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HI Washington DC Hostel

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Just got back from staying at the Hi washington and we loved it. Having never stayed in a hostel before I was a bit apprehensive about staying here, but I was soon mightily impressed. What I love is the friendly atmosphere created at the hostel and how much the staff try to get everyone to bond and mix. I loved...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Mr_LJP: Thanks for the great note! The HI-DC team is truly incredible at what they do, and I am so happy to read that they made the experience one you will fondly recall. I will definitely have the team look into the shower issue. We had some trouble with that a couple of months ago, but I thought we had...

Jersey City, New Jersey
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I've been to a few Hostelling International hostels during a trip to Europe but did not know what to expect from the hostels here in the States. I am happy I decided to stick with HI hostels. The rooms were clean, as were the towels and linens provided. I appreciated the layout of the 10 person rooms, giving a sense...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

CarloM225: We are so glad you decided to give HI hostels in the US a try! The only thing I can think of regarding the bathrooms is that someone may have opened a window. "Cool and breezy" is not an frequent descriptor of our bathrooms. I will ask the Housekeeping Team to check the windows and ensure they are all...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Unexpectedly nice hostel. My experience with hostels in big cities is that they are too crowded, noisy and rundown. This wasn't true for HI DC at all! The kitchen is absolutely stunning and free breakfast are a good value for money. The only weak point is very little space for your things in the rooms. The lockers are quite big,...

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Palmas, TO
Reviewed 8 February 2013

I love this place. It has a good energy. People are friendly. Very good breakfast and Internet. It's comfortable and clean and I just loved John at the cafeteria as well as Michelle at the front desk! Thank you guys for the gr8 job!

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Gutemberg-Fox: Wow! What a super review! Thanks! John (at breakfast) and Michelle (at the Front Desk) are truly rock stars. I will certainly pass along your shout-out. ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

bangkok
Reviewed 28 January 2013

I was travelling in DC alone for visiting museum and monument. I found it's quite easy to get to this hostel by taking a George town circular bus from union station. The price is very reasonable. Bathroom is clean enough. Only one problem was one of the shower in fifth floor didn't generate hot water. breakfast is ok and u...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

beaubowbo: Thank you for your lovely note! All of us are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I am sorry about the hot water. In January, we were having some issues, but I believe we have resolved them. Also, thank you for the brilliant bit about our free activities. They are loads of fun, and our volunteers who run...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 January 2013

Last minute change of plan and booked the hostel in a hurry. Showed up and my name was not on the reservation. Turned out that I booked for the night before, but the receptionist kindly changed the date without any additional charge. If i had booked a hotel - that $ is gone!!! From Union Station -exit, if you see...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Kokubear: Now that IS great service! I could not ask for more from my Front Desk team. They really took great care of you. And yes, the two (2) pillows are standard on all beds. Please come back soon to see more of our great city! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 20 November 2012

The few outlets on the Second Floor dining room are loose to charge your smartphones, IPads, or laptops. The sleeping rooms are just not one big rectangle with bunks around the four walls. There is enough architectural design for some division for more privacy. Baths were large with counter space and roomy to towel dry from showering. The best is...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

CafeConCarlos: Everything you wrote is entirely true, even the bit about the loose plugs in the Dining Area (which we are working on). Thanks so much for the great ratings! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 19 November 2012

If you have read the reviews here, then the stay should not be disappointing with your expectation calibrated on a shared, no frill environment at an affordable price in a pricey Capital. I traveled alone to DC for the purpose of visiting the museum and attractions. You can find no better location at that price. It will save you alot...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Gary_Bris: Solid description of HI-DC. Thanks so much! We want everyone to have a great stay, and understanding who we are is a key aspect. The lack of power outlets should be fixed this winter, as we are installing bed lamps at each bed, and the units all have a pair of plugs. Agreed that we need to increase the...

hadley rille
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Nice hostel. Pretty big with many floors. Scary elevator. Nice breakfast! Good tv room. Safe. Great location. Saw the prez's helicopters fly overhead. Great value in dc. Many foreign visitors. Busy busy hostel. Would return! Location location.

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

jmjesq: So glad you liked! Come back soon! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

vancouver
Reviewed 14 November 2012

After staying in a higher-end hotel for a conference in Arlington I was excited to go to a Hostel in the heart of DC. The location was great, the rooms were clean, most of the staff was very friendly, (a few were pretty indifferent bordering on rude). I loved that there were people of all ages staying there. Every night...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Crowoman: So glad you found us! And it really sounds like you took advantage of the benefits of a hostel over a hotel. Manny, a volunteer at the hostel for over 20 years! -- is amazing. I'm so sorry about the shower, but glad we got it resolved. Thanks for the note! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HI-DC is the best value in DC! Our dorm-style and private rooms bring together international and domestic budget travelers in a safe, clean, and fun environment. We have a long list of FREE amenities and an unbeatable location - just 8 blocks to The White House and The National Mall (home to world-famous monuments, museums, and galleries), 4 blocks to China Town, and 3 blocks to the Metro. We're Gold Level Certified by Sustainable Travel International's STEP ("green") program, too! ... more   less 

Additional Information about HI Washington DC Hostel

Address: 1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4409
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Price Range: £31 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Washington DC Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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“The private room and 6 bed dorms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles 841abbieb, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“I don't think you can choose, but the elevator is often busy so the closer to the lobby the better (there are 8 floors)”
 of 5 bubbles Danimost, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Frontdesk and staff are always very happy to help. Also go early for breakfast so you don't have to eat in a rush.”
 of 5 bubbles 908jeremiaha, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a room off the street and choose a room with the least amount of beds for your budget”
 of 5 bubbles RamblingRonda, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“go for a room with less people in it”
 of 5 bubbles ToffeeCanary, 9 Aug 2016 | Read review
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