i stayed ehre about a year ago and have been meaning to write a review based on my experiences. i was there for 4 nights. when i first walked in it was to say the least, interesting. really great atmosphere, located right next to tacoma subway station. the neighbourhood itself felt safe, but obviously i wouldnt be walking around at 3 in the morning. the person who gave me my key was very friendly. yes the house does stink of cigarettes. that is a major flaw, but not a deal breaker. i had a private room, and found the house to be quiet when i wanted to sleep. although, the bed did feel very very dirty. there was an odd smell the first night, but i was so tired i didnt bother to place it. the next morning i realised it was my blanket! i dont know who was using it before, but it clearly wasnt washed, and from the smell, maybe it never had been. anyhow, i complained to the manager, and he apologised and washed a new set for me and brought it to me by the next night. he seemed emberassed. these are really my only 2 complaints. i felt safe in the house, and knew someone had been thrown out in the middle of the night before for sexually harassing a female traveler. i met lots of people from around the world. the hostel literally has a house vibe. it seperates itself from other hostels ive stayed in. you can sit and watch tv with some of the other travelers in the living room, play cards in the kitchen, or hang out on the hammock in the backyard. there is also a basement with lockers, graffiti everywhere, a foosball table, and couches.there is a communal kitchen, anda fridge thats shared. i bought groceries across the street, and labeled them, and put them in the fridge. no one took anything from me. i loved the communal vibe this place has, and i wouldnt be scared off by a few bad (ok, awful) reviews. yes, it is dirty, but there were no bed bugs. i thought it was a decent place.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilltop Hotel Washington Dc