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“Simple and clean with good bathrooms. Suitable overall.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel
520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel) (Downtown)   |  
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“Simple and clean with good bathrooms. Suitable overall.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

There were 4 of us traveling to Seattle for sightseeing for 2 nights. It seemed there was a convention in town, so hotels were expensive. This hostel/American Hotel was a good alternative for us at half the price. It's definitely a hostel, but very clean though basic. Bathrooms are shared, but newly remodeled with great water pressure. Bed linens are clean.

I would recommend asking for a room that doesn't face the street if possible since it's on a major street and cars start going pretty early. Or bring earplugs. There are also very light blinds, so it gets pretty bright in the morning.

You're right next to the bus lines that take you into the main part of town. You can probably also walk...might take 20-30 mins. We had a car and there is no cheap way to park. The best way would be at the meters outside overnight, then pay for 2 hours at 8am. Doesn't work well if you want to sleep in. Generally, having and parking a car in this area is expensive.

Room Tip: Not facing the street if possible.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thanks so much for the kind comments. So glad you enjoyed Seattle! Come back soon and travel safe.
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The American Hotel hostel is never going to win any five-star awards but, hey, that's not their market. If you're on a budget, however, or just looking for a good, inexpensive place to stay in a city where conventional hotels are very dear, you have found the place. I stayed in a private room. It was the standard sink-in-room, bathroom & shower down the hall arrangement that you find in so many hostels. The location is really good, close to downtown, the baseball & football fields and the train station. Attractions like Pike Place Market are within easy walking distance. I am not a big user of the hostel system but - once you accept it for what it IS and for what it IS NOT - and if you're Okay with being handed your linen when you check in, you'll have a good time. The hostel is a nice, inexpensive and clean place to stay with a very courteous staff. Caveat: It's in a part of town that has a few rough edges. During the day everything is fine, but at night the panhandlers move in. That's not a problem, and the hostel is secure, but long moonlight strolls around the hotel are probably not on the agenda. But with that one reservation, the American Hotel is a place I'd have no hesitation is recommending or using again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thanks so much for your keen observations. We hope to see you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

The place is located right by the stadiums, train stations, bus stops, grocery store, post office all less then a block away. The staff is top notch, the rooms and facilities clean, if you hostel and are visiting Seattle, this is the place to stay

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thanks! So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I have travelled all over the world and the number one thing for me in choosing a hostel is cleanliness. This hostel is among the cleanest I've ever seen. I read a lot of the bad reviews on this hostel, and I get the feeling that some people have never stayed at a hostel before. Don't expect a TV in the room, don't expect 5 star accommodation for $40/night. Hostels are places to stay for cheap in great locations and meet other travelers. This hostel is super convenient, next to Amtrak, the metro tunnel, and the Bolt bus. Also, they have events every day of the week from movie nights to free beer tastings! Awesome!

Room Tip: If you are staying for a week or more, ask about their weekly rate, works out to like $30 a night in...
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

$126 for a 4 bed (two bunk) room for the group I was with. Not bad for the location. Staff very helpful. Room was spotlessly clean. Each bunk has its own reading light and a small fan.
Bathrooms down the hall were quite clean, and there were enough of them to not cause delays for our group.

Wifi worked in the common area, as well as in our room.

Location is excellent. Just a half block from a main transit hub, not far from the pro sports complexes/stadii. In a very Asian part of town, with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean shops and restaurants all around. The Asians dissappear at sunset, and the homeless and bored local population comes out on the streets. We did not feel safe after dark on the street. Saw a drug deal taking place on the sidewalk about 4 doorways over from the entrance to the hostel.

Room Tip: Quieter in the back, away from the street. Higher floors qold be quieter, too.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Rooms were quite small with 2 bunk beds but I was the only one in my room the majority of the time so was not a problem. Hostel was right in the middle of Chinatown which was such an authentic experience. Right next to the subway/bus hub. Had a nice little lounge area with a TV and a large kitchen area with a good free breakfast selection.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

Good location, near main transport route to downtown. Staff were ok. Rooms were fine and beds were comfy. Door to the room was broken and difficult and noisy everytime it was opened. A little gross waking up with some elses hair caught in my beard from the pillows. Everything else was good though including breakfast :)

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel)
Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Downtown , International District
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Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty lodging in Seattle
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostelling International Seattle, Seattle’s premier hostel, which is conveniently located at the historic American Hotel in the International District of downtown Seattle.Renovated in 2009, Bicycle rentals, Common rooms, Computers (to check e-mail and the web, print boarding passes, etc.),Credit cards accepted,Discounts to Seattle attractions,Grocery store (one-block away), kitchen (self-serve), laundry, & library/game room. ... more   less 
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