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“Good place to stay if you're on a budget” 4 of 5 stars
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DC Lofty
815 7th Street NE, Washington DC, DC DC 20001 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good place to stay if you're on a budget”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed here for a few days with a friend. It's a nice place with two houses next door to each other you do have to walk outside to get from one to the other but it's not a big hassle. The staff are really friendly and helpful. There is also a kitchen but no oven but there is everything else. There are free computers to use which are good but the wifi isn't great, it was hard to get connected and in our room we couldn't get wifi very often! The location is good, easy access to the metro and buses and not far from main attractions! Had a great stay here, met people from around the world and it was easy to socialise in areas such as the living room which has a flat screen TV with Netflix and outdoor porch areas! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a cheap sociable place on DC!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Nadika
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Dracut
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

The rooms were great. Reasonably priced, clean, spacious. Each bed has its own outlet and light, along with the room light. There's a bathroom with a shower in the rooms, and the overall setup made sense.

They have this weird policy where you have to wear these slippers instead of your shoes inside, but you can wear those outside... Can't say I really understand that.

And the guy that greeted us was either useless, completely stoned, or both. He told us the hostel was a spot on the map entirely apart from where it actually was, told us the wrong parking spot, and didn't even know the address of the place when I said it to him.

The place itself was great though. Very reasonable price, too.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jackie K
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Good location. About 20minutes walk to the Smithsonian, or the Washington Mall.

Hostel has stairs. Not good for carrying luggage.

No shoe policy, but they do provide slippers.

I stayed in a 4 bed female dorm with ensuite. Big room. Comfy beds. Each bunk equipped with reading light and power points. Big locker. Good bathroom. Showers abit cold. Floor length mirror would have been a bonus.

3 public computers, Free! Free WIFI.

TV room with couches and a good kitchen. Nicely decorated. Felt homey.

Greatly priced. I was very happy with the DC Lofty.

Will happily return

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank rapariga_madeirense
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Odense, Denmark
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This hostel is by far the best I've ever stayed at. The cleanliness is magnificent, even in the kitchen and the bathrooms. We were staying in an 8-bed mixed dorm in the basement at street level which was cool, but not great. The temperature was good, the beds great and there was enough space for suitcases without the room being really crowded.
The staff is really chill - friendly, helpful and easy to talk to. There were a little issues with the doors, but nothing major. Only thing I would have liked would be maybe a shower and a toilet more by our room, but it works out fine if you are not in a hurry.
Location is about a 20 minute walk from the Smithsonian, and the neighborhood is great.
All in all, this was the perfect place to stay when experiencing DC.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Hanne W
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Delray Beach
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I would not recommend anyone to stay at the DC Lofty Hostel because 1) there were BEDBUGS in the bed I was sleeping on (I did not notice this until the morning I was packing to leave to go home when I found 2 bedbugs on the bed), 2) the hostel is not located in a safe area in DC, 3) the showers ran out of warm water quickly leaving me to take cold showers, 4) the bunk beds are uncomfortable to sleep in, if the person above you moves up/down the ladder or on the top bed then the entire bed shakes, 5) the location is about a 10 minute walk from the Metro Rail station (this wouldn't be an issue if the neighborhood was safer), 6) the room was too warm in temperature despite having the air on, 7) the halls and steps are really narrow so pack lightly if you dare to stay there

Room Tip: Do not stay there at all, but if you must, avoid room 6, that's where the bedbugs are at
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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2 Thank SavvyTraveller85
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were staying here once in a Deluxe Double Bed Private Ensuite.
Wow....that room is something)))))) nice design, very cozy, huge window..
It was our last minute change of plans to stay overnight in DC and we found this place available! We were so happy we changed our plans. Had a very nice rest after long traveling.. It was so homy that we almost forgot that it's a hoStel!
Amazing staff! Always smiling, joking, friendly, cheerful..
No-shoes policy keeps the place very clean and neat. We also got our DC-Lofty sleepers ))) that was a nice addition to our stay :)
In the room we had a cool dresser, TV, fireplace...bathroom with mood lighting..))) just like another honey-moon haha :)
It's not too far from China Town, main attractions, Union Station (best by taxi - 7-10 min ride).
Very peaceful residential area in the city center!
Great great great!
We'll definitely stay there again and recommend it to everyone (:

Room Tip: Great location. The Private Ensuite is perfect for couples!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Anastasia G
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Munich, Germany
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Location seems to be bit shabby, but neighborhood is really friendly.
Metro station is really close, walk like 6-7 minutes and need not to fear the people there!
Rooms were really large, hadn't expected this with the low prices!

Small negatives: toilet not the cleanest in the world (broken seat), shower need a really long time to heat (if at all) and the front door seems like it was broken several times (a sign reads, it will be repaired).

Overall I'd definitely recommend it and would stay there again!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank AhlerKlambes
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Address: 815 7th Street NE, Washington DC, DC DC 20001
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Logan Circle/ Shaw
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #7 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
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Number of rooms: 12
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