Having stayed in hostels in Europe, Canada and other places in the U.S., we didn't have expectations of luxury. The place was clean and the room was small but adequate.
The two bathrooms in the main building were shared by quite a few people,. We had one miserable night and left as soon as possible in the morning, not waiting our turn to shower. The bed was a thin mattress set on a frame that had about four-five metal bars across, like sleeping on a rack. No box spring. No mattress pad. We tossed and turned all night and woke up feeling bruised (tiny people might not be quite as uncomfortable). I don't know what the beds in the other rooms were like - some people seemed to be staying for several nights.
The staff was good about unlocking the window so we could get some fresh air. The neighbor's car alarm went off a few times sometime in the night and there were people outside talking loudly until very late. Neighborhood wasn't one that I'd walk in, but didn't seem menacing, just noisy, but it was a Friday night.
Allergy alert: This doesn't apply to most people, but someone with allergies might have issues when the furnace is running. I don't know exactly what was in the air, but I got pretty sick by morning. Check it out before you check in.
We called later in the morning, after we left, and were promptly offered a refund of our second night after explaining the problem. Again, the staff does their best.
I'd like to recommend it because Charleston is a charming city and we love hostels, but really, it wasn't worth it.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Charleston`s Notso Hotel Charleston