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Charleston's NotSo Hostel

156 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Inexplicably this is the only hostel in Charleston but it does the job admirably, with clean rooms, good amounts of public space and a decent location 20 mins walk from downtown. It is also right round the corner from the excellent sunset bistro which provides a top brunch every day. Someone should really set up another hostel in the city... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I just returned from a trip to Charleston and a stay at this hostel. Unfortunately, we were throughly disappointed in our experience and particularly in the customer service. We booked our stay at this hostel and, as we planned to arrive before 5pm, we called the night before, as the website advised. In fact, we ended up... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiancé and I love coming to charleston but hate how expensive hotels can be right in downtown so we tried the hostel. We weren't sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised with the helpful staff and comfortable private room. The lady who checked us in, I think her name is Bailey, was extremely helpful when we needed dinner... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cheapest option I could find as a lone traveller in Charleston. A good location, around 15 minutes walk to the thoroughfare of King Street. The room itself was fine, the bed had an uncomfortable thick plastic mattress cover but the room temperature was comfortable and there was enough storage space. The kitchen area was good though there was a... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently stayed at the hostel to check out the town to see if I wanted to move to Charleston. Turns out I do! I loved my stay so much because it felt like an authentic experience. I stayed at the Cannon street location which was super convenient to get to all the main attractions in Charleston. The house was... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had such an enjoyable time at the NotSo Hostel. I stayed at the Cannon Street location and was really excited to be so close to great restaurants. The map of popular local spots in the lobby provided helpful tips, and the accommodations provided all that I needed for my weekend stay. The AC in the place was awesome to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had high hopes for this hostel after reading the reviews online but was sorely disappointed. I stayed here two nights in a private room which was passable but for my third night I stayed in the Cyprus female dorm. Upon entry to this room there was a foul smell of urine and I found dirty underwear under the bed.... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I am glad you enjoyed your stay in the private room, I apologize you didn't enjoy your stay in the dorm. The issue we run into at times is that there are several people staying in the dorm, so when we clean the rooms between guests, there are still other guests staying in the... More 

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I had a wonderful stay at NotSo! It has such a "homey" feeling and definitely set the bar high for other hostels I will stay at in the future. Also, met some awesome people while staying (even when we did stay in the male dorms as females -- haha!). The hostel is about a 20-30 minute walk from downtown Charleston.... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, felt welcome and at home and met other travelers along the way- that's really what it's all about! We hope you host you again on your next trip into town:) More 

Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We travel to Charleston often and were looking for somewhere affordable to stay. We found it. While we never actually met anyone that worked at the hostel during our one night stay (we came late and left early), the email communication was very thorough. We even received an email reminding us of the cancellation deadline. When we called to let... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We have since fixed the towel bar in the bathroom (we called maintenance right away) and have a new cleaner that is doing an excellent job. We also created a parking board to track if our late arrivals will be needing a spot, we'll let them know before they arrive to ease the parking situation.... More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

15-20 minute walk into downtown All the usual amenities, clean & comfortable Staff were friendly and pretty helpful The area itself is nice, lots of cool houses and scenery around Charleston is amazing!

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll join us again soon. More 

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