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Charleston's NotSo Hostel
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“So Hostel”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were supposed to have a late check-in for which we called ahead to confirm and the girl told us everything would be fine, and she would leave an envelope on the kitchen table with our room key. Upon arrival, the envelope was no where to be found. Turns out she forgot to leave the envelope out, and we ended up spending the night in the car. There was no emergency number we could call or anything. To her credit she refunded us for the night. Our room was also nauseatingly hot even with 2 fans going. The place is cute and has nice decor, but I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I got to the hostel late at night, the girl at the front desk was so sweet. It is a great looking place, very well maintained. There is a kitchen and a lounging area where people were getting to know each other. Shower/bathrooms both very clean. Overall just a very comfortable and safe place. Great location too!

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Copenhagen
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The NotSo Hostel is one of the best hostel I've stayed in; good location, very homey, atmosphere is great (I had a blast even though I was traveling alone - so many great people I'm still in touch with!), breakfast is really good, bathrooms are nice (although not too many for the number of beds....), the beds aren't too bad.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful - Adam even made calls for me in order to help me plan my stay because he wanted to know more about the possibilities himself!
Office hours aren't the best - I had to walk around with my backpack when I arrived because I hadn't got the door code as promised so I couldn't get in, and they don't open until 5PM.
But all in all a really nice

Room Tip: Female dorm room "Victoria" can be loud when people are chatting in the kitchen(s)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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New York, New York, United States
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2013

I am not a hostel person at all. I am scared of them...but The Notso Hostel's "Annex" is not like most hostels. In fact, it serves more like a bed and breakfast. You get a private room and a semi-private bathroom in the hall. The people who run it are just lovely and the chair-swing on the balcony is fabulous after a long day of walking around in beautiful Charleston. Make sure to get the wind chimes going and you'll really feel like you're in the fabulous South.
Most hotels in Charleston run around $300 per night so The Annex is a perfect alternative. It is walking distance to the main drag and I didn't even need a car. You can walk to The Market, the horse carriage rides, all the stores, restaurants, water front, museums. It wasn't too loud at night and it was a very good experience.

Room Tip: Stay at that annex to get your own room. Also - there are two bathrooms on the 2nd floor. We didn...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2013

This hostel is very nice. Don't expect much space in the room or AC (we found three fans in our room, so that would probably help), but the room is okay. The communal areas are very nice though. It is fun meeting up in the kitchen for breakfast and the balcony is a very nice place to sit and enjoy a chat while the sun sets. There are only two bathrooms in the main building, so you might have to wait a bit. One of the mornings we stayed there the water heater couldn't really keep up, so it was a cold shower. The staff is very helpful, and will guide you to whatever you need.
The area is nice, but a bit of a walk to downtown. Fuel, a nearby restaurant, is a nice place to eat and especially for having a drink in the back garden.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Stayed 4 nights in the Austria Room on the Main location during Christmas time in 2011. First, the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Breakfast is fun, the remodeling is great, and the shower water is always hot. The bathroom we shared was in great shape too. The only downside is the walls are thin. We could hear the person's constant cough next door, and it gets cold at night that time of the year. We slept in our jeans and hoodies. The mattresses are pretty tough too, like your dorm back in college. Other than that, a great bargain, and a fun place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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New Hampton, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed two nights. The first night we were one of the few in the blue cottage. It was quiet, we did not have to wait for the bathroom. The second night, there were people in the next room who were quite loud until midnight. The rooms adjoin so there is little soundproofing. The matresses were really hard. The parking is free but there is little room to turn around so you need to be very careful. Breakfast was bagels and English muffins. Very good. Would suggest they invest in a bagel cutter. The location was great as we enjoy walking around the peninsula.

Room Tip: Would try the annex next time.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Charleston's NotSo Hostel
Address: 156 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403-5220
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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 
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