This is a very comfortable hostel - I commented to the staff that it felt like I was coming home each night after a day of sightseeing. It just doesn't feel like a hostel, and that's one of the best compliments I can give it.
Duo Housing is a minimalistic hostel. There are not a lot of amenities, but it gets the job done. For example, no blow-dryers, and if you want to do laundry, you're going to need to travel to the very expensive but nearby laundromat to do a load. The hostel has a common area on the first floor for TV watching, and two decks - one downstairs for smokers, and one on the roof for socializing and hostel events. However, space is definitely limited - it feels intimate, but it can also feel crowded.
Location is not great - it's a good walk to The Mall, but just close enough that you don't want to take transportation. Neighbourhood is on the shady side - you can definitely notice the level of poverty. The hostel is just about right beside a liquor store; perhaps a positive for some, but I definitely noticed some unwelcome visitors on account of the proximity.
Staff are friendly, they pretty much treat you like family. Hostel-led events are almost non-existent, but they do offer free food. There is a free pancake breakfast each morning, though plain pancakes do get tiresome quickly - I suggest bringing some of your own fresh fruit or other toppings to spice things up. The hostel also offers a free bbq dinner each Sunday, and there will be tons of free food and alcohol, so try to include a Sunday night with your stay.
The hostel is a great value at just over $20, you really can't beat the price. However, the rooms do leave a little to be desired. Outlets are not very convenient, but the wifi is good. The pillow I received had almost no stuffing - I had to have it exchanged, so don't expect a lot from the beddings.
Overall, I can't speak for other Washington, DC options, but Duo Housing is a good choice for those on a tight budget. It won't do much more than provide the absolute basics, but it works.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All brand new!! New bathrooms! New media room! Cleanest rooms in dc! (Thanks to our "no shoes in house" and "no food in bedrooms" policies! ) Check out what makes Duo Housing THE #1 Choice for travellers! We provide the MOST FREE Amenities of any Hostel in DC! Duo Housing is just MINUTES away from nightlife, tourist attractions, and shopping! Less than 2 blocks to the Metro Rail! Come see why everyone LOVES Duo Housing DC! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duo Housing Hotel Washington Dc