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The Green Tortoise Hostel
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24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Best Hostel Ever?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

It's hard to find something I didn't like: 4 bathrooms/showers per floor? didn't have a problem getting despite a full house. Wi-Fi, hit or miss in my room but could hitch a ride on the next door coffee shack. Everything else 4.5-5 star. Rooms, beds with reading light, personal fan, curtains on a stolid wood/non-noisy bed frame ... great. Free dinners 3 nights a week. Security, location, common room... Highly recommended despite the cost per night.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The location is what this hostel is all about. Across the street from the market, with the first Starbucks very close, close to downtown and bus stops to the space needle area.

The rooms are pretty average a little tight but manageable. I like that the beds have curtains around them, sailor style which grants a little privacy. I was a little uncomfortable about the fact there are double beds in the mixed dorms. Sounds a little prudy I know but that is not what I want to hear whilst falling asleep, do what other hostels do and have them in private rooms!

The breakfast and kitchen facilities were average along with the comman room. The bathrooms however were nice, large and clean with no hot water issues and there are lots of them!

Overall Id definatly stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed for a few days just before Christmas before going to Vancouver to spend the holiday. The location of this hostel is amazing. It's pretty much across the road from Pike Place market, the original Starbucks, the waterfront and the Hard Rock hotel, as well as being only a block away from a huge Target. The staff were friendly and helpful (hooked me up with discounted tickets to the EMP and suggested places I check out during my stay). I was put in a mixed dorm instead of the all female dorm I requested when I booked but this was no big deal. The beds had curtains the entire way around so I still had my privacy, as well as electric sockets, a fan and a light per bed. Lockers were big enough for me to fit at least 2 suitcases but remember to take your own padlock. I didn't take advantage of the free breakfast but there are free dinners 2-3 times per week that were great. Overall this hostel was well worth the price, especially as the location was so fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Quite a few homeless local people living there, giving it a rotten atmosphere.

I was yelled at by one of their toilet cleaners for not offering him a cigarette ( insaaaaaane!)

A friend of mine who worked there in the kitchen told me, a parcel for me having arrived by mail, was opened by the employees and the content distributed among them.

A lot of bums outside the door will be ready to molest you when ever you go outside.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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434 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

The Green Tortoise is right in the middle of the action. Pike's Place is a block away. The beds are fairly cheap and the storage is secure enough. The cost of parking is pretty steep ($20), so it's pretty easy to run up your expenses to the cost of a cheap hotel. What you're paying for ultimately, though, is the location. It's definitely a better value if you are living the Bohemian lifestyle. It's the first place I'd consider on a single-person trip to Seattle.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Quintin K
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Love the smoking room because im in to that sort of thing. Common room for non smokers as well, great meals for free. The beds have a privacy curtain with your own little light for when or if you arent feeling so social. Right across the street from the market which is a very colorful area and tons of great food options! The staff is really awesome as well, letting me stay in a double bed solo after my boyfriend had to return home for work. Awesome hostel in an awesome location!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Chardizzle
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New Westminster
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53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

have nothing but good to say about this hostel, i mean they have a smoking lounge and were not talking tabacco!!! I have only stayed twice but will be back each time i go south of the border!! Close to both stadiums and right at the Market and the nightlife

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Corey W
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Property: The Green Tortoise Hostel
Address: 105 1/2 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101-2009
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Pike Place Market
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Green Tortoise Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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