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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel

520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel)
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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Overall we enjoyed our stay here. The room was at my usual expectations and standards for a Hi-hostel property. Simple and clean and exactly what you need. We stayed in a private room shared bathroom. Great amount of space for our luggage, it can sleep three and would very comfortably. The location is really really close to the trains which... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My sister and I stayed here during July 2014 and it was fine for the few nights we stayed there on different occasions. Stayed just after getting off the plane, was an easy place to get to form the airport using the light rail system, and only a block from the China Town station. It was also very good when... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
56 hotel reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The conditions are right for a "very good" review: next to a Light Rail station connecting the airport and downtown and with BoltBus terminal, very near downtown and stadiums, in Chinatown, relative safe neighborhood, helpful staff, clean facilities. But the breakfast was unusually meager: coffee, instant porridge, bananas, orange slices, sliced bread and bagels. No milk, no juices, no cereals... More 

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Los Angeles
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11 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I can't believe my bad fortune in booking this place. Who'd have thought it possible to pay over $100/night for a "private room" ANYWHERE and not get an ensuite bathroom? And their web site took your deposit and swore that the full price was $89? And that you have to "ask" for towels at check in (they are not in... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Dear guest. Thanks for the honest review and observations. Like many guests worldwide, you were shocked at the lodging tax in a big city. The majority of booking sites do no list tax when they give you totals. If you look carefully at the small print, you will notice a comment, "local taxes will be applied". So, my apology for... More 

Spokane, Washington
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12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Some people may not like this place, if they haven't stayed at hostels before. Really it was just an European hostel in an American city. We had a private room, it was clean and the bed wasn't too bad. The room did get warm, and the window opened to a roof and I didn't feel comfortable keeping it open at... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind comments. We appreciate your patronage. Cheers! More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The hostel is about a 30 minute walk from most attractions. The rooms and facilities were very clean and the people on reception were very helpful and friendly. I think more organised events would help travellers to meet others more easily and would make the hostel fun. Considering the location and amenities I would say that the hostel is a... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind comments and observations. We appreciate it! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

minor issues but it's a suggestion maybe putting automatic air freshener spray on the wall in each room.. in my room during the 3 nights it smelled bad.. one guy left and went to another hostel in the city because of the smell..it wasn't due to property upkeep and it wasn't due to poor housekeeping.. it was a person in... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments and keen observations. Before spending your personal money, you need only bring this issue to our attention. We would gladly move you to another room. The hostel elevator is quite small but we are happy to grant you access if you need to move heavy luggage. Thanks again for posting. More 

Arroyo Grande, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I was on a train journey. This Hostel is within pull-your-suitcase distance for this senior citizen. Backpacking days are over. the staff was welcoming and helpful. I left my suitcase in the lower lobby and walked up stairs to the desk. Staff helped me get the roller into the elevator for check-in, then it was a breeze up to my... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind comments and thoughtful review. We hope to see you again. Travel safe. More 

Carson, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I had yet another terrific stay for the 10th time over there at the American Hotel in Seattle. In fact, I made it just in time to help celebrate the New Year of 2015, and I even went to two different places: The Seattle Art Museum, thanks to First Thursday, and then on the next day, I went to the... More 

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks again for your positive review and kind comments. Travel safe! More 

Porto Alegre, RS
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

First time staying at a hostel, we slept in a triple room with shared bathroom. We made the reservation through booking and there was something wrong with it but the manager managed to get us the room we booked so it was fine! The girls at the front desk were really nice and helped us get around the city!

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Larry L, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind comments. More 

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