New Boston Hostel coming to the neighborhood

Here’s a project around the corner that we’re very excited about: New Boston Hostel.You can even take a hard hat tour, details below from the Chinatown Coalition:

Hostelling International Hard Hat Tour – January 12

Space is Limited and Reservation Required! The hard hat tour will be led by Hostelling International and will leave approximately 10:30am from 38 Ash Street. As the site is under construction and to ensure the safety of the visitors, maximum capacity is limited to 10 people. Availability will be for the FIRST 10 people who requests to be on the tour. Please email or call TCC staff Kye Liang at

Quick Facts on New Boston Hostel (from the Hostelling International):

* The New Boston Hostel is an example of a triple win for our city:
environmental, cultural and economical.
* Hostelling International’s Boston Hostel (HI-Boston) has operated for
the past 27 years in the City of Boston. To expand its capacity, provide
handicap access and offer greater energy efficiency, HI-Boston will
relocate to 19 Stuart Street in 2012. The $42M project will be funded
through a combination of Federal New Market and Historic Tax credits,
private financing, owner equity including the sale of the existing
facility, and other private support.
* The new hostel’s location at 19 Stuart Street is an intersection of
Boston’s midtown cultural district, theatre district, and Chinatown,
close to the Boston Public Garden and adjacent to public
transportation: The HUB of Boston!
* 19 Stuart Street is a landmark building: on the National Register of
Historic Places (1886-1888 “Dill Building”). The preservation and
adaptive reuse of historic structures as hostels is an important part of
the Hostelling International mission.
* The world-class facility will bring more than 46,000 visitors to the
city each year to experience the culture and community of Boston. With
an anticipated direct spending by hostel guests in excess of $16
million each year, the New Boston Hostel will spur economic activity
and growth.
* The New Boston Hostel is proud to join Mayor Thomas Menino’s broad
revitalization plans for a greener, more sustainable city, as the
nation’s first LEED certified hostel. The facility plans incorporate
many green technologies as well as shared amenities for guests and is
in walking distance to major tourist destinations in the city. The
environmental impact of each guest will be among the lowest of all Hub
* Guests are encouraged to connect with the community by engaging in
activities that help educate them about the world and broaden their
perspectives. The new facility will provide community spaces where
Boston-area youth can become “citizens of the world.”