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Charleston's NotSo Hostel

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I reserved ahead, arriving via train- asked for a lower bunk ( never received a reply to this, so assumed my message was received, as I have stayed in many hostels)- noting I am a bit older & unable to use upper bunk. Train was late, so arrived after 10pm - no staff - room key & note were left... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we do clearly state that bunks are first come first serve and since you were a late arrival, we set out a late arrival packet for you. You booked a room that was on the second floor which is also clearly stated in the room description. For future guests, please be sure to read all... More 

Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my stay at NotSo Hostel. The hostel has a great atmosphere for meeting other travelers, the staff are very kind and it's in a nice neighborhood. Not to mention, Charleston is a wonderful place to visit!

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you again on your next trip to Charleston. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's cheap, yes. And reasonably close to downtown (though the neighborhood is not the best...walk in large groups at night). However, sometimes you pay in frustration. In the future, I'd rather pay for a nicer experience at a hotel and enjoy my trip than the alternative: be miserable at NotSo Hostel. My female friend and I were visiting Charleston for... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your feedback. We are not able to control what the other guests are like, however we do provide clean, safe accommodations for travelers. If you wanted a more private experience, we have the annex location which works well for guests who are less interested in sharing space. Many guests rave about the wonderful neighborhood... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very overrated and expensive for what it actually is: a hostel! We paid nearly 80 dollars for a private room that basically consists of four walls and a bed. Not even a bin or a plug to be found. Actually, there was an oscillating fan that we left on all night as it was so hot but it ended up... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, there are plugs in every room and our price is the most affordable downtown by more than $100+. We understand that hostels are not for everyone. Many people rave about the location as we are right downtown in one of the best neighborhoods in the city. The same staff has been here for years working... More 

Lorton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Overall a very good hostel experience. We stayed in the annex which is an old house near king street. It was easily walkable to some restaurants and bars and we brought our bikes which made it easy to access the area of downtown closer to the end of the peninsula. Area felt safe. Room was tiny (Goldman), but clean. Bathrooms... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed your stay at the annex and we hope to host you again on your next trip to Charleston. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

I stayed in a private room. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet (I stayed in the Carrissa room, and expected a little more noise since I was adjacent to the balcony and street, and was pleasantly surprised). It's not very clean (like, I definitely needed shower shoes), and "breakfast" was literally a loaf of bread and jam.... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and the location, we clean the rooms between each check out and in the future if something in your room is unsatisfactory, please let us know right away so we can fix it! We are also thinking of eliminating breakfast (Dave's Organic Bread, English Muffins, Organic Jams, Organic... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We spent three nights at the facility, it's bare minimum and pricey for what you get, waiting in line for a bath, basic toast and jam for breakfast, the rooms are cramped at best, plugins are a treasure hunt I've had worse. Keep in mind the building on the right is an airbnb, and can be rented for swinging parties... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Since we host over 10,000 visitors a year, we are not able to hold onto items for more than one week and return them. We got an envelope from you with a $2 shipping label over month after we had been in contact. I remember speaking with you and your wife during your stay and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

i always stay in dorm, beds are comfortable, everyone gets their own little fan in their bunk - so important in charleston summers. linens are always clean, air conditioned, 2 kitchens in the main house, free parking, great location. its the only hostel in town so i can't really say its the best. but it is consistently clean, well-maintained, quiet... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We too wish there was a way to put a bathroom upstairs, but the house was built in the 1840's so it's not designed for it. So glad you enjoy your stay and we look forward to hosting you again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

I originally picked this hostel because the price was right, but after staying a few days, it really was more than just fairly priced accomodation. Check-in and check-out was really easy as was communication with the staff before visiting. I stayed in the Cypress room, in the middle house and it was really nice. The main house and middle house... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! I am so glad you felt the hostel was more like visiting a private summer cottage, we'd love to host you again and appreciate your recommendation. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Charleston hotels are pretty expensive and we were delighted to find this hostel. Not only was the price great, the location was excellent, being close to all the tourist attractions and restaurants and bars. We stayed at their Annex location(cannon street. We had the Monet Room. It's small but no complaints. It would be nice to have a night stand... More 

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notsohostel, Manager at Charleston's NotSo Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and we will put a larger mirror and more shelving to better accommodate future guests in that room. We'd love to host you again! More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in lovely and historic downtown Charleston, the Notso Hostel provides safe, clean and simple accommodations. We offer camping, dorms, privates and more. Guests have access to kitchens, porches and common rooms with Internet and WIFI. Breakfast is included as are linens and parking. Come and have breakfast with travelers from all over the world and explore this beautiful Earth. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Charleston's NotSo Hostel

Address: 156 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403-5220
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Price Range: $62 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Charleston`s Notso Hotel Charleston
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