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“Terrific, as always.” 4 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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Toronto
2 reviews
“Terrific, as always.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

I've been to Charleston five times since 2007, and will not consider another venue to stay at. Vikki, Brynne, and Blythe were terrific hosts and made my stay all that much better. I will defintely return hoping to take the in-house Yoga classes they offer; so awesome, btw. I anxiously await my next trip back. T.G. 2009.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Portland, OR
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

For roughly $25 a night with free wireless and breakfast, this is a no-brainer. The people who run it are very nice. The mood is relaxing. You can rent a bike for the day or just lounge in the hammock. There is a amicable parrot named Bonzai who comes out to play and Butter the Cat owns the place. The only real downside is the noise bleeding from room to room. Not a terrible inconvenience, given that it is a hostel, but when you want/need to sleep, sometimes that may not be possible.

All in all, if/when I return to Charleston, there is no question that I will be staying here.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse,NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2009

This is a place that you want to meet people and still be able to get a good night rest. The dorm rooms are clean and the complimentary breakfast in the morning is just right to get the day started. It's location is close to King St( the main drag) and conveniently on a bus line. Victoria and Blythe are wonderful hostesses. Blythe teaches yoga, so you don't have to feel guilty after you eat all that yummy food in Charleston. Great stay! Thanks

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2008

If you choose to go to the NotSo Hostel in Charleston you shouldn’t go there only because it’s a cheap place to stay. You shouldn’t go there because of the quality either.

You should go there because of both!

The NotSo Hostel is packed with charm – the old buildings are kept in good shape and most of the walls and doors are decorated with unique paintings, which contribute to the NotSo Hostel’s cosy atmosphere. It’s pure art! 23 bucks is the price for one night in the dorm, which is of excellent standard taking the price into consideration. The bath is neat and clean, and the standard is way beyond what I’ve seen elsewhere in this price range.

The staff is kind and helpful to a degree I haven’t seen before. Questions about what to see in the area is answered in a way which is best described as ”enthusiastically”, and it is obvious that their primary concern is to make sure that you have a good time during your stay.

Therefore: I had planned to spend one day in Charleston and to stay at the NotSo Hostel for one night. I ended up staying there for four nights – simply because I had one of my best times there!

The conclusion: If you get the chance to go there – don’t hesitate; do it and get an experience you’ll never forget!

- Kristoffer, Denmark

  • Liked — The atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Le Rocher, Monaco
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2008

Shifted route East away from my intended DC destination. Good luck took me to Charleston - an awesomely charmed place. My only contact there was not 'contactable' so seeking a roof, this hostel (the only hostel in SCarolina - eventually an unnecessary cause for concern) entered my possibilities. Having called to speak with a lovely sounding staffer who said she'd be there awaiting me, when i arrived I found a homely and spacious house - Old American - run by the friendliest and most accommodating hosts imaginable. The dorm i used was shared and besides the snoring girls : ) it was good as home, clean and thankfully well-maintained. The showers were in attractive volcanic rocked floor and walls. There's a big space behind the front building providing opportunity for good fires, freedom and parking - and again the Staff personally exceeded all expectations, which gifted the entire atmosphere with an ease and familiarity which all my fellow guests benefited from greatly, being able to be equally social or reclusive. This place proved to be the cornerstone of the greatest part of my road trip, my time in Charleston. I couldn't have gotten a better deal - You can't go wrong - It's good now just knowing its there.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — that i had to pay
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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out and about
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2008

This hostel was particularly welcoming and intimate. The workers were very kind and easy to talk to, and the accommodations were great. The dorm had only four beds (two bunks), and everything was clean and in order. I would recommend this hostel to anyone passing through Charleston, SC.

Neil Urbanski

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Vashon Island
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

I stayed in this hostel for 10 days and the last four were in the Cuba room which was perfect. On the main floor and next to the kitchen which served for three other rooms and was well implemented for cooking my meals. It had a porch and place to sit outdoors. It was quiet and the bed comfortable.

The staff there were helpful and dedicated to having the hostel clean and welcoming. I had to check out by 10:00am but was able to leave my things there and picked them up at 6:30. I was confused about where to get the city bus and Blythe, as usual, patiently and clearly sorted me out.

Was also easy to catch the bus into town everyday if I wanted to.

I am looking forward to returning in the Spring as I found the city enchanting as well as the hostel homelike, comfortable and welcoming.

Stayed September 2008
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a double-porched 150-year old house in the historic district of the lovely peninsular Charleston Breakfast Included, Bicycle Hire, Linen Included, Guest Kitchen, Common Room, Bike Parking, Free Carpark, WiFi in lobby, Web access in lobby, WiFi in room, Air Conditioning, Breakfast. ... more   less 
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