Charleston's NotSo Hostel, Charleston

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Good option for Charleston

This is a pretty good value for a smaller hostel. 8 bed Adams room at front was clean, had bed covers which made noise. Shares glass door+wall with a kitchen. Lockers are large -- no hooks for coats or bags. Surrounding Neighborhood is a bit rundown -- foot travelers will need to walk or transfer to get to interesting sites. Bikes are up for rent. Two clean, modest kitchen areas as common spaces -- each can sit around 4-6 people. Bathrooms are pretty modern, nice and clean. Staffing hours are limited to checkin/checkout hours -- as long as you plan accordingly should be fine. There is a lounge by front desk with couches, tv and computers, but only open when staff is on hand. b-fast is provided -- bagels + toppings, and coffee.


As the only budget option in town, Charleston's NotSo Hostel has the market cornered. Located in three single houses on Spring Street, the hostel offers dorms and private rooms in the main location and private rooms at the annex on Cannon Street, as well as camping on site. The annex is much quieter and has more of the apartment feel, with two shared bathrooms and a kitchen. Included in the price is parking, free Wi-Fi and use of computers, linens, and breakfast. Guests enter a code in the back door to gain access. Check in is from 5 to 10 p.m., so if you will be arriving outside of these hours, call the desk to get the door code. You can leave your bags and use the facilities until check in. Check out is at 10 a.m.

The Location

NotSo Hostel is located on Spring Street, near the intersection with Ashley Avenue, about seven blocks from the major tourist areas. The neighborhood is considered "up and coming" but guests should be careful walking back at night. The annex is located on Cannon Street between Coming and St. Philip streets. It feels like you are staying in someone's house, which can be a good thing as you feel like a local, but also uncomfortable when you feel as if you are intruding. Both locations are close to many restaurants and bars and are close to the Medical University of South Carolina campus. The hostel is about fifteen minutes from area beaches.

If you arriving in Charleston by air, the hostel is located twenty minutes from Charleston International Airport. The hostel is also accessible if you are renting a car, taking CARTA (Charleston's public transportation), or riding the Greyhound bus or Amtrak. Free parking is available at both locations, which is hard to come by in downtown Charleston. At NotSo Hostel, the parking can become full during high season and it can be hard to find a spot, leaving cars to block each other in. If you need to leave early in the morning, speak with the front desk about making sure you can get your car out.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The original location has two main houses, each with six rooms. There are four and eight-bed dorm rooms with both male and female rooms available. The annex has all private rooms. Mattresses are of the plastic variety, but linens are included. The dorms in the hostel also have personal fans to beat the Charleston humidity. Rooms also include ceiling fans and lockers. The door code accesses the building and guests are given keys for their rooms. There are two bathrooms for the entire hostel, each with a toilet, sink, and shower.

Common Spaces

The only common area to speak of is reception, which has two computers and couches, but is only open from 5 to 10 p.m. The kitchens serve as the hang-out space in the mornings when guests enjoy free coffee, tea, and bagels. Laundry facilities are available as well. The upstairs and downstairs porches are a nice place to sit and watch the sun set.


Charleston's NotSo Hostel is very homey, but there aren't planned activities that keep the guests engaged with one another like you might find at other hostels. The accommodations are basic, but breakfast and parking are great perks for such an expensive destination.


A Good Choice

Location -- Very well located if you have a car. You'll need to do a bit of walking if you don't have a car. Neighborhood -- Average city neighborhood, with a mix of college students and locals. Some areas of the neighborhood are rundown, but I wouldn't worry about it. I walked down the streets at 2 a.m. and felt relatively safe. Parking -- They have off-street parking, but you're not likely to get a space during tourist season. There are on-street parking options in the neighborhood. Cuba Room -- Comfortable beds! A little stuffy, but there were ceiling fans. Bathroom -- Fairly clean for a hostel bathroom. Guests -- Some were friendly, some weren't. Kitchens -- Fairly clean and seemed to have all the appliances and whatnot that you would need to cook. I will probably stay there again and would recommend it to friends.


Only choice in a spendy town

If you are a budget backpacker, this is probably your only choice if you come to historic Charleston. The place is a bit rundown and in a state of repair. It is also located in a slightly dodgy neighborhood, but is only a twenty-minute walk to some ok nightlife. The staff was mixed, one was very friendly and helpful while the other was just the opposite.



Great place to stay. Very casual attitude, but nonetheless, secure with pleasant and obliging staff. Great lockers! Comfortable beds! It seems all dorms are co-ed. Bathrooms and Kitchens are cleaned daily -- pity some guests do not respect this and follow the example. It certainly is the place I would have no hesitation in recommending to travelers -- and would stay again when in the area.


The NotSoHostel, thus named because of South Carolina dialect, is a house hostel centrally located on the touristy peninsula of downtown Charleston. This beautiful area of the city offers attractions, food, museums, historical sites, and venues of entertainment in number and quality to satisfy just about any tourist. The NotSoHostel gives a tourist on a budget the opportunity to enjoy it all from a safe and clean residence.

Dorms are available in various denominations -- single, for two, four, or six. Storage space is limited in the six bunkers, but they are more than adequate in terms of bedding and cleanliness. They have a front-loading washer for your laundry. Kitchens and common room are very good, and free house computer is offered. Washrooms are clean enough and the shower is a bathtub kind. You can enter the hostel through a back door with push-button security -- the mechanical type. There is parking next to this entrance. There are large balconies on two floors, and the rooms have big windows that do open.

NotSoHostel is properly in an area of twisted houses, not in the area of mansions. These bent houses are interesting to look at and they can also be fun to walk in because of the requirement to lean in order to remain plumb, and because pens roll on tables and doors close by themselves. Around town there are conveyances like horse drawn carriages, or ordinary metro buses. Getting there from the bus station is probably best by taxi -- you can save money by taking the bus back. There are two separate prices for the taxi -- two different types of rides you can hire, and very small tips are graciously accepted by the cheaper of the two.

But get out and walk, as the whole area is pedestrian-friendly and there is something to see everywhere -- mansions, markets, street vendors selling woven sweetgrass, or the Civil War submarine. Evenings are good for theatre, music, food, and again, walking. Charleston peninsula south is among the most beautiful downtown areas on the continent.

Timo Merio

I also thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here. I planned on staying only one night, but ended up staying three! Staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help you out (thanks for the blanket for the outdoor movie!). Common spaces were comfy and conducive to meeting people, and clean too. I wouldn't wander alone at night around the neighbourhood, but that's pretty typical. And hey, free internet. All in all, I definitely recommend this place. Good times!


I have stayed at this hostel three times, with friends and with my family. I can offer no better comment than to say I was comfortable with my daughter staying there. The area requires one to be aware, but what city does not? The staff are cheery and helpful, and there are not a lot of silly rules. All in all a great place.

Gypsye Long


New! Located in the historic district, with a fresh and fun flair. Free: breakfast, parking, linens, internet, bikes. Comfy, clean, and safe. Call for a free pick-up from bus/train/airport/anywhere downtown.

Location and Contact




Address: 156 Spring Street, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Website Charleston's NotSo Hostel Charleston
Phone Number: +1 (843) 722-8383
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Facilities and Amenities





Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Air Conditioning

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9 AM - 11 AM and 5 PM - 10 PM (9:00-11:00 & 17:00-22:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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