Monterey Hostel


Monterey Hostel offers clean, safe, and memorable overnight lodging where travelers can connect with one another, share resources to reduce their impact on the planet, and experience the natural beauty of the Central Coast. We are a nonprofit lodging provider committed to making Monterey Bay more accessible by offering communal and private lodging to school groups, families, and travelers. 

Our final funding hurdle is to purchase 50 beds, mattresses, and bedding to ensure we can open and provide this essential service to the Monterey community. We aim to open by spring 2024. We appreciate your consideration and support to help us get our doors open! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to save Monterey Hostel. 

We are operated by HostelingOn, a 501(c)3 nonprofit on a mission to preserve and promote the hostel movement. Hostels help connect people of all ages and cultures so they can experience and learn about local communities through travel, shared experiences, and sustainable tourism.


Since 2000, the property occupying the former Carpenter’s Union Hall has operated as a non-profit hostel with the purpose of helping make the Monterey Peninsula more accessible to all, though especially younger travelers. Hostels are visitor accommodation facilities that offer more-affordable sleeping options such as shared dormitories and private accommodations. Emphasis is placed on shared amenities like a community kitchen, open workspaces, and lounge areas. Guests share resources while traveling to reduce their impact on the planet.



Reserve a bed in a shared dorm to save money, meet other travelers, & create memories


Rooms with ensuite bathrooms give you the amenities you expect while keeping you connected to other travelers


Meet other travelers in our lounge, share meals in our community kitchen, or get work done in our open workspace


We’re 3 blocks from the beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic Cannery Row, and a convenient launch point into Big Sur


Situated 1-block off of Lighthouse Avenue on the edge of New Monterey, the hostel helps guests to discover the sites and culture of Monterey while meeting and connecting with fellow world travelers. Through various education opportunities, hostelers learn about the conservation efforts of hosteling and the Monterey community while staying in an affordable central location.




778 Hawthorne Street
Monterey, CA 93940


The previous hostel was a reputable partner in the neighborhood funneling around 10,000 youthful travelers and school groups to local businesses and attractions each year. Unfortunately, the operation was unable to survive the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 due to challenging economic conditions and an unadaptable layout of its facility.


Monterey Hostel offers a clean, safe, and memorable space where travelers can connect with one another, share resources to reduce their impact on the planet, and experience the natural beauty of the Central Coast. We are a nonprofit lodging provider committed to making Monterey Bay more accessible. We invite you to stay with us, and stay with a purpose!


Whether you’re here for the aquarium, great food, or amazing nature to explore, Monterey has a lot to offer! Thankfully, we’re in the middle of it all.


  • 1945

    1945 Carpenters Local Union 1323 (as memorialized on the building's front facade) opened their office and meeting hall at the corner of Hawthorne/Irving in Monterey, CA in 1945. The hall was used as the headquarters for various trade unions, the Democratic party headquarters during elections, and as a local church.

  • 2000

    2000 After years of planning and fundraising, the Carpenters Union Hall was sold and opened as a hostel on Christmas Day by the Central California Council of American Youth Hostels. This was the first hostel on the Monterey Peninsula.

  • 2014

    2014 - 2020 Hostelling International USA purchased the property and took over the operation connecting Monterey with their large network of hostels around the globe. The hostel operated as HI Monterey Hostel until its closure in early 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • ???

    TBD Monterey Hostel will reopen after extensive interior renovations as a non-profit, independent hostel operated by HostelingOn.


778 Hawthorne Street,
Monterey, CA 93940