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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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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy with our stay. We only stayed 1 night but the amenities were good. No aircon if you are staying in summer. The front desk was great gave us a tip for dinner which was awesome. Breakfast in the morning was also good. The noise from outside was loud all night and it's not in the "best"... More 

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for staying with us! I'm so glad that you took us up on the recommendation for dinner. There are a lot of excellent restaurants in this area. While we do not have air conditioning in the building, we do have personal fans on the wall next to each bunk and larger portable fans available at the front... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When reading other poor reviews, I wondered what these travellers expected for their money, especially if they were going solo. I thought this basic hostel was excellent value because it was spotless, had excellent public transport links and the reception staff were helpful, despite being very busy. Some mornings and afternoons there was even someone in the dining room simply... More 

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

Many thanks for your insights and observations. Our hostel is clean, safe and basic. It's location and access to public transport is second to none. Step off your plane, step on to light rail, get off at our Chinatown station and a mere 40 steps to the hostel. The same tracks take you uptown in minutes. Again, thanks for taking... More 

Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the american hotel operated by hosteling International Seattle next to the intl district tunnel station where you can catch the light rail to/ from Sea -Tac Airport .. Also The Bolt Bus to Vancouver B.c 3 times daily short walk from Greyhound & amtrak stations .. Century link & safeco field is also a short walk ..... More 

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great descriptions of the hostel and the local area. We are indeed, very close to a main transportation hub in the city, about a twenty minute walk from downtown and 15 minute walk to the stadiums. We've got shared common areas, including the bathrooms throughout the hostel and if you are a member of... More 

Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked here in a private three bed room (one bunk bed, double on the bottom). We stayed here because seattle hotel prices are outrageous in the summer. Our choice was a bestwestern for 400, or this hostel for 120.00. Our room was tiny, and jail-cell like. Really no space for three people to get ready to do anything in.... More 

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

Thank you for your interesting review. Prices and availability are an issue in Seattle summers. We appreciate your patronage and hope you continue to consider hostels in the future. Travel safe. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was probably my worst experience i have ever had. Seriously their entire staff was ignorant and clueless. Seemed as of everyone was untrained and didn't know anything. They cancelled our payment, and locked the door and placed a note. Then double charged my roommate. In The morning there was never enough food everyone, even during their breakfast hours.

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

I read your review with concern. Feel free to contact one of our management staff personally to discuss your stay with us in detail. I hope your future travels are trouble free. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for a cheap alternative to hotels while I was in Seattle for an academic conference. I had a private room, which was comfortable and clean. The location was excellent, not far from the light rail station and other public transportation. The bathrooms were reasonably clean, as far as hostel bathrooms go. The rest of the facilities were... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We appreciate you choosing HI Seattle. More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I had a very comfortable stay at this hostel, great amenities such as communal kitchen, clean bathrooms and great internet throughout. Also the continental breakfast was a good bonus. Slightly slow, but friendly and accommodating staff.

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us and reviewing us on Trip Advisor! I'm so glad to know that you had a great stay, made use of our amenities and enjoyed the breakfast! Travel safe and come back to visit us soon!--Regards, Lydia,AGM More 

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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We after two nights at the hostel, we went for a private room which if you had rose tinted glasses whilst squinting could be mistaken for a hotel room. The room was en suite and for the price we paid especially considering hotel prices it was a total bargain. The downside, is unfortunately the local area, a lot of very... More 

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Hi There! Sometimes a splurge on a private room is exactly what you need! I'm happy that we were able to accommodate you. I'm so sorry about our neighbors and the noisy traffic at night. The neighborhood has some lively characters and we do have a large homeless population in the city. In terms of location, we are in the... More 

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

We stayed here for one night. The reception staff were reasonable, and the hostel has a reasonable kitchen and lounge room. But our room (on the 1st floor) was small, the bed not very comfortable, and there was a lot of noise from the street (trucks, not people) for a lot of the night. The shared bathroom was reasonable. We... More 

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

Many thanks for your thoughtful review. Travel safe. More 

Queensland, Australia
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this hostel to be a really enjoyable relaxing place to stay in Seattle. Within walking distance of a lot of interesting places. The staff are really cool and helpful. It's clean, safe and good value for money. Give it a go.

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

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. Travel safe. More 

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