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Updated April 7, 2014

The Hostel has beds available.  The hostel will update this website promptly if the hostel gets full.

Stay in this rustic Ohio hostel with great views of the Wayne National Forest for only $10.00/night per person (in the mixed gender dorm room, with room for 4).  Two private rooms are available for $20.00 per day or $90.00 per week each. Click below to book a bed:

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Or call: 740-753-3000, 740-707-4110 or 740-675-1211.  International callers should call 740-753-3888 or 740-675-1211 or 740-707-4110.  Chad Kister is the only person authorized to answer phone calls to the above phone numbers, and feel free to record calls and to post those recordings to the internet.

or email

FAX: 740-300-0326

Payments and donations can be made here:

If phone calls to the above phone numbers do not go through, please file a complaint with the FCC and keep calling back repeatedly.

The hostel has a pool table (with free games), a library, high speed internet, cable TV and a full kitchen.  A washer, dryer and clothes line are also available to hostel guests with prior permission.  The hostel is located on the second floor of environmental author Chad Kister's home, and his homestead is a paradise for nature lovers with diverse wildlife and hand dug ponds.  Thousands of acres of national forest are near the hostel, with a hiking trail starting from the hostel.

The hostel offers free coffee, and use of a coffee maker in the common kitchen, though customers do have to make their own coffee.  The hostel also offers free 24-7 phone service with free long distance on a desk in a hostel common area (with a different number than those listed on this website).

Other Hostels in Ohio:

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.  

The hostel recommends the Athens Ohio Green Cab (740) 594-7336) (740-59 GREEN)

The Athens Airport Express can take travelers from the bus stop to the hostel for about $35 (740-590-4686)

Other cab companies: 740-594-7433 or 740-594-8294

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-mile journey by foot and raft through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, living off roots, berries, greens and fish.

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.  Free high speed internet is available, both wireless and ethernet cable.

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.

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 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.  

The hostel has four doorbells, including one on the mailbox down on Bessemer Rd., and if for some reason there is still no answer, call the above phone numbers.