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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel

520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel) (Downtown)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This is a nice hostel. It's clean and secure. You need a key to get into the actual hallways where the rooms are. There was nothing wrong with the room or the bathrooms. The place was spacious as were the kitchen, laundry, and hangout areas. I appreciated the large facilities. I stood just outside the door to this place on... More

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

Thanks so much for your detailed observations of the hostel and city. We are very proud of our neighborhood and it's citizens. Getting around Seattle couldn't be easier. Travel safe and come back soon. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I only stayed the 1 night here, & wouldn't stay again. This was my 2nd visit to Seattle & first time I stayed at the Green Tortoise, which I would recommend. However, the greeting I received at this hostel was not inviting. There was no tour, all the information I required was dragged outta the girl at the front desk.... More

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

Thank you for your detailed observations. Travel Safe. More

valtellin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Located Very close to the city center, friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast included and free coffee and tea available all day long. Big and very clean kitchen. Nice and clean rooms and common areas.

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

Thank you so much for the kind comments, More

Preston, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This hostel looked really great online. However, when we arrived, things started to fall apart. They wanted to charge us extra money than what our booking statement said was to be paid upon arrival. $200 extra dollars to be exact. There is free wifi in the building, but it cuts out every five minutes and then goes missing. The free... More

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

Thanks for your comments and opinions. To clarify pricing, we don't charge "extra money" for bookings. Travelers often overlook taxes when using common booking engines. Unless the guest changes their mind and decides to upgrade, our prices on-line are correct with the exception of local taxes. There are no hidden charges. Cheers and travel safe. More

Dennis, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I spent five nights in a four-bed room (#219). My back will take a long time to recover. Rooms facing the street are best for early risers as the blinds don't really block the sun. Overall the hostel is clean, bright, and well-run. There is plenty of cooking space and utensils, the large Asian market/food court is a block away.King... More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed observations. Travel safe. More

Perth, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This hostel wasn't bad, but it was nothing to rave about. The hostel itself was very clean, and the bathrooms were nice. The kitchen was large and breakfast is exactly what you would expect from a hostel. The location isn't the best, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to main attractions such as Pike Market. It is located in... More

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

Thank you for your kind observations. I must point out we are located one half block from the metro bus tunnels so, getting anywhere downtown including main attractions is simple and quick. Many guest prefer to walk as they take in the beautiful northwest scenery. Cheers and travel safe. More

Carson, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I had a terrific stay for the 8th time over there at the American Hotel in Seattle. In fact, I made it just in time to help celebrate the New Year of 2014, and I even went to two different places: The Museum of History and Industry and the Seattle Art Museum, thanks to First Thursday. I really enjoyed it,... More

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

Thanks so much for the kind comments. Travel safe. More

Prince Rupert, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

It was my first time in Seattle and the HI Seattle was the perfect place to stay! It can be easily reached with public transport (Airport line is just 5 minutes down the road from the hostel) and is located in Chinatown so you have a number of great restaurants and a fantastic Japanese book store just minutes away. Staff... More

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

Thanks so much for your kind comments. We hope to see you again! More

Juneau, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My son and I have stayed in the double rooms (bunkbed + sink & small table) once a year for the past 4 years. Always welcoming, helpful desk, clean quiet rooms, lots of hot water, great free breakfast (fruits, toast & bagels, coffee, juice), little fans for each bed in the summer, warm enough in winter, many windowed dining hall... More

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

Thanks so much for your kind comments. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon. Travel safe. More

Western Ireland, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Stayed here back in September 2013. We booked in (couple) and stayed in two separate rooms - that was fine. Rooms were small with 4 bunkbeds. My room was fine but my girlfriend's room was like a sauna. Rooms were clean, sheets were clean. No problems there. Towels available from front desk. Plenty of showers and toilets on each floor.... More

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

Thanks very much for your detailed review. Although we are not exactly in the center of the city, we are only a short bus ride or leisurly walk to city center. We do observe many travelers using lap tops, ipads or phones to stay in touch with family or the internet. So, your suggestions may be timely. Stay safe as... More

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Additional Information about Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel

Address: 520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel)
Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Downtown , International District
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty lodging in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostelling International Seattle, Seattle’s premier hostel, which is conveniently located at the historic American Hotel in the International District of downtown Seattle.Renovated in 2009, Bicycle rentals, Common rooms, Computers (to check e-mail and the web, print boarding passes, etc.),Credit cards accepted,Discounts to Seattle attractions,Grocery store (one-block away), kitchen (self-serve), laundry, & library/game room. ... more   less 
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