Hostel Reviews: Fernweh Inn & Hostel
Recapping my stay in a historic house-turned-hostel in Old Town Fort Collins: Collaboration with Fernweh Inn & Hostel.
This post was created in collaboration with Fernweh Inn & Hostel. All opinions are my own.
Last month I kicked back at the cozy Fernweh Inn & Hostel to close out my solo trip through Northern Colorado. It’s one of the handful of awesome hostels in the newly established Colorado Hostel Collective, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
About the Hostel & Staff
The house itself is actually a Registered Historic Landmark in Fort Collins, as it was originally built back in 1905 by a local family, saved from demolition, and carefully moved several blocks away to its now current location in 1956. Even after all of that, the house still stands today, as functional (and beautiful) as ever, just a few blocks away from Old Town Fort Collins.
If you’re wondering where the name “Fernweh” even came from: It’s a German word that’s defined as “the longing for far-off places; a crave for travel; an ache for places you’ve never been,” (according to the Fernweh’s website). When you stay at the Fernweh, it’s clear from the moment you walk in the door that that this love of travel is exactly their focus, and that their entire team shares in that passion.
Now, I’m lucky enough to have never really had a bad experience at any hostel I’ve stayed at, but I’ve honestly never felt so welcomed in by a hostel’s staff than I did at the Fernweh. Kelsey, the owner, and Kate, the hostel manager (and both of their doggos, of course!!) were seriously awesome. Whether it was something as simple as just chatting, offering local recommendations, baking fresh bread for guests to enjoy in the mornings (truly amazing), or just being open to drink wine, hang out, and have a good time after hours- it was refreshing to be around such genuine people.
Rooms & Amenities:
The hostel itself has two shared dorms (one all female, and one co-ed), as well as three private rooms varying in size and price point. I personally stayed in The Treetop Room, which is a private room with an attached private bathroom (and all of the beautiful natural light you could possibly want), but you can read about the rest of their room options here. I toured the entire hostel and would definitely recommend any room or dorm based on what I saw. (Honestly I want to bring Matt back and stay in the loft apartment/room on their third floor! It’s absolutely gorgeous.)
Their Treetop Room, and the atmosphere of the Fernweh in general, ended up being exactly what I needed after spending my first three nights in Denver in a busy shared dorm room. Not that I didn’t enjoy those nights, or don’t enjoy hostel dorms in general- having a private room for a few nights was just the perfect way to break up the trip for me personally. I was able to rest, recharge, and just have my own space for a bit after a jam-packed weekend in Denver at Ember Hostel.
In addition to their awesome rooms, Fernweh has a ton of different amenities that are free for all guests to use, including:
Complimentary coffee, tea & snacks
Large kitchen to cook food & fridge/pantry for storage
In-room storage lockers
Bikes to borrow (Fort Collins is a huge biking town so definitely take advantage of this!)
AppleTV, Netflix, Hulu
Movies, games, books, musical instruments
Fresh towels & linens (not every hostel provides free towels FYI!)
Hammocks, yard games, backyard BBQ grill & outdoor patio area
Since I stayed during February, it was a little too cold to take advantage of the outdoor amenities (I’ll just have to go back again in the summer, oh DARN). I was able to use one of their bikes on my first day there though - my Greyhound bus into Fort Collins arrived a little too early, so the staff was nice enough to let me drop off my things and borrow a bike to explore while I waited for my room to be ready.
Travel tip: Try biking to City Park during your stay, it’s just a few blocks away from the hostel!
Travel Tips: Getting to Fort Collins
So, if you’re tryna visit the Fernweh (or just Fort Collins in general) this year, it’s really great as an add-on to a trip to Denver, especially since it’s easiest to fly into the Denver airport anyway if you’re coming from out of town. From Denver, I’d personally recommend opting for a GreenRide shuttle or a Greyhound bus to get to Fort Collins. They’re more or less the same thing, but either one can be cheaper than the other depending on when you book/when you’re looking to go.
The GreenRide shuttles are particularly nice because they’ll take you directly to/from the airport if that’s where you want to go, but I was able to find an $11 one-way Greyhound bus ticket from downtown Denver to Fort Collins for the way there, so can’t complain with that. For the way back, I took GreenRide back from Fort Collins straight to the Denver airport, and it was about $35 plus tip (you can tip ahead of time or add it after). In total it’s about an hour-ish drive between the two cities, so very do-able, especially at $46 round trip.
I’d also love to hear about your experience if anyone ends up staying there, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!