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Hilltop Hostel Reviews

300 Carroll St, 20012, NW, Washington DC, USA

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605 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Great hostel, probably my favourite so far. The staff are friendly, ask them anything! Location wise you can't complain, Takoma station across the road, 12 mins to central DC and the metro is pretty frequent. Chilled balconys for the evening, close shops for beer, coffee and a 7eleven and a CVS (supermarket) super close by. Many thanks for the stay!


Never stayed at a hostel before. I was expecting bed bugs and noise. But it was super clean and just awesome! Thanks Vic From Arizona


John was great!


A member of the Staff was extremly helpful. It was John. He was always willing to help us to find what to do in the town and how to do it. He was really kind.


The place is calm, cozy, and perfect to relax and enjoy the capital. It is really close to the Takoma metro station, close to supermarkets and other facilities. You will hardly ever find a manager as commited, sympathetic, and attentious as Donald. Definetely, its is a must-go hostel.


It was right near takoma station! Very good location in case you dont have a rented car.Management is good and courteous.Kitchen,bathroom facilities are good.Rooms are a bit congested but overall its a good deal for the money.

  • 28th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


A decent hostel at a good location considering the price per night in a city like this. The shared kitchen and living rooms really add to the hostel experience and I had some nice conversations :). The room and shower are clean enough even though a lot of people use them. Although they were friendly the contact with the residents/staff was a bit confusing at first and they do no seem to enjoy the guests so much.


Great value for money. Hostel is close to the subway and nearby shops. There is a lock in the main entrance. Atmosphere is good. Staff is usually decent. There was a argument between a staff and a client when I arrived though. Apart from that only problem is cleanliness. Sheets were old and dirty. Building itself is a little bit old and rusty.


Location excellent. Very close to the subway. The blanket was dirty and smelled bad. The kitchen very clean.

  • 13th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Rules, rules, rules. Empty pizza box in the room so that it does not go blown away from balcony? unacceptable. Single sealed fortune cookie without any intention to actually eat it? no way, go put label on it. Now! No AC after 10 AM, open the window (with hell outside). Every midnight guy comes to check if door is locked. The place itself is not bad, but this kind of ruins the whole picture.


This was probably the cleanest hostel I've ever been in. The dormitory was also unusually spacious. The back decks and yard were a great feature. The basement rec room had a lot of potential, too, but almost no one hung out there. It was a convenient place for me to surf the Web or read in peace -- and at a cooler temperature than outside -- but I expect it gets a lot of use as a social area in the winter. The staff was older than usual for a hostel, so the atmosphere was accordingly sedate.


Very nice location and staff! But many stairs to go


honestly baffled as to why this place has such low ratings... i've stayed at lots of hostels throughout europe and asia, and this is one of my favorites. just the fact that they have a huge kitchen/multiple refigerators ranks HIGH. this place just feels like a home... because it is a home. cons are...yeah, the basement is creepy and they don't have lockers in all the dorm rooms (but there are lockers available elsewhere) and internet is a bit slow in places, but for the homey vibe this is an A+

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