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Reviews of Washington International Student Center

Hostel | 2451 18th Street, Washington, Washington DC, USA 20009

61.5% Overall Rating

51 out of 69 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/08/2014)

"Even some previous reviews there was a little breakfast, and that was good I was expecting no breakfast. the information given of the activities close to the hostel and restaurants and how to reach them."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Nightclub
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

For reservations of more than 8 people 50% of the total owed will be due within 1 week of the reservation made. The other 50% of the balance will be paid upon arrival. Payment will be taken by credit card for these reservations. Failure to provide us with this payment your booking may be cancelled and your deposit lost CHECK IN HOURS ARE FROM 8:00am to 11:00pm. AFTER 11:00pm YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TO CHECK IN. IF YOU WILL BE ARRIVING AFTER 11:00PM YOU SHOULD CALL TO SEE IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK. MOST LIKELY YOU WILL NOT GET TO CHECK IN UNTIL 8:00AM IN THE NEXT MORNING.

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61.5%

Overall Rating

51 out of 69 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Washington International Student Center'

Atmosphere
52.8%
Location
77.6%
Facilities
52.8%
Cleanliness
49.6%
Staff
64.8%
Value
62.4%
Safety
70.4%
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65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

26 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Even some previous reviews there was a little breakfast, and that was good I was expecting no breakfast. the information given of the activities close to the hostel and restaurants and how to reach them.

Disliked: The common room was a mess.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

brooke tomsett

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

25 August 2014 brooke would recommend this property

Liked: Good friendly environment , very open so it was easy to meet people

Disliked: brooke left no negative feedback.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

23 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Conform able

Disliked: Breakfast

51.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

City break

13 June 2014

Liked: .

Disliked: .

34.3%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Philipp Semmelmayer

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

09 April 2014

Liked: Location

Disliked: Most dirty and run down place I've ever been. Unsafe. And even though they say there's a breakfast, there is non.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

02 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Convenient and cheap

Disliked: Shared bathrooms, bad customer service, no one to give you back your deposit, no television for your room, and drunk staff.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

tara thomas

Alone

Business / conference
City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

14 March 2014

Liked: the inapparent hypocrisy

Disliked: Some people were very honest

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

11 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is in a good location, though it can be loud at night because of the neighborhood.

Disliked: The lockers are very small and it gives little place to store valuables. No one stole anything and in general the place seemed safe, however.

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

diego alves da silva

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

28 July 2013 diego would recommend this property

Liked: Close to everything

Disliked: im satisfied

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

Jenny Jackman

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

22 June 2013 Jenny would recommend this property

Liked: We were only going to stay for one night, stayed for five! Very welcoming place, friendly and helpful staff who really want to look after you and it feels like a home away from home - fairly communal (it may help if you've lived in student halls before). There are some great cafes and bars nearby too and a half hour walk to the White House. Close to supermarket as well. And free breakfast (what's not to like about pb&j?!)

Disliked: You can hear the club that's downstairs but you get used to that and the air conditioning is pretty loud so it's best to turn it off overnight..

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

alon bezalel

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

30 April 2013 alon would recommend this property

Liked: good location and a good value to your money

Disliked: quite dirty

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap and cheerful

Disliked: Little bit disorganised

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

22 February 2013

Liked: Beds were OK :)

Disliked: Very dirty. Seems like the room hadn't been cleaned for months. Strange people staying there, and same for some of the people who worked there. Kitchen also kind of dirty.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Chee Seng Wai

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Business / conference
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

04 October 2012 Chee Seng would recommend this property

Liked: Very Good!!!

Disliked: Climb Storey

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Rastislav Krak

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

11 September 2012

Liked: nothing

Disliked: Everithing

40.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2012

Liked: - Nice location, with lots of bars around. - Some of the staff was nice.

Disliked: - Unclean - Weird, older people in our room that were apparently living there - You cannot lock the rooms / no roomkeys. Feels unsafe. - You don't really want to use the kitchen - Not nearly enough bathrooms, expect to wait in line

42.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

12 July 2012

Liked: Good location. Good bars close by and not far to any major attractions.

Disliked: Poorly run with no organised activities. Does not facilitate meeting other travellers well. Apart from 1 the staff members were unhelpful. Not the cleanest place and poor kitchen facilities.

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

Vinicius Mesquita

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

11 June 2012 Vinicius would recommend this property

Liked: The location is amazing, right on Addams Morgan where the nightlife happens. Also the place was very clean and had air conditioning on the rooms.

Disliked: A lot of noise on friday nights. But hey, the hostel is the streets of the bars, so you get both the benefits and the problems of that. Something that really annoyed me is that they have a $5 deposit for the keys, but the counter only works from 8am to 11pm. If you need to leave the hostel outside this times, you'll lose your deposit. They won't try to make any arrangement with you, and even worse, the employée didn't like when I showed that I wasn't happy with this and started being rude.

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

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture

14 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: - cheap - help at the desk - easy going

Disliked: - bathroom could be cleaner - loud music during night, bring ear plugs

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

18 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: the bathroom wasn't really clean

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was a great location for going out and many fun bars literally at the doorstep with very cheap nights out. Reasonably close to several transport options, though staff's directions were a little vague so I'd recommend checking a map if you don't know where to go!

Disliked: It was in a great area but in my time there were not a lot of fun characters to go out with. Also, the curtains weren't great and it was loud from the bars so it was a bit hard to sleep.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

10 April 2012

Liked: I'm not that positive.

Disliked: I had booked for three persons, but we could not stay in the same room. We vere divided into two groups (2-+1) The second night, was the one of us asked to move to another bed. And it was not on debate.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

09 April 2012

Liked: -

Disliked: The guy who worked on the front desk was CRAZY. Also it smelt and the blankets they gave me were stained and had holes in (we weren't allowed to use our own sleeping bags). It was an absolute dive but I suppose you get what you pay for.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, price, bathrooms (although there weren't enough), staff was helpful, large enough kitchen and common room, with flat screen and cable.

Disliked: Floors were slanted, carpets were old and musty, beds creaked and everything looked old and slightly unclean...

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is close to bars and shops in the Adams Morgan district. The size of the hostel makes it easy to meet fellow travelers.

Disliked: The hostel was dirty and they had white powered sprinkled around our bedroom (an infestation of some kind). One of the staff was watching TV and playing games while on duty. I wasn't given sheets or a towel on check in and had to sleep with no sheets as there were no staff available at 11PM.