The location is great. It's in a safe area, nearish the White House, and just a few blocks from prominent hotels like the Sheraton. It's also near bus and coach stops, and a Metro station too.
I stayed in a 10 person mixed dorm with a couple of friends. We would have preferred a private room, but this hostel books out quite fast so we had no choice. But it's a decent room. The beds are fairly comfortable (my friends complained it was too cold, despite the two blankets given, but I thought it was alright). It's a large room with lots of space for people to put their suitcases. Also, there are large individual lockers spacious enough to put a piece of wheeled cabin luggage in, with room to spare for handbags and laptop bags (bring your own lock though! They don't rent/sell them at front desk). There are also power points in the room at each bed, which was very convenient.
The shower stalls and toilets are a good size, and very clean. They provide a hairdryer, which I was quite pleased about. In the shower stalls they provide a small surface to put your toiletries on, and a combined soap/shampoo dispenser. Though some might be concerned that the shower stalls don't have actual cubicle doors that lock, it's just a shower curtain.
Aside from that, security is quite good. Guests swipe electronic key-cards to gain access to any floors other than the ground floor, and of course to the individual rooms.
Free wifi in the lobby and dining area was a plus (computers available for use in the lobby, at a dollar or two, I think). The breakfast is decent, they offer toast, bagels, muffins and a variety of cereal.
The lift is rather slow, so sometimes it makes more sense to walk down. But it is an ok size, it can fit 3 people + luggage. The luggage lockers in the basement have an impressive centralised locking system that has to be seen to be believed; a little pricey though at USD4 for 24 hours (assuming you even use all of the 24 hours, which we didn't).
Sadly we didn't come at the right time to enjoy the free tours (which apparently includes a performance at the Kennedy Centre) and the free food nights (I believe it was free pizza and free tacos; sign-ups required). They looked good though, from the posters.
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facelessentity: Thank you for taking the time to tell us so many details about your experience! It certainly sounds like you enjoyed much that we have to offer. For your next visit, please do book ahead to get the type of room you want, and plan to stay longer to be able and to take advantage of our FREE tours and dinners. From the early Spring, all the way through the Summer, and into early Autumn, it's best to reserve your bed(s) as far in advance as possible. Our 4-bed dorms and our private rooms are quite popular often sell out more than a week in advance, sometimes several weeks out.
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A quick few points for clarification:
* We do offer locks for sale. I'm sorry if we ran out while you were here. I'll check to make sure we are well stocked.
* Yes, you are correct. The computers are only $3/hour -- less than any hotel or Internet Cafe in the city.
* In addition to the breakfast items you listed, we also offer fruit cocktail, milk, orange juice, coffee, tea, and toppings for the bagels and toast (cream cheese, jam, and butter). And it's all-you-want, so there's no reason to start the day hungry!
~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC
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