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“Good for Sightseeing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hostelling International - Washington, DC

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Hostelling International - Washington, DC
1009 11th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Good for Sightseeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Older building, and shows its age in the rooms and bathrooms. Despite this its in a great location for exploring Washington, and most places are a walkable distance with some comfortable shoes. I was in a 10bed dorm, which was well structured to make you feel like it was less; but I was initially placed in a odd bunk bed which was tiny and super tall - making it difficult to fit/climb up to. Staff were happy to swap me to another bed since they were empty which was kind of them. Central heating was a bit too hot for my liking on one night, then too cold the next - just another difficulty with old buildings I guess!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, February 18, 2014
little_chunkyJ: True, our building is old, but it's chock full o' love! :-)

Thanks for the notes and tips to our readers. Our location is truly a benefit, keeping almost all of the major DC sites within walking distance. And our team is the best around. OK, I'm completely biased on that one...

We do have a few remaining bunk beds that are the smaller, wooden variety -- maybe about 4 in total. Those should be switched out very soon. Just waiting on the delivery. Climate control has been very tricky over the past few weeks, with outside temperatures yo-yoing between the single digits and the 40s F. Thanks for being patient with that, and it looks like the wild barometer swings should be done for this winter season.

Thanks for visiting with us! ~ 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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Perth, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stayed at this hostel in a four person shared room. There were two of us and we were there two days during February 2014. The location of this hostel is perfect and within walking distance to all the attractions around town. It may take a bit longer to walk to the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building as they are further away than the White House etc, but it will save you money, especially if you're on a tight budget. This hostel has free wifi, however it only works on the first and second levels, this is one of the only issues with this hostel. We were on the 6th floor, and the bathrooms were shared, which is nothing different to any other hostel I have stayed in. However the showers didn't have doors, instead just a curtain. It has free breakfast which is good and the staff were friendly and accommodating. The TV room is good and is sort of a cinema style set up. I would stay here again if I was travelling back to DC.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Nathan D: Thank you for the review and telling our readers about so many of our amenities. My only addition is that we expect to have Wi-Fi throughout the building by the end of the month. It was supposed to be done by the end of January, but there is some sort of issue with the firewall. All of that should be sorted very soon. It's a long way to us from Perth, but we definitely do home that you return to us the next time come back stateside! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights with a friend in a 10 bed dorm. It felt like it was a 4 bed dorm as very spacious and walls separated our bunks from other parts of the room. We walked most places including the monuments and the white house. I'd recommend getting a train/bus card for $10 though as the Capitol building and the Smithsonian is a bit further. Decent Chinese place delivers when it's cold so that's good too- just be prepared to wait for an hour or so. Would definitely return!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Julia K: Yes, we just added those "privacy walls" to the rest of our 10-bed dorms; previously, only a few had them. Glad you liked! It was unusually cold when you stayed, so I'm sure LOTS of people were ordering take-out. My guess is that's the reason for the long wait time. I've ordered from most of the delivery places, and it's usually here in 30 to 45 minutes. Thanks for the review! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stayed here for three nights from 18-21 December. It's quite a neatly run hostel, with adequate facilities including a kitchen, free breakfast and Wi-Fi. I stayed in a 10-bed room which wasn't as crowded as it sounds - fellow travellers were equally friendly and amenable. The place was within walking distance from the Metro and even other nearby attractions like the Chinatown area and the National Portrait Gallery. Staying here is worth the money!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
timothyseanfang: Thank's for the shout-out! Yes, we do try to keep the dorms comfy and un-cramped -- especially the 10-bed dorms. Sounds like you enjoyed several of our free amenities, and our great location. Come back soon! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights in Dec 2013 - we had a private room as did our two teenage sons. The hostel is very well located near public transport and has a good vibe with friendly staff. The kitchen facilities are excellent. The over heated rooms were the only slight downside but an open window helped!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Explorer640: Thank you for your uplifting review! We're so glad you and your family were able to enjoy our city and hostelling, together. What a wonderful introduction to travel and the community of travelers for your sons. Sorry about the heat, though. Getting that just right is a bit tricky with our centralized system, but it sounds like you figured it out just fine. :-) Come back soon! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

but check it! good location. I went to look for a room but they didn't have any instead the receptionist gave me a list of all hostel around and called to ask for an available room for me and my friend, so the service is very good!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Ana W: Glad the HI-DC team was able to help you to find a place to stay. For your next visit to DC, please book ahead...with us! W know you'll like it here even more when you do. See you then! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I was here for just one night and really hope I could stay more! The people at front desk are so nice! And it is really nearby to the important landmarks of Washington, D.C.! In just a one hour walk I got to the White House, took some pictures and came back to the hostel!

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Mark-GM, General Manager at Hostelling International - Washington, DC, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Fmanzaneque: Woot! Woot! Nice to hear about your fun visit and that you got to know some of our amazing team members. And you are so efficient! So much to see and so little time. Guess that means you need to come back to us. Come back, any time! ~ 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 , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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