I was here in June 2013 because as a solo traveler I wanted an economical place to stay where I could meet other travelers and be near the best attractions.
No doubt it's a great and popular hostel. Located just steps from the Pike Place Market and within walking distance of everything, it's an outstanding bargain. When you enter the hostel, you have to climb a long flight of stairs but that was no problem. Check-in is easy. You're given sheets (actually, they're already on the bunk/bed) and you can lease a towel for a $1.
When I was shown to my room, I was surprised to find two girls sharing one of the two double beds. I'm a guy so that was weird. Each room has four beds of varying sizes depending on theroom. They get pretty hot at night since there's just a fan, and you can hear every noise from traffic zooming by. (I didn't see any drivers zoom through town while I was out exploring, but at night it's a different story.) I like the privacy curtains, which you can just close shut and be in your own private compartment. Also helps to block out some of that noise.
I like the individual shower rooms. Just like going into your own personal tan-marble bathroom. They're large and really nice. Just watch your step as there's a low ledge to step over before you get in and lock the door behind you.
The common area needs some work. I didn't find it all that large and it was nearly always crowded. What's great though is that the hostel has free dinners three nights a week, and the two I was there for were really good. For the rest of the time, you have to cook your own food (as you do for most other hostels), but the stoves are gas and not too cooperative. If you're not familiar with gas, you can easily turn the flame up too high.
The kitchen has a juice dispenser oddly next to the sink, so if you want juice you have to wait until the people in front of you clean their plates. If you like to buy food to refrigerate, there's not a lot of space for that either.
But, hey, it's a hostel. I've been to better, but for Seattle this is really the best deal. You definitely won't need a car, and the subway/rail system is decent enough to get you in the general vicinity of where you want to go. You're also only blocks from the ferries which go to Bainbridge Island and Vashton. Make sure you take the ferry to Bainbridge at least once. It's a short ride and there you are in a different, more rural Seattle experience.
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