I run a donation based hostel, AMA!
After years of traveling and being helped by random strangers in foreign countries, I moved to Pittsburgh and started its only hostel. There is no obligation to pay anything at all, and donations are completely anonymous. University of California Berkeley has done a study on the sustainability of our guilt free donation model, and found that it is just as sustainable as pressuring guests to donate.
We offer free beer, free bicycle/scooter use, and all the typical hostel amenities. We have a projector hooked up to a N64, yoga room, and outside slackline and hammock. We are trying to be the best hostel in the world, and want to expand to other cities. Ask me (absolutely) anything!
Oh hey. I forgot the most important part! I've been writing this book for the last few years during my travels and hostel work. It's called "An Autobiography of the world". Every person I meet gets 1 sentence in the book. It can be literally anything. Something you want to be remembered for. It has to be original to you (can't quote Gandhi). If reddit wants to contribute, send me a message with your sentence, first name, and location. I'll be sure to add it in!
Update: I'm off, folks. I tried my best to answer each and every one of you. If anyone has any other questions, especially about opening up your own branch, please don't hesitate to call or email me. Also, you guys saved me. I was so incredibly depressed last night after a hard week of guests, and I was ready to shut down this hostel. You have all been so helpful and encouraging, and helped me relearn that people are so good. I cannot thank you all enough.
Stay tuned for an update about how our new bidet fares with guests. I promised the user who bought it for me that I would ask guests to write about how it changed their life. Lastly, I'm going to have to eat a hat soon...