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Hostelz.com's Review
City Hostel Seattle is a great location for those wanting an affordable and clean place to stay close to downtown Seattle. The atmosphere is friendly, and there staff are helpful.

The Location

The hostel is located about a five minutes' walk from the Space Needle, and is about a ten-minute walk from Pike Place Market. The neighbourhood feels relatively safe, and is being cleaned up. For visitors arriving on the Seattle Clipper, the hostel is within walking distance from the terminal. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and pubs in the area, and there's a corner store with necessities about a block away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are spotless, if small, and the dorm rooms have sinks and lockers. Each room exhibits works by a particular artist, whose biography and photograph are posted on the door. The largest dorm rooms only have four beds in them, and it's possible to reserve a room with an ensuite bathroom, although this costs more. Double rooms are also available for those who want more privacy. Inside each room is a piece of paper for suggestions. The rooms are secure, and entrance is by way of electronic key card. The shared bathrooms are spacious and constantly kept clean, and offer both showers and bathtubs.

Common Spaces

This hostel offers ample common space where visitors can socialize with other guests. Although it's not a party hostel, it is a friendly hostel, and there is sometimes baking for sale by donation in the kitchens. There is free Wi-Fi access as well as four computer terminals with Skype and webcams. The hostel has a library complete with tables, chairs, and chess set, as well as a movie theatre. Visitors can choose DVDs from the hostel's collection and reserve a time to play them.

There is a small area for laundry, and another common room in the basement decorated with scarves and cushions. This is also where the free breakfast is held in the mornings. Each floor has a huge kitchen with dishwasher that also serves as a common space. There is a free luggage storage for travelers who need to lock up their luggage for a few hours. The hostel also has a small outside terrace with hot tub that is operational until 10 p.m.

Summary

Overall, this is a great hostel for those wishing to visit Seattle. It is situated close to everything and has plenty to do at the hostel itself. The neighbourhood is up-and-coming, and the hostel is secure, as a key card is needed to open the front door.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Great place to stay, would return Free breakfast, friendly staff, a movie room and books. Plenty of toilets and showers, rooms are basic but comfortable. There are lockers to put your things into. Really handy location for walking around. I would definitely be happy to stay here again.  , age 23, New Zealand ()
3   Great, convenient, affordable place to stay The hostel was relatively clean and the staff was helpful and kind. It's very close to a lot of cool things in seattle.  , age 18, US ()
5   Excellent stay -- rivals any great European hostel. My husband and I have traveled Europe extensively and enjoy the friendly/community aspect hostel stays add to our trip. This was our first experience in an American hostel, and greatly enjoyed it! Very European feeling. The location is phenomenal -- couldn't have been better. Very friendly staff and clean rooms. Bathrooms have been recently remodeled, are private and very clean. There is no central heat/air, but we stayed in July and it was still very comfortable with just an open window and a fan (provided by the hostel). Would definitely stay again -- and look forward to!  , age 30, USA ()
4   Good hostel Good hostel, friendly staff, pretty much in the centre of Seattle.  , age 25, English ()
5   Clean and Great Location I had stayed here once before, and it has an ideal location to Seattle Center. Also, it is extremely clean, and everyone is friendly and helpful.  , age 31, USA ()
4   Paid 27.00 in a dorm of 6 beds Things that could of made my stay better -- People not having sex in the room okd by staff after complaining, or snoring so loud you have to change rooms, computers did not work or have holes for head phones, mice in the breakfast room, someone within the first hour stole my food for dinner for my two nights there. they were out of locks. Things that were awesome -- bathrooms and kitchens were sparkling staff was helpful and smiley very friendly, it was a drinking party place for young folks. I would go again but only a pinch and computer printout Receipts with itemized bill would be better than hand written ones.  , age 48, american,san francisco ()
5   Very helpful staff! I came to Seattle with only a couple ideas of what I wanted to explore. The staff sat down with me for as long as I had questions about what to do in the city. The rooms were pretty large and clean. They serve a basic breakfast, which is basically pb&j, pineapple, and coffee. The location is optimal to see the space needle and museums and close to buses that can take you to neighborhoods surrounding center city. Overall I'd recommend it.  , USA ()
5   Awesome staff, safe place Had a lot of fun with the rest of the folks, didn't even need to go find entertainment outside.  , US ()
5   Great Place!! I absolutely loved this hostel! It is one of the best that I have ever stayed in and I have been in many different hostels in countless countries. I loved the amenities and location of this hostel. For someone who travels and is on the go constantly it is quite important to have everything you need in one spot. Plenty of toilets and showers and a variety to choose from I have to say. If you like tubs there are tubs, if you like showers there are showers. There was never a problem finding an empty one. A kitchen on every floor stocked with everything you might need. A movie room (plenty of movies to choose from in their library). Free wifi and computer use!! Laundry room with free detergent and the breakfast was free every morning. The staff was also top notch! I asked many questions and never once did I get an attitude.  , USA ()
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