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“Amazing Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charleston's NotSo Hostel

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Charleston's NotSo Hostel
156 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403   |  
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

What a great hostel, good location and great having Kitchens attached to the dorms.

The people and the atmosphere make this place so so good, Nicole who runs it is soo sweet and helpful. Meeting people is always a great part of Hostels and people like Lance, Wade and Nicole will stay in my memories. Also 2 minutes walk to the Hominy grill where I enjoyed the best shrimp and grits ever!!!
Prepare yourself for rubber mattresses and strange chack in times but mostly for a great stay in a cracking Hostel, USA needs to follow this example.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, Virginia
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Great to find a hostel like this in the States. Very relaxed, front door is only open for check in from 5p to 10p, you'll get access codes for the back doors. Home style kitchens and bathrooms (not cramped institutional washrooms), lots of chairs for lounging around the porches and balconies, southern style. Building is old, plank floors and walls that let in all the sounds, but I didn't find it a problem. Quiet hours are enforced after 10pm. Hole-in-the-wall beer bar a couple doors down was enjoyed by all.

Room Tip: Internet works best in the main building. I was in the back building and it was ok for checking emai...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

To those of you that travel to Charleston, be it a native or a foreigner I would highly recommend checking in at on of the two NotSo Hostels. I spent time in both and the set up was meant to mimic that of a family/ group of friends home. And this is exactly what my psyche fell into by the end of my three nights there. The people taking care of the hostels scatter small but effective details within the walls of the hostels - such as a info on all the relevant happenings during the week like gigs, the weather, places to eat etc. The two staff members there (they will know) looked out for me. I'll be back someday. Cats and Unicorns. Andrew

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blacksburg, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

the hostel is a great option for those not wanting to spend oodles on lodging within walking distance of Marian Square or outside of the central area. I organized a college student trip to study public urban open space and this location allowed all to walk, bike or take a trolley throughout the peninsula. The place is spread across three traditional Charleston houses, offers kitchen facilities, and a bagel breakfast. The walls are thin so you may have to ask other guests (or remind yourself) of the nightly quiet time.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hollywood, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

First and foremost, these bad reviews are just ridiculous. I stayed at the Annex location and Nicole, the employee there, was really sweet, beyond attentive and she made great travel/sight-seeing recommendations. Her little dog, Saatchi, is adorable and lights up the room. She's very well-behaved!

I stayed in the Monet Room, and it was very clean and comfortable. The bathrooms and common area (living room/kitchen) are also kept very clean. It has a very home-y feel to it.

I would recommend NotSo Hostel to anyone visiting the Charleston area... especially for the price!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are a little noisier, but hey, I didn't mind!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Most disappointed with our time here!!! the area was not great, & gave the impression that it was not a safe place to be, made worse when leaving our taxi driver seen his mother on Spring street and phoned her to question why she was on the street and told her to take care and be careful..... made worse by the fact that this was 8am!!!!!!

the beds were the worst we slept in throughout our 8week trip, they had rubber mattress's so every move created noise!! And the rooms had no temperature control, our first night it was far too warm, & the following 2 were far too cold with only a light blanket and sheet for cover.

The owner was also not the most friendly person, tried to ask questions about the area etc but she was not interested, and most unhelpful with our enquiries!! made it hard to enjoy the trip & stay!! Also during our time here while sitting in the office/common area the owner discussed personal issues and some of those staying, not necessarily in a bad way but was very unprofessional & rude!!!

Also as there is nobody staying on the property at night those coming in from bars/pubs could be very loud!!!

Finally if you are not animal friendly this place is definitely not for you. the owners dog has full run of the hostel including the bedrooms and kitchen!!!!! it was a nice dog but i would rather have known it was going to be there.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you for your review. The employee that you spoke of in the review is not the owner or manager. There is someone staying at the main location and at the annex every night for safety and protection. We are happy to adjust the temperature when guests request it. I apologize for the employee and that you did not enjoy your stay. I hope you'll come and visit us in the future- our staff is revolving and most guests greatly enjoy their company.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Great hostel. Clean, comfortable, building had lots of character. Very helpful staff. Not to far from downtown Charleston, and are feels safe. Would recommend.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Charleston's NotSo Hostel

Address: 156 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in lovely and historic downtown Charleston, the Notso Hostel provides safe, clean and simple accommodations. We offer camping, dorms, privates and more. Guests have access to kitchens, porches and common rooms with Internet and WIFI. Breakfast is included as are linens and parking. Come and have breakfast with travelers from all over the world and explore this beautiful Earth. ... more   less 
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