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HI Washington DC Hostel
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Older building, and shows its age in the rooms and bathrooms. Despite this its in a great location for exploring Washington, and most places are a walkable distance with some comfortable shoes. I was in a 10bed dorm, which was well structured to make you feel like it was less; but I was initially placed in a odd bunk bed which was tiny and super tall - making it difficult to fit/climb up to. Staff were happy to swap me to another bed since they were empty which was kind of them. Central heating was a bit too hot for my liking on one night, then too cold the next - just another difficulty with old buildings I guess!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

little_chunkyJ: True, our building is old, but it's chock full o' love! :-)

Thanks for the notes and tips to our readers. Our location is truly a benefit, keeping almost all of the major DC sites within walking distance. And our team is the best around. OK, I'm completely biased on that one...

We do have a few remaining bunk beds that are the smaller, wooden variety -- maybe about 4 in total. Those should be switched out very soon. Just waiting on the delivery. Climate control has been very tricky over the past few weeks, with outside temperatures yo-yoing between the single digits and the 40s F. Thanks for being patient with that, and it looks like the wild barometer swings should be done for this winter season.

Thanks for visiting with us! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stayed at this hostel in a four person shared room. There were two of us and we were there two days during February 2014. The location of this hostel is perfect and within walking distance to all the attractions around town. It may take a bit longer to walk to the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building as they are further away than the White House etc, but it will save you money, especially if you're on a tight budget. This hostel has free wifi, however it only works on the first and second levels, this is one of the only issues with this hostel. We were on the 6th floor, and the bathrooms were shared, which is nothing different to any other hostel I have stayed in. However the showers didn't have doors, instead just a curtain. It has free breakfast which is good and the staff were friendly and accommodating. The TV room is good and is sort of a cinema style set up. I would stay here again if I was travelling back to DC.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Nathan D: Thank you for the review and telling our readers about so many of our amenities. My only addition is that we expect to have Wi-Fi throughout the building by the end of the month. It was supposed to be done by the end of January, but there is some sort of issue with the firewall. All of that should be sorted very soon. It's a long way to us from Perth, but we definitely do home that you return to us the next time come back stateside! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights with a friend in a 10 bed dorm. It felt like it was a 4 bed dorm as very spacious and walls separated our bunks from other parts of the room. We walked most places including the monuments and the white house. I'd recommend getting a train/bus card for $10 though as the Capitol building and the Smithsonian is a bit further. Decent Chinese place delivers when it's cold so that's good too- just be prepared to wait for an hour or so. Would definitely return!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Julia K: Yes, we just added those "privacy walls" to the rest of our 10-bed dorms; previously, only a few had them. Glad you liked! It was unusually cold when you stayed, so I'm sure LOTS of people were ordering take-out. My guess is that's the reason for the long wait time. I've ordered from most of the delivery places, and it's usually here in 30 to 45 minutes. Thanks for the review! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stayed here for three nights from 18-21 December. It's quite a neatly run hostel, with adequate facilities including a kitchen, free breakfast and Wi-Fi. I stayed in a 10-bed room which wasn't as crowded as it sounds - fellow travellers were equally friendly and amenable. The place was within walking distance from the Metro and even other nearby attractions like the Chinatown area and the National Portrait Gallery. Staying here is worth the money!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

timothyseanfang: Thank's for the shout-out! Yes, we do try to keep the dorms comfy and un-cramped -- especially the 10-bed dorms. Sounds like you enjoyed several of our free amenities, and our great location. Come back soon! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights in Dec 2013 - we had a private room as did our two teenage sons. The hostel is very well located near public transport and has a good vibe with friendly staff. The kitchen facilities are excellent. The over heated rooms were the only slight downside but an open window helped!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Explorer640: Thank you for your uplifting review! We're so glad you and your family were able to enjoy our city and hostelling, together. What a wonderful introduction to travel and the community of travelers for your sons. Sorry about the heat, though. Getting that just right is a bit tricky with our centralized system, but it sounds like you figured it out just fine. :-) Come back soon! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

but check it! good location. I went to look for a room but they didn't have any instead the receptionist gave me a list of all hostel around and called to ask for an available room for me and my friend, so the service is very good!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Ana W: Glad the HI-DC team was able to help you to find a place to stay. For your next visit to DC, please book ahead...with us! W know you'll like it here even more when you do. See you then! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

I was here for just one night and really hope I could stay more! The people at front desk are so nice! And it is really nearby to the important landmarks of Washington, D.C.! In just a one hour walk I got to the White House, took some pictures and came back to the hostel!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Fmanzaneque: Woot! Woot! Nice to hear about your fun visit and that you got to know some of our amazing team members. And you are so efficient! So much to see and so little time. Guess that means you need to come back to us. Come back, any time! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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Address: 1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4409
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range: $27 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Washington DC Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Staying at HI DC is like visiting your friends in the nation's living room! As a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural understanding through travel, we're excited to warmly welcome everyone. Our dorm-style and private rooms bring together budget travelers from around the world 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 Trip Advisor's Green Leaders Program, too! ... more   less 
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