This hostel has some of the most unfriendly and unhelpful staff ive come across in a HI hostel.
I asked a girl for directions, she didnt even look up from the computer screen and said 'go left'. I walked off because i figured id have more luck with a map. They also seemed as though they really didnt want to be there.
The wifi at this place is shocking. Dont count on it to check into flights or skype.
I stayed in a 4 bed dorm with decent sized lockers. The bathrooms were across the hall although there was only 2 showers, one of which was located in the toilet block with only a shower curtain for privacy. I showered there and had a woman open the curtain on me... The hooks were also on the outside of the curtain so you had to lean out to get your towel and clothes.....
The other shower was located with a single toilet. The privacy of that was good although when you lock the door, there is no indication that it is locked from the outside so people would often try and walk in while i was in there. A mini heart attack each time. An 'occupied' lock might be good to invest in.
The last downside was our door to our room. It was... Broken. You swiped the key to get in and it would unlock but the door wouldnt open. It was a game of luck every time you wanted to get in or out. Very annoying if someone is coming home late trying to get in but has to keep pushing and jiggilling the door handle.
The area this hostel is in was not good. Its in chinatown and its sketchy as hell. So many druggies and homeless people who harrass you. Constantly asking for money and ciggarettes. It is bad day and night. I often crossed the street to avoid large gangs dealing drugs, i even saw a guy smoking a crack pipe at 6pm in daylight. Front desk staff tried to down play the sketchiness of the area, but we knew locals from seattle who were shocked that we were staying in that area.
I dont have any plans to come back to seattle but if i did i probably wouldnt stay at this hostel.
- 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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