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“5 Star Location! 2 Star hostel...” 2 of 5 stars
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Washington International Student Center
2451 18th Street N.W., Washington DC, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“5 Star Location! 2 Star hostel...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Located in Adams Morgan, a really nice and lively area of Washington, which is why we chose this hostel. Surrounded by bars and restaurants...and a club...but I'll get back to that.
Stayed here for 2 nights in October with my boyfriend, in a private room, shared bathroom. The bedroom was large, and the bed ok, but the curtain to the window was shorn in half (quite literally), and there was dust and dirt all over the window sill. The bathroom next door to the room was actually relatively clean.
You must pay in cash upon arrival, and put down deposits for your room keys (which you aren't told about when booking through hostelworld), however the owner of the hostel was really friendly.
The hostel is not your average hostel, it is very small, and seems almost like someones run down home...and there were always boys on the sofas (someone has mentioned this in a review below), which doesn't sound odd, but is a little disconcerting.
We could have taken all this in our stride and enjoyed the hostel for what it was (real cheap in a great area) if it hadn't been for the fact our room was above a nightclub. It was the LOUDEST room I have ever attempted to sleep in. We actually laughed the first night when we came back to our room at 11pm, as it was so loud we may as well have been in the club ourselves. We had to leave and go to a bar till 2am, when it stopped, and then 3am the next night, just to avoid the noise.....not great!
Over all, this hostel could be brilliant as it is in such a nice location and the owner seems nice. But it was dishevelled, dirty, uncared for, and above a club (I guess double glazing could help this).
Don't stay here if you want sleep! Perfect for party goers.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The location was great, an easy bus ride or walk from the main attractions of Washington and the street itself has got loads of great restaurants and bars.

The hostel mentions that it has free parking, which is a bit misleading - they have one pass to a nearby carpark, which is available on a first come first serve basis, and if that has already been given out you will have to pay.

The guy who checked us in was not the most welcoming, and did insist in being paid in cash, which we were not told about when we booked. We paid him and he gave us change from a huge stack of notes, but when we asked him about 5 minutes later to change a $5 to $1 he said he had no change on him. Petty but fairly indicative of the attitude of the staff.

We stayed in a 6 bed mixed dorm, which appeared at first glance to be reasonably clean, but the next door bathroom had a completely full bin and was generally dirty, as was the kitchen. When we checked out we took our sheets off and saw a used condom under the bed so not too sure when the room was last properly cleaned.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Obviously the location..is amazing!! The owners are chill and not uptight. I loved being able to step outside and be surrounded by great diners (you can find any type of cuisine you want) some vintage shops and super fun bars. I slept great and the bathrooms and bedrooms were adequate. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great location - right in the heart of Adams Morgan area but a dirty little hostel - no-one did any washing or tidying whist I was there and the kitchen remained untouched for a week.

Forget the breakfast - do you want to scrape peanut butter out of a litre jar that's had god knows how many hands in it over the preceding two months and spread it over some limp bread that's been left overnight on the window sill? Not me!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

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!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The hostel is in a nice street fool of pubs and restaurants, but it's on second floor of one of these, so on week-ends the music under is very loud and stops late in the night. The living room is nice, there is free web connection or a payment pc location; who works at the reception are students, usually they change every day.
The bed rooms are little and not vey cleaned, the beds are not so confortable.
The kitchen is the worst part, not cleaned and not equipped, especially for breakfast.
In the end, the price is good, if you're an alone tourist or student without great requests ok, otherwise is better that you choose another hostel..

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012 via mobile

All of the other reviews are correct. The guy at the desk (the guy with long hair), calls Asian people chinks, black people te n-word, and freaks out everytime someone rings the doorbell. Oh, and he talks a lot about fornication. Really inappropriate. Rooms are filthy and people steal...there are no lockers in the rooms. Stay away!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2451 18th Street N.W., Washington DC, DC 20009
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Adams Morgan , Upper Northwest
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