“Great Stay, Great Location” (link)
We enjoyed our stay at the Hostel. The staff was very nice and the bed was very comfortable! I will stay again on my next visit to Indy! The price was the main draw to the Hostel at first, but the feel is amazing!
-"Cameraman", April 16, 2013 -
“Nice place and nice neighbourhood!” (link)
Me and my boyfriend stayed in Indy hostel for one night and it was a good stay.
Place is in a nice and quiet neighbourhood, very easy to find by car and there was a good parking place also. Staff (Kevin) was very friendly and kind. Atmosphere was good, it felt like home :) I would stay there another time :) (near of the hostel there is a wonderful breakfast place called Good Morning Mamas)
-Kiera, April 3, 2013 -
“Cute little hostel” (link)
My friend and i stayed here as a stopover between Nashville and Chicago while backpacking around the US. We had hoped to find somewhere a little more central but had read some great reviews of the place and thought we'd try our luck considering it's cheap price. We were delayed getting there as our bus was 2 hours late but we were grateful to be able to arrange a pick up ($15) as there was no way we'd have found our way there so late.
This is a cute little hostel in a residential area of Indianapolis and thus is very quiet and allowed us to kick back and relax after being on the go for so long. It's a much more personal experience as the managers (Kevin and his girlfriend whose name eludes me at the moment) live downstairs and so it's rather like staying at someone's home. The rooms were clean and tidy (the young irish girl who cleans for them was very friendly) and we were given fresh towels for our stay. The bathrooms were clean albeit very cold and the communal spaces were kept clean and tidy and provided us with space to relax in. The owners were very friendly and we took in a yoga class run by Karen (i believe that was her name) on one of the nights we were staying which was a lovely addition.
There were a few restaurants nearby (the Sinking Ship was a bit of a dive but did decent food and the staff were exceptionally charming. Also Taste was a great lunch place, tragically hip but excellent organic produce and unusual dishes on offer) but on the whole, a bike or car is needed as this area proved a bit remote for our liking.
Also. Have to give them massive kudos on how subtly they dealt with one of the women in our room who unfortunately kept us awake most of the night coughing, moving her to a different room the following morning.
"Summerholidaypeople" -March 6, 2013 -
“Great Facility in Indianapolis” (link)
Indy Hostel was a great place to stay. Very relaxing and great service. We stayed on a Friday and Saturday night. They had a guitar player in the garden area, wine and a wonderful selection of tourist and travelers. We would highly recoomend the Indy Hostel.
-David , February 2013 -
“Great place to stay!” (link)
Indianapolis's only hostel. Located in the quiet (but very trendy) Broad Ripple residential neighborhood about a fifteen minute drive from downtown. Staff is wonderful and energetic, facilities are comfortable and well maintained, and you will enjoy meeting your fellow travelers. Highly recommended!
-Richard, January 27, 2013 -
“Highly recommended! Great staff, comfortable, convenient” (link)
So happy we found Indy Hostel. We were in town for a friend's wedding over the New Year's weekend and this spot couldn't have been more convenient. A short bus ride from the heart of Broad Ripple; same for downtown. Price more than fair. The hostel itself is warm, bright and very comfortable; it's clear the staff pays attention to the details and importantly makes everyone feel at home. We enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back if we find ourselves in Indy again!
Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
-Aimee, December 2012 -
“Great Place To Stay” (link)
I was in town for a social work confrence and need resonable accomiadtions. The Indy Hostel was perfectly priced and extremely convenient to the location of my confrence. I booked the private room with a bathrrom and was very happy. I would stay there again if every in Indy for Business. Great place to stay and great people to meet.
- Ann F., Nov. 26th, 2012 -
“Weekend Trip” (link)
Two friends and I stayed at the Indy Hostel for just one night while we were in town for a concert, but we all agreed we need to come back! I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else in town. Indy Hostel has such a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. They've also got a kitchen and laundry facilities, which make it an even more convenient and comfortable place to stay. I look forward to returning with friends in the summer so we can ride the Monon trail and enjoy all the other things Indy and Broad Ripple have to offer.
- Janet D., Nov. 26th, 2012 -
“Too easy and comfortable really to get categorized as a hostel” (link)
I loved it here. Everything was extremely easy, and the staff was exceptionally friendly and nice. It felt like home. I will definitely stay here again if I ever have reason to be in Indianapolis. Don't get a hotel if this hostel is available!
- Louis G., Nov. 25th, 2012 -
“In town for a conference, needed low cost lodging, this was great.” (link)
If you don't mind sharing a room, sharing a bathroom, sharing a frig, and taking the bus for 25 mins into town, or a $15 taxi back and forth, this is the place for you. For $30/night it sure beats the $190 hotels in town. Pluses: you get to see more of the city, ride the bus with locals, meet Kevin (the host who drove me the first night to a section of restaurants 8 blocks away), another conferee from Taiwan was staying there to keep his costs down too, and we had great conversations. Clean, comfortable enough, quiet, 2 bathrooms meant no waiting, nice little book selection. Enjoy! Sam Nickels, Harrisonburg VA.
- Sam N., Nov. 25th, 2012 -
Unbelievably friendly staff and a wonderful place to stay. (link)
- Nov. 16th, 2012 -
“Quaint, lovely place in a homey area.” (link)
My friend and I needed a place to stay for the night. I booked last minute and my friend was booked as a walk in! We got there at 1am and the hostess was so sweet and welcoming despite of the time. The bedrooms were nice and clean as were the bathrooms. It was so wonderful, I'm definitely going to come back and stay longer! Not scary our awkward at all. It is a good one to start out in if your new to the hostel experience.
- Hailey H., Nov. 13th, 2012 -
I loved the Indy Hostel. It was adorable and quaint. Very hospitable and welcoming. I really want to go back and stay longer. The only thing that was even remotely not good was that I got a little chilly while I was sleeping, and I'd say that is my own fault. I have already recommended this place to many people. I really enjoyed myself. (link)
- Nov. 12th, 2012 -
"A great place to stay" (link)
Indy hostel is a nice, comfy and warm place, it has really people managing it, like kevin and Hailey. Also, it is the closest place to stay to Butler University, so, if you are visiting someone there, Indy Hostel I the right place to go.
- Manuel B., Nov. 9th, 2012 -
If you are in Indianapolis you simply must stay here. Do not settle for scary, expensive Motel Six. Staying here felt like being at a friend's house: very safe, warm, friendly. For a four night stay I paid about one hundred fifteen dollars but had one of the best stays I have had in the last year. (link)
- Nov. 8th, 2012 -
“Yes, Please!” (link)
This hostel is really everything you want in a hostel. The feeling in the main house (where I stayed) was super warm and inviting. It didn't feel like a hostel; it felt more like a home. I had a queen bunk bed, which was larger than I had anticipated (nice!). The staff was genuinely interested in me, why I was in Indy, where I might want to go, etc. Exceedingly friendly and knowledgeable. Staff was also relaxed and laid back. They've got a very welcoming vibe from the second you walk in the hostel. There are free computer services. The kitchen is nice and well equipped. I really just can't say enough pleasant things about my experience there. I will definitely come back to this place when I visit Indy again. Lovely.
- Nov. 8th, 2012 -
“Perfect for my visit.” (link)
I stayed at the Indy Hostel while I was visiting my son at Butler. It is a 10 minute drive from Butler's campus. The customer service was great. The facilities were clean. The managers were very accomadating and personable.
- Barb G. Nov. 8th, 2012 -
“A very Unique experience” (link)
I spend one night in Indy Hostel and this is not a usual hostel ... a very unique decoration and very lovely people there.
I would definitely do it and come again to Indy Hostel whenever I am in indianapolis in the future.
- Anas Nov. 8th, 2012 -
I have nothing but good things to say about Indy Hostel. Easily one of the best hostels that I have stayed in. It's in an old house that has lots of character, the staff were extraordinarily friendly and helpful, the place is in a great neighborhood with many local restaurants etc. nearby, and it's clean and peaceful. It was also a very good price. I'd recommend this place to anyone. (link)
- Nov. 3rd, 2012 -
The Staff was really nice and the hostel is cozy and clean. Can definitely recommend it! (link)
- Nov. 2nd, 2012 -
"Nice place to chill"
My friend and I stayed at the Indy Hostel, essentially because we needed somewhere to stop off on the way to Chicago and so picked Indianapolis, but this was a great choice to make for somewhere to stay and relax for a few days. The hostel is small but it is extremely personal and the whole place has a cosy, friendly feel about it. It was a bit like staying at someone's house for a sleepover! It was very clean and in a nice quiet neighbourhood, with a nice lounge area and big tv. It was about a 20 minute drive outside of downtown, but seeing as we were only there for a few days, the downtown area is mostly business orientated and the hostel is within a 10 minute walk of a few restaurants and bars we saw no need to travel down there. We even took a yoga class run by Karen, one of the owners which was great! Overall, if I ever find myself in Indianapolis again I would stay here in a heartbeat.
- Marie E. Nov. 2, 2012 -
“Nice and comfortable place” (link)
I went to this hostel for a weekend and was pleasently surprised by the the warm atmosphere present and the very friendly hostel management. All basic necessities were available and the house was a quite place to stay at.
- Philip B. Oct. 26th, 2012 -
“Best staff and good facilities” (link)
Best staff ever, they really care about the customers and it's nice to see that they like their job The Hostel is very clean Location: It is a good location to go out, as the main pub/club area is nearby
- Erich S. Oct. 26th, 2012 -
“Great experience” (link)
Spent the weekend in Indy. I've stayed in many hostels all over the world. This one was by far the nicest! As nice as a hotel, but a fraction of the price! Also, the staff was especially friendly and helpful.
- Sonny H. Oct. 19th, 2012 -
We had a great time, the folks at the hostel were warm, and found indy hostel really convenient to restaurants, parks, and music venues! (link)
- 16th, Oct. 2012 -
“Great Homey Place” (link)
I have stayed here three times this year and have enjoyed every stay. The rooms and facilities are very clean and organized. The staff is incredibly friendly and easy to talk to and deal with. There has been art displays up every time I have gone as well. There is access to a full kitchen if needed as well as laundry facilities. It is also a great place to meet other travelers not only from the area but from around the world. Overall it was a great experience and will stop here every time I stay in Indianapolis.
- Joe D. Oct. 15th, 2012 -
"Great to save some money!" (link)
The guy working was very nice and made sure to give us a tour and make us feel at home. They are very flexible and as long as they know when you plan to arrive they will be ready to check you in. The hostel was clean and noise wasn't bad either for a Saturday night. I wouldn't recommend this if you are a very private person and like your space but if you're looking to save some money and like meeting new people then it's perfect!
- Oct. 15th, 2012 -
Would recommend Indy Hostel. Great location with excellent connection to Indygo Bus System. Look forward to our next visit. (link)
- 14th, Oct 2012 -
This hostel was really good. The managers (Kevin and Hailey) are great people and enjoy talking with guests at the hostel. The hostel is a house and therefore feels more homely than the larger hostels in other cities. It is clean and the rates are reasonable. I would recommend this hostel to anyone that is visiting Indianapolis. (link)
- 14th, Oct 2012 -
One of the best hostel where I have ever been to! (link)
- 12th, Oct 2012 -
Very colorful and friendly vibe here. The owners and managers are very hospitable! (link)
- 12th, Oct 2012 -
“New experience to try” (link)
Visited Indy. to see our daughter run in Terra Haute and take in a colts game.We were a bit apprehensive , never having stayed at a hostal before ,but Kevin put us at ease upon arrival. We had a clean room with a very laid back vibe throughout our stay. On Sat. there were two groups that played in the main gathering area that made our trip one to remember.(we plan on catching Greg and Khris in Madison ) . The parking tips worked out great for one heckova game .Go colts. Couldn't have had a better trip. Thanks to all,Sam & Trish.
- Patricia H. Oct. 8th, 2012 -
"Clean, welcoming, and comfortable" (link)
This hotel is in a lovely neighborhood convenient to the funky, fabulous Broad Ripple area, right off the bike/walking path of Monon Trail (which you can take either to Broad Ripple or all the way to downtown), in a calm, pleasant, safe, clean, green, quiet area.
The managers, Kevin and his wife, were only on the job for three weeks when I stayed on my way to Bloomington. So far, so great, guys!
The hostel is clean, welcoming and comfortable. It's in a beautiful old house that the owners have decorated with gorgeous, rich colors: eggplant walls is one hue that stuck out for me.
The hostel owners give yoga sessions a few days a week, but I unfortunately didn't get a chance to partake.
Concerts with local musicians, rotating exhibits of local artists' work, involvement with the community, comfortable outside lounging areas, a welcoming vibe and plenty of help for an out of towner: I couldn't have asked for a nicer place in a town I didn't know.
I'd go back in a heartbeat.
- Lisa V. Oct. 3rd, 2012 -
“Like staying in someone's home” (link)
This hostel was great, we've been travelling for 9 months and it's one of the nicest. Hailey and Kevin, the young couple who have just started running the place were very friendly and helpful, offering us tips on some great places to eat in the area.
The hostel was in 2 buildings and we were in the one behind the main building. It was really nice, just a few bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. It honestly felt like we were staying at someone's house rather than a hostel. There were some great communal facilities in the main house, although we didn't get a chance to use them.
Our only criticisms would be the mattress on our bed sagged in the middle which made it uncomfortable, and there was no lock on the bedroom door - not the best when you have valuables in the room. Both of those could be easily sorted though.
Overall we were very happy, there were a lot of nice places to eat nearby and the off street parking was handy as we had a car.
- Oct. 2nd, 2012 -
I stayed two nights in the private room. The hostel was quite nice--clean, spacious, and friendly. It is located it a quiet residential neighborhood and is within walking distance to a number of restaurants, Butler U, and, from what I understand, public transportation. My only complaint is that the lock on my room's door looks as though it must be a hundred years old and it doesn't really work. The outside door to the hostel, however, does have an electronic keypad which is somewhat reassuring. (link)
- 28th, Sep 2012 -
“A comfortable place to relax” (link)
We recently spent a weekend in Indianapolis to tour Butler University. Butler University is just two miles from the Indy Hostel which was very convenient. The staff of the Indy Hostel was very friendly and accommodating. I booked the private room which was very comfortable and very adequate. I enjoyed the shared kitchen accommodations, and meeting some international guests. The hostel is located just a few minutes away from a Fresh Market and the Broad Ripple Village neighborhood with all of its interesting eateries. I look forward to my next trip to Indianapolis and the Indy Hostel
- Steve R. Sept. 27th, 2012 -
“Perfect place to see a different part of Indy.” (link)
Came to Indy from Portland, Oregon for an extended stay and a funky conference. If you are into public transit, and biking, this hostel location and options will do you right.
1. It is adjacent to the famed Monon Trail, which takes you to the city, all the way to Carmel, and the funky community of Broad Ripple. Fantastic option.
2. They have a host of bikes you can rent - none fancy - but brought my own lock and helmet and cooked all over the city -- way easier than busing around and with the amazing trail system in Indy, a ton of fun.
3. The hostel is not your Euro hostel that is crowded, factory-like, and party-central. Felt like an Air-BnB - low cost ($30 per night), clean, but with autonomy. Once you are "checked-in", I had complete ability to come and go with great ease.
4. Super lovely hosts. Hailey and Kevin are the local hosts, and were great resources, fun to see here and there, we had a great time watching football Saturday night while indulging in amazing Creole (Yatz is a must eat - cheap and amazing, a rare combo), plus old school Crazy Bread from nearby Little C's. They keep things in great order....
5. The only major issue you need to think about? If in a dorm room, the beds squeak a little, something I think the owners might be able address with some WD-40, I failed to mention this and perhaps the solution is more complex than that.
Advice, if interested, and flying into town:
A. Print out and get the IndyGo PDFs for the 8 and 17. The 8 leaves from the airport. Ask the bus driver to let you know when you are at the stop to switch to the 17. It is at the Capitol. Then jump on the 17, and get off at 48th or 49th and College, and then prepare to walk 4-5 blocks, past the Little C's (pizza) and the hostel is on the left, red house. Walk around the back to the deck, that is the best way to come in. Have a phone with you, so you can call and get someone to check you in (or someone may be there, but a phone is a best bet -- Kevin and Hailey have the phone with them).
B. You may actually get their phone number in advance and call when you are getting off the bus. This way no issues checking in. I had none.
C. Dorm is great if you don't mind some potential others in your space. I had it to myself one of my four nights. Other nights I barely noticed the one other in the room. Kept stuff in the closet, etc. Was nice. Baths are also single person, and great. Towels and sheets included.
D. Bike. I used the Specialized hybrid, and it worked great. Brought lights and helmet and lock. All were necessary, especially biking at night. Monon supposedly closes at night, but Winthrop (the cross street the hostel is on) was easy to bike on, coming back from Broad Ripple.
E. Grocery up. Save money. Natural grocer at Broad Ripple is sadly way over-priced, even for my Co-op tastes as a Portlander. Kroger in Broad Ripple worked fine for sundries. Kevin/Hailey probably have other ideas. I ate with the conference, mostly.
F. Eat at Yatz! Not super close, but so damn good, veggie or otherwise. They have this peanut butter dessert that if you tend to dip in the p jar spoon solo, then you will like it.
Stopping there. Flight is departing. Getting looks from the stewardess.
- Sept. 24th, 2012 -
Sweet hostel in a nice nighborhood, from downtown 15 minutes with the bus nr. 17.. I missed nothing. Bikes for rent 10 $ a day! (link)
- 21st, Sep 2012 -