Girl in black jeans and boots sits on comfy bunk bed while chatting with another person who is climbing to the top bunk wearing jeans and red sneakers

Hostel Fish

Located in the Ballpark area of Denver, Hostel Fish is a classy hub for modern backpackers. Rest your travel-weary feet in a private room with a good book or converse with fellow wanderers on the balcony — tasty drink in hand. Once you’ve recharged, it’s time to hit the streets for your next Denver adventure.

Hostel Fish is the perfect mashup of neo-urban design and youth-hostel vibes. In the common area, you’ll find stacks of vintage suitcases lining the walls, a classic boom box and a saloon-style piano you can play to entertain your new acquaintances. Grab a beer or cocktail at the micro-bar and shoot the breeze with adventurers from near and far. Stow your GPS, because Hostel Fish has you covered with a giant wall map indicating the city’s points of interest. Take a peek before you plan the day’s adventures or consult with the neighborly staff who are just as enthusiastic about travel as you are.

Post up in accommodations like the King Room or the Queen Room, where you’ll enjoy surprising amenities like a private closet and bathroom. Or mingle with other explorers in the more budget-friendly, dormitory-style rooms — complete with cozy bunks, pull curtains for privacy and a charging outlet at every bed. Each room is themed to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. Expert cartographers (and who isn’t, really?) will feel right at home in the Map Room where every square inch of wall space is adorned in maps of the world. If you prefer to take things easy, the Clock Room appears to slow … down … time so you can fully appreciate the sunset from your top-floor window.

What makes it special?

Every room at Hostel Fish has a way of transporting you to a different time and place while keeping you grounded in Denver’s culture. The Paris Room, for example, takes you on a nostalgia-infused ride through the City of Love with its elegant chandelier and sentimental 1940s photos. Pull back the curtains, however, and you’ll be met with stunning views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Slate-colored metal bunk beds line a guest room at Hostel Fish in Denver with an American flag int he background
A group of travelers gather around the bar to chat at Hostel Fish in Denver
A single room at Hostel Fish in Denver is decorated with whimsical graffiti wall art

The most “Colorado” thing about this place

The Aspen Room is a love letter to all things “Colorado,” embellished with antique skis, snowshoes and a snowboard bench. Are you prepared to heed the call of the mountains?

Quirkiest thing to expect

Immediately upon entering this hostel, you’ll gaze upon a golden, fish-scale ornament, glistening with sunlight from the third-story skylights.

Our favorite traveler review

“My stay at Hostel Fish was amazing. It’s centrally located in Denver and was immaculate and spotless. I stayed in the IndyGlow Room and found that the occupancy (four beds) was perfect for me. It was quiet at night, yet I still met many interesting people and lifelong friends. I would definitely come back!” — Rebekah F., Tripadvisor

Things to see & do nearby

Hostel Fish places you in one of the most hoppin’ areas of Denver with cultural landmarks, enticing eats and a buzzing nightlife. Stroll over to Blake Street where you’ll find Coors Field — home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team. The National Ballpark Museum is a Lower Downtown (LoDo) staple, featuring relics from the country’s first 14 ballparks. And when you’re ready to grab a bite to eat, explore the uniquely designed takeaway and dine-in restaurants at Denver Milk Market. You’ll find everything from freshly prepared poke bowls at Mopoke to classic Italian pappardelle bolognese at Mano Pastaria. For a night to remember, meet up with your new friends from the hostel at Summit Music Hall, a premier LoDo music venue boasting everything from rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop in their 1,100-person hall.


Photos courtesy of Hostel Fish

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