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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 October 2014

This hostel is brilliant with location approximately 10 to 15 minutes walk to national icons in Washington DC. It's location close to subway and bus access makes it a great point to get around Washington DC. Great Wifi coverage in the hostel and fun activities available for solo travellers to meet other travellers. Tips for improvement: - Bathroom partitioning needs...

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

sagidec: Thank you for your uplifting comments and for the helpful tips! Renovating the bathrooms showers to include individual rooms with doors (instead of dual curtains -- one each for the shower and individual changing area) would be a nice improvement. This is a big ticket item. Hopefully, we could make it happen in a couple of years. [Rignt now,...

New York
Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

My immediate comparison was to the Newyork HI and here this one pales. It is much smaller and the big disappointment came in on the activities front. Save the sole concert activity, there was none on Sunday and Monday.The rooms were decent though small but comfortable. HI does serve good breakfast and any hunger pangs during the day or night...

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

travellersfootprint: Thank you for your note and your very fair review. Yes, HI-New York is a monster hostel -- 670 beds! -- and they have an array of activities that is unrivaled at any hostel I have seen in the USA. We do strive to have an activity every day, which we generally do. We had the free concert on...

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 5 October 2014

The rooms and bathrooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. Great breakfast and very sociable, partly thanks to the guy who asks everyone to say good morning in a different language! Large kitchen and nice lounge area. Good price for the central location. Would stay here again.

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

Bedrijfsbakker: Thank you for highlighting the value of staying with us! And John, our Breakfast Attendant and Ambassador To The World, is legendary. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to him. ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

London
Reviewed 3 October 2014 via mobile

This place was lovely and exactly what you expect from a hostel. Decent 10 bedroom dorm with a decent kitchen, and other amenities in a pleasant welcoming hostel. I had one problem though. My iPhone charger and American adaptor had mysteriously gone when I left my room and came back later that day. No one in my room took the...

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

Oliver A: Thank you for your review and telling me about your iPhone cord. Overall, it sounds like things went well, except for your missing equipment. I reviewed the Lost & Found Log, and the Housekeeping Supervisor did turn in a charging cord a few days ago. It appears that a cord had fallen to the backside of the bed,...

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 2 October 2014

I'm getting too old for hostels it has to be said. But I like to give them a go every now and then just to remind myself of the glory days of backpacking around this wee planet of ours. Check-in was smooth, and we were in a room with 8 bunks. The entire floor shared a bathroom (or rather two...

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

Tassie_Steve: Oh, please don't think that you're too old to be in hostels -- you're never too old! :-) Thank you for your feedback, all of which is helpful to readers and to us at HI-DC. I'm pleased to know that the Guest Service Team treated you right, and that you enjoyed our activities, breakfast, and other amenities. My apologies...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 24 September 2014

Hostelling International is in a good part of town that is easy to get to from the Ronald Reagan airport via a train trip and a short walk. The rooms are clean and you are provided with a towel so no need to pack one! Lockers are provided so just bring a lock. The bathrooms are clean but could do...

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

quattle: Thank you so much for all of your kind comments, and especially for all of the great advice to future hostellers. Everything you described is golden: bring your lock to use free lockers; wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking; the value of the Circulator Bus; Capital BikeShare; and most of all, HI Membership. Woo-hoo! It is a great...

Italy
Reviewed 23 September 2014

I've booked a private room in this hostel which was quiet dear to be an hostel but the price for a hotel room was double: unaccetable. The place is kept very clean and the staff is very nice. The location it's unbeatable! They defenetly need an extra lift but they should provide soon. Free breakfast was full of choices.

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

crislondon08: Thank you for your writing to us! As a resident of the DC area, I agree that this city can be very expensive. We do our best to keep our rates, even our private rooms, as reasonable as possible. It's tough, but I think we do well. Glad you enjoyed your stay and the "little extras!" ~ Mark Schneider,...

Thornton, Colorado
Reviewed 22 September 2014

My mom and I chose to stay here because of the price, great location compared to the National Mall and government buildings, and the access to a kitchen to cook our own breakfast and dinner (they do offer a free breakfast but we prefer our own food). We met all kinds of interesting people of ALL ages while in the...

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

LadyoftheArts: It's fun to read about all of the diverse and fascinating people who stay with us. Thanks for sharing your story! The people are what really make hostels the wonderful option that they are. All of us at HI-DC hope that you and your Mom are able to continue to create many more fabulous memories. ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 14 September 2014

The staff were very friendly and helful. The hostel was clean and nicely done out. The rooms were bent so you had more privacy than you would otherwise with lockers and power points for everyone. The hostel was pretty close to the mall and all of the attractions around there too. Breakfast was good every morning. Went on a couple...

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

Tom E: Thank you for your nice comments! Rooms - Check! Location - Check! Activities and events - Big ole check! Our volunteers are amazing job helping hostellers to meet one another. It's true about Suzie, our elevator. The great news about this is that she's retiring (she's worked hard for a long, long time), and we're getting a new...

Long Beach, California
Reviewed 11 September 2014

I stayed in the 10 bed dorm and it's a nice setup with the room being partitioned off so there is a little privacy a real nice setup is that each bed had its own reading lamp and electrical outlets. The location is within walking distance to a number of cheap eateries and was at the most 1/4 mile walk...

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

Hoben01: Thanks for the review, and another nice note about the guestrooms! Yes, each bed has its own bed lamp, with a pair of power outlets. And our location can't be beat. Thanks for all of the praise! ~ Mark Schneider, HI-DC General Manager

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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
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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: $45 - $183 (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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“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
“Stay as close to the ground floor as possible since there is only one elevator”
 of 5 bubbles robertv501, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
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