I booked a stay here last Sept. I called a month in advance to make sure I could stay there even though I am not a college student, that I would be in a female only dorm and also to make sure itnwas OK to check in around midnight since I had a late arrival coming come the west coast. I was assured it was fine on all accounts and was told where to find the manager when I arrived. I would never have known where to find him w/o that instruction since there is no check in desk. When I arrived he acted li,e he knew nothing about my reservation, short stay, lack of student status, late arrival etc. I offered to call hostelling international to see if they had an open bed but he said no, they'd work something out. I ended up in a coed dorm which wasn't the end of the world, but still, not what I booked. The manager was a nice enough guy, just not very organized and made me feel like he was doing me a favor by letting me stay there whenI had called ahead and even offered to go to a different hostel at midnight after travelling all day.
The room had way too many beds for the size, no windows and as far as I know no second egress. It was in the basement and did have a bathroom en suite which was nice given it wa scoed and I wasn't prepared to get dressed in mixed company. There were not enough outlets to go around, so I recommend bring an extention cord. The outlet closest to me was on an extention cord under the bed and I was on the top bunk. Beds did not have individual fans, or lights and the room had no lockers or place to store your things. It wa sfalse advertisement im regard to them saying they have everything a traveller needs.
They were on a good bus line with regards to getting to the Smithsonian museums. It took around 30 min but you didn't need to transfer which was nice. The busses that stop near there run quite often and the drivers were friendly and helpful. The hostel itself wasn't especially close to any restaurants or stores as far as I could tell, but to be fair I was only there 3 days and spent them at museums.
This experience turned me off of staying at any hostel that isn't affiliated with hostelling i ternational. It wasn't a great expetience and i would not stay there again.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelBookers and HostelWorld so you can book your Diplomatic Stay reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.