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William Penn House Reviews

515 East Capitol St SE, Washington DC, USA

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579 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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It's a great place to stay when traveling alone. I felt very safe there.


The thing I liked the most was the location. Very nice neighborhood.

  • 20th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.


Extremely good location in a residential neigbourhood and only a few hundred meters from the Capitolium. Also close to the Metro. The house in itself is quite simple, but cosy. There is no staff onsite during the nights, so a question is how secure it really is. Never felt unsafe during my stay, though. The hostel is run by the quakers, which didn't bother me in a any way. There is a service every morning and many of the other guest would probably normally be quakers. Very nice receptionist.

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We do, in fact, have staff members living in residence. The office closes at 9pm, after which they tend to keep a low profile. However, the staff do remain in an "on call" designation for the remainder of the night, and can be reached through a staff alert bell in the event of emergencies. While we do have a number of Quaker guests, being Quaker is not a requirement. We welcome anyone who is interested in staying with us!


This is an interesting place to stay with a clear philosophy. I meant some interesting people who were staying at the Hostel whilst in D.C. to lobby Congress about engaging more diplomatically and peacefully with the world.

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Thank you for your review! In addition to the hostel/hospitality aspect (both for individuals as well as groups), the William Penn House facilitates a number of service learning projects both in DC as well as other locations. For more information, you can check out our website http://williampennhouse.org/programs


My stay was perfect. The hostel is in a nice area, really close to the Capitol. The staff was helpful and friendly. The rooms were big enough, the bathroom was clean. I'd definitely recommend this hostel!

  • 30th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


cozy common area.

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