• Posted:Friday, June 19, 2009
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Seattle all set for new hostel
Not only are hostels a great way to save money while on your travels, they also offer an experience like no other. The opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world is fantastic and I highly recommend staying in hostels when visiting pretty much anywhere in the world.

So it's good news that a new one is set to open up in Seattle, a city in the US state of Washington. In fact, Northwest Asian Weekly has reported that two are due to arrive, but let's focus on the just the one.

The American Hotel (yes, its name says hotel, but it is a hostel - trust me) will open its doors at the end of next month and is in a handy location in the International District, one block away from Union Station.

Scott Shapiro, co-owner of development company Eagle Rock Ventures, told the news source that the light rail will be arriving at the transport hub soon, making the hostel "pretty perfect for travellers".

Sounds good so far, doesn't it? There's a total of 320 beds in its 70 rooms, as well as a library, TV room, computer room and Wi-Fi access.

Mr Shapiro also highlighted the fact that a sense of community is going to be created, something I for one particularly love about hostels.

"The idea of a hostel is to interact with other guests from all over the world and create a sense of community and understanding - and that's part of the adventure in staying in a hostel," he was quoted as saying.

Deborah Rue, executive director of six hostels in New England, actually made a similar point to Pittsburgh-based TV station KDKA this week, suggesting that hostels are best if you're looking for adventure, rather than privacy!

Sam Buckley
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