Simpkins' / Hostel Capitol City
Hostel | 2411 Benning Road, NE, Washington, Washington DC, USA 20002
241 out of 303 customers would recommend this property
Recent review (05/09/2014)
"Nice owner, everything is easy, good service, good connection to the important points (new streetcar is even better now!)"Read all Simpkins' / Hostel Capitol City reviews
- Air Conditioning
- Credit cards accepted
- Car Parking
- No curfew
- Secure lockers
- Lounge area
- Internet / Wi-Fi
- 24 hour hot showers
- Washing machines
- Late check-out
- Laundry service
- Reception (limited hours)
- Common area / room
- Internet access in public areas
- Television room
Please note: Hostel will only take bookings from travelers or students, and a valid passport or full time University ID will be required upon check-in. Driver's licenses are not valid for our check in purposes You must check in no later than 9 pm on the day of arrival. If you have not included in your booking an approximate arrival time for check in, please email the hostel directly in order for your check in to go smoothly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., by appointment. If you need a slightly later or earlier time during the weekdays please request it.
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.
Earliest check-in: 9:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00
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About Simpkins' / Hostel Capitol City
Just 25 blocks east of the Capitol Bldg., Hostel Capitol City is a typical facility located directly on the main road from the sights, 40 blocks east of the White House. The atmosphere is atypically exclusive, as management is strict about requiring guests to show a passport and proof of international travel or Uni cards.
Free dsl internet (pc and WI-FI), free linen, free maps, free milk and peanut butter and toast and tea, plus the cheapest prices. No curfew or lock-out and air-conditioning makes Hostel Capitol City the best value for backpackers who want to be less than 30 blocks from the centre of DC, the Capitol Building.
Follow H Street, East, from the White House or Metro Centre or Chinatown, or Union Station Amtrak/ Greyhound. Walk East or take the X2 Bus East. Get off at 2301 Benning Road, the closest bus stop. Walk 30 more meters East (along the same main road) to the hostel, next to Kerry’s Chinese Food, at 2411 Benning Road. The sign," Capitol City" is near the door.
The middle-class area is safe at all hours, counter-intuitively safer than the wealthy areas of Washington, DC. The last bus from the White House is @ 2:30 AM, and takes less than 10 minutes to arrive at the hostel. It, the X2 Bus, runs through Chinatown and is less crowded/noisy after 10pm, although at 10pm, it can take 15min. and twice that during rush hour.
Most museums, galleries, monuments and sights in Washington, DC are free of charge and of first quality...so enjoy the best value in hostel holidays at Simpkins' Capitol City.
Thank you and good travels. PS. We had a cat.
Acommodations are basic mixed dorms but air conditioned. Free wifi and pc internet access, linens/ towel, and free tea are the side show. The main attraction is the quality of guest as only serious students and/or international travelers are permitted to stay.
Located just 25 blocks from the ceter, the Capitol Building-where the Senate and Congress work -and 40 blocks east of the White House-where the president works-, one can ride the X2 Metro Bus 22hrs per day to those sites from directly across the street. The bus starts at 4:30 AM. Coming from those sites, get off of the bus at 23rd, the 2nd Popeye's. Do not go to Benning Rd metro station. If you want to access the rail, Stadium/ Armory, on 19th Street, is the correct station. It's about a 15 min. walk and should be used from GW University, the Mall or the airports but not Chinatown.
Chinatown is centered on H Strret and 30 blocks away.
The bus takes about 45 seconds per block when the traffic is heavy. During late-night hours, the traffic is light, the ride takes less than 30 seconds per block.
Some of the best rock bars in DC are located between 15th and 12th Streets, NE (ten blocks west of the hostel). It's very inner city but HStreet/ Benning Rd experiences less crime statistically than more pop/ traditional areas and is walkable if you don't want to take the X2 Bus for 10 blocks.