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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

This hostel looked really great online. However, when we arrived, things started to fall apart. They wanted to charge us extra money than what our booking statement said was to be paid upon arrival. $200 extra dollars to be exact. There is free wifi in the building, but it cuts out every five minutes and then goes missing. The free breakfast in the morning is really great and few of the staff are warm and welcoming. Probably wouldn't stay here again.

Room Tip: Four people in a private room makes you get real close and personal with one another.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank James S
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2014

Thanks for your comments and opinions. To clarify pricing, we don't charge "extra money" for bookings. Travelers often overlook taxes when using common booking engines. Unless the guest changes their mind and decides to upgrade, our prices on-line are correct with the exception of local taxes. There are no hidden charges. Cheers and travel safe.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

I spent five nights in a four-bed room (#219). My back will take a long time to recover. Rooms facing the street are best for early risers as the blinds don't really block the sun. Overall the hostel is clean, bright, and well-run. There is plenty of cooking space and utensils, the large Asian market/food court is a block away.King Street station is a block away for easy airport, Amtrak and city center transport. The neighborhood is very sketchy, I was offered drugs every time I went out and saw deals every day (I'm a middle aged mom). Homeless congregate outside. The baths are clean, there are many public areas, the staff are efficient and friendly. The wifi is free but very sketchy. The computer room has affordable access ($5/hr) but outdated browser that doesn't support gmail. There are organized activities at the hostel nightly. My room was on an interior courtyard, and the pigeon guano was so thick I felt it unsanitary to open the window at all. The blind was badly damaged but was quickly replaced when I asked. The clientele ranged from vacantly staring people talking to themselves to older people. There is a 14 day limit per calendar year. If you are in town for an event or a short layover this is an affordable layover. Three or more people would do better in a hotel, however. No food or alcohol are allowed in the rooms (not followed.).Smokers set off the fire alarm early and repeatedly. Sheets are thin but not scratchy, same for towels and pillows (ask for at least one extra!)

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms are quieter.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2014

Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed observations. Travel safe.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

This hostel wasn't bad, but it was nothing to rave about. The hostel itself was very clean, and the bathrooms were nice. The kitchen was large and breakfast is exactly what you would expect from a hostel. The location isn't the best, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to main attractions such as Pike Market. It is located in China Town, so there is plenty of food available close by. It is close to the Amtrak station and the buses depart just down the road. The wifi was the biggest issue, it was tough to get anything done as it was virtually non-existant. Personally, I wouldn't stay there again simply on its proximity to main attractions.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Nathan D
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2014

Thank you for your kind observations. I must point out we are located one half block from the metro bus tunnels so, getting anywhere downtown including main attractions is simple and quick. Many guest prefer to walk as they take in the beautiful northwest scenery. Cheers and travel safe.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

I had a terrific stay for the 8th time over there at the American Hotel in Seattle. In fact, I made it just in time to help celebrate the New Year of 2014, and I even went to two different places: The Museum of History and Industry and the Seattle Art Museum, thanks to First Thursday. I really enjoyed it, and I'll be planning to return to Seattle on a Thursday before Labor Day, just in time for another Bumbershoot for 2014! Okay? Like I said, I'll come back over there real soon, and thank you very much for your generous support.

Room Tip: Anyway, there were no Swimming Pools nor Fitness Centers over there at the American Hotel in Seattle, thanks to: Hostelling International USA.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Thank DennisAlabaso
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Thanks so much for the kind comments. Travel safe.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

It was my first time in Seattle and the HI Seattle was the perfect place to stay! It can be easily reached with public transport (Airport line is just 5 minutes down the road from the hostel) and is located in Chinatown so you have a number of great restaurants and a fantastic Japanese book store just minutes away. Staff is very welcoming, super friendly, and very helpful and knowledgeable and happy to share tipps of what to do and what to see in Seattle. I had a private room (bunk bed, sink, shower, small table) that was spotlessly clean and quiet. The kitchen was clean and tidy with a bright and big dining area. Make sure to check out the lounge area (I think it is on the second floor?): Its a great spot to meet fellow travellers.
Unfortunately, I only stayed one night and had to check out early so I did not get to try the breakfast they are offering. Like: Free towels, alarm clock (my cellphone broke down so I had to borrow an alarm clock which fortunately was not a problem), small fans for each bed (I really loved those and wish every hostel had one of those!), free admission to some museums on certain days. Its the perfect place to stay in Seattle and I definitely will stay here again.

Room Tip: My room was on the third level and it was very very quiet. You could not hear any noises or sounds from the stairs or other rooms.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Ju M
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AHManagement, General Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thanks so much for your kind comments. We hope to see you again!

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