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Hostel | 1009 11th Street, NW, Washington, Washington DC, USA DC 20001

91.0% Overall Rating

1086 out of 1175 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (24/07/2014)

Caitlin Gray thinks…

"The included breakfast was substantial and made the price worth it. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and beds were made for you before arrival which is always nice - especially if you have a late…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry service
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

HOSTEL CUSTOMS • A valid credit card is required for guaranteed reservations. If you need personal attention or have special needs, please call us or email us • Please retain your confirmation number when making a reservation • A $3 per person, per night Temporary Membership Fee for those who aren't members • Please show a government issued photo ID upon check-in • Check-in is at 2:00 PM on your arrival date, and check-out is at 11:00 AM on your departure date. Guests have until 2:00 PM on the date of arrival to cancel their reservation. Any guest who does not call and cancel by 2:00 PM on the date of arrival will be charged one night stay • Children under 12-years-old must stay with their guardian in a private room. Children 12-18 years-old must stay in the same room with their guardian • Extension requests made after 11:00 AM on the scheduled date of departure may require the hosteller to switch beds and/or rooms • FREE in-room lockers are provided (please provide your own lock). A limited number of electronic lockers are available for a small fee • The maximum length of stay is 14 days within a twelve-month period • Accommodations are available only to travelers from outside a 55 mile radius of the hostel • Refunds will be provided using the original method of payment "Accepted credit cards, for making reservations and paying for stays, are limited to VISA or Mastercard."

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91.0%

Overall Rating

1086 out of 1175 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Washington DC'

Atmosphere
88.0%
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94.4%
Facilities
88.8%
Cleanliness
92.8%
Staff
92.0%
Value
86.4%
Safety
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85.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

25 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were very helpful, the rooms were clean and the location was good, within walking distance of all main attractions in Washington.

Disliked: The atmosphere in the hostel was pretty dull, for a single traveller it wasn't a good place to meet new people.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Gina Poertner

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

08 March 2013 Gina would recommend this property

Liked: It was close to where I needed to be for work. It is also close to many reasonably priced restaurants. There is a bike share station on the corner, so very convenient if wanting to use a bike for commuting.

Disliked: The carpet in the rooms could use some deep cleaning or replacing.

The property's response is...

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

06 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff and atmosphere, very good for mixing with other travellers

Disliked: Nothing really, I can imagine it suffering the same things every hostel does when crowded but no specific faults to pick. The area it is in is safe and convenient, though without much character - but then you could say that about most of Washington DC.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Andrea Van Der Plaats

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

11 February 2013 Andrea would recommend this property

Liked: Location and atmosphere.

Disliked: Room was really too hot.

The property's response is...

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

08 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was pretty great. Everything was in walking distance. Rooms were spacious and very clean. Breakfast in the morning was very decent, and John the breakfast guy was awesome. The rooms had nice big lockers. I was alone in a 4 bed room which was great, advantage of travelling in the off peak season i suppose. And the little things like free fruit and an extra pillow help to improve the place.

Disliked: There is only wifi on the 1st and 2nd floors. The bunk beds are too short for anyone over about 6'2.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

04 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is so friendly and helpful. The place is spotless and well taken care of. I would recommend this to everyone. I will definitely make several trips over there again with friends and family.

Disliked: Nothing--!

The property's response is...

71.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

14 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the location, not so far away, safeway, cvs in the near

Disliked: we had a very small room with 8 bed's and it was so few place! mattress no stove in the kitchen because of reconstruction and no replacement

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Victor Lopes

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

08 January 2013 Victor would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent!

Disliked: Victor left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly and helpful staff!

Disliked: The bathrooms could have been a little cleaner. Also the elevator was really slow.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Yang Yang

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2013 Yang would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice location and good breakfast.

Disliked: Slow elevator

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Met a few people. Free breakfast.

Disliked: Showers take a while to get warm.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

nuha ebrahim

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference
City break

19 December 2012 nuha would recommend this property

Liked: I had some bad experience with hosteling in other hostels but to be honest hostelling international changed the meaning for me ! it is really an amazing atmosphere , great value and pocket friendly especially for student traveler . I've been recommended to stay in it by my sister who enjoyed her stay last year !

Disliked: nuha left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

04 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very nice place

Disliked: all is perfect

The property's response is...

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

24 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere, the central location and the tours they had available for the travelers.

Disliked: not much, maybe a slow elavator at times, but it doesn't really matter.

The property's response is...

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

16 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly and helpful staff, reasonably large rooms with decent beds, all facilities one could expect, loads of social events.

Disliked: Nothing particular.

The property's response is...

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Keeley Holland-Davies

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

15 November 2012 Keeley would recommend this property

Liked: - The free breakfast! Absolutely delicious, such a good way to start each day. - Free tours and activities. They're a great way to see something new and meet new people, and the volunteers are so friendly. - Good location, close to attractions but in a quieter area. - Things like free area maps and cheap laundry facilities are awesome. Tip: Eating in the area is expensive, but Wok & Roll (604 H Street, Chinatown) is amazing value for money. It's expensive like everywhere else, but actually cheaper than the surrounding restaurants. It serves sushi, but the Chinese dishes are best value and definitely worth a try. Drink water with rice, it's free and doesn't fill you up.

Disliked: - The wifi doesn't reach the bedrooms! This is the only real negative point, but it also makes you socialise since you have to sit in a public area to use Internet. - The atmosphere was good everywhere but the dorm rooms. Maybe it was just my room, but this is the only hostel I've been to where nobody spoke to each other in the dorm and it felt a bit uncomfortable.

The property's response is...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

15 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff

Disliked: The noise in the rooms

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

05 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location. Very nice staff.

Disliked: The plugs in the room or the cafeteria are rare and sometimes doesn't work. this is something that should be improved

The property's response is...

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

31 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location downtown washington dc.

Disliked: Mediocre bathrooms. Staff mediocre.

The property's response is...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

24 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Loved this hostel, definitely better than its NYC counterpart, close to all the monuments

Disliked: Showers are pretty small and dodgy and the bathrooms smelt but that would be my only issue

The property's response is...

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Ping Li

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

22 October 2012 Ping would recommend this property

Liked: Location is perfect and the guider books are very good.

Disliked: Too less choice for breakfast. Maybe fried eggs and more fruites will be even better.

The property's response is...

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture

11 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, extra free activities (Manny's concert)

Disliked: No hot water - on several days. First in the evening. Then I was told it was fixed. Next morning no hot water, later that day no hot water. The staff was generally excellent, however one in particular ignored customers and was rude.

The property's response is...

45.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

03 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The breakfast

Disliked: Check in was extremely slow! A bunch of Europeans checked in before me and the staff were slow, inefficient and disorganized checking them in which made me missed the last tour of Engraving & Printing. I had to wait till Monday to join the tour again, but that was the day I was leaving Washington!!! That really pissed me off!!! Also, those European left there luggages scattered around the lobby and they stood and sat everywhere making it hard for guests to walk by them, they didn't even budge. The staff should have told them to step aside and place all their bags against the corner and should've told them to get documents & money ready instead of chit chatting w/ them. Geesh, this is basic knowledge of handling situations, they need more training!!! Didn't like the dark washrooms and I had to keep pumping the tap for water to come out. I know the hostel wants to conserve water. Why not install sensor taps? It's more hygenic too. I didn't enjoy paying for the lockers when the NEW hostels in Chicago and Boston didn't charge me!

The property's response is...

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Aaron Paolo Tomas

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

29 September 2012 Aaron Paolo would recommend this property

Liked: Complimentary wifi in the lobby and somehow, the location.

Disliked: Bathroom. Could have been better. But not that bad either.

The property's response is...

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

29 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good breakfast.

Disliked: There were no Wi-fi connections inside the room.

The property's response is...