HI-Downing is a great base from which to explore central New York State. Built in 1895, it features stained-glass windows and an ornate staircase.

The hostel offers a lounge with a couch, television, and movies to watch. There is a self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers available. Sheets are included in price.

The hostel is centrally located to the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the New York State Fair. Explore Syracuse's history at the Onondaga Historical Association, Erie Canal and Salt Museums, or St. Marie among the Iroquois. Visit a zoo; see a baseball game or the gorgeous Fall foliage. Downhill, cross-country skiing and skating are available nearby in the winter.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture
  • Nature-lovers

Green rating



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.


Avatar for sheila


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