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HI - Washington DC Hostel Reviews

1009 11th Street, NW Washington, Washington DC, USA

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87%

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2752 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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80%

It would be better to change taps in bathrooms with laser ones. It is very bad for our health because of bacteria accumulated on push buttons. Also elevator needs to be replaced.


74%

They offer nice activities, where easily meet other hostellers and which are fun. The price for the hostel is pretty much ok, although the building and the facilities are bit older. Since the hostel is directly at a rather busy street during the night it can be a bit loud. Breakfast is good. 24h reception


74%

I stayed at 4 different HI Hostels in the US and this was by far the worst one. Mattresses are too thin so you have a bar sticking in your back, turbulent air conditioning, on off on off, hot cold hot cold, hard to sleep. Staff might recommend you to go to Bolt burgers down the road, DO NOT GO TO BOLT BURGERS. Only one elevator and it is the worlds slowest. To their credit they did organise decent events and tours and the staff were quite friendly.


100%

Had a great stay! Staff were nice and helpful, rooms were clean and it was easy to find even though it was a ten minute straight walk from Metro Station. But overall, great stay! Definitely will be back if I go to DC.


37%

I couldn't get breakfast and the bathroom was so dirty. It made me feel so unconfortable and bad.

  • 29th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

Within walking distance of all the main attractions, staff are friendly and helpful.


97%

The location is excellent. Loads within walking distance. The subway is also a short walk away with a direct journey to the airport or main train station. Washing facilities are good here and the breakfast guy, John, puts a smile on your face every morning!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sophie, thank you so much for your kind review! We are pleased to hear that our location and staff were able to make your stay here in Washington DC an enjoyable one! We look forward to your next stay with us. Safe travels- Dylan

63%

Hostel is OK, quite old, but adequately maintained. Bathrooms need an upgrade. Otherwise clean & reasonably comfortable. In-room lockers were good (BIG!)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Robert, thank you for your review on our hostel. We appreciate your feed back, as it helps us to improve everyday. We apologize that our facilities did not appear to be up to par, we are currently working to improve our hostel in a variety of ways. We are pleased to hear that our lockers were able to make your stay with us a better one. Safe travels-Dylan

83%

This is a good hostel and not as impersonal as other large HIs.

  • 24th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


71%

I like its location, security and staff but I don't like some facilities. Too much air conditioning and poor water faucet. Water flow was too weak.


100%

I had a really good time during my staying in this hostel. All hostel is really clean and nice and offers for visitors many things for free like night tours with tour guide through Washington. The atmosphere is really friendly and people working there are trying to help make a good society among all visitors. I definitely recommend this hostel. Big advantage is breakfast which is included in the prize. The location is also really good just a couple minutes from White House and another sights.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Romana, thank you so much for your kind review on our hostel! We are pleased to hear that our location, facilities, and breakfast helped make your stay in Washington DC better! We look forward to your next stay with us! Safe travels-Dylan

83%

elevator was supposed to be shut down from 6 to 7 so I woke up early to get my bags down but it was already out of service.


100%

I loved stayed there, the staff is very polite with everybody and there is a man in the kitchen during the breakfast that almost everyday greet everyone that come in with a good morning in native language of all people, so it's awesome!!! I strongly recommend this hostel.


66%

Beds not overly comfortable and bathrooms could be cleaner. Breakfast was good and location was pretty good.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. We are continuing to improve the appearance and amenities of our hostel everyday. We are also happy to hear that our breakfast and location was able to attribute to your stay here in Washington DC. Safe Travels-Dylan

66%

The hostel and the staff are very nice. This is exactly what we expect from a youth hostel. But surprisingly, I am going to put a bad comment... 40$ for a dormitory bed? 10 years ago, it was 20 dollars MAXIMUM for a bed. I thought the mission of a youth hostel was to welcome young people who travel and to provide them a basic bed for cheap? Now youth hostels are becoming luxury hostels, but without the comfort... It is ridiculous. A dormitory bed shouldnt be more than 20$, wherever you are.

  • 10th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

I had a great time! I love meeting international students and people coming from all over the world. I would suggest to add more fun group activities that foster to know each other. It is a very great environment at HI. Also, they must add a variety of breakfast.

  • 10th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Democratic Rep. of Congo
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you very much for your comments and review. We continually have tours and activities around the hostel that are available for sign up in the lobby in order to promote fun in a group setting. We try to have one to two of these activities everyday. We are working to improve our complimentary breakfast currently. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the international atmosphere. Safe travels- Dylan

94%

I liked the hostel: there was a lot of space, especially the dining room and kitchen, which I found really great. I also liked the eco-friendly nature of the hostel. I would recommend it to all people who are fond of youth hostels. The only thing that I would ask for - could the air conditioning in the rooms be individually set by the guests?

Owner Comment (Hide)
We truly appreciate your kind comments and review! We are pleased to hear that our facilities were able to make your stay in Washington DC a pleasant one! We will definitely take your suggestion into consideration as we are always improving here at HI- Washington DC. Thank you for the recommendation! Safe Travels- Dylan

100%

Was a great place I didn't get to utilise it as much as I was only there one night but had a lot to offer.... They need to add fruit to their breakfast menu way to many carbs

Owner Comment (Hide)
Adele Hunt, We appreciate your review of our hostel! We are pleased to hear that our hostel was able to make your stay in DC an enjoyable one. We will work towards adding more fruit to our breakfast. Have safe travels!- Dylan

100%

An excellent hostel all around! Will you please consider free internet for travelers without computers?


74%

Really enjoyed my stay. The hostel has a great location, everything I wanted to see was close by.

  • 3rd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We appreciate your review and comments. We take pride in knowing that our location was able to make your stay with us an enjoyable one. Please stay with us again soon. Safe Travels-Dylan

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