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“ABSOLUTELY AWFUL!!!”
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

SO MANY BAD POINTS!! Where to start? On arrival, we were urged to take our shoes off in the reception area where all shoes were kept, it stunk!! we enter the hostel and there is a DOG! My friend is allergic to dogs, there was no mention of a dog staying on any site before booking! We stayed in the basement room, no natural light, poor ventilation. Beds were extremely uncomfortable, mattress very hard, covers were stained (urine,vomit,blood!!!) and pillow was too thin to make a difference. Ceilings were covered in rot and damp, top bunks far too close to ceiling. My other friend had an asthma attack in the night, and all 3 of us woke up feeling short of breath, and very ill. I have no doubts that this was due to the room.

-towels were donated hole ridden old towels.
-linen was dirty and stained
-bathroom was dirty
-no privacy, one toilet, glass doors on showers.
-not enough lockers to accommodate everyone in the room
-not proper lockers -old filing cabinet drawer used
-staff seemed more interesting in gossiping and flirting than they did cleaning.
-roof top terrace is run down, chairs are broken.
-kitchen too small to keep your own food, or cook in there.
-no juice allowed in the fridge.
-whole place is run down!!!!

Anyone who says this place is clean, has a very low standard of cleanliness!! Definitely NOT for people who like comfort, cleanliness or security. Much better places in DC, which we then stayed at and were finally happy again. I would NOT return to this place, not even for one night!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights, really friendly and helpful staff. Pancakes and coffee just awesome. Bathrooms are great and clean. Only one downside, 12man dorms can be a nightmare, especially when 1 person comes in drunk at 2am and 4am and wakes everyone up. Thick skin needed. All-in-all a great place to stay, worth every dollar.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank Mountainshak
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

location is very good. As for the condition, the bathrooms are very clean. They have no shoes policy for inside which helps with the floor but it could be better. Sunday barbecue offers really nice food.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
Thank sbaek85
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Just as it is with hotels, hostels have many different options. If you're not used to it or just somehow afraid of staying in a hostel or anything, this is a great place to start. It is clean, well organized, has a good location... Pretty much everything you could expect from a hostel. Just think about a regular hostel with some good upgrades. The problem? Well, hostels are supposed to be very low-cost options and this one is not that much cheap.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Diogo P
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

I stayed for 1 night. I really enjoyed my stay. Receptionists were nice, beds were large, and bathrooms were clean. They also provided free pancakes as breakfast. It was in walking distance of a subway station, so transportation was convenient.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ao Z
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This place has very nice rooms, with big lockers, easy to sleep no noise and clean.
It has a very good location walking distance to the national mall.
But the place is boring, there is no platform for socializing with new people there, so it barely happens.
The place is run in a very 'strict' manner taking the fun out of it. No activites planned, the building itself is built in a manner which is hard to move around.
The owner is a hypocrite who does not allow for shoes beyond the front door, but comes with shoes on himself, and worse yet with his dirty dog that drools all over the place. (The bathrooms and rooms are very clean nonetheless. The shoe policy is stupid though)

Bottom line: Need a good clean place, in a good location for a reasonable price ? Found your place.
Want a place for a bit more than that - such as fun, socializing and good 'vibe' ? Search someplace else.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Twan123
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

The hostel has a shoes-off policy which seems to translate to staff as "no need to clean". The foyer stinks with foot sweat as a result. The staff was off- the girl making breakfast was more keen on gossiping with her mates than actually cooking...lots of hungry people stood in line waiting. Very young crowd who seem to know it all- didn't enjoy the atmosphere.

Room Tip: Basement room was depressing, as no natural light.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Jo A A
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Additional Information about Duo Housing

Address: 1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4217
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range: £20 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Duo Housing 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All brand new!! New bathrooms! New media room! Cleanest rooms in dc! (Thanks to our "no shoes in house" and "no food in bedrooms" policies! ) Check out what makes Duo Housing THE #1 Choice for travellers! We provide the MOST FREE Amenities of any Hostel in DC! Duo Housing is just MINUTES away from nightlife, tourist attractions, and shopping! Less than 2 blocks to the Metro Rail! Come see why everyone LOVES Duo Housing DC! ... more   less 
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