William Gyles Guesthouse, home of the Newport International Hostel
Newport Bridge at sunset, Newport, RI
Idyllic scene on Ocean Drive, Newport, RI
The Lobster Shack on Long Wharf, Newport, RI

Meet the Staff

Merrilee Zellner in Essouria Morocco
Merrilee Zellner Climbing to New Heights in Mexico
Introducing Merrilee Zellner, Hostel Owner and General Manager

I am originally from Seattle, Washington. After many years of living in various parts of the east coast of the USA and overseas, I settled in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island.
I have traveled solo worldwide throughout most of my adult life, usually staying in hostels. I welcome you to enjoy reading some of the blogs I have written about these adventures.

While managing the HI Boston Hostel in Massachusetts in the early '90's, I frequently visited the nearby resort town of Newport, Rhode Island, and fell in love with it. The high price of accommodations and the wonderful summer activities and festivals that Newport offers, made me realize that a hostel was sorely needed. In 2002 I purchased the historic William Gyles House in downtown Newport and the Newport International Hostel was born.

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Newport International Hostel, 16 Howard Street, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, USA  (401) 369-0243 |