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“Best place to stay in Charleston when you are on a budget!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charleston's NotSo Hostel

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Charleston's NotSo Hostel
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best place to stay in Charleston when you are on a budget!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2011

Such an amazing deal!!! I have stayed at hostels all over the world, and this was such a great experience. Met tons of nice people, great central location, and it is great to have breakfast to start the day right. We walked all over town from the hostel, which was perfect. Also, it is so great to have free parking, considering parking can be tough in the rest of the city. I would HIGHLY recommend this hostel to anyone who is planning a trip to Charleston.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank amyfossaluzza
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Georgia
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61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2011

We took a quick last-minute trip to Charleston, and decided to stay in a private room (Luca) in the Not-So-Hostel for two nights, a Thursday and Friday in late Feb. At that time of the year, you can get a hotel in the outer Charleston area for about that price, but the Not-So is located near enough to downtown to walk or drive in 5 minutes.

The staff are friendly and helpful. The room was clean and simple. The bathrooms were clean, had plenty of hot water, and I never had to wait for a shower.

The rates are great for what you get - $60 for a private, $23/night for a dorm room. The value is even better during high season, or events, but the hostel books early for those types of activities, so don't expect to just drop in during busy times. Parking off the street is free!

Breakfast was minimal - bagels, cream cheese, nutella, butter and coffee. Still, saves $10/person in the city for breakfast. The hostel has complete kitchens if you want to cook (or reheat leftovers)

All in all, an enjoyable stay, so much so, that we added a third night without any difficulty.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travelskk
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2011

Took my Mom to Charleston, and decided to try Notso, as I have had positive experiences at other hostels around the country. I loved the friendly atmosphere at NOTSO, and would visit again with my teenage daughter. I am in my 40's and Mom is 72, and we were the oldest guests there, but all were very friendly, although a bit noisy. We did not feel super-safe walking to restaurants from the hostel location, but did walk our first evening, and had not problems. Private room was tiny, and full size bed seemed tiny too, but it was fine. Only wish the bed had a mattress cover, or mattress pad of some kind.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 4msnfl
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Clarksville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2011

I recently stayed at the Notso Hostel with a friend during our Spring Break. We stayed in the 4 person sleeper for the first two nights of our trip. Each bed had some clean sheets, pillow cases, a pillow and a blanket to sleep under. It was a little small, but very clean and we slept great, as well as met some really nice people each night. On our final night there, we slept in a 2 person private room. It was also very nice. Each room is individualy decorated and very cozy. The staff at the front were very nice and helpful (most of the time lol). My personal computer was unable to access the wifi there but, lobbly also had a computer available for the guests to use and some free maps, which were very helpful. The hostel's location is on Spring Street, which is not the worst, but also not the best street in the area. I was still able to walk back to the hostel after dark with no problems. Breakfast included a selection of 5-6 different types of bagels and free coffee, which was enough to tide us over until lunch. Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Notso. I would not hesitate to stay there again if I ever get the chance to return to the Charleston area.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank you-better-werque11
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Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

I had a great time. Met some new friends and I loved the breakfast! I hope to be back someday.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MitchJW
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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2011

I'm a student at the University of South Carolina Columbia campus and recently took a weekend trip to Charleston with two of my friends. We stayed in a four person co-ed room and were very happy with our accommodation. The bedroom was small but it fit two bunk beds comfortable and we even had room to play some Scrabble. We also shared a living room/kitchen area with a single bedroom. It was so cute! It was also small but very cozy. A couch, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and small table and chairs. The best part was the porch access from our room that allowed us to go sit outside and play cards in the beautiful weather. It was a little chilly since it was February but still amazing. The area that the NotSo Hostel is located in is pretty good. My friends and I walked down to King Street and the Battery one day and those were both very close. We also walked to all the restaurants that we ate at. However, if you walked down a couple blocks down Spring Street the neighborhood got a little sketchy. I felt perfectly safe walking around during the day but I didn't choose to take that route once it got dark. Overall my friends and I couldn't have been happier. We got lucky to find such a welcoming, adorable little hostel. Definitely give it a shot!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ericahelm
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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

By far the most accomodating, friendly, and homely hostel I have had yet to stay at. Groovy people, beautiful buildings, and enough nutella to feed a small army. Be sure to say a friendly hello to Vicki and Leo the tammy for anyone who makes it to Charleston for this delightful visit. Seconds from downtown, a sun drenched porch, and a healthy number of buddha statues and inspirational posters :) make this place a perfect hostel in my opinion. Easy to find, easy to sleep, easy to love.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank t13h
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Additional Information about Charleston's NotSo Hostel

Property: Charleston's NotSo Hostel
Address: 156 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403-5220
Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in lovely and historic downtown Charleston, the Notso Hostel provides safe, clean and simple accommodations. We offer camping, dorms, privates and more. Guests have access to kitchens, porches and common rooms with Internet and WIFI. Breakfast is included as are linens and parking. Come and have breakfast with travelers from all over the world and explore this beautiful Earth. ... more   less 
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