HI - Washington DC Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

HI - Washington, D.C. boasts both a good location and good atmosphere. The second after you enter the hall, you know they’ve been doing it for ages. Everything is very well organized and prepared for serving as many backpackers as possible. So the place is big and crowded and anonymous, however the staff is very nice and helpful. They organize a a daily program you can join to explore the city as the locals see it.

The reception is open twenty-four hours and they have no problems taking credit cards. They will also provide you with all the information about the city’s attractions and anything else you might look for.

The whole place is freshly renovated (there was still some painting going on during our stay in August 2006). It’s very clean and the bathrooms are awesome. There are even hair dryers on the walls waiting for you!

Rooms are quite small, especially for the amount of beds that are fitted in, but at least there is plenty of space to hang out outside the room. There’s a big TV room and dining area, and also a very nice, fully equipped kitchen. Continental breakfast costs extra and is available daily in the dining room area.

Note the hostel’s policy regarding the sleeping bags. You are not allowed to take any to your room. Hostels typically don't allow sleeping bags because they can spread bedbugs from infected hostels, but this hostel is stricter than most about the rule. If you are traveling with sleeping bags -- like some of us did -- you will have to pay a few dollars for storing it at the reception. If they find a sleeping bag in the room they will fine you.
by Olga Wachowicz
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
October 2006


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "HI - Washington DC Hostel" at 1009 11th Street NW.)


1009 11th Street NW, Washington, DC (Washington DC), Washington, DC, USA
38.902740, -77.026885
reserve.dc@hiusa.org, reserve@hiwashingtondc.org
+1 (202) 737-2333
+1 (202) 737-1508
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

For a hostel. 35 bucks for a dorm bed? But then again DC is expensive. I actually laughed quite hard when the taxi guy told me that is the cheapest place in Dc to stay.
Great hostel
I stayed there for 4 nights and its a really great hostel. Very clean, good showers, really nice and helpful staff, good free breakfast, fully equip kitchen, and most important its location is great! It will probably cost you about 2-5 $ more then other hostels a night if your not a member but definitely worth it. No wifi in the rooms but theres wifi in all of the common areas. Computers cost money but its only 3 $ an hour and theres a free tablet that will satisfy all of your map, information, and booking needs. So basically if your looking for a hostel in DC definitely stay there!
Great location.
I just love this place and its central location! would recommend to anyone!
Best hostel in DC!
I stayed at another hostel during another time in Adams Morgan but this one definitely surpassed the other one. Prime location, great free breakfast, clean, and safe. Thanks!
Great Staff -- The Best!
There is a saying that an organization's greatest asset is its people. At HI-Washington DC Hostel, one can find the truth in that in abundance. Whether at the front desk or in the dining facility, I was always treated like the staff enjoyed their job and went about it in a professional way. HI-DC has a well-organized staff available around the clock, is strategically located in downtown D.C. and accommodations for all without a sense of crowdiness. From Patricia, one of the site's supervisors, Michele and Jack at the front desk; Carmen and John in the dining facility to Nora, the supervisor that helped me figure out how to turn on the TV, -- THEY GET IT DONE, and make you feel right at home. I can only imagine how important this is to people traveling from afar and especially in groups. To have the peace of mind that your group will be taken care of is one less major thing one has to worry about when organizing a journey. Also, the breakfast on the daily is a nice touch and their is plenty of hot water, clean spacious secured rooms; and good conversation with a wide variety of travelers who seem to at least have one thing in common -- they fell the same way I do about HI-Washington, D.C. -- Its fantastic and right on the Money!
Lawrence Howard
Good except for breakfast guy
a very good hostel. The only problem was the guy who "emcees" breakfast. Maybe some people find him friendly but most find him annoying. He's very in your face, interrupts personal conversations and comes on too strong, especially to the young girls. This goes on every morning at breakfast. Get rid of him and it will be a perfect hostel.
A standard has been set!
I stayed here November 12-15, 2010 for a birthday vacation and a hockey game and had a blast. Staff were nice and helpful but not in the way. I lucked out with awesome roommates and for the cost of ONE night in a meh hotel outside of town I got to spend 3 nights within walking or a very short public transit ride from everything. Loved it and can't wait to come back!
This is the best hostel I have been in (I was in one in London and one in Paris) and I loved it. Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, very relaxed, young, lots of free activities, lovely people around, very well priced, and the option for a $2 breakfast. Really great, in my opinion. I thought it was really well planned and whenever I had a problem the staff was always there to help. Free internet connection as well and lots of tours and activities.

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