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“A cheap place to live, with a small price to pay.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Capitol City Hostel
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Capitol City Hostel
Sunbury, Ohio
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132 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A cheap place to live, with a small price to pay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed in DC for three nights and needed a cheap place to live. This was my first hostel experience and overall it was good. The hostel is a little run down, the beds are about 3 inches thick on plywood. However, for $15 a night it is perfect! Bill was a great host, and very helpful. Now to the downside. The neighborhood is sketchy. I drove here, and ended up moving my car to the airport for safe parking. We had to problems but it's best to keep your wits about you.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

I didn't come by car, so had to use public transport to get everywhere in dc. The X2 bus made it easy to get to and from the hostel since the bus stop is basically two steps away. That compensated for the place not being in a central location. The hostel is divided into 2 parts in the same townhouse complex, but they are not adjacent to each other. In each part there's a couple of bathrooms, a kitchen, a computer room, and a communal room with a TV. Food is only provided in one of the kitchens, but both have fridges. The attention shown by, I believe - now famous, seeing all of the appreciation notes on one of the walls, Bill, was really nice. Talking about the upkeep... here I think Bill really needs a hand. If not for the those weird looking brownish little creatures that I think I saw in one of the rooms and that probably were the ones who could've been guilty of attacking one of my roommates (I slept well for two nights, and had no problems), I'd say it's a decent hostel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aronuz
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Doha, Qatar
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

its not the best in terms of physical outlook but way-way better because of personal touch of "Bill"... I will state the negative first because it is the first thing i've noticed:

i am hesitant at the location because it is a little far from the tourist spot when you based on the map compared to the other available hostel. i judged instantly - untidy and not properly maintained as i got my bed without sheet and looks like dirty with gas smell on the floor. i felt the area are unsafe and secluded.

BUT... that is a book cover only and not the content, which i clearly notice afterwards. below are the good impressions that i really felt once i got to know the hostel:

first, it is cheap and worth it, why? yeah it because of bill. i was wrong the location is excellent because of the bus X2, its a frequent route even late nights. there are free transfer and easy access so you don't have worries for public transpo and actually it is not far - a few mins only to dc capital. there are 711, Chinese resto and pakistan resto with pizza and burger to offer. sorry i was rude, it is actually well maintained and tidy, maybe the gas smell is a floor wax for their maintenance. everybody is shy to be responsible enough to help the maintenance of the hostel. it is actually safe as the hostel gate is along the main road. the best thing that happened to me in this hostel is when i came there without breakfast then when check-in i was informed that there are free bread with lots of spread available, wow i was so full after lol. i enjoy also the free use of computer although it is not updated and slow.

well i guess my only suggestion for improvement is to have a safe locker. you never know... bill told me that theft is not normal to their hostel and he offer me that he will provide valued receipt and safe-keep any items you might want to save.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank George Q
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Quebec City, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

This hostel is nice, I spent three nights. Beds are very comfortable and dormitories are not overcrowded. The owner and the atmosphere are very friendly. Moreover, food as bread and peanut butter are provided for free. Good access if you are driving, parking available. It was exactly what I was looking for.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marie-Claude R
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Melbourne
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

When you stay with Bill at the hostel, it's as if you're staying in a home, not a hostel. Most people hangout in the common room at the front of the house where the tv and computers are. The bedrooms are upstairs.
The bedrooms themselves are great because of the beds, they're massive and very comfortable.
Bill is a handy host who can tell you anything about DC and give you some great tips on what to do or see around the city.
The price is right, and the location is great. You can catch the X2 bus out the front and head straight downtown for $1.70 a ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed staying at this hostel and would recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap, clean, homely hostel to stay in when in DC.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

Having travelled across the length of the U.S., staying in lots of hostels of all different types, this was one of the best. The man who runs the place is very kind and helpful, providing lots of maps and guides to us novices about the area, along with hints and tips on how to see the sites in the limited time that we had. We wouldn't have had just a great time if it wasn't for his advice! There was a TV area and several computers, which made the whole place very social and meant that we could meet lots of different people. Whilst a little rough around the edges, the room was clean, and quiet. This isn't really a hostel, but a friendly home that you're invited into and made to feel welcome by everyone. Washington DC as a whole isn't the nicest of places in terms of crime, but this hostel made me feel genuinely safe. The only advise I would give that I would give to future travellers, is that the there isn't a great number of bathroom/shower facilities (3 or 4 showers for the 16 or so people who stay at one time), so during busy periods I would recommend getting up in plenty of time (just in case!). Overall, this hostel is a very traditional, warm and friendly hostel, which was great value for $$$!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Absxx
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Mississauga, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

This was my third stay at CCH but it was the first time with my wife and 15 year-old son. As usual, Bill met us at the front door and warmly gave us a thorough tour of the house. I really like the fact that it is a house. No locked dorm-room doors and 24-hour access.
The second night, at midnight, Bill came upstairs to our floor to gently stifle a number of hostellers who were talking loudly with their door open. I really appreciated that.
The hostel was clean, bed linen fresh and plenty of pillows.
My son enjoyed the free WiFi and I made extensive use of the free Internet to plan our 3-day itinerary.
I highly recommend this hostel with its friendly, helpful owner Bill.

Room Tip: Back rooms are away from the street but the noise is tolerable.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank David T
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Property: Capitol City Hostel
Address: 2411 Benning Rd NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-4827
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
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Ranked #27 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Washington DC
Number of rooms: 20
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