HI Phoenix - The Metcalf House
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Home away from Home


Come, relax at the home away from home hostel. An oasis in the Downtown area of Phoenix

Take a break from the road. We know you travel to find yourself but sometimes it's nice to stand still and take stock. The Metcalf House is the place to do just that. You know this place is a little different as you approach. First of all its not obvious! Hidden by trees in a residential neighborhood. As you walk up the path to the front door you can almost sense the change in energy. The garden seems to bring an immediate sense of calm, of relaxation, you simply want to take off your pack and sit under the trees, and watch the humming birds.

You realize that this feeling is genuine as you check with the no frills staff, who are mines of information As you find your way around you soon realize that this is one of the most easy going Hostels you've ever been to.

You enter the common room and are surrounded by original works of art. There is a piano, and other musical instruments there for you enjoyment, and self expression. Or perhaps you want to create your own masterpiece  to add to the gallery that covers the walls and ceiling? In the relaxed atmosphere you feel at ease to start to show that inner being. You can join in the philosophical conversation at the round table. Or perhaps create a gourmet meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Of course you may want to simply sit in the corner , unwind, and just soak in the ambiance. This is why travelers call it the Home away from Home Hostel. This place brings out the best in people.

This hostel truly reflects the philosophy and vision of, it's long time manager, Susan, who believes that sharing experiences and stories with each other is half the fun of hostelling!

How to contact us

By Mail
Phoenix Hostel                  
1026 nth 9th Street 
AZ 85006
By Phone
602 254 9803

By email


Check in times

8am -10 am & 5pm -10 pm DAILY

Bed rates and Reservations

Dorm beds    --  $20 for HI members
                              $23 for non-member
Private Room      --    $35-50 as available
To reserve a bed   --  Send a money order or traveler check,
                                       'no personal checks' 
                                      Include dates, number of beds,
                                      and a stamped addressed envelope or email address for confirmation

How to find us

By Car
I10 to 7th Street exit turn right, south
A quarter of a mile to Roosevelt Street (First light) Turn left
200 yards to 9th street turn left
4 houses down on the left

From the GreyHound and Airport --ByBus
Take the Red line bus, west, to the downtown bus station
Take the #10 bus east to 9th street
Cross Roosevelt Street and walk north 4 houses on
the left hand side

From the Airport by car
Follow the signs to the I10 west
Once you leave the Airport complex you will be heading north
After about half a mile you will make a long left bend onto I10

Take the 7th street exit and turn left
A quarter of a mile to Roosevelt Street (First light) Turn left
200 yards to 9th street turn left
4 houses down on the left

From the Airport by Taxi or Blue Super Shuttle
Main cross streets are 7th street and Roosevelt

Facilities include

Dorm beds
Fully equiped kitchen

Private room as available
Piano and other musical instruments
Cable TV
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Surrounding attractions

Special events for March
For Baseball fans we have SPRING TRAINING, all through the perfect weather of March
For art lovers, the first weekend in March brings us the ArtLink, a 3 day extravaganza, including the Totally Unrehearsed Circus!!!!  This all happens a10 minute walk from the hostel in the Downtown area. 


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Within walking distance

Major venues Downtown
      Bank one Ball park
                 Home of the Diamond backs
      America West Arena
                 Suns basketball and special events 
      Civic Center Convention Center
Other Venues
      Willow House coffee Shop 
      Local art galleries
                First Friday of each month open house
      Public Library 
      Phoenix Art Gallery
      Heard Museum Native American Museum
               One of the best Native American Museum

Further a field
     Desert Botanical Gardens
              A must for a vistor to Phoenix,
     Taliasin West
            The Winter home of Frank Loyd right
           A must for any body interested in Architecture
     SouthMountain Park 
 For those who want to visit the desert but cannot
get out of town, this is a great alternative. A 20 min. bus ride from the hostel, a short walk and you can have a real desert experience, surrrounded by Saguros and native desert plants. You won't even believe your are on the edge of a big city.

Out of town
With it's red rocks, this is one of the most beautiful places in Arizona and it's only 90 minutes away.

Your gateway to the Grand Canyon just a 2 hour drive away


The Biosphere

Superstion Mountains
Some of the best desert scenery in Arizona and it is less than a one hour drive away. You can enjoy breath taking views, great hikes or climbing. Or you can rent a boat and find your own beach at the lakes.

Salt River
Great summer recreation spot with river tubing and rafting under the hot sun