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“Good people, good price, good location” 4 of 5 stars
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Duo Housing
1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good people, good price, good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I travelled with a group of 8 people (Kiwi, Brits, and Americans) in August 2013. Upon arrival we were greeted by the welcoming receptionist and their dog Popeye- both were very friendly! The only downside to the dog being there is that there is no mention of him on their website (as reviewers have stated before). I personally had no problem with it, but I can see why others would find that frustrating- especially if you are allergic to dogs and have pre-booked your accommodation. The receptionist was also really helpful when we wanted to go to a ball game- she even let us use her computer and printer even though she technically wasn't allowed to! The whole concept of taking your shoes off upon arrival, although smelly, is a good idea as the carpets were all clean and tidy.
We were lucky enough to all be allocated in the same room, as we were staying at a relatively quiet time. The overall vibe of the place is very homey and welcoming. It is definitely not as flash as other hostels I have stayed in, but for the price you pay it's worth it.
We all loved our stay here- the beds and bedding were clean, the hostel itself was clean and tidy and the services they did provide (the pancake breakfast and Sunday BBQ) were a good way to meet others staying there at the time. Free wifi was also available, and the showers were always hot and clean. The rooftop terrace was a bit rundown, but as we had just come from a rustic Summer camp we were totally fine with the facilities not being as flash as they could have been.

Overall if you're not a fussy traveller and you're looking for a nice place to stay in DC with friendly staff, clean basic facilities, close access to the city centre and cheap prices I would definitely recommend staying here- I will be returning if I am ever back in DC for sure!

Room Tip: Our room was an upstairs room and was clean and tidy, so I would request it again if I returned. If...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I stayed in a hotel for three days avoiding this hostel thanks to the reviews I read, but then I took the risk and realized that I should have just stayed in this hostel the whole time I was in DC. To find a hostel with clean, hot showers with towels provided is a miracle find. Most hostels never have hot water and usually have a 30 second timed shower that you have to keep pushing the button to restart. If you are an American who has never stayed in a hostel before, then you should be aware that most American hostels are not nearly as nice as this one. Then again, it's not a hotel. If you are the type of person who can drop a sandwich on your own kitchen floor and pick it up and eat it, this is the place for you. If that idea disgusts you, you will probably bankrupt yourself staying in five star hotels because you can't handle anything that doesn't suit standards at par with those of the Virgin Mary herself. If you are from Europe, Asia or anywhere else for that matter, this is the cleanest hostel you will find in DC, NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles.

For any hostel, you should pack ear plugs and an eye mask. People check in late and unzip their bags early in the mornings. There is a common area with cable tv, internet, as well as a kitchen where you can cook, drink beer, and hang out. I'm sure many will complain about the list of rules you have to read, but considering how many different people from around the world stay here, it makes sense that they have to explain TO EVERYONE a few specific rules. DC has people from all over the world living there and driving cars for the first time, for instance, which makes driving in the city horrible. So with such diverse clientele staying here, it's necessary they explain rules to everyone. People from Mexico City, for example, don't flush their toilet paper. The put it in their garbage can. In America, you ONLY flush toilet paper. Don't fault the hostel for pointing this out. It saves them repairs when someone would be tempted to flush their Depends.

The staff are friendly, and I think most complaints about the neighborhood originate from critics who are afraid of black people. Get over it. It's not a black neighborhood. There are just lots of blacks in DC. Slaves settled in DC after the Civil War and made their livings there. Most blacks in DC make more money than most of the people who stay at this hostel ever will, so throw away your American stereotypes of the inner-city black man and walk around like you belong there too. They don't bite. They don't even think about you.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pereira
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
61 helpful votes 61 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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 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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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 24 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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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