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The Green Tortoise Hostel
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Reviewed October 3, 2006

Stayed with a large group in late September for four nights. First night was hot and muggy, so we left the window open overnight. Big mistake. The street noise with the cobble stone stretch just outside the window made it hard to sleep. Monday nights must be when the street cleaner decided to do his job, so the noise was quite irritating. We requested to have a room fan installed. Delightfully, one was installed over each bed bunk space. This allowed the window to remain closed and the noise out for the remaining three nights. Ahh, sleeping then was sweet! The internet area was nice to have, with 2 PC's and 3 Apple's available. Wireless also available to those with a notebook or similar device.
The kitchen area for breakfast was quite nice, with eggs and bread available along with fruit and coffee. The large school group attending that week made it necessary to wake up early to beat the crowd.
Prices were reasonable, the staff helpful and friendly. (Thanks for the fans)
Be prepared to be asked for spare change from the locals on the street out front.
Finally, the washroom/ showers were recenly renovated, and everything worked quite nicely.
I would recommend this facility to those on a shoestring budget, and even if you're not.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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Bloomington Indiana
Reviewed April 17, 2006

I have stayed at the Green Tortoise many times over the last ten years. While, I admit the hostel is not for eveyone, for those that like the culture it is paradise. This place is a party hostel. It is a little rough around the edges, but it is safe and easy to love. In an age of Starbucks and conformity, the Green Tortoise is like a rocket ship to another universe. It is wierd and wild and really fun. The place is clean and they go to great lengths to make sure you have a good time. I am glad places like this still exist.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Las Vegas, NV
Reviewed October 25, 2005

I can't stress to the traveller enough - DO NOT BOTHER WITH SEATTLE AT ALL. The residents of Seattle are deceptive - they are totally evil and have nothing to offer you. That's why this city is famous for being the "most expensive city in America" for the second year; it's not worth anything. Another claim is that it's the "fittest city in America" which is complete evil, because this is mentally illness and terrible sickness in a city. About the Green Tortoise Hostel - it is no exception. The guests here right now are hideous, and the staff is a bunch of rude, drug addicted psychos with no qualms about theft. They will push you over the edge and then refuse to give you a refund, and then try to send you packing without spending the night. That's if you're very nice and mind your own business. They'll come and get in your face and try your innocence - they're that evil. PLEASE DO NOT STAY AT THE GREEN TORTOISE HOSTEL and DO NOT BOTHER WITH SEATTLE.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed June 2, 2005

My husband and I stayed here after 5 days of camping around the Olympic Peninsula. It felt like a luxurious hotel for all we cared as we have a private sink in the room. It is a block away from the Pike Market Place. Could not ask for more. We spent most of our time at the Seattle Folk Festival which by the way was incredible. We met so many intersting people from all over the world. Public transportation was easily within walking distance. The only challenge we had was parking as expected in any city. We are thinking of returning here next year for the Folk Fest again. Would definitely recomend the Green Tortoise Hostel.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed March 15, 2005

After staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco, we decided to book a room at the Green Tortoise in Seattle, because we were pleased with the accomadations in San Fran overall. I booked a private room for about $50, and it was much larger than the private rooms in San Fran. The hostel had a nice, large kitchen, and a large social area for drinking beer, checking email (the hostel provides free internet access, and free wireless access if you have a laptop), etc. The dorms are nice, and not overly crowded or small. The location of the hostel is great...right by the Market downtown. The place is clean, the staff is very nice and helpful, and the rooms are a good deal for the price. If you are a couple on budget travel, the private rooms here are a much better deal than the Green Tortoise in San Fran. Much larger with more private bathrooms close by. Parking is a bit of a problem, but much cheaper than what we experienced in San Fran at the Green Tortoise. You can park for 24hrs in a close lot for about $12/night. There is onsite laundry, a library and a large kitchen. I'd reccomend this place for budget travelers.

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Chicago, IL
Reviewed September 2, 2003

This place is okay. The people are nice and the breakfast/dinner is good. But, our room was less than clean, had no fan or ventilation, no table or desk for putting stuff on, and no towel bar or shelf by the sink. Everything went on the floor or on a scuzzy chair. Plus, the room was noisy and overlooked a strip club, the drunken patrons of which are rather disturbing in the wee hours. But for the location and low cost I guess its allright.

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Reviewed June 30, 2003

I stayed at both Seattle hostels.The Green Tortoise was way more fun,cheaper and is located right next to Hostelling International near Pike Place market. Green Tortoise had delicious free dinners, a free internet machine and a free breakfest. First night I stayed in one of the rooms on the street side which was noisy the staff was great,they moved me the next night to a quiter room at the back with a tiny little view of Seattle harbor.
I felt safe there as a woman travelling alone too!

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Address: 105 1/2 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101-2009
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
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Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Seattle
Price Range: $47 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Green Tortoise Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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