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“The worst experience of my life, COCKROACHES INCLUDED IN YOUR ROOM PRICE” 1 of 5 stars
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The Allen Lee
2224 F St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)   |  
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Ranked #123 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
1 review
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“The worst experience of my life, COCKROACHES INCLUDED IN YOUR ROOM PRICE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

When we booked this, we knew it was cheap, but this shouldn't be allowed operate as a hotel( haha yea right, more like a dirty bed in a dirty room) ....we arrived to a sticky door handle, and I knew it was going to go downhill. The receptionist literally could not give a toss about us or anything practically threw a key at us.
We went down an elevator that looked 80 years old. Opened the door of our 'room' . We ordered a triple. There were three beds squeezed into it. No space for suitcases, could barely open the bathroom door, which, well let's just say, if you can wash your hair before you arrive to do your trip, it's probably a good idea. Sat on my bed enough time to read one email and already spotted a huge cockroach, an earwig and a few more creepy crawlers. I understand this is cheap, but there is cheap and then there is VILE! NEVER EVER STAY HERE!!!! EVER!!!!!! You have been warned!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Some of the other reviews here say they paid $20. Well, for that price, I'd stay almost anywhere. And, if you're down with staying at a hostel, at least they give you a private room, which is a definite step up from most hostels.

But, as a hotel, this place fails, hard. It's pretty clean, I guess, but I fell hard for the deceptions presented in the website. I guess when people say that "historic building" is code for "falling apart old structure," I should listen. My naive reading of the website gave me the impression it was going to be some kind of quaint red-brick B&B sort of place, but miraculously at a much more affordable price. Instead, I get a full-on, no doubt about it, youth hostel. The website says they've repainted the walls and recarpeted the floors - whoop-de-doo. The place still looks, and feels, in sore need of being torn down altogether and replaced with a newer, shinier, sleeker, nicer building.

They fail to mention that the wi-fi is only available in the lobby, that the rooms don't have private bath/shower or toilet, that no shampoo or soap or amenities of that sort are provided at all... I know $65 is pretty cheap as hotels go, but I paid that last week for a stupid corporate-chain airport hotel, and got a proper hotel experience - wifi in the room, private bath/shower with all the tiny bottles and other basic hotel amenities, a spotlessly clean room, a huge, super comfy hotel bed... I am checking out of the Allen Lee as soon as I can, and going somewhere else.

Room Tip: Don't book here. Avoid the Allen Lee at all costs.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Caracas, Venezuela
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

When I arrived they made me to pay more money that the amount that Hostel-world said in my booking. The service at the desk was not friendly at all. The WIFI signal was no strong enough to reach my room, so I had to go to the reception area to get into Internet. I can live with that but turns out that at midnight they made me leave the reception area due to some simple excuse! There were small cockroaches in my room as well as hairs in the towels. The bed´s sheets had a awful old yellow color. The only good thing? Location was wonderful. I´m afraid even that don´t save this place.

Room Tip: Get a room in the lowers floors so you can have WIFI signal
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I have mixed feelings about reviewing this place because it served it's purpose for me- it was by far the cheapest 'hostel' in DC... BY FAR. I was on a tight budget and couldn't pay close to 40 bucks a night for the other hostel in the city. I was a bit puzzled that it was listed as a hostel because it is clearly a hotel but I confirmed with them that it is and I rocked up at 8 at night in a slightly sketchy area with nothing more than a Subway stop and a Subway restaurant nearby and found the place. It is a dump to be honest- I won't skirt around that but nonetheless I was going to pay less than 20 bucks a night in one of the dearest cities in America and I didn't expect much so I didn't care.

The room was...hmmm, adequate apart from the 4 beds cramped into a fairly small place and the window which had an ill-fitted air conditioner and so had a huge gap letting the crisp -7 degree air in. It had a bed, cleanish sheets, extra blankets, WIFI and even a TV. Not bad really once I'd stuffed up the leaky window with a spare blanked before I died of hypothermia in the night! The shower and bathroom was fine with free soaps and shampoo. Housekeeping came round every morning without fail. Next morning- breakfast time and a surprisingly decent spread of all-you-can-eat bagels, toast, muffins, jam, nutella, honey, coffee, tea, juice and fruit (a luxury in hostels). Couldn't complain at all for the price.

The staff- not the best but they did move me to another room with no fuss when another guest in the dorm was being very abusive and unpleasant. The wifi was hopeless at times but good at others. They had computers you could use in the lobby.

Overall it is ok for the price if you don't care too much for luxury and just want a cheap place to stay in DC right next to the Lincoln Memorial. I stayed for 9 nights and it was fine- can't complain for 20 bucks a night. I wouldn't recommend paying any more than that though to be honest!

Plus points- price, excellent location, breakfast, hotel luxuries for a hostel price

Negatives- I would have caught hypothermia without the blanket, rooms are VERY basic, it isn't really a hostel but whatever..., if I'd paid 40 bucks a night I'd feel very ripped off.

Room Tip: The dorm with bunk beds is MUCH better than the one with single beds and leaky window.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bishop, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Tough place to review... it's really kind of a dive, but finding a low price hotel in this great location makes it somewhat special. The bed was comfortable, carpet was worn through, there was plenty of dirt on top of trim etc. The room layout was cramped, but interesting. The front desk people were very nice. They gave me a room that could have slept 3 people, but there's no way 3 people could function in there. It's fine if you appreciate price and don't care about anything else. I probably won't stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Not filthy, but not very clean. Millions of ants. Freezing room because window had a gap in it. Bed was old and broken. I was too scared to look at the bed closely to see how clean it was. Breakfast was fine, and I loved the Costco peanut butter. This place is just kinda gross. I didn't look forward to coming back here at night. Convenient neighborhood and very nice staff.

Room Tip: Try to get an ensuite bathroom if you can.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is in a very good zone: 3 blocks from the metro station and walking distance from the white house. However the rooms are really small, ugly and crumbling, nothing to do with the pictures they have on the website. They' also offer a breakfast: only bread and butter.. At least is clean. In my opinion the price is too high for what it offers (don't get me wrong is cheap but not for what it offers).
Btw no service at all.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2224 F St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
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