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Washington International Student Center
Reviewed February 22, 2010

I dont like checking out a hostel early because its giving in, but on this occasion i was very close.
First of all when i was handed the sheets to put on my bed, it was covered with the previous person who used its hair.
The 8 bed room overlooks the road, so good luck trying to get a good nights sleep- wont happen.
On the second night i was reading in my bed when a large insect crawled out of my sheet. The mattress are covered in bed bugs and fleas, so you'll be in for an itcy night.
One of my blankets which covered the bed was stained with a blood patch on, i threw it out the room, to which the manger, ( who lives next door to room6 in a room which looks like 2 bombs have blown up simultaneously) maybe thats where the bugs come from!!! Anyway the manager said to me what are these doing out here, i said 'look at them' to which he picked them up and stumbled down the corridor to have an argument with one of the hostel workers.
If the lights are out in the kitchen, when you turn them on at night you will see all the cockroaches run undercover.
On my final night i went up to my room, and the manager had removed all my sheets, pillow covers etc, despite all my belongings beeing around the bed, for some reason they thought i had left.

So no i will not be staying here again,-- i just want you guys to know what your $20 a night will get you, on the good things, they do give you bread, and jam (if your lucky) in the morning. And i think their is free wifi in the lounge area. And i didnt think their bathrooms were to bad. Apart from that a poor hostel, which needs to go out of business or UP ITS GAME!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Thank rapleywarren
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

Washington Interntional Student Center ...don't go there

1-the owner or responsible of the place is UNFRENDLY, but really unfrendly

2-he is a liar (first, if you have a car, he tell you he have a FREE parking to a park your car copple block away...he ask you 100$ for the entry card "because he don't want somebody steal to him his card" he tell you)...but when is time to leave some day after all of a sudden!!! the parking is not free anymore, then he try to charge you 15$ by day you have been there for the parking...and because you left him 100$ he try to keep it or just give you back the rest of the money after he cheet you)

3- the UNFRENDLY owner treat you really not well if you don't speek english

4- he will not give you any information you coud need, never !!! you always disturb him...

5- the place is really unclean...but really unclean

so for all these reason !!! dont go there...

and really you don't need to go there, ok you might save 4 or 5 dollars, but you shoud pay 4 or 5 dollars more and go somewhere else at any cost REALLY !!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank LCarl
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

The rate of stay for this place is very inexpensive per day around 27 dollars a day, the breakfast was basically toast and jam, small rooms with 3 bunk beds, but they the beds weren't really uncomfortable, it was right in downtown DC, the nightlife was very different, it was an interesting experience, if you cant afford a hotel, stay at this hostel.

Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
Thank PhilM8
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Reviewed September 26, 2008

I stayed at this hostel for 3 nights with friends, starting on Labor Day. As we booked the trip last minute, and this was the only place available, we did have some reservations, but figured it was just a place to sleep.

On arrival we were faced with a large, steep flight of stairs. Upon ascending the stairs, we were met by the manager (strange man!).We checked in no problems, then had to climb another 2 smaller flights of stairs to our room. It was a small female only room with 4 bunk beds. The room was extremely untidy (there were 5 other girls in there who clearly did not understand the ettiquette of sharing!). The beds were ok, but the air con unit was positioned over one bed, so that person got extremely cold at night, but if they turned it down then everyone else would boil!

All that being said, the hostel is in a good lcoation in the Adams-Morgan area. There are lots of bars/restaurants on its doorstep. plus fastfood places, mini marts and shops. There are numerous buses to various sights from just outside. The nearest subway station is a 10-15 min walk away (pleasant walk, through residential strret and over the river). The hosel has posters up with directions to all places that you would want to visit.

I probably wouldn't stay here again, unless there was nowhere else in Washington DC to stay cheaply!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Layla L
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Reviewed August 29, 2007

We had booked this hostel online after reading of its promising amenities and lively atmosphere (from its own site). After reading some other Tripadvisor recommendations, we got a little nervous and booked into other accomodations. Good thing we did!

Being snoopy tourists, we wanted to know what we narrowly avoided and went to check out the hostel. After finding its name on a piece of paper taped to the door, we buzzed up and asked to look around. The rooms were crowded, dirty, and loud. The bathrooms/hallways/common areas were much the same and any chance of a relaxing vacation or good night's sleep would have been impossible. My dealings with the staff over the phone were nothing short of frustrating and the manager was incredibly rude. If you can avoid it at all (search out for cheap hotel deals during the summer!) do not stay here!

Stayed: August 2007
2  Thank sasktripper
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

Avoid at all costs!

On arrival, even ascending the dirty stairs filled my heart with trepedation.
On meeting the owner - a thiry something stoner - I could tell I was going to be out and about A LOT! He said there were no clean sheets so would get some later as he lazily gazed at a stack of dirty laundry taller than me (6foot).

Aside from being a long walk out of central DC (though quite a nice walk), it is a great location for going out, being on what many of the local students consider the "party area" of DC.
Underneath the hostel is a 24 hour diner which serves amazing food night and day and is really good value. It's always bussling and really gets you into the American spirit.


The hostel is hideous.
8 people crammed into a room big enough for 4. Electrical sockets and wires hanging around everywhere. Broken glass from lightbulbs on the wooden floor.
(just warming up)
Grimey unwashed bathroom, plasters (Band-aids) lying around, nails from the floorboards exposed.
(coming upto the good stuff).
RATS under the floorboards [i woke to hear a strange scratching noise - unfortunately that was not the first time i had heard rats under floorboards so knew what it was immediately].
BUGS/FLEAS in the sheets and mattresses. I was eaten all over with small bites - some of which I am still scared with!

And upon check out the owner said "Oh yeah, if you get a card in the mail asking how you rated your stay, make sure you give us like a nine or nine and a half out of ten yeah?".

I think not.

If you plan on staying there make sure you have had a tetenus shot.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank dustroom
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Reviewed January 17, 2017
Google Translation

Room Tip: Am Besten gar nicht buchen!
  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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Thank Hanna v
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Address: 2451 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2058
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Adams Morgan
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Ranked #32 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range: $31 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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