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HI - Monterey

778 Hawthorne St, Monterey, California, 93940, United States

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Overall Rating 93%

From 66 Reviews

Hostel rating (66)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 94%
Location 95%
Security 91%
Service 93%
Comfort 90%
Green rating 93%

Monterey Hostel is a haven for backpackers and the budget-minded to families and school groups, only four blocks from the aquarium and coast

  • Dorm
    From $39.00
  • Private
    From $129.00
10 or more people?

Monterey Hostel

Hostel Monterey

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI-Monterey is located in the city centre close to Cannery Row, Monterey Aquarium, the historic downtown, Fisherman's Wharf and all the public bus lines.

This Monterey hostel offers all the essential amenities, including a complimentary pancake breakfast, lockers, currency exchange, Internet access and free Wi-Fi. A large chill out lounge with couches, a piano and a selection of books and games is perfect after a day’s exploring the wildlife, history and city of Monterey.

The 18 mile Monterey Bay Coastal Trail is only blocks away and lined with cafes, shops and bike and kayak rentals. Extend your adventure with year-round whale watching and by visiting nearby famous sites in Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, all located within minutes of HI-Monterey. Also if you visit in September there is a fantastic three day jazz festival!


Prices are members' 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 14:00 and 21:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 21:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 7 nights applies at this hostel.
  • 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.
  • Additional tax of 10.8% is payable at check-in.
  • 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
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 500m to 1km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 11:00
From 14:00 to 22:00
From 14:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-831-649 0375

Fax. 1-831-649 0375

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (Less than 500 m)
  • Monterey Bay (500m to 1km)
  • Historical Monterey (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



I fully enjoyed my time at the Monterey Hostel. I was greeted by a friendly staff member, who was able to help me with my needs for my stay, including adjusting my booking to help me enormously to be able to accommodate me for the days I needed to be in the area. The common lounge area a delight to spend time in. It was also great to have use of the kitchen and fridge for my eating needs as well as having available breakfast and coffee/tea as desired. Everything was very clean.


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Sun 15 Oct 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. It is our goal to accommodate our guests' needs to the best of our ability. I’m happy to hear you took advantage of the common spaces and the pancake breakfast!

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David Martinez, Hostel Manager

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Very pleased with our stay, and already recommending the place to our friends. It's a little more expensive than other hostels but we will certainly return.


Avatar for Danny


Sun 01 Oct 2017

Thank you for choosing to stay at our hostel. We look forward to hosting you and your friends in the future!

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David Martinez, Hostel Manager

Tue 03 Oct 2017

Love the location, comfortable beds, great staff. Water pressure in sinks needs to be better.


Avatar for Debbie


Sat 30 Sep 2017

I am happy to hear you had comfortable stay here at HI Monterey. We have been actively working on making the water pressure more suitable for our guests, while still conserving water. We are always looking to improve!

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David Martinez, Hostel Manager

Mon 02 Oct 2017

Great staff, safe, clean. Always a pleasure to stay there when I travel to Montery.


Avatar for Lynn


Fri 29 Sep 2017

We appreciate your review and hope you continue to choose to stay with us when travelling to Monterey!

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David Martinez, Hostel Manager

Sun 01 Oct 2017

Wow! Great hostel! I especially liked the water-saving idea of having the shower tokens. I wonder if other hostels could try this, especially other ones in California? Beautiful hostel and I was pleasantly surprised by how convenient it was to the Aquarium, which is what I had come to see. It's in an area that's great for walking and sight-seeing. Beds are more comfortable than at many other hostels, too. I definitely want to come back and will recommend it. Thank you!!


Avatar for Amber


Fri 22 Sep 2017

We are very lucky to be in such a beautiful and convenient location. Monterey is surprisingly easy to see on foot and we are glad to hear our beds offered you a comfortable night's sleep so you could take on the day. Thank you for the kind review and hopefully we'll see you again!

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David Martinez, Hostel Manager

Sun 24 Sep 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

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

Getting to us

Monterey Peninsula Airport is 4.5 miles away. Local bus #21 to the Monterey Transit Plaza > Transfer to the #1 bus.
Take metro bus from Salinas to the Monterey Transit Plaza > Then take the #1 bus from the Transit Plaza to Irving Street.
Onsite parking.
Amtrak provides a bus from the Salinas Amtrak Station to the Monterey Transit Plaza.

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