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Duo Housing
1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Berlin, Germany
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“Fairly good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I had a pleasant and enjoyable stay at this small-ish hostel. The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere was pretty good. The rooms are pretty basic but adequate. The hostel has a no shoes policy and a lot of rules (I would consider most of them reasonable), which you have to agree to before you can stay there. There are free pancakes for breakfast every morning and a small kitchen which you can use to make other meals. The location is pretty good too; a long-ish walk from downtown but there are a couple of metro stations nearby.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 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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  • 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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Porto, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The staff were really friendly and helpful. The free pancakes for breakfast were great as was the free rooftop BBQ on Sundays. Its about a 20min walk down to centre.

About 30min walk to Adams Morgan - for a young traveller this is a funky / interesting place to visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sundsvall, Sweden
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I spent three nights at Duo Housing with my friends in late January 2014.

It was a little bit tricky to find at first but we made it eventually. It is located just next to a small supermarket and further down on the block you can find a liquor store. If that store has closed there's another one on M street if you turn left.

The staff were friendly and social. The pancakes in the morning was well appreciated, although I wish they had proper maple syrup instead of just ordinary syrup.

The kitchen was small and the frying pans and so on were a bit run down and there were handles missing and so on. It was still good enough to cook with and I fried a lot of eggs there and even fried some chicken and cooked rice one evening.

The social areas were really nice and we met some really nice people at the hostel. I would recommend though that the "dining room" next to the kitchen should be cleaned a bit more often as there were cereal and other crunchy stuff on the floor quite often.

The wifi worked quite ok. It was really slow or not working at all some times but most of the time it worked well.

The rooms were not very spacious and there was little space to put a suitcase, especially if you had a bed in the corner like I did. I had to lift my suitcase and place it on top of the security lockers. The lockers were spacious and sturdy.

The showers and toilets were nice and clean, nothing to complain about there.

Dog allergics, be aware. There's a dog in the hostel, but he stays on the ground floor and is not dangerous or overly social.

The temperature in the hostel was in general good. The dorms and toilets were very warm one morning though. The ground floor could be a little chilly but I rarely went there except for when passing through to go out.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back of the hostel. My room was next to the street and you could hear cars and...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
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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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