Nice and clean hostel in a good location. Fairly good value for money although a bit more expensive than the other hostels we’ve stayed in.
The house rules were a bit much, we had been travelling for 18 hours so we just wanted to shower/sleep/eat once we arrived but were given a very thorough tour and talk through of the rules which took about 20 minutes…not a big deal but felt a bit regimented! However, the rules were appreciated as it did make the hostel the cleanest out of all the others. It did slightly rain on our parade though as we couldn’t drink after 10pm or listen to music and the lights were switched off in the dorms at 11pm. I understand why and we weren’t there for a massive party trip anyway but it did make us feel a bit like naughty school children rather than grown adults…..but we were made aware of the rules from the start and we understood they were in place for a reason.
No shoe policy was quite quirky, although it meant the reception area when you first entered was very smelly!! Kind of defeated the whole notion of cleanliness when the first place you enter smells of feet! However, it was a good rule to have to keep the place cleaner.
Free BBQ when we arrived was a lovely touch! Food was great and the staff were really friendly and helpful. Free breakfast of pancakes which was nice! Roof terraces are nice too although it rained during the BBQ so we didn't really get to enjoy them as much as we had hoped!
Location was really good, easy to get to all the attractions, the staff will recommend which buses to get to and also give you tips on where to go. All the museums are free in DC which is GREAT! Thank you Mr Smithsonian! DC is a gorgeous town – spend the day exploring all the famous sites and also the American History Museum (so much to see here, give yourself at least 3 or 4 hours to explore it)
Atmosphere – not the most friendly hostel we’ve been to in terms of socializing amongst guests and DC isnt really a party town so it’s very chilled out. The communal areas aren’t huge and rules are pretty strict about where you can eat or drink especially after 10pm so it would probably get a bit boring if you stayed there for too long as your only option would be to go out or go to sleep…..
Cleanliness – Very clean hostel. The beds were very comfy and they give you proper duvets which was a nice touch after sleeping under sheets for a week in other hostels! Showers were good, didn’t have any issues with waiting even though there were only 6 for females in the whole place. Rooms were quite cramped, no single sex dorms which wasn’t ideal but we were lucky not to have any odd bods in our room. Plenty of room in the shower room to get ready though with plug sockets etc.
Free WiFi is always a bonus! The TV in the front room had a great choice of things to watch on demand if you wanted to chill out although it was always busy so rarely had any choice on what to watch...but that's to be expected really.
Few dodgy characters knocking around the place which did make me feel a little uneasy – two guys in particular were not very nice to be around. I feel I have to mention the 1 guy who had SERIOUS personal hygiene issues (everyone in the hostel knew about him and he had the power to stink out a whole corridor!) – luckily he wasn’t in our dorm but I really do think the hostel has an obligation to remove people like this from shared dorms. I know the staff did talk to him about this but I really couldn’t have stayed in a room with him. Heard a few awful stories about his late night activities too which I just think it completely unacceptable in a hostel where you have to take your shoes off at the door to kept he place clean….double standards when you have a stinky person roaming the halls…personal rant there! Isolated incident I’m sure….
Overall, I would recommend this place. It was clean, comfortable, good location, good facilities…just a few little things worth noting like the lights out/ no alcohol rule and no single sex dorms. Also, Emma and Mark were really nice members of staff who were helpful and informative regarding the local area/directions etc.
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- All brand new!! New bathrooms! New media room! Cleanest rooms in dc! (Thanks to our "no shoes in house" and "no food in bedrooms" policies! ) Check out what makes Duo Housing THE #1 Choice for travellers! We provide the MOST FREE Amenities of any Hostel in DC! Duo Housing is just MINUTES away from nightlife, tourist attractions, and shopping! Less than 2 blocks to the Metro Rail! Come see why everyone LOVES Duo Housing DC! ... more less
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