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HI Washington DC Hostel

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Hawthorne, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is was the cheapest place that I could find because the best of the hotels in this area was well in the 3 figure range. I was surprised that this was a small location. The part that I liked about it was the fact that it was in walking distance to train station. The bad part, however, was seeing...

Thank vutdoan20
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

vutdoan20: Thanks for the note and the PERFECT SCORE! Our great location does expose travelers to the homeless situation in our city, which exists in all cities. (On a side note, DC is at the forefront of addressing this issue to help all who need a place to call home.) Yes, our new elevator -- we named her Suzanne --...

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my first hostel experience and it couldn't have been any better. Staff was OK and I didn't have problems. The breakfast was very good for a hostel. The most important characteristic of this hostel is Its location, very close to the National Mall, where you can visit a lot of landmarks by walking. I really recomend this hostel...

1Thank Carlos_Voltolini
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Carlos_Voltolini: Welcome to the wonderful world of hostelling! We're thrilled that you chose our hostel for your first time. Thank you for your recommendation and we wish you many more pleasant hostel memories! ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at this hostel because it had amazing reviews on trip advisor but I was so disappointed with the experience. I booked my own room. It had an enormous air conditioning unit next to the bed which was incredibly loud on/off all the way through the night so I got no sleep. The room itself was very dusty and...

2Thank DA_2011134
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

DA_2011134: My sincere apologies that we let you down. I know that we just upgraded our Private Rooms with En Suite Bath and Kitchenette. We must have really dropped the ball on cleaning up after that and with the dining room. And service should always be top-notch. I'm checking in with the Team to ensure that we're all being wonderful...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed for a total of four nights. Clean rooms, restrooms and common areas. You'll be provided with sheets, a blanket, pillows as well a towel. Lookers are available, so bring a padlock. Breakfast is included; cereal, OJ, bagels, toast, muffin, jam, peanut butter, cream cheese etc. Location is excellent, walking distance to all the museums and memorials, but also the...

1Thank Linnéa J
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Linnea J: Thank you for telling all of Trip Advisor's readers about your experience with us and so many of the "little things" that we do and offer to make the hostel a fun and enjoyable home base. I do apologize about the beds. I have seen a couple of comments like this, and we definitely need to fix the...

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The room was quite dirty and the staff were generally busy in their own conversations to pay attention to the desk. No ramp to get your suitcase up the couple of stairs inside and a very small lift. This was my third HI and it was not anywhere near at the same standard as the other two. Women and men...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

cupofteague: I'm so sorry that we disappointed you during your stay with us. We definitely need to up our game in many areas, particularly with our cleanliness and service. I will speak with the Housekeeping and Guest Service Teams to understand what happened. There are many amazing HI hostels in the US and around the world. We strive to be...

pembroke pines, fl
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This was my 2nd time staying in a hostel and my 1st at this location. I was there the weekend of October 22. I had a private room. The hostel is in a great location in downtown DC and a short walking distance to area attractions, great restaurants, and public transportation. The room and bathroom facilities were well maintained and...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

amsPembrokePines_Fl: Thank you for choosing us for your second hostel stay ever, and for the wonderful review and PERFECT SCORE! We hope that you continue on your hostelling adventure and stop by to see us next time you're in town. ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General Manager

NW Ohio
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I checked the availability online and it said only one night of the weekend was available, but I called and sure enough, I was able to book a two night stay that weekend. So, always call to book. Though I'm not a HI member, I've been to many HI and this place is also great!! I would rate it my...

1Thank FrugaliciousDiva
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

FrugaliciousDiva: Yippee! I agree with you that HI has amazing hostels around the world, and I'm pretty fond of HI DC, but I'm way more biased. :-) Thanks for highlighting so many wonderful aspects of your stay, and the PERFECT SCORE! Location, yummy breakfast, free amenities, convenience items for sale, super Staff (except for that bit with one member of...

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
Reviewed 18 October 2016

From the very friendly faces at the frontdesk, to the warm service at breakfast, to the opportunity for cross-cultural networking and interaction, I find HI Washington to be very homely. It is a fine place to learn how to interact with the American Culture while you are around. Specific Mention: I love John, he is a great guy for HI...

1Thank Jeremiah A
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

Jeremiah A: Wow! I cannot imagine a better review! Everything you describe, particularly about the opportunity for cultural understanding, is the reason why we are here. I am almost without words. Thank you, thank you, thank you! That is our non-profit's mission, exactly. Wow, again! ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General Manager

Knoxville, Iowa
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Great place to stay. I only stayed one night. It was pizza/game night. Room was very nice. Small but suited its purpose (4 bed room). Bathroom/shower was clean, large enough, breakfast was good, facility is old but I'm not expecting the Marriott! My only negatives were room was hot and I had a room facing the street which was noisy....

1Thank RamblingRonda
Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

RamblingRonda: Lots of great experiences described in a very small space. Thanks for getting it all in there about our free events, comfortable rooms, cleanliness, and breakfast. Being in a great downtown location can come with a bit of street noise, but I hope that it did not affect your sleep. Thanks for everything, including the PERFECT SCORE! ~ Mark...

Porto, Portugal
Reviewed 13 October 2016

It's an hostel, we knew that, but the reality was completely different from the photos and comments. The rooms are old and not well clean (our room smelled bad and a dirty and torn towel was left on my bed). The air conditioning makes a lot of noise, you cant regulate the temperature and the air comes directly at your...

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Mark-GM, General Manager at HI Washington DC Hostel, responded to this review

MariaGJacob: Thank you for your review and insights, and for your nice comments about the location, breakfast, and especially the service. I am so sorry that we did not deliver on your very reasonable other expectations. We do our best to present a fair and accurate view of our property and the stay experience, but it looks like what we...

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HI-DC is the best value in DC! Our dorm-style and private rooms bring together international and domestic budget travelers in a safe, clean, and fun environment. We have a long list of FREE amenities and an unbeatable location - just 8 blocks to The White House and The National Mall (home to world-famous monuments, museums, and galleries), 4 blocks to China Town, and 3 blocks to the Metro. We're Gold Level Certified by Sustainable Travel International's STEP ("green") program, too! ... more   less 

Additional Information about HI Washington DC Hostel

Address: 1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4409
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Price Range: ₹ 1,906 - ₹ 9,597 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Washington DC Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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“Frontdesk and staff are always very happy to help. Also go early for breakfast so you don't have to eat in a rush.”
 of 5 bubbles 908jeremiaha, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a room off the street and choose a room with the least amount of beds for your budget”
 of 5 bubbles RamblingRonda, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“go for a room with less people in it”
 of 5 bubbles ToffeeCanary, 9 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Stay as close to the ground floor as possible since there is only one elevator”
 of 5 bubbles robertv501, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Ask for an upper or lower bunk ahead of time if you have a preference.”
 of 5 bubbles jsh326, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
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