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“You can find a better place” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Capital View
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“You can find a better place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

Last weekend I was in DC and found this hostel. The place is very close to Chinatown and it has to Metro stations about 3 blocks away. I shared my room with 5 other girls. The rooms are big but with no place to place your luggage. Bathrooms were not clean and it didn't even have a chair to put your clothes while taking a shower. The bathroom didn't have soap and a paper towels to clean your hands...anyway, the place has the very basics. It is ok if you just want to sleep plus you have free wireless internet. Another thing was that you are not allowed to use your shoes inside so bring extra socks. I think next time I'll look for a better place.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2011

Although the location is good I can't recommend this hostel. The owners are very cheap and "nickel & dime" it every where they can.

Pros:
only three blocks from the Metro.

Cons:
Their staffed hours are 10-10 but there often isn't anybody there. If you try to check in after 10 pm it'll cost you an extra $20. Their policies are poorly written and posted. One worker told me .25 per sheet to print black and white and .50 for color and another worker said .50 for black and white and .75 for color. They have extra charges for a multitude of "offenses". They have several security cameras throughout the hostel but few outside. They're more concerned with protecting their hostel than their visitors.
There are no trash cans in the rooms. No dressers or shelves to put your belongings. They provide you a towel but no hook to allow it to dry. The mattresses are cheap and not very comfortable.
Shoes are not allowed and they admonish you for wearing them in the main room even though you are by the front door where people come in and it's the only place you can sit down to take your shoes off. You have to sit on the stairs to take your shoes off or put them on.
The shower stall floors are missing tiles and the water doesn't work right. You actually have to turn it the opposite way for the hot water to work and it can take several minutes for the hot water to get very hot.
You can go out on the roof but the wood hasn't been treated in years; make sure you wear your socks. The tables and chairs are old and beat up and there's no shade or cover if it rains.

Conclusion:
There is nothing "luxurious" about this place. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Capital View

Property: Capital View
Address: 301 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2524
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Mount Vernon Square , Upper Northwest
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Ranked #13 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Capital View 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most centrally located hostel in Washington, DC. We are just blocks, and less than 10 minutes away from The Capitol, The Monuments, The Museums, and all of the major attractions in the Capital. Feel free to explore, or just spend the time on our roof top patio, and utilize our roof top pool and Jacuzzi access on weekdays! ... more   less 
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