Friends Cottage Boarding House
Free Lockers under beds in Dorm (bring your own lock)
Walking Trails: beautiful, safe & sprawling: 5 minute walk from us
Downtown: 15 minute walk from us
We allow alcoholic beverages.
Not a party hostel
Relaxing, Laid-Back Atmosphere.
Cooperation & Community Are Our Highest Values Here At Friends Cottage Hostel.
With these values in mind, Reciprocity is Crucial.
Here Are Some Ways Guests Can Participate In Our Reciprocity Project:
We Offer Coffee * Guests Donate Milk or Cream.
We Offer Customized Maps With Friendly Hosts Giving Helpful Directions; In Return, * Guests Offer Help To Others.
We Provide A Limited Smoking Area * Guests Who Smoke Empty The Ash Trays.
We Provide Free Wi-Fi. Guests Ask Themselves What They Can Freely Offer. Perhaps share Your I-PAD*!*
An Attitude of Gratitude is Paramount. What Will You Give Today?
Here's Even More Information About Who We Are
We are a Cottage HOSTEL who caters to guests who enjoy a CO-OP living atmosphere in a Quaint and Cozy Cottage setting.
We expect you to do your part & contribute to the upkeep of the hostel which is how we keep your guest prices very low. )
We expect you to recycle your own items, take out your own trash, compost your fruit & vegetable waste, plus conserve water & energy from 1pm-4pm.
When you cook, we expect you to clean your dishes as well as the stove top too. And even when you check out, we have a few final check-out duties that we give you @ check in to read over.
We exist in the HISTORIC district, so if old homes turn you off you - even just a little bit, you might want to choose a different space to be hosted.
Danny, a former electrical engineer & Leah, a high school English teacher enjoy teaching travelers how to make the most of their time & money while they're in Houston. Leah is a native Houstonian & knows many of the off-the-beaten-path hidden treasures! Danny teaches a FREE self-awareness class @ the hostel, & as a military intelligence officer in the Army, trust me he'll teach you some very COOL moves! Plus he LOVES to share his knowledge. Ask him about the C241
We're very close to Downtown Houston, just a 15 minute walk & 5 minute drive.
You won't need a car because our hostel in very close to public transportation. We're Exist In An Excellent Location! We're Very Close to Amtrak, Greyhound & All Local Public Transportation Buses & Trains.
Staying @ Friends Cottage Hostel feels very similar to staying @ friends or family. The hostel looks just like a house; in fact, we are located in an early 20th century cluster of 4 individual cottages once occupied by early railroad workers.
Our atmosphere is very informal & laid-back. We'll provide you with a personable & memorable experience while you share space with other domestic & international travelers from all over the whole wide world!
Most travelers find our neighborhood charming b/c of its historic atmosphere & look. However, if you prefer new neighborhoods & new buildings, then you probably would not be happy @ our hostel.
We exist in a protected historic district which means that some of the homes here look distressed b/c it's against the law to tear them down & build new homes, in order to preserve the historic integrity.
Our 33-acre protected district contains the highest concentration of historic homes in Houston, many dating back to the late 19th century. The neighborhood has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Friends Cottage Hostel is a unique place. Only 15 minute walk to Downtown & 5 minutes to Washington Ave., where new bars, restaurants & cafes are opening up what seems like every weekend. Washington Ave. is the most historic street in Houston that leads directly in to downtown. It's going through a re-vitalization & many of the older buildings are being re-purposed.
All guests share kitchens & bathrooms.
If you enjoy communal living then you would probably feel right at home.
MegaBus is a 20 minute walk from us.
Amtrak is a 5 minute walk from us
Greyhound is a 30 minute walk from us
IAH / Bush Airport is far from everything! Take the 102 from ground transportation to Downtown & transfer to the 40. Depart @ Lubbock & Houston, Walk West to our address listed on your confirmation email. 1hour bus ride
Hobby Airport is about an hour ride as well (Houston is super spread out). Take the 50 the downtown & depart on our Street listed on your confirmation email.
Public transportation: www.ridemetro.org
The Earliest a Guest Can Check In is 12PM NOON; however, you must email us if you need to arrange a special check in. No problem if you need to change your check in time; still, you MUST coordinate this ahead of time with a staff member. You must call the hostel if you're running late (you could be charged a late fee or your booking could be cancelled).
Private Room Rates do not include 17% tax. Dorm Rates do not include 11% Tax (no state tax on beds under $15.00)
Please note that one party cannot book more than one private room at a time. We exist as a shared environment; given that, the purpose of our hostel is to provide as many beds as possible to backpackers so that they are able to travel safely & get an inexpensive, clean bed, free Wi-Fi, DIY healthy breakfast, (self-service) coffee, tea, and a hot shower. When guests book more than 1 private room, they monopolize our Private bed space which negates the purpose of bringing together as many different groups of travelers at one time.
Per Friends Cottage Hostel conditions, when a group books the 6 bed dorm as individuals, they are infringing upon Friends Cottage Hostel's first priority which is to serve individual backpackers on a budget. The individual dorm beds are allocated to individual backpackers traveling on a budget so they can acquire a clean bed, free Wi-Fi, a healthy self-service breakfast for a very inexpensive / affordable backpacking rate. What they bring to the hostel in return is their individual experiences as they participate in a conversation of cultural exchange which is Friends Cottage Hostel's mission: to act as a contact zone for cultural literacy through the diverse cultural exchange of backpackers.
Friends Cottage Hostel, nevertheless, does allow groups to book the dorm as a private group space but the rates are Not $16 per person per night but $26 per person per night considering the fact that you are being hosted as a group and not individual backpackers. Please see Hostelworld.com for Room Rates.
Groups of 2 must book the 2 bed private or double bed private
Groups of 3 must book the 3 bed private
Groups of 4 must book the 4 bed private
Groups of 5 must book the 5 bed private
Groups of 6 must book the 6 bed private
Dorms are reserved for individual backpackers ONLY
Friends Cottage Hostel requires 50% payment on guest balances before guest check in; accordingly, we will charge guest cards on file for the 50% of total amount due on the balance prior to your check-in date. No refunds on the 50% payment of the total balance due for a cancellation, no show or reduction in numbers (nights or guests).
No refunds if guests are asked to leave the hostel b/c of rule violations. No refunds if guests are cancelled because of inappropriate behavior. The 50% remaining balance may be charged 3 -7 days before guest arrival.
Please note that when you change your booking dates with Friends Hostel directly instead of your booking site, you forfeit your contract with hostelworld.com and you are automatically re-booked with our private booking system. Prices are subject to change, and you will be charged 3-7 days before your arrival date.
We do not host locals. All guests must present 2 forms of ID at check in: 1) a current passport that has not expired. 2) A current state ID that has not expired. An ID with a Houston address will not be accepted.