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Duo Housing
1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Pereira
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A disappointing experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Stayed here for three nights. Noise coming from the third floor made it difficult to sleep at night. My last night was terrible: I was awoken by the receptionist who was standing in the middle of the room assigning beds to three people. This would have been OK with me if it hadn't been at 2:46AM! YES! People were checking in almost at 3 in the morning. That was extremely disrespectful and the first time that happened to me at a hostel. I couldn't get any sleep after that. The only good things about this place were the bathrooms' cleanliness and the pancakes that Nick kindly prepared for us in the morning. Oh, you need to know that you are required to take your bed sheets and pillow and comforter covers when you check out. This is rather uncomfortable when you are checking out early in the morning and can't turn on the lights or make any noise...

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Is Ok for a couple of nights, they require to remove your shoes so be prepare to smell feet. The shower head is strong and the hot water work very good make sure to bring some sleepers the shower area is not very clean. Is difficult to sleep before midnight due to people talking loud and snoring. The location is very good bus stop almost in front and the metro station is 4 blocks from DUO housing, also you have a supermarket and restaurants almost next door. You will love the house dog!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hostel is something a little different!

I quite liked having to leave my shoes by the front door in the p[orch. I couldn't detect a smell of anyones bad fee or shoes and it also kept the hostel clean. It was a mare finding your shoes in the morning though unless you can remember where you left them.
The common area is great! Whilst on our stay in October we watched the tv with a few americans, a canadian, 2 kiwis amongst others. You are allowed to drink up to a certain time ( i think its 12) and if you interact with people as they walk in then they are more likely to sit and chat.

The rooms arent that great and the beds a little squeaky. The pillows arent anything great but i simply put a sweatshirt next/under my pillow and that helped a lot. The bathrooms are easy to get to and clean with plenty of room to move about in. The kitchen on the top floor is small but you could make a meal no problem with ample storage in the fridge and cupboards. The terrace is great especially with the free bbq on a sunday night where there is usually more food than anyone can stomach! The shop next door is ideal even if it smells funky and the staff are a great help!

Location was fine for us as we were all 22 but some may take transport and theres plenty to do in the city!

Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Eat at Il Rinconcito, it's a block down next to a cleaners. The food is amazing and also if you...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Didn't enjoy staying here at all, the dorm i was in was treated like a hall way as the door didn't lock and everyone had to go through our room in order to get to the only available bathroom.
It was very noisy at night so i didn't get much sleep at all.
Not a bad location, quite close to many points of interest

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jaen, Spain
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23 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Before writing my review I'd like to reply to a comment I saw here.

1ºTaking your shoes off makes the hostel be clean, specially during winter. Shoes are placed in the entrance, in some shelves, organised, not in the middle or something.

2º The bathroom is not inside any room, is near reception and is big enough so 3 people can shower at the same time (and another one for another 3 women)

3º They charged the amount in my card when I arrived.

Now my review, objective:

Amazing staff, very good location, close to white house, bus stop and metro. Also Liquour store and supermarket near. We loved the free pancakes every morning. we could not enjoy the free barbaque on Sunday but Im sure it should be excellent too. The BBQ is in a nice wooden terrace on the top. No views but nice to chill and drink something (drink allowed until 10pm)

Feel as home in a very familiar hostel, with nice common areas with TV or computer, good WiFi, nice bathroom and confortable beds. Definately the place to stay if you are in Washington, best value for your money. Thank you all!! Sorry for the frame :P

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Buy some fresh fruit to spice up the free pancakes offered each morning.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

SO MANY BAD POINTS!! Where to start? On arrival, we were urged to take our shoes off in the reception area where all shoes were kept, it stunk!! we enter the hostel and there is a DOG! My friend is allergic to dogs, there was no mention of a dog staying on any site before booking! We stayed in the basement room, no natural light, poor ventilation. Beds were extremely uncomfortable, mattress very hard, covers were stained (urine,vomit,blood!!!) and pillow was too thin to make a difference. Ceilings were covered in rot and damp, top bunks far too close to ceiling. My other friend had an asthma attack in the night, and all 3 of us woke up feeling short of breath, and very ill. I have no doubts that this was due to the room.

-towels were donated hole ridden old towels.
-linen was dirty and stained
-bathroom was dirty
-no privacy, one toilet, glass doors on showers.
-not enough lockers to accommodate everyone in the room
-not proper lockers -old filing cabinet drawer used
-staff seemed more interesting in gossiping and flirting than they did cleaning.
-roof top terrace is run down, chairs are broken.
-kitchen too small to keep your own food, or cook in there.
-no juice allowed in the fridge.
-whole place is run down!!!!

Anyone who says this place is clean, has a very low standard of cleanliness!! Definitely NOT for people who like comfort, cleanliness or security. Much better places in DC, which we then stayed at and were finally happy again. I would NOT return to this place, not even for one night!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 23 Specialty lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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