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The Green Tortoise Hostel
105 1/2 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (Pike Place Market)   |  
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Berlin, Germany
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice Hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The hostel is nice and warm. It's in a perfect location right by the market. The kitchen is great, they serve free food a few days per week and have a great breakfast (eggs, pancakes, bread, fruit). However, here comes the bummer. The staff at the front desk seems a little unknowledgable or just not up for providing service to their guests. The hostel has absolutely NO PARKING and only provides a "fair" deal for $18 parking at a parking lot nearby. When we arrived, they didn't bother telling us exactly what parking lot it was. I got robbed $20 by a hobo or whoever this person was which could have been avoided with a little more extra notice from the front desk. They just seem not too care as much about their guests's issues.. you get a sorry that's all. The staff in the kitchen was awesome, very helpful. You can meet lots of international people and they offer city tours and stuff... So, if they could replace their useless front desk and provide more tips in the beginning, would have been an awesome stay!
Also, a little overpriced for the beds! ($37)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bucks
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46 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I was a bit dubious at first as I had not been in a hostel for 3 years, however I was very impressed with green tortoise. Excellent and friendly staff who wish to assist, very clean rooms and bathrooms - (no issues with long dark hairs or anything disgusting like that). Big storage lockers under beds, each bed in the dorm rooms has its own light, fan and electrical sockets and curtains can be drawn across the bed for privacy.

The hostel provides nights outs in a pub crawl as well as free breakfast (eggs, bread, pancakes, coffee etc) and free dinner three times a week, this is either pasta or tacos - never tried pasta but tacos were good.

The location is right by pike place market and although there is a lot of homeless about and you will get a bit of harassment but generally they are not rude or aggressive (unlike San Francisco)

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Bathrooms are clean and plenty of them. And private. Four mixed dorm was pleasant. Spacing was generous so that you don't bother your dorm mates.
Location location location! Easy access to a lot of attractions. And a very short walk to public transit.

Free food is always nice.
This is my go to budget travel for sure for Seattle.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

It's hard to find something I didn't like: 4 bathrooms/showers per floor? didn't have a problem getting despite a full house. Wi-Fi, hit or miss in my room but could hitch a ride on the next door coffee shack. Everything else 4.5-5 star. Rooms, beds with reading light, personal fan, curtains on a stolid wood/non-noisy bed frame ... great. Free dinners 3 nights a week. Security, location, common room... Highly recommended despite the cost per night.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The location is what this hostel is all about. Across the street from the market, with the first Starbucks very close, close to downtown and bus stops to the space needle area.

The rooms are pretty average a little tight but manageable. I like that the beds have curtains around them, sailor style which grants a little privacy. I was a little uncomfortable about the fact there are double beds in the mixed dorms. Sounds a little prudy I know but that is not what I want to hear whilst falling asleep, do what other hostels do and have them in private rooms!

The breakfast and kitchen facilities were average along with the comman room. The bathrooms however were nice, large and clean with no hot water issues and there are lots of them!

Overall Id definatly stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Catonsville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed for a few days just before Christmas before going to Vancouver to spend the holiday. The location of this hostel is amazing. It's pretty much across the road from Pike Place market, the original Starbucks, the waterfront and the Hard Rock hotel, as well as being only a block away from a huge Target. The staff were friendly and helpful (hooked me up with discounted tickets to the EMP and suggested places I check out during my stay). I was put in a mixed dorm instead of the all female dorm I requested when I booked but this was no big deal. The beds had curtains the entire way around so I still had my privacy, as well as electric sockets, a fan and a light per bed. Lockers were big enough for me to fit at least 2 suitcases but remember to take your own padlock. I didn't take advantage of the free breakfast but there are free dinners 2-3 times per week that were great. Overall this hostel was well worth the price, especially as the location was so fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Quite a few homeless local people living there, giving it a rotten atmosphere.

I was yelled at by one of their toilet cleaners for not offering him a cigarette ( insaaaaaane!)

A friend of mine who worked there in the kitchen told me, a parcel for me having arrived by mail, was opened by the employees and the content distributed among them.

A lot of bums outside the door will be ready to molest you when ever you go outside.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105 1/2 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Pike Place Market
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
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Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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