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Downtown Washington Hostel

Hostelworld Recommends


  • 86%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Downtown Washington Hostel is located in a safe neighbourhood very near Union Metro Station, just three stops from the city centre. Hostelworld guests have told us 'the entire hostel feels like a home away from home', saying the staff are 'extremely friendly and it is easy to tell that they care about what they are doing'. This hostel has a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where it's easy to meet other travellers. We like their daily free pancake breakfast.

Property Information:

The iconic, trend-setting Downtown Washington Hostel is still a 'Washington DC must' for travelers in the know.

With a downtown location conveniently situated in a hip mixed use district, Downtown Washington Hostel is surrounded by a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

Washington DC buzzes from early morning until late night. Travelers are connected via 2 nearby metro stations, 3 bus routes, and a bike share program just a block away!

At Downtown Washington Hostel we aim to provide you with comfortable, affordable, and fun accommodations where you can feel at ease and meet fellow budget travelers in a lively and relaxed environment. We provide a unique backpacker experience which offers great facilities including internet, chill out areas, lockers, tourist information, internet access, movie nights, luggage storage, telephone facilities and much more. The rooms in our hostel are large, bright and spacious with modern decoration and interior.

Please Note:

Check in:  3pm (we are happy to keep guests' luggage, but arriving guests do not have access to the property until after 3pm on the day of their arrival/check in).

Check out: 10:30am – Please vacate your bed/room/house by 10:30am on your departure/final day (we are happy to keep guests' luggage, but departing guests do not have access to the property after 10:30am on the day of their check out).

All guests must be over the age of 18. Reservations are limited to 14 days per calender year.

All reservations must be secured with a valid credit card.

If you wish to cancel and receive a full refund for the amount charged by Downtown Washington Hostel you must contact us by email 2 days prior to your arrival.

All guests upon check in will be required to read and agree to the property rules; should the rules not be followed the guest may be asked to leave. All guests must present a valid government issued ID (passport or US driver's license).

There is a very strict 'NO DRUGS' policy anywhere on the property. Smoking is only allowed outside.

Non-paying guests are not allowed in any guest room.

Please be aware that there is an additional 14.5% tax that must be collected. This is in addition to the regular per night reservation fee.
Best For: Entertainment, Meeting People

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  • Downtown Washington Hostel says

    What some hostels consider 'extra' we consider to be 'the Downtown Washington Hostel way'! I think that what sets us far apart from any other hostel is, by far, our amazing, friendly staff and our location. Our staffers are international travellers just like our guests and have spent enough time in DC to fall in love with it and stay awhile. Columbia, Ireland, Venezuela, and California among others are all represented by our staff - so they know what it's like and all the 'must see' places in DC!
    We're literally four short blocks from all the must-see attractions.
    We have the new Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, a huge 49" flat screen television, hundreds of movies to choose from and hundreds of international television channels, plus we put on free movie nights throughout the week with free snacks, guided tours of DC nightlife at weekends, and board games and card games.
    The majority of our guests are 17 - 29 years old from all parts of the world.
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      AJ, Manager
  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Fantastic hostel. It exudes a vibrant cosy community atmosphere that makes you feel like you are part of a shared home rather than merely just sharing amenities.
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      Anonymous, Australia, Female, 18-24
  • Latest Review

    Good hostel. Second time going and the renovations they made were great. Very clean facilities and very friendly and accommodating staff. Will definitely use again.
    Read More
      Anonymous, USA, Couple, 31-40


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • PlayStation
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Wii

Hostel Awards

Hoscar Nominations
  • Nominee 2013
  • Worldwide Small Hostel


  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Things to Note

All guests must be over the age of 18 unless prior approval is obtained. Reservations are limited to 14 days per calender year.

Downtown Washington Hostel Located at 506 H Street NE, , Washington DC.
Downtown Washington Hostel
Washington DC District of Columbia 20002 506 H Street NE
84% 1537
38.9003375 -76.9991080
Downtown Washington Hostel
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