The Green Tortoise was my first-ever hostelling experience. I visited the Pacific Northwest and wanted to make my money go further. I stayed for four days. The Green Tortoise is literally right across the street from the famous Pike Place Market. I can't believe they only charge $30/night when they are in that location. On the downside, the noise from the market is incredible. Fish and vendor trucks start to roll in at all early hours of the morning. Bring ear plugs and you will be fine. I usually have trouble sleeping in non-familiar locations, but I slept so soundly during my stay.
I stayed in a 6-person all-female room with three sets of bunk beds. Each bunk bed has it's own privacy curtain (which also blocks out light), a fan and electrical outlets for all your gadgets. Each bed also comes with an underbed storage locker, which is big enough for your suitcase. You can bring your own lock or purchase one from the hostel. The bathrooms are private and in the hallway. There are several, so I never had to wait very long for access. They are beautiful, nicer than most fancy hotel bathrooms. The shower head is one of those rain types, which was very relaxing.
The Green Tortoise also provided breakfast, but you had to make it yourself and dinner three nights a week. I never took advantage of the food options, so I can't review them. I prefer to eat out when on vacation. Laundry machines are available. There is a nice big lounge to hang out in and meet other travelers. There is also a private lounge of sorts, which I did not enter. There is a computer lab available, but it is full day and night I found it hard to find an empty computer station.
I do have a couple of issues during my stay. The major one for me was the unreliable wi-fi. Half the time it didn't work. A lot of the international guests were very upset by this as Facebook is a major way of checking in with friends and families back home. Sometimes you could access it close to the front desk and sometimes not. The other one was that I had to move beds three times during my four-night stay. I returned to the hostel after a long day of sightseeing and found a non-English speaking girl on my bed, in the sheets I slept in last night, on top of my pajamas I left on the bed. I had to move beds, but she got to keep my original bed. This happened to me three times. I did have some warning the last two times. I finally made the front desk guy pinkie promise that I could keep the same bed two nights in a row because it is a hassle to move all my stuff.
Other than the minor issues, I had a great time and would stay here on my next trip to Seattle.
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