Although you really won’t find hostels here in America, there has been something that is gaining popularity that is somewhat similar to hostels. This something similar are companies like Air B&B and other people offering condos or homes for rent that are connected to others.
So although you usually won’t be staying and sleeping directly with anyone else during your stay, you are in the same area and as long as you don’t plan on staying in your room for the entire time you should have plenty of opportunities to interact with the others and get a relatively similar experience as you would with a hostel.
Much More Comfortable
The reasons hostels are so cheap is that they are usually older buildings and you don’t get your own personal room. Air B&B and similar options will cost you more money, but the places are almost always kept up very well and are very often times worth the extra cash.
For example, there was one hostel that I stayed in where the roof was leaking pretty bad and was really upsetting a few of the people staying there. Now something like this doesn’t hinder my opinions of hostels because I really don’t let small things like this bother me and I am going to enjoy myself no matter what.
You really won’t find any issues like this from individually owned properties.