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HI – Syracuse - Downing International Hostel

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

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Overall Rating 92%

From 4 Reviews

Hostel rating (4)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 94%
Location 91%
Security 94%
Service 91%
Comfort 83%
Green rating 91%

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

  • Dorm
    From €28.39
  • Private
    From €48.79
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Syracuse Hostel

Hostel Syracuse

Hostelling International

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



Loved the characteristics of the older home and very quiet neighborhood. Would stay there again. Beautiful stained glass, and carved staircase.


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Mon 15 Aug 2016

the hi-syracuse is a older hostel meriting an internal update, that is very clear. but it is a beautifull old house, and the staff becomes your personal friend if you open yourself to them.


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Sun 07 Aug 2016

Very accommodating staff. Unbeknownst to me, hostel practice is to close down at daytime (10AM-4PM), which caught me by surprise (and also why I rated "efficiency of service" fair). However, I was in a pinch since I needed to change for a wedding while the hostel was closed. The staff made an exception and kept it open for me. That's good service!


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Thu 14 Jul 2016


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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