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“This place is TERRIBLE” 1 of 5 stars
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Hilltop Hostel
300 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20012 (Formerly India House Too)   |  
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“This place is TERRIBLE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Worst hostel by far in all of the DC area. It's dirty the beds are complete cheapo and the staff is not friendly or helpful. The manager that walked around and smoked while ashing on the floor and was a miserable grandma looking woman.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Florianopolis, SC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Was the wost.hostel that i had stay. I hated it! Dirty, ugly... You should to look for another place!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012 via mobile

Place smelled like an ashtray (as noted above), staff is rude and unprofessional and the rooms are trashy. Spend a little more money and go to the Hostelling International or The Gallery Inn.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

If you miss your frat house, this is the hostel for you! 4 am: in the women's dorm: a drunk guy walks in and pees in the wastepaperbasket right in front of my face while I'm in my bunk bed. I should have left the night before with the other two women who demanded their money back because of the all night screaming party. If you hanker after all of this plus a long wait for a filthy bathroom, then this hostel is for you!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011 via mobile

We decided to give this place the benefit of the doubt based purely on price, after all, having just come from eastern Europe, how bad could be? Right?
This place has no redeeming features, it is old, dirty, has zero security (nothing but air between the street and your belongings) and I'm pretty sure that the bulk of the tenants are permanent, like it's some sort of halfway house.
So my advice for the budget conscious, sleep at the bus station/ under a railway bridge and leave your stuff in the lockers there during the day. You'll be just as comfortable and smell no worse. Everyone else should spend the money on a hotel and be glad you trusted your better judgement, as I wish we had

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

Stayed here for 1 night for sightseeing before heading back to NYC on Bolt Bus.
The Hotel is conveniently located near Takoma station and 7 Eleven.
Arrived in the afternoon and quickly found the building after previously searching for it on google streetview.
Arrived in the building after a couple left and allowed me in, normally the door has to be locked at all times.
There was an old guy with glasses and long hair on the computer and a small room with music playing where that he occupies, (funny character). He later accepted my reservation, told me not to allow people into the building (have to ring the bell) and showed me to the room.
The beds were covered in plastic, and was told not to remove them due to sterile purposes. I was hopefull that the room would remain unoccupied, but on my return after sighteeing there was an old canadian who was very freindly and chatty.
The house is very big, airey and many staircases leading to different bathrooms and to the kitchen. It is place where many have visited, and I decided to leave a postcard on the wall and pin on my home location.

Me and the candadian had a talk about where he is from, background, world travels, and I exchanged mine and had a few opinions about washington dc, europe and royalty. Overall I was enjoying the conversation and he invited me to join him at an restaurant down the road which I declined.
I later took advantage of the free Wifi and planned my trip back to NYC and another new Hostel, my little samsung netwbook was important for the trip to NY and DC.
7 Eleven was a litle noisey during the evening (many people standing outside), so I later walked there for a hotdog deal. I later retuned to find that my canadian freind had brought back a desert for me to eat.
The bathrooms are located in seveal locations, I chose the one at the very top rear of the building, the water temperature was ideal and I managed to source some soap.

I returned quickly to my room (security conscious due to the open door) and fell asleep, only to be woken up by a group of german (frankfurt) lads who had returned from Miami. Thankfully they exited afterwards for a drink, only to return at a more inconveniant time.
I had my sleep and woke up in reponse to my alarm 6am, went downstairs to borrow some coffee, had a drink and joined a soldier or cadet who was watching some news.

I quickly left with all my stuff (none of it stolen or lost) and made my way to takoma staion, only to find it was closed. A free bus ride into washington DC allowed to walk to union street.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

I stayed here for one week and it wasn't really my choice. This is an aweful, aweful place to stay especially if you're on business and need to sleep or if you value clean, smoke-free, insect-free and rodent-free environments. The reviewer who said this is more like Helltop Hostel nailed it and I second that.

-When you first walk in, you realize the entire place smells like an ash tray. This is because people are allowed to smoke on the first floor but you can smell it everywhere.

-I cannot count the amount of insects alive and dead that I have seen here including beetles, roaches and I saw a mouse run across the kitchen counter. The kitchen itself smells like mold.

-It's noisy constantly; I think they really pride themselves in never shutting off the music. When you just want to sleep, this is really annoying.

-The staff for the most part are very unprofessional and do not go out of their way to help you one bit. In fact, they have no problem inconveniencing you as they see fit.

-Security is a big concern. It is fairly easy for anyone to walk right in here and I wouldn't trust most of the people who choose to stay here. If I am not stolen from at the end of my stay, I will consider myself lucky.

-The location is alright since it's minutes away from the Red Line; however, there aren't many places besides a 7-11 to eat nearby.

- I have lived in Third World countries in rural areas with no running water and electricity and I was actually more comfortable in those conditions than here. I could sleep and the air was clean.

If you like yourself and it's up to you, pay a few extra dollars to find a nice place and DO NOT GO HERE! Give yourself a decent night's sleep and avoid second-hand smoke rather than stay in this loud, dirty, smelly, insect and rodent-infested dump.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hilltop Hostel

Address: 300 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20012 (Formerly India House Too)
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 23 Specialty lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hilltop Hostel is a lovely privately owned Victorian house built in 1891 with lots of charm and character listed on the Washington D.C. register of historic buildings. We have 2 private rooms that can sleep up to 3 people. Our hostel is conveniently located across the street from the Red Line Takoma Station of the Metro system, which also happens to be 1 of the major bus hubs in DC. There is no where you can't get to from here, including Maryland and Virginia. Downtown just a short 10 minute ride on metro, with quick access to numerous tourist spots. Across the street is a lovely park great for a picnic or just laying on blanket and reading a book on a nice day with a 7-11 store next to it for 24 hr convenience that also happens to be a sub police station for a very safe suburban setting. The neighborhood has lots of unique shops, with a CVS and Post Office just blocks away for your shopping convenience. There are also many eateries from different cultures and several neighborhood pubs that serve food also for your enjoyment and relaxation. If you prefer to cook your own food in our kitchen, a grocery store is located just a short walk from the hostel. Need to do some research? Feel free to visit the library 2 blocks away for those of you that are here for internships or need to study. We have a fully stocked kitchen with all appliances, seasonings, and cookware. Our kitchen is open 24 hrs for your use. There is a public computer for those of you without laptops free to use and free wifi that works in dorm rooms and outside. A guest phone is also available for free local and long distance calls and also accepts incoming calls. Our hostel supplies linens and towels at no extra cost. Free lockers are also available, although you will need to provide your own lock. Locks are also available for purchase in our office. For your entertainment we have a TV room w/satellite service including HBO and dozens of other channels. There are plenty of games and books available for a rainy day and poker table and chips for anyone wanting to get a poker game started. Our basement provides the perfect party atmosphere with a pool table, foosball and electronic bowling game; as well as couches and satellite television for your enjoyment. Our lovely back yard is complete with horse shoe pits, deck, table and chairs, couches and a hammock where you can feel free to socialize, party or just relax. There is also a propane grill for those of you who like to barbeque. We are very well known for our popular back yard parties and cookouts and lovely gardens, as well as our holiday parties. Guests are welcome to drink alcohol. For those who prefer the great outdoors, there is space for to set up your own small tent where you can sleep under the stars in our private backyard. Guests must be 18 or older, and we have no curfew nor lock out Sorry, we do not allow guests from the DC area. We have special rates for people that would like to stay long term (month or more). The common area and dorms are smoke free, however we do allow smoking in the basement and outside. There are laundry facilities conveniently located next 3pm til midnight. We accept cash or travelers cheques only, although you will need credit card to secure reservation. Office hours are 9am til midnight. We cannot check you in if you arrive outside of these hours unless arrangements are made in advance as we understand that times there are delays with transportation or late flight arrivals Cancellations are required to be given before 24 hrs of arrival date. We provide free maps of downtown sites to help you with finding your way around the area. There is an ATM across the street at 7-11 and another 2 blocks away. Convenient parking is available one block away $7 per 24 hours. We offer group rates for parties of 15 people or more. Our friendly helpful staff live on premises. Occasional cookouts and a party for some holidays!!! We have no curfew nor lock out. No one under the age of 18 allowed without previous consent and knowledge. No locals are allowed. This hostel is for people traveling only. We look forward to seeing you at what we hope can be your home away from home! ... more   less 
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