I'd like to first off say that after reading a lot of the reviews of this hostel, i feel the need to say that yes, this is not the Ritz Carlton. It isn't even a Days Inn motel. It is a dirt cheap hostel in the centre of DC, where you can bed down for less than $30 a night and be in the centre of the city within minutes of leaving the front door. Is it the same quality as a reputable Hostelling International hostel- no. Is it basic? Most definately. But is it in a great location? Absolutely.
The rooms are small, in need of some TLC and filled with old school style cast iron bunk beds. The beds aren't the comfiest in the world but they arent uncomfortable. There aren't lockers in the rooms but there are half a dozen in the small communal area. There is wifi and a computer available in said communal area which takes coins only. The kitchen area is scruffy but will serve you well if all you want in the morning is a cup of tea and a slice of toast. The sheets are clean and at no point do they do they pretend to provide towels and a deluxe service for you; frankly, from a hostel at this price, that should not be a suprise. The bathrooms do leave a lot to be desired but they provide clean hot water and locks on the doors- the essentials. Run by students for students, the hostel's staff are willing to help you find your way, providing directions and information in the communal area in countless languages regarding sights, public transportation, bars and other services nearby.
Located in the bustling AdamsMorgan, this hostel is ideal for those looking to party a few nights in the city on their travels. The hostel itself is located above a strip of busy bars and clubs and is therefore loud on weekends and so earplugs are a great idea. If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter, then opting for accommodation elsewhere in somewhere other than party central is a wise move.
If you like things spotless, quiet and professional, pay more and go elsewhere.
If you are happy to overlook the fact that this place is in need of a lot of tlc in order to gain a bed in this prime central location for a tiny price, then you'll be just fine!
Don't be naive about what you are getting for your money!
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