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Charleston's NotSo Hostel
Reviewed 7 April 2011

I stayed at the Notso Hostel for a couple of nights in April of 2011 and had an awesome experience. I was traveling solo and really appreciated the sense of community that came with the stay. To me experiencing a new city is more fun when you have people outside your group to chat with and gain perspective, insight and to have fun with if you wish. The staff at the hostel was very accomodating and always happy to answer questions and give suggestions. I would recommend the Notso Hostel for anyone wanting to get out and have a fun and social experience in Charleston.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

My group, the Rumson Hash House Harriers, has stayed at the hostel every year for over 5 years. We all enjoy the ambiance.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

First time at a hostel so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Cool house. Convenient location. Friendly folks. People were quiet at night so u could sleep. Small rooms. It was definitely in need of some deep cleaning. White walls were really dirty. Layer of dust on baseboards. Maybe I'm too picky. Basic stuff was clean. Loved the cafe next door.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 31 March 2011

My wife, son, and I spent four nights at the 33 Cannon Annex which consists of 6 private rooms. We stayed in the Kingsolver Room. Other than some huge dust bunnies under the chair that we had to move, everything was very clean from the kitchen to the bathrooms. It was very quiet and location is very convenient to everything you would want to see in charleston.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

We actually stayed at the Notso Hostel's new Annex on 33 Cannon Street in the Kingsolver Room. The Annex is actually a few blocks closer to King Street which worked out well because we didn't rent a car and just walked into town each day. If you can handle "no frill" accomodations, this place is great. They provide sheets and towels and there were plenty of clean extras if needed. The house was nice and quiet. Our room was right next to the larger upstairs bathroom and we never had to wait to use it. I'm pretty sure the house was fully booked, however we rarely saw anyone and just did our own thing which was nice.

The Hominy Grill on Rutledge is a short walk away and was DELICIOUS. Buckweat pancakes, awesome grits, omelettes with avocado, pumpkin ginger bread...soo good! Basil is a short walk on King Street...great Thai food. And Seeking Indigo on King has a chi gong massage (with Greg) that is well worth the price tag...especially after all the walking on King Street!

My one recommendation for the Notso Hostel:
The bathroom upstairs is updated and really spacious and nice, however...
The shower should be scrubbed every couple days at least... and the bath mat should be swapped out every couple days as well. When we arrived the shower floor was really grimy and badly in need of a scrub. It remained that way for the next four days that we were there. Same with the bath mat.

A simple thing that would have made a big difference!

Other than that, we thoroughly enoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
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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
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Additional Information about 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: £46 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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