Conveniently located on 1st and Pike, across from Pike Place Market,which is one of the busiest attractions in downtown Seattle. It's two or three blocks/ a five minute walk away from the shops, the waterfront and public transit corridors.
I stayed in a 6-bed dorm room for $30 per night in February. I paid $20 in cash for damage deposit (for the key, and I got it back later). Upon checking in I got my room key, which had access to the hallway of the dorms and my room.
A friendly staff took me to my room at the end of the hallway. I got the top bunk! There is a huge locker at the bottom, twice the size of my luggage. There are two windows in the room that allow for nice daylight and ventilation. There is a sink and a small mirror by the door. Free Wi-fi. The signal wasn't strong in the room but was pretty good in the common area.
The bed: The ladder was very sturdy that I was able to stand on it and fix my bed. xD
One reading light. One fan. One pillow. Two drapes surrounding the bed for privacy. Two blankets, one thin, one thick. Four outlets for charging gadgets.
Was the bed comfy? Yes, very, it didn't creak.
However, the streets outside gets busy in the morning. I heard trucks and cars. Perhaps I was just too excited.
The bathrooms: There were four single occupancy bathrooms on my floor.Shower, sink, toilet, two hooks on the wall, paper towel,hand soap, outlets. Very clean.I borrowed hair dryers from the front desk. Bath towels were rent-able for $1 each.
NO FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE ROOMS. BUT! - There's free breakfast every morning from 6-9:30. Lined up from left to right :juice, canned pineapple, orange slices, bananas, white toast, wheat toast, peanut butter, jam, jelly, margarine/butter. There might have been eggs in the kitchen, but I didn't check.
Free dinners on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm. I took advantage of two of them for the three nights of stay. On Tuesday there were tacos, wraps, meat (...?) and salad. On Thursday there was pasta, meat sauce, vegetables, bread and salad. Delicious? Very! Food was cooked by a great staff.
Fun facts: All the plates, mugs and cutlery were different... After eating everyone bused themselves, rinsed the dishes, put on a rack, rack into the dishwasher. I volunteered to help with the dishes on Thursday night, just rinsing basically. :P
Staff and activities: I had trouble telling who was an employee and who was not. They were just like any of us. Young and friendly! There was an announcement before dinners. It was sorta like a meeting, while everyone sat at tables in the common area/dining room. Plans for the night were discussed. Live music, clubbing, bar crawls... There is food tours and yoga sessions during the day as well. Check their calendar.
Things to bring (probably):
A lock for the lockers, shower slippers, a hanger, a water bottle, toiletries in a bag, a bath towel
Checking out time was 11am. I brought my sheets and pillowcase to the hamper beside the kitchen. Returned the key and got my 20 bucks back! :D Free luggage storage before I went exploring the city on my last day.
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