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HI Washington DC Hostel

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first hostel I have ever stayed in and I am so glad that it was here! The facilities were Great! Delicious free continental breakfast, free wifi, clean bathrooms, clean beds and rooms, and surprisingly trendy. It exceeded my expectations and I will definitely stay here again if in the area. Whether you are travelling solo or with...

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London, England
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed in a few HI hostels around America and I have a great stay each time. The room was clean and so was the shared bathroom. You always expect hostels to maybe be not so clean especially in the bathroom area but that's not the case here. I also love the free breakfast too. A nice selection of cereals,...

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

Sharmayne S: It's such a treat to hear from our loyal hostellers, like you. Thank you for choosing us, and for the terrific review! It sounds like you enjoy traveling and the experience of discovering something new. Hostels are definitely a great way to do that. We're glad you liked our location, breakfast, and cleanliness. Come again, anytime! ~ Mark...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well organized hostel located around easy-to-get-to touristy areas. Clean rooms and bathrooms. The amount of people in a room depends on the price you pay. You just have to google their website and find out what they have available. You also have to book online and pay a small percentage so that when you arrive, you pay the remaining....

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

Ami0415: Thanks for the great note! I greatly appreciate your overview of the booking process, for those who may not be familiar. Other hostellers will find this very helpful. DC is a very "walkable" city, and it looks like you found that out. It's true that most of the main sites (monuments, museums, galleries) are on and around the The...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hostel was pretty basic but the price is so good! I stayed for only a night and found the staff friendly, the room was pretty empty which suited me! The shower decilitres were nice and hot, the breakfast was basic but just right for on the go! Best part of the hostel was location! Was fantastic, right near everything...

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

Bee231: Thanks for the great discussion of HI DC! Our location is tops, along with the great HI DC Team. And we're always working to provide a great value with all of the free hostel features and amenities. An almost empty room is pretty rare with us, so it's great that you were able to enjoy the extra space! ~...

Toronto, On
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel was located in a great location not too far away from Union station, museums and other main attractions. The staff were very friendly, especially the guy working the breakfast, he was very personable and took his time to make the guests smile. The atmosphere was great with a nice mix of travellers, from couples, single, families young and...

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

emceestet: Yes! Everyone is welcome at HI hostels around the world, and HI DC is happy to be a part of such a warm and welcoming hostel culture. Thank you for the wonderful compliments of our Team (especially John, our world famous Breakfast Host), atmosphere, and location. And thank you for recommending us! ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General Manager

Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hostel downtown walking distance to Union Station, The Whitehouse, Chinatown and the National Mall. They have a great free breakfast hosted by John who did a fantastic job. They had free bananas. I stayed in a 10 man dorm on the 3rd floor. I would recommend this hostel.

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

DonaldBrown12: Very concise and lovely review. Thanks so much! I'll be sure to pass along your lovely note to John. He is truly special, and loves to hear from his new hostelling friends. ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General Manager

Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is a really good hostel considering the price you pay. The buffet breakfast is really great and John (the breakfast man) is very friendly and helpful. I like the fact that there is a kitchen and you can store your food to cook other meals. There are also a few social spaces for people who want to...

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

AVL4: Yes, value is a key part of what we strive to offer. Thank you for highlighting that by describing some of our key amenities (free breakfast, kitchen, common spaces, location, low cost), and our great Team Members -- like John, our World Famous Breakfast Host. I'm sorry that you had some challenges with the showers. It's a big and...

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This hostel was wonderful, which I expected from other HIs I have stayed at in different locations. We were locked out of our other hostel (my bad for even booking that) and ended up staying at Hostelling International instead. SO GLAD they had space available. We chose the private room and it was so, so nice and comfy. The bed...

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

Abbie B: Woo-hoo! Not only a wonderful review, but a long-time guest at HI Hostels! I'm so glad that we could be there for you when you needed us. Out Team will greatly enjoy reading your note to know how much you enjoyed getting to know us. Thank you so much for making our day! ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC...

Mostoles, Spain
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I liked everything about this place!! It has a hotel quality and a hostel atmosphere. Very helpful staff, amazingly equipped kitchen, free bananas everywhere, free pool... and they hand you a bag with some food if you're checking out before breakfast (although some vegan pastry wouldn't hurt). The location is very good, 10 mins walking to the white house and...

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

Danimost: Yippee! Thank you for the excitement of your review! Yes, we do all of that. Though we just started with the grab-and-go breakfast bag for those who leave in the morning before breakfast. Glad you liked the extra service. Sorry about the assumption of speaking Spanish. I spoke to the Team, and they just wanted to make everyone feel...

Bendigo, Australia
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This hostel is great for being able to walk everywhere in Washington (White House, monuments, museums). I stayed for 3 nights and didn't have to catch the subway! (Wooo! Not a subway fan). It is very clean and comfortable, the rooms are quite spacious and it has very good security. I stayed in an all female dorm - my top...

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

Sarah L: You should be a travel writer! It was fun reading your descriptions, snippets of happy travel experiences, and unique tips. Your observations and story telling were very engaging. And, of course, I liked reading all of the compliments of our location, cleanliness, comfort, security, and freebies. Thank you for writing about us! ~ Mark Schneider, HI DC General...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Breakfast included
  • 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: ₹ 2,552 - ₹ 8,770 (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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“The 10 bed mixed gender room was mainly an area for couples which was quiet and relaxing. Couldn't have asked for a better room!”
 of 5 bubbles mistisa21, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The private room and 6 bed dorms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles 841abbieb, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“I don't think you can choose, but the elevator is often busy so the closer to the lobby the better (there are 8 floors)”
 of 5 bubbles Danimost, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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