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Reviews of HI - Washington DC Hostel

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

88.8% Overall Rating

1108 out of 1198 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (14/09/2014)

Björn Schuster thinks…

"Clean rooms with lockers. The shower room was ok. There is a breakfast until 9:30."

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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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88.8%

Overall Rating

1108 out of 1198 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Washington DC Hostel'

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Cleanliness
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88.8%
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Safety
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was good. The breakfast attendant John made the trip more enjoyable by getting guests to meet new people.

Disliked: Rooms are not very spacious and the decoration is a bit old

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location, friendly staff, good lounge

Disliked: Only 3 male showers on my floor

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Thomas Halpin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 October 2011 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, simple, there were big lockers in the rooms to store belongings.

Disliked: No alcohol allowed on the property, which I believe causes the hostel to be slightly anti-social. It means people just sit around on their laptops instead of chatting to people. Perhaps this is because of the wi-fi, but I think if one could have a few beers in the common area, it would make things a bit more social.

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

Robert Ion Cozma

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 October 2011 Robert Ion would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, breakfast, staff is nice and helpful.

Disliked: Washing the dishes by the guests after breakfast not a very good idea (maybe not everybody is washing them properly....), poor internet connection and wifi only in the lobby and not in the rooms, extremely slow elevator.

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

Dan Ungureanu

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

01 October 2011 Dan would recommend this property

Liked: good location, no-nonsense service, fair value for money

Disliked: The air conditioner was horribly noisy, and cold. I could not sleep, and I almost caught a cold. They simply do not care. Ask the others.

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

Dave Gibson

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

30 September 2011 Dave would recommend this property

Liked: The best thing was the free tours and events which are a great bonus. The beds and bedrooms were also extremely comfortable, more so than any other hostel I've ever stayed at.

Disliked: The $4 fee to leave your luggage when waiting to check-in or go to the airport is outrageous and unusual given than HI-DC seems to be a not-for-profit organisation and that for profits rarely charge for this service. I left my luggage in the room and didn't pay, but this sacrificed security. A free (or almost free) ticketing system as done by most hostels would be a fairer charge. Also, the lack of a bar (which may be due to the USA's puritanical licensing laws) means that there is no real room for socialising. Many of the guests sit in front of laptop screens and don't chat or socialise in their rooms and the downstairs lobby which is under-utilised and best suited for socialising is often taken up with laptop users who could be encouraged to use the canteen.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

26 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Secure covered bike storage, shampoo and soap provided, no curfew, and access to the common areas/ lockers even after check-out

Disliked: Carpet in hallways can never really be that clean, had to provide your own lock for in room lockers (none available for rent)

100.0%
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Patricia Marchand Ouellet

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2011 Patricia would recommend this property

Liked: Good breakfast, welcoming staff, close to the point of interest and secure location. Room well separated for privacy.

Disliked: Air conditioning works great but popping the beds placed nearby.

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

16 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The large social areas and the good quality internet/wifi on offer. Free breakfast was also good, along with the friendliness of the staff.

Disliked: Nothing in particular, though perhaps it would of been nice if there had been more offered tours. Though we were only there a few days.

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

Customer review

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping

14 September 2011

Liked: It is clean, has good common area's and they organize a lot of things.

Disliked: It is more a family hostel. If you're looking for a party, this is not the place for you. They ask for $4 to store your stuff for a couple of hours after you check out. This is something that is free in pretty much every hostel. Rooms can be a bit smelly.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Love this place! Love the idea of kitchen for u to cook!

Disliked: Walking!! Haha

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

12 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The buffet breakfast and the free wi-fi facilities were very cool and helpful. That's what most travelers need! The location is also invaluable!!!

Disliked: The sssslow elevator, the narrow stairs, the too expensive lockers.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

06 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's located w/I walking distance of the sightseeing attractions.

Disliked: Elevator's is too slow for normal operations.

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
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

28 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Rooms were very clean.

Disliked: Air Condition was very loud.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I specially like the facilities. For who is travalling alone, without much money is perfect!

Disliked: The front desk staff. They could be helpfull, but not very sympathetic...

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

21 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The free walking tour of georgetown was really fun. They also offer other free group activities which is good. It is very close to the museums and white house. The room was spacious. The staff were helpful.

Disliked: Nothing

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everyone was so friendly, staff and guests. John always had a smile on his face and would encourage the same from everyone. It was nice to have sheets and towels changed during my stay of 6 nights. Thank you all for a lovely hostel

Disliked: Lift was slow and I was on the 8th floor

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break

17 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: breakfast included. kitchen and places to store food quite big. we had the key of our room. nice activities offered to guests. nice staff.

Disliked: nothing to complain about expect for the air conditioning a bit to high in the rooms

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

Frank Warner

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

12 August 2011 Frank would recommend this property

Liked: everything

Disliked: nothing

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

30 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was in a great location making the low price all the better. It was easy to stay here and see the things I wanted to, plus it was laid back and clean.

Disliked: I had no problems at all

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, tidy and friendly staff.

Disliked: N/A

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

19 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was very clean, which is the most important thing to me. The beds were sturdy and made from wood. The dorm rooms were rather spacious in comparison with other hostels.

Disliked: The lack of wireless wifi. The locker storage cost.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

19 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful and nice staff. I especially liked the breakfast guy - made me laugh! :-) And it's only a few blocks from tha mall - all the major sights! Big plus for tours (free or cheap).

Disliked: A lack in "hanging out space", since the sofas quickly fills up. I also miss a lamp above my bed, then i could be able to read - all though this might be a plus for somebody ( so people can't have the lights on ).

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

claire Doolan

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

18 July 2011 claire would recommend this property

Liked: Orgainsed stuff for travellers which is always good when you are travelling on your own.

Disliked: Its a bit far from the Mall.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, nice rooms with plenty of space, the activities offered

Disliked: Nothing