpfull(with extra fans)and knowlegable about the area and transit service near the downing(centro)..


Avatar for Jeff


Sat 01 Aug 2015

After recent remodel, esp. kitchen, GREAT accommodations. Prior digs were very good but a bit dingy. I stayed here 4 previous years and was quite happy, but this year was very pleasantly surprised. Nice people, helpful. No internet, but library downtown is only an easy bus trip away.


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Tue 02 Sep 2014

The house was incredibly beautiful inside and out. The only negative was there was a 6 hour lockout period during the day for cleaning. We couldn't be there between 10:00am -5:00pm. That left us looking for things to fill the day. Syracuse isn't a walking city and if the weather isn't great you'll be stuck out all that time with no place to go. I think a 2 hour lock out for cleaning would be plenty of time. 3:00-5:00 so we'd have the option to make lunch.


Avatar for Freyja


Fri 22 Aug 2014

Leider kann man von ca. 10am bis 5pm nicht einchecken und das Haus ist geschlossen, was für ein Hostel ein schlechter Service ist. Ansonsten ist das Haus sehr schön und das Personal sehr nett.


Avatar for Stephanie


Tue 12 Aug 2014


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (5 to 10km)
  • City Centre (2 to 3km)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (2 to 3km)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (5 to 10km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (5 to 10km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (3 to 5km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)
Turn right on P&C Pkwy, turn right on Pork St. 2 Miles to Oak St., turn right, 3 blocks to hostel
Parking at or near hostel; free on-street parking
Same as bus

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