During your stay at Hostel Detroit you’ll receive an orientation with Hostel staff educating you on many different aspects of our city. Either upon arrival or by appointment, this orientation will be provided by a member of our hostel staff and or one of our Ambassadors based upon your specific interests. Check our Ambassador to find hook up with a passionate Detroiter who has volunteered to help you make your time in their city something worth talking about or to become one yourself!
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Our primary mission is education. We want our guests to leave with their unique viewpoint on and more profound understanding of our city. By linking visitors with Ambassadors, passionate neighbors, fascinating events, and Detroit’s unique resources when they are visiting the city. Specifically, we said that Hostel Detroit would be much more proactive than a normal hostel. We want to be sure that every single visitor has the opportunity to receive a thorough understanding of the city and region which will allow them to more fully appreciate what the city has to offer as a vacation destination as well as a potential site for future residential and commercial activities. Through understanding the history, geography and culture of Detroit, a visitor can begin to change the assumptions they have made about Detroit and the people who live here, and begin to grasp the impact of Detroit as a city that changed the world.
Hostel Detroit was born out of the vibrant Detroit couchsurfing community that came together in May 2009 to host the first Detroit Couch Crash over Memorial Day weekend, which also is known world wide as the weekend of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. After seeing such an incredible response from visitors, couchsurfing host Emily Doerr began conversations about the possibility for a hostel in Detroit that was open year-round and would encourage more visitors in a very intentional way. A year later, conversations had begun about location, feasibility, and funding. When the hostel opening process began in November 2010, it was very deliberately planted as something that would grow out of the community, representing the community, and engaging the community. From that, there was the idea that a way to make Hostel Detroit extra special was to incorporate the idea of having local “ambassadors” who could provide additional information and resources to hostel guests beyond the orientation that we were planning to be provided by the hostel manager/staff.
We believe that our educational mission is enhanced by experiencing these specialized topics firsthand.