About Us

Our Company

We are a veteran-owned small business started by real people with a passion for hostels in 2011 — offering tours, trips, and transfers between local hostels and other various locations.  We also work to raise awareness of hostelling within the United States.  And locals are always welcome to join us onboard.

HostelHiker is our trade name, and Capital Hostels, LLC, is our legal name.  We organized as a Virginia Limited Liability Company with six members of the hostelling and international travel community.

We are approved to carry passengers through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under USDOT 2135063 & MC 743592, which are displayed on all our vehicles by law that carry more than 8 passengers.

Our Shared Mission

To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. — Hostelling International USA

The Founder & Manager

Paul Cianciolo is a U.S. Air Force veteran and current volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol.  He has worked in security, public affairs, graphic design, editorial review, intelligence, writing, and a few other random jobs.  Paul founded Capital Hostels, LLC, in late 2008 to open a hostel in Old Town Alexandria.  But after many setbacks with the city — mainly not having a hostel defined in the city code — the hostel had to wait.  In 2011, he started HostelHiker under Capital Hostels, LLC, to connect local hostels, raise awareness of hostelling in the United States, and raise money to open a new hostel.  Paul also serves on the Board of Directors to the Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International-USA.

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