Updated September 15, 2014
The Bessemer Hostel has beds available.
Stay in this rustic Ohio hostel with great views of the Wayne National Forest for as little as $10/night per person (in the 4 bed mixed gender dorm room). Two private rooms are also available. Private rooms are $25/night each (though online specials are available by booking through booking.com below).
Or call: 740-
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments and donations can be made here:
The Bessemer Hostel does not provide refunds. Payment must be made in full to reserve a bed. All guests must also sign a form upon arrival.
The hostel has a pool table (with free games), a library, free wi-
The hostel offers free coffee and tea, and use of a coffee maker in the common kitchen,
though customers do have to make their own coffee or tea. The hostel also offers
Other Hostels in Ohio: The Wayfaring Buckeye
Other recommended hostels: Detroit Hostel
The Go Bus goes to Nelsonville four times per day (twice coming from Athens, and twice coming from Columbus). The bus stop is at Hocking College, about two miles from the hostel (walking, driving is somewhat farther).
Cabs are pricey but possible, coming from Athens.
The hostel recommends the Athens Ohio Green Cab (740) 594-
The Athens Airport Express can take travelers from the bus stop to the hostel for
about $35 (740-
Other cab companies: 740-
Those staying for a week or more get a free copy of the Hostel Owner's first book,
Arctic Quest: Odyssey Through a Threatened Wilderness about his 700-
Hostels are similar to Motels and Hotels but they offer shared rooms and lower prices. The Bessemer Hostel also offers private rooms.
About the Bessemer Hostel
While they are popular throughout the world, and in much of the United States the Bessemer Hostel is the only hostel in Athens County, Ohio. The Bessemer Hostel is located at 4592 Bessemer Rd.; Nelsonville, OH 45764. Some GPS units list the hostel under Buchtel as the city (it is outside any municipality). The pleasant neighborhood also has a nice forest setting.
The hostel has a kitchen, and a full bathroom. Like most hostels, the bathroom and kitchen are shared with other hostel guests.
Hostels are similar to hotels and motels, but they offer shared rooms and lower prices. Here is wikipedia’s definition of a hostel.
The Hocking River is two miles away with superb smallmouth bass fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Thousands of acres of the Wayne National Forest and miles of hiking trails are near the hostel.
The hostel does not have any upper age limit, but those under the age of 18 must be accompanied with an adult. Minors are not allowed in the dorm room unless the whole room is reserved.
Due to the large amount of vacancy at the hostel, the hostel will now allow pets in the private rooms with prior permission. Pet owners agree to not leave pets unattended, all pets must be on a leash when outside bedrooms, and that if their pets become a nuisance to other guests, that they can be moved to the kennel. Also, guests need to reserve and pay for a space in the kennel ($7/day for dogs under 50 pounds, and $2.50 more per day for larger dogs). Owner/manager Chad Kister also runs a Kennel on the same property, but in a different building (for pet boarding only). See www.bessemerkennel.com for more information and pricing.
Chad Kister is the only person allowed on the first floor of his house. Anyone except Chad Kister with the intention of entering the first floor is permanently banned from the property. It is the second floor that is the hostel. This is clearly marked with signs reading “Do Not Enter” preventing anyone but Chad Kister from getting near his first floor doors. The hostel has two doors to the outside with “hostel” painted on each.
Guns are not allowed in the hostel. To reserve the whole dorm room requires $40/day. Athens County Ohio charges a 3 percent lodging tax.
The hostel has three doorbells, and if for some reason there is still no answer, call the above phone numbers.
Youtube video of Chad and
His dog (his dog tills