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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed two night's over the 4th of July long weekend. I've stayed in many hostels both good and bad and this one was just average. It's an old building with large dorms. I stayed in an 8 person dorm, however on July 4th there was a 9th person crammed into a cot on the floor. This seemed odd to... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The fourth of July is one of our busiest weekends of the year, sometimes there is a party of two that doesn't want to separated and so they opt for a cot. We apologize if that detracted from your experience staying in a dorm, we will review it and see about changing our policy about... More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited by myself; unfortunately I had missed my flight so arrived late - unsure of what the usual checking in process but I was sent a code to get in the back and they had left me a key. I had a slight panic as the door I fist tried to get into wasn't the door I was supposed... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We don't have signs pointing to the back door for security reasons but it's in your email and we confirm it over the phone. But I understand it's difficult after a long day of travel! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you'll come and visit us again soon. More 

newcastle
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This hostel was cheap and within walking distance to the attractions in Charleston, or you can catch a trolley nearby. It was easy to meet other travellers here. Breakfast was provided: toast, fruit, tea and coffee. Check in is between 5-10pm and I arrived at 2pm so there was a note left for me with instructions - I never actually... More 

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

Thank you for your review. As I have mentioned in several past reviews, there is staff that live on site at both locations. Your early arrival packet has phone numbers (and a free phone in the lobby to use) and your receipt lists the after hours number, so you did receive the information;) There was nothing we could do about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I stayed here two nights, very cozy and the staff was fantastic! Lots of Jack Kerouac travelers from all over the world. The place is very clean and elegant. Close to the heart of downtown Charleston. Thank you and hope to stay again here soon!

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

Thank you so much for your review! We find that most of our guests love the hostel but are rarely the ones that review us online, so we very much appreciate it. We hope you'll come and visit us again soon! More 

Limerick, Ireland
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Like I said, if you're VERY stuck for affordable charleston accommodation, then stay here. Otherwise, look elsewhere. My friend & I had prebooked for 2 nights here as we were on a budget. Our first time in America, had travelled from Ireland, first time renting a car here, had a somewhat traumatic drive from Atlanta that resulted in us having... More 

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

Ah yes, I remember you two! You rented a car from Atlanta, got tired on the way to Charleston and stayed in a hotel in Georgia. Then you were upset that we didn't refund you for the night that you didn't show. We are a small hostel and were holding the room for you and turning other guests away that... More 

Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My husband and I are both in our early thirties. We decided to book the private Austria room at the main location after realizing that our price range would not permit us to stay at a hotel in Charleston. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Beds were decently comfortable, AC kept room cool even though it was not adjustable, bathrooms were... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we were glad to be able to host you two. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and that you'll come and visit us again soon. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We were staying in town for a friend's wedding, and given that most SC hotels are more than $150 a night, this was the best option, financially speaking. But boy, if we were looking for a place that accommodated pre-wedding primping, we were sorely mistaken. 2 power outages while we were there meant unreliably hot (or even working) showers. On... More 

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

Thank you for your review! The staff is always accessible by phone should you need anything during your stay as stated in your confirmation and pre-check in emails as well as on your receipt. As you can see from our reviews, backpackers and hostelers love our hostel for all the right reasons, one of them may not necessarily be that... More 

Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We stayed at the Notso Hostel over the weekend for a quick weekend getaway. We stayed in the public dorms and had a great time. If you're looking for a 5 star hotel you are looking in the wrong place. The Notso Hostel is an alternative place to stay while traveling. Reservations were easy to make. They were quick and... More 

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

Who hoo!! Thank you for your review! You are the exact type of traveler that understands hostels and what they can offer in addition to clean and simple accommodations- community! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and very grateful for your review, please come and visit us again soon! More 

Turku, Finland
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I stayed at the NotSo Hostel for five nights at end of April/beginning of May and found my stay pleasant. It is cosy, cabin-like. Loved to be in the building in the backyard, the confederate jasmin covering the front porch, and the porch area with a swing and a table. Sat out there on several evenings and just exhaled and... More 

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

Thank you for your review! During the morning shift the staff has a cell phone on them at all times if they are not at the desk. The staff is most likely cleaning rooms, doing laundry, or helping guests in the middle house or in the back renting bikes. We have a large framed sign on our desk stating that... More 

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