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300 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20012 (Formerly India House Too)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shocking security -you only need to punch in a number code to get access through the front door -and there are no locks on any of the doors or lockers in the rooms, so anyone can get to your stuff. Also, ANYONE can come in the hostel through the backyard gate!! The metro is close by and the area is... More

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Clean hostel, you pay for what you get. I stayed for a week, 7 nights. Some of the bunk beds are shaky so you may be woken up in the middle of the night when someone climbs up onto the top bunk. Also be prepared to wait for the shower, unless you wake up early. Overall I found that the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
12 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Hilltop Hostel is the best place to stay in Washington DC if you're a budget traveler. This historic house is full of treasures and the backyard is awesome. I was able to make free nationwide phone calls, use the internet, do my laundry and store my luggage. Tacoma Park is a terrific neighborhood with a decent amount of shops... More

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Nice clean hostel, in a safe, quiet suburb. Great restaurants and cares close by. Hostel is a bit out of town but very close to the subway, which gets you all over dc, cheaply and easily. Friendly staff, would recommend to all.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

I arrived at 11:30pm after a long drive. Though I had already notified the staff I would arrive late, no one was there. The door sign read to call a number if no one answers. I called, no answer, called several times. Even texted. Finally one of the hostle guests saw me and let me in. I waited an hour... More

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Los Angeles, Ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Just recently stayed here and I’d like to comment regarding some of the poor reviews. This is kind of a homestyle pad more than a standard hostel. Old house with backyard, lots of nooks and crannies. Feels like hippie pad at times, some interesting residents. No organized activities, but good food options in the neighborhood, especially for vegetarians. Kitchen is... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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32 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Unexpectedly nice hostel. My experience with hostels in big cities is that they are too crowded, noisy and rundown. This wasn't true for HI DC at all! The kitchen is absolutely stunning and free breakfast are a good value for money. The only weak point is very little space for your things in the rooms. The lockers are quite big,... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Stayed at the Hilltop Hostel in Washington in October 2008 during a round the world trip. The hostel was very quirky, with lots of colour. Staff were friendly. Loved the basement! Met some new people and hung out with them playing pool here. Great location, just up the road from the metro train station. Lovely chinese takeaway, alcohol store and... More

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Sheffield, UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

As hostels with shared rooms go, this is one of the best I've stayed in. Location is a little to be desired, however, as it is right next to the metro station you can get pretty much anywhere without too much trouble. Locally to the hostel there are a few conveniences however there are also some areas I wouldn't want... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I went to the hilltop hostel 2 years ago and i really liked this place. Of course it wasen't the most beautiful place but for the price it was perfect! The staff was very friendly and there were nice people to talk from everywhere!

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Address: 300 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20012 (Formerly India House Too)
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Hilltop Hostel is a lovely privately owned Victorian house built in 1891 with lots of charm and character listed on the Washington D.C. register of historic buildings. We have 2 private rooms that can sleep up to 3 people. Our hostel is conveniently located across the street from the Red Line Takoma Station of the Metro system, which also happens to be 1 of the major bus hubs in DC. There is no where you can't get to from here, including Maryland and Virginia. Downtown just a short 10 minute ride on metro, with quick access to numerous tourist spots. Across the street is a lovely park great for a picnic or just laying on blanket and reading a book on a nice day with a 7-11 store next to it for 24 hr convenience that also happens to be a sub police station for a very safe suburban setting. The neighborhood has lots of unique shops, with a CVS and Post Office just blocks away for your shopping convenience. There are also many eateries from different cultures and several neighborhood pubs that serve food also for your enjoyment and relaxation. If you prefer to cook your own food in our kitchen, a grocery store is located just a short walk from the hostel. Need to do some research? Feel free to visit the library 2 blocks away for those of you that are here for internships or need to study. We have a fully stocked kitchen with all appliances, seasonings, and cookware. Our kitchen is open 24 hrs for your use. There is a public computer for those of you without laptops free to use and free wifi that works in dorm rooms and outside. A guest phone is also available for free local and long distance calls and also accepts incoming calls. Our hostel supplies linens and towels at no extra cost. Free lockers are also available, although you will need to provide your own lock. Locks are also available for purchase in our office. For your entertainment we have a TV room w/satellite service including HBO and dozens of other channels. There are plenty of games and books available for a rainy day and poker table and chips for anyone wanting to get a poker game started. Our basement provides the perfect party atmosphere with a pool table, foosball and electronic bowling game; as well as couches and satellite television for your enjoyment. Our lovely back yard is complete with horse shoe pits, deck, table and chairs, couches and a hammock where you can feel free to socialize, party or just relax. There is also a propane grill for those of you who like to barbeque. We are very well known for our popular back yard parties and cookouts and lovely gardens, as well as our holiday parties. Guests are welcome to drink alcohol. For those who prefer the great outdoors, there is space for to set up your own small tent where you can sleep under the stars in our private backyard. Guests must be 18 or older, and we have no curfew nor lock out Sorry, we do not allow guests from the DC area. We have special rates for people that would like to stay long term (month or more). The common area and dorms are smoke free, however we do allow smoking in the basement and outside. There are laundry facilities conveniently located next 3pm til midnight. We accept cash or travelers cheques only, although you will need credit card to secure reservation. Office hours are 9am til midnight. We cannot check you in if you arrive outside of these hours unless arrangements are made in advance as we understand that times there are delays with transportation or late flight arrivals Cancellations are required to be given before 24 hrs of arrival date. We provide free maps of downtown sites to help you with finding your way around the area. There is an ATM across the street at 7-11 and another 2 blocks away. Convenient parking is available one block away $7 per 24 hours. We offer group rates for parties of 15 people or more. Our friendly helpful staff live on premises. Occasional cookouts and a party for some holidays!!! We have no curfew nor lock out. No one under the age of 18 allowed without previous consent and knowledge. No locals are allowed. This hostel is for people traveling only. We look forward to seeing you at what we hope can be your home away from home! ... more   less 
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