Morris Burner Hostel

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Reno’s Burning Man Hostel
A Hostel for Burners

The Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration put us up at the Morris Burner Hostel. We didn’t know what we were getting into. It turned out to be quite an experience.

It’s a four story hotel (without an elevator) built in 1928. A “Burner” bought the hotel in 2013. Each room and the hotel’s common areas are decorated by artists run amok. It is as colorful as any hotel I have ever seen.

It has a fenced in back yard filled with some might call junk. Others might call it materials for future art projects. These include a full-size bus, a car made out of wood, numerous bar-b-que grills, theatre chairs, and who knows what else.

It is a good thing that the yard is fenced. An army of homeless people live on the corner. There is a homeless shelter there, and several charitable organizations and food kitchens. The shelter must have been full while we were there, for there were hundreds of homeless people sleeping outside.

The staff was wonderful and our stay was quite pleasant. We were even treated to fireworks – the ballpark for the Reno Aces is only a block away and we could see the post-game fireworks out of our window.

Morris Burner is a membership hostel, and somewhat of a gateway into the world of the Burners. The hostel is also a hangout for local and traveling Burners.

What is a Burner, you may ask. I wish I could tell you, but it is more than a bit confusing. It is someone who attends the Burning Man event, or adopts the Burning Man code. It is an annual festival. It is also a way of life.

Morris Burner Hostel

All photographs by Linda McDonnell

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