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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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Mostoles, Spain
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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...

Lahore, Pakistan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have had the privilege to spend one night in Washington, and I couldn't have found a better place to stay than HI Washington. Being a student, I had to manage my budget accordingly. Thus, I booked myself a bed in a room for 8 at a perfectly economical price. Not knowing what to expect, I arrived at the hostel...

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

JHUSOM: Thanks for the wonderful description! Everything you described speaks to what we strive to do. As part of a non-profit organization, whose mission is cultural exchange and understanding, I couldn't have asked for a better testimonial. I'm both humbled and excited by reading about your experience. Thank you so very much for telling your story! ~ Mark Schneider, HI...

Tilburg, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The hostel is at a very good location, 10 minute walk to the White House and from there about 10 minutes to the Smithsonian museums. The hostel looked like a hotel from the outside. The ground floor had a reception with welcoming and helpful staff, and two lounge areas. The second floor is the kitchen where you get breakfast every...

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

FrenNL: So many wonderful comments! It was fun reading them about the location, atmosphere, cleanliness, facilities, tours and activities, and most of all the HI DC Team. I do apologize about the windows. There may be an issue. I'll have the Maintenance Team check to make sure that the windows are seated properly, and not letting in cold air. With...

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is a great location, especially to see the tourist sites. Pros: clean bedding, free activities and city maps, the heat worked well (I went in winter), fair price, good breakfast for a hostel (though not gluten-free friendly), wide range of guests so a good opportunity to meet interesting people, there are food options nearby. Cons: slow internet at times...

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

raharmon: Thanks for the lovely comments! We certainly appreciate your recommendations, too! We do hope that you come back to visit us. By the way, we're looking to upgrade our Wi-Fi by the end of 2016. That should help with the slowness...unless you're doing high-bandwidth things like video chatting or uploading / downloading heavily. In those cases, bandwidth does slow...

Pinckney, Michigan
Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a cheap place to stay when you have a conference at the Washington Conference Center. It is very close and the free breakfast is helpful. I've been fortunate with getting quiet roommates though I do specify on my reservation that I am there for the conference. The majority of people I end up rooming with are there for...

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

MandeeMarie3: I'm so glad that we have been able to make it all work for you! Staying in a shared space is an exciting -- and cost effective -- option, and there is the possibility of having a night owl for a roommate. Also great to know that you like our free breakfast. Thanks for the note and for the...

Hawthorne, California
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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...

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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 19 November 2016

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...

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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 16 November 2016 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...

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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...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $46 - $177 (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 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
“go for a room with less people in it”
 of 5 bubbles ToffeeCanary, 9 Aug 2016 | Read review
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