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HI Washington DC Hostel

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Stayed here as part of an organised tour for two nights. Do agree with another review that the lift is really slow (carried my case up to the 4th floor in the end) - you can wait and you only have to do it when you check in and out so isn't too much hassle! There's a pool table and... More 

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

TheLush101: Super reveiw! We're so pleased you enjoyed your time with us over Christmas. Thanks for the recommendation, too! ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

Dublin
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

I've stayed in a good few Hi-Hostels across Canada and the States, this has to have been one of the best. Incredibly friendly staff and the rooms etc. were very good. Don't actually have a complaint about the place.

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

David W: All right! A great stay, and a wonderful note. Thanks so much for writing about it. ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

First things first. We stayed on the 6th floor and the hostel only has one elevator which seems to take hours to arrive and only fits in 3 or 4 people and with big back-packs like we had after months of travelling it can get a bit frustrating. However this is probably the only thing I can complain about. For... More 

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

lee1888: Ah, yes. The elevator. Many compliments in your note about the stay -- thanks! -- but our elevator is still a bit of a sore spot. Very slow, to be sure, but Suzie works so hard. Please be kind to her... ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

Bucharest
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I stayed in Europe in many hostels and telling from my experience this place in Washington is the worst of all. Crammed rooms, dirty bathrooms, awful breakfast (fortunately a very funny man made it bearable), queue for elevator, street noise in rooms... I was there in September and it was hot in the rooms, can't imagine how is to sleep... More 

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4 Thank VladAlexandru
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

VladAlexandru: My sincerest apologies for not providing the value you sought. Although DC is a very expensive city, that's no excuse. Honestly, I'm not sure what could have happened. In reading all of the other reviews on this site, some of the areas that you point out as deficient are often lauded by other hostellers. Specifically, the room layout, cleanliness,... More 

Ayrshire, Scotland
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

This hostel is in a fantastic location, within walking distance of a number of attractions. The accommodation is, of course, basic but it does the job! We stayed in a 4 bed female dorm which was clean and had a nice view of the street - ideal for people watching. We had a shared bathroom which was no problem apart... More 

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Thank chunte27
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

chunte27: Thanks for the recommendation and for telling everyone about our wonderful Volunteers who lead all of our tours and host all of our activities and dinners. They're absolutely fantastic! ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

London, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

The staff here were really nice and good, although they did put on some fairly weird entertainment. Hostel itself was alright; fairly basic common area which didn't really have enough space for everyone. That being said, there was a communal guitar and piano and a pool table. Despite this, the hostel wasn't brilliant socially and the common area was mostly... More 

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2 Thank beznee
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

beznee: It's too bad we didn't give you the hostel experience that made you ecstatic to stay with us. We want to "Wow" you, but didn't get there. To start, I'm happy to read that our team was nice. We have daily activities, and you mentioned some of the amenities, but there's nothing quite like ambiance to get people interacting.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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79 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

This hostel is in a great location, free breakfast, free wifi, great dining room, computer area and tv room. My problems with this place are the lack of privacy in the showers (only a curtained off shower, nowhere dry to keep your stuff without getting dressed in front of everyone using the bathroom). The kitchen is far too small and... More 

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Thank Nicola W
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Nicola W: Lots of positives in your review, and a few justified notes and concerns. Thank you for providing a well balanced description of your experience. Most of the challenges you described either have a remedy in place or will have one soon. We're going to get changing areas put in the showers. With a little luck, these should be... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

They charge you an extra fee if you're not a member which they don't tell you about until after you've booked it. They have lockers but they don't have locks so you have to go buy your own. If you want to store your bag the day you check out you have to use a different set of lockers which... More 

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Brando1023: It appears that our communication during booking was less than stellar. I'm truly sorry you had unpleasant surprises. The information you mentioned ($3 fee for non-members, free in-room lockers with your own lock) is on our website, on the booking engine sites, on email templates (for email reservation requests), and on all confirmation email messages (sent to hostellers for... More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

I stayed here for 6 nights. First 4 nights was in a 4 bed dorm (i.e. 2 bunk beds) and although my roommates were great, the bunk beds were not conducive to a good nights sleep. Shared bathrooms with a lot of French schoolgirls was a bit of a challenge, especially to get to the one hair-dryer!!! However the last... More 

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

AichZed: A treasure trove of info in your review, all of which seemed to be just what you wanted. The single exception was the slow elevator (we call her Suzie). Not much to add to that. She's slow, but reliable. Thanks for all of the great insights! ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Desk staff very friendly and helpful, try to get everyone involved in activities together. Felt safe in the room, was in a room of 10 females but the shape of the room and where the walls were made each bunk quite private. I hung up my towels for extra privacy when I had a nap during the day. The bathroom... More 

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

BubblyPenguin2000: All great comments, and all right on the money! The best part for me was reading about your meeting interesting and friendly people from all over the world. As someone who works for a non-profit whose mission in cultural understanding, this is supremely gratifying. Thanks for making my day! ~ Mark Schneider, General Manager HI-DC More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HI-DC is the best value in DC! Our dorm-style and private rooms bring together international and domestic budget travelers in a safe, clean, and fun environment. We have a long list of FREE amenities and an unbeatable location - just 8 blocks to The White House and The National Mall (home to world-famous monuments, museums, and galleries), 4 blocks to China Town, and 3 blocks to the Metro. We're Gold Level Certified by Sustainable Travel International's STEP ("green") program, too! ... more   less 

Additional Information about HI Washington DC Hostel

Address: 1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4409
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Price Range: $38 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Washington DC Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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