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Hostelling International - Washington, DC
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1009 11th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My stay at the hostel was ok. It was neither outstandingly good nor bad. The shared dorm I stayed in was very small and there seemed to be an issue with the air con (or possibly a guest who kept turning it off in the night) The kitchen was large and clean so was nice to cook in. The breakfast was also good. All in all I would say that my experience was very average, I have no overwhelming good or bad feelings about the hostel and yes I would stay again but I would consider a smaller or private room after the air conditioner issues/

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
bowsera: I'm sorry we didn't light your fire with a great experience. We really want to be an integral part of a great stay. Not sure what the issue was with the climate control, but we do check them weekly during our room inspection. I will be sure to have the Maintenance Team to do a thorough check, in case something was wrong with the unit. Thanks for sharing! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 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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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Not enough plug sockets in my dorm room, but everything is kept very clean, the rooms are spacious & there are plenty of social areas. Also a great choice of items for the free breakfast & a couple of well-stocked vending machines for when you get peckish.

In a great location close to a metro station & easy to get to all the main sights. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Irnnnn: Short, concise...and accurate! Thanks! Oh, about the outlets in the dorm rooms. We are in the process of installing bed lamps for each bed, and each lamp has two (2) plugs. That should help! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Stayed for five days in October with my sister in ten bed female room. It was our first time to stay in a hostel, rooms were clean, safe area, great location and friendly helpful staff. Breakfast was great, plenty of choice and John was terrific, ensuring everyone got to know each over over breakfast. Plenty of organised trips and tours. Highly recommended for all

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
tbyrne87: I'm so happy HI-DC could host you for your first hostelling experience! And it's fantastic that you and your sister had such a positive experience. John, at breakfast, truly is a remarkable person. Please think of us when you come back to DC, and try other HI hostels where ever you travel. Thanks for the note! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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49 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Stay here two nights in the private room on the eight floor.Staff were great and really helpful.Can walk to all the main tourist attractions.The staff help me get my phone fixed up T mobible.Breakfast was great and John? was a great way to start the day off.Loved this place,thanks

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
krugerandmore: It's so nice to read that HI-DC helped you to have a great start to your trip! We get loads of wonderful comments about John, who deserves every single one of them. Thanks for passing along your happy vibes! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

this hostel is in quite good condition. The rooms are good, a little cramped- but what hostel isn't like that. The complimentary breakfasts in the mornings are great, and a great way to meet people. The "common room" is the only area that gets wifi so people tend to sit there on their laptops and phones, not really talking to others which is a bit of a shame. Great location though, not a bad walk to all the main monuments.

Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
woodsyo: Most of the descriptions you posted are lovely. Thanks for those! Too bad about the title ("not bad"). We strive to be so much better than that.

I'm sorry that the Wi-Fi situation isn't what you would have wanted. We've heard from other hostels that have Wi-Fi in the rooms that there is a challenge between those who want to sleep and those who want to use their computers.

We thought that encouraging hostellers with laptops to use them in the common spaces would do two (2) things. First, it would help to create an environment more conducive to sleep in the rooms. Second, it would bring everyone down to the Common Room and encourage more face-to-face interaction. We're still evaluating that, and we'll keep your comments in mind. ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I was very tiered from travelling the hole day when i arrived at the hostel and just pick a locker. Unfortunally i took the wrong one/wrong number and the hostel broke there inside. For me there can be no sorry to fix that in no way, cause its my only privacy/privat space and they ignored that totally !!! I got my staff back but thats not how u handle such things, there are much other lockers and a little bit more flexibility and communication could help. Thanks for broking in my locker/privacy. Just for sleeping the hostel is really ok.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Clemens26: I'm so sorry that we had to cut your lock. We do try to locate the person who used the wrong one before cutting, but it looks like we couldn't find you. Happily, all of your belongings were returned to you.

You are absolutely right about the locker being the one place for privacy and security in a shared room. That's why it's so important that people use their assigned locker (and sleep in the assigned bed). With people coming and going on different days, it's the only way to ensure that everyone has their own space for security (and for sleeping). Otherwise, no one would know what's theirs.

I'm very sorry that this affected your impression of the hostel and your experience. If only there were a better way to keep this from happening. We have locker / bed numbers on each locker / bed, and we ensure that we tell everyone their number at check-in. It's also on the Access Receipt and Sign-In Sheet everyone receives at check-in. ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Lincolnshire, U.K
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24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Although it might be better to use the Metro where possible, this hostel is in good proximity to the monuments. The place itself had a great information area and social lounge, and the rooms were very basic. I wasn't a fan of the curtain-only communal showers, but it wasn't a big problem. I'd recommend a stay here. I met a few good friends who would say the same thing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
George K: Thanks for the nice note and comments! It's so nice to read that you made new friends here. That's why we do what we do.

Good news on the shower area: We're adding changing areas for 2 out of the 3 showers in each bathroom (we'd do all of them, but there just isn't room). One caveat is that the changing areas will have curtains, as well. At least you'll have a separate changing area, though! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Address: 1009 11th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - Washington, DC 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HI-DC is the best value in DC! Our dorm-style and private rooms bring together international and domestic budget travelers in a safe, clean, and fun environment. We have a long list of FREE amenities and an unbeatable location - just 8 blocks to The White House and The National Mall (home to world-famous monuments, museums, and galleries), 4 blocks to China Town, and 3 blocks to the Metro. We're Gold Level Certified by Sustainable Travel International's STEP ("green") program, too! ... more   less 
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