눉Firstly, it's way too far (and the route hilly and unlit) from
Athens oh and the ou campus to easily/speedily flash back and forth
from the hostel by bike. By car ok, but will take nearly 30 minutes one
way. Also you'll never, ever find the place in the dark, although
you can't check in before 1300p hrs: even though the place will
almost certainly be nearly empty.
Secondly, be prepared for some serious, world-class weirdness, NTTAWWT! Strongly suggest that you Google "Chad Kister" before paying in advance the non-cancellable, non refundable full fees.
눇Quite a unique scene all-around. I'd certainly stay there again:
unless I'm blackballed for posting this review (which is fully
possible). But that's largely because I tend to relish surreal
encounters, and now I know what to expect.
Proprietor is an enviro author of some repute, an OU ecology MS grad, knows parts of Alaska's geography quite well, and is clearly a smart guy.
It's definitely a taste of the real Appalachia, and if you want to do some walking/trekking in the vicinity, it would be a good base.
The ambiance overall is more challenging, for sure, than the 'wonderful' nine-star-reviewed Athens Hampton Inn, and the price is much, much cheaper. Although you can cancel your advance booking at the Hampton, which you can't at the Bessemer Hostel. Far grander views from the hostel, though.