Zen Hostel

Hostel in Gainesville

Look for the Tibetan prayer flags decorating the porch of this rambling yellow house, which feels like an old-school 1970s commune: chickens in the yard, barefoot children, kombucha tea fermenting in the shared kitchen. Popular among visiting students from nearby massage and acupuncture schools, it's got creaky-floored dorms and rooms decorated with thrift-store furniture and relatively clean shared facilities.