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HI Washington DC

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Located near the city's most famous attractions, Hostelling International-Washington, DC (HI-DC) offers a friendly and inexpensive lodging experience for travelers. We provide an unbeatable environment (and a long list of amenities) that brings together international and domestic travelers. We also offer groups a safe and comfortable place to stay.

LOCATION
Set in the heart of downtown Washington, DC, Hostelling International-Washington, DC (HI-DC) is close to all of the best the city has to offer:
* The White House (8 blocks)
* The National Mall (8 blocks) - home to the Capitol, monuments and museums
* Chinatown (4 blocks)
* Metro Center (3 blocks) - Metrorail is the local subway system
* Bus stops and taxi stands (1 block)
* And just steps from bars, restaurants, performing art centers and many more attractions


ROOMS & AMENITIES
In addition to being the best place in DC to discover new cultures and make new friends, our hostel offers safe, clean and comfortable accommodations, with a wide variety of amenities and services. We provide dormitory-style and private rooms to satisfy our guests' needs. Dorm-style rooms (all with bunk beds), come in four-bed, eight-bed and ten-bed configurations, while private rooms sleep two hostellers in two twin beds. All of the dorm-style rooms and most of the private rooms share single-sex bathrooms on each guest room floor, the hostel also offers a limited number of en suite rooms (private room with private bath).

Amenities Include:
* 24-hour front desk service & security
* No curfew, no lock-out
* All rates include tax
* An environment that is drug-free, smoke-free and alcohol-free
* A/C and heat in all guest rooms
* FREE breakfast (7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Daily)
* FREE in-room lockers (please bring your own locks), linens and towels
* FREE tours, movie nights and programs
* FREE Wi-Fi in the lobby
* FREE local map and area information
* FREE pool table, books, puzzles, and games
* FREE body wash in all showers
* Common room with big, comfortable couches, Internet stations ($3 per hour), information center, ATM, and pre-paid phone card machine
* TV room with big screen, 150+ channels, DVD, VCR, a library of FREE movies, and leather club chairs
* Fully-equipped, self-service kitchen
* Outside patio seating
* Laundry facilities (open 24-hours)
* Luggage storage
* Elevator
* Iron/ironing board
* Hair dryers (in all bathrooms)
* Wheelchair accessibility
* Visa and MasterCard accepted
* Nearby restaurants, bars and pubs, grocery shopping, pharmacy and other conveniences
* Individual travelers and groups welcome
* Bicycle rack on-site, and bicycle rental available near the hostel
*Group bookings are offered through our Group Sales department

STAFF
Our staff is ready to welcome you to our capital city, help you with information about the local attractions and help to make your stay fun and relaxing. Make your reservation and be ready for an incredible stay at HI-DC!

HI-DC & THE ENVIRONMENT
We are committed to being stewards of the environment. However, we do not view our environmental responsibility as a destination. Rather, we see it as a continuous journey.
* The only hostel in the DC area to be designated an Eco-Friendly hostel by Hostel World
* The lowest water consumption per overnight guest of all HI's Gateway City properties
* Currently renovating all guest rooms using low VOC paint and carpet that is low VOC, made from recycled materials, and is itself 100% recyclable
* Follow a linen re-use program to conserve water (during a hosteler stay, linens are washed only by request)
* All paper (office paper, toilet tissue, and hand towels) is from at lest 95% recycled materials
* Recycle Aluminum, Glass, Paper, Plastic, Cardboard, Batteries, and ink/toner cartridges
* Use (and then recycle) compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) throughout the hostel
* Have monthly documentary movie nights on environmental topics
* Have push faucets on all sinks (the timer reduces water consumption)
* Use low-flow aerators on all sink faucets
* Provide environmentally friendly dish soap in the kitchen
* Have all re-usable products in the kitchen and for breakfast (no disposables) View House Rules

Overview

The HI Washington DC has everything a backpacker needs: food, fun and plenty of space to relax and meet new people. Begin your day with a free breakfast (is there a better way to start?), then let us show you around on a free city tours or pub crawl. In the evenings, hang in the common room, play some pool or come to movie night in the TV room decked out in huge, comfy seats and a stockpile of DVDs. When the sun’s shining, head out onto the patio and toast your stay in DC with a cocktail!

Location

We make seeing all the best sights in DC super easy, thanks to our central location. Stroll to the White House in just 15 minutes, the National Mall in 23 minutes and Chinatown in 10. Flying into Dulles International Airport? Hop on the bus, then switch to the metro blue line – you'll be with us in an hour. If you’re exploring farther afield, you’ll find we're just 10 minutes from the nearest Metrorail stop, Metro Center.

Rooms and Dorms

You can pick between mixed, male- and female-only dorms, as well as twin private rooms if you like your space. Every floor has single-sex bathrooms with free body wash, and every room has secure lockers for your stuff (just remember to bring your lock). There's air con, and we’ve thrown in linen and towels for free, too.

Extras and activities

You'll find friendly staff at our 24-hour reception, along with free city maps. There's no curfew, so you can stay out as late as you want. Load up your route using the free Wi-Fi in the lobby to save on data roaming, and get some cash at the ATM so you're never strapped. If you’re staying in, our kitchen has everything you need to cook up your favourite dinner for a taste of home, or make your version of the great American cheeseburger!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.7


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Mar 2020
    Terrific!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Feb 2020
    HI Washington D.C. is one of my favorite hostels. I am a professor and I bring students to D.C. every year and we stay in this hostel. I know that they will be welcome and safe while in the nation's capitol, and will have a clean bed and secure lockers. More than that, I always get wonderful service from the staff. When we arrived, all of my students were together in respective rooms and the check-in material was organized. Everything went smoothly. It was a great stay.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    20 Feb 2020
    I really enjoyed my stay here. I thought the staff was really friendly and helpful and the rooms were well kept. The fact that I was able to come and go as needed and not worry was a huge plus for me. If traveling on a budget, this is a really great option!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    27 Feb 2020
    The location is great, it's in a safe part of town, close to a lot of bars / restaurants as well as being very walkable from the Mall. I was traveling solo, light and cheap so having towels, shampoo and breakfast included was a huge plus. The rooms, which are white-walled and stark, are very functional but not very welcoming and the beds are covered in so much plastic that the whole room crinkles as people sleep. Still, it was everything I needed and nothing I didn't. I would stay again.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4

    Superb

    22 Feb 2020
    Always a great place to stay in DC
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    07 Mar 2020
    Overall had a good stay at HI Washington. The metro station is a close walk away and the reception staff is very helpful and friendly. There are also daily activities organized by the hostel most of which are free of charge. It is also one of the few hostels in DC and is a pretty good value for money option
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    24 Feb 2020
    Very nice hostel with awesome staff and clean rooms and bathrooms. I enjoyed my two nights there very much and was able to visit all important sights, because of the good location.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    14 Feb 2020
    Great location for all the sites in D.C. an easy walk to pretty much everything, and lots of nearby food options for all budgets. Phenomenal breakfast, one of the best I have come across. Overall facilities were good including Wifi, showers, lockers (need your own padlock). Hostel kind of lacked any atmosphere the weekend I was there, but there was a large group of 15/16 year old school kids who probably distorted the overall vibe. A notable number of older travellers in town for the sites.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 6.3

    Good

    21 Feb 2020
    Extra $4 per night 20% extra is outrageous! Lockers - HAVE NO LOCK and are next to everyone's head in the room so noisy. The beds are noisy, the doors are noisy. Room A/C is noisy, not good in summer. Breakfast - is OK. Staff are nice if you are human to them. Many, many rules, no bags on the floor. Nice location and facilities to cook own food can not be better. Average place, above average price. Social tours and dinners available. Safeway for food is 5 blocks East.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 2.0

    Rating

    27 Feb 2020
    Out of 50+ hostels in 11 countries, this is the worst I’ve ever been to. First, our reservation was wrong, we were overcharged, and our group was split up. Then, a severely mentally ill woman in my room kept violently groping me as I slept and screaming at me all night for no reason. I was so terrified. Staff did nothing - no refund, no 911 call, just offered to move me to a new bed. But who could sleep after such a harrowing ordeal? HI just lost a yearly member. Wish I could give zero stars.
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table


Awards

  • 2019

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2016

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2010

    2nd, Hostel Chain

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