Public Partnerships

HI-USA has a record of successful partnerships with the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United States Coast Guard, state park systems, departments of parks and recreation, and other government entities to establish hostels.

Over the last 30 years these partnerships have opened hostels in lighthouses, former military barracks, park lodges and other unique public properties. For many agencies, the opportunity to restore a building for use as a hostel provides a positive use for underutilized properties, attracts outside funding, and expands their ability to fulfill their mission.

A 500-bed hostel located in a historic loft-style building in central Chicago. It was developed with assistance from the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
HI-Mississippi Headwaters
A 31-bed hostel is located in Itasca State Park, the “crown jewel” of Minnesota’s extensive park system. It is a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Historical Society.
HI-San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf
A 160-bed hostel is located in a Civil War era building in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is the largest hostel in a US National Park.
HI-Los Angeles, Santa Monica
A 256-bed hostel two blocks from the Pacific Ocean is the result of cooperation with the California Coastal Commission, the California Coast Conservancy, and the City of Santa Monica.

HI-USA’s success at developing hostels with government agencies was cited by the President’s Commission on Outdoor Recreation as a model of nonprofit and public agency partnerships.

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