Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle, Seattle

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Bedbugs and drug addicts

I stayed there in October of 2016. It was the worst stay. There were bedbugs in all the rooms. It was full of drug addicts moving about, all hours of the night. It seemed like everyone was high or drunk. Even the staff. If you're looking for peace and quiet, you won't get it at green tortoise seattle.

Age 37 | USA

Response from the accommodation:

Hi - we are sorry you had such a bad experience. I can assure you we take all necessary precautions to prevent bugs and treat them immediately if there is an outbreak. We treat all customers belongings and shut down the room until the problem is resolved. We definitely do not allow staff to drink or smoke marijuana while on the job - but often our staff hang out to party with guests because of the fun atmosphere. As for drug addicts, we do not allow anyone to stay at the hostel with whom we ourselves would not share a room. We try our best to screen guests when they come in. We also provide ear plugs at the front desk for free if you need some more quiet.

Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle located right across from the famed Pike Place markets, is a lively, friendly, and central hostel.

The Location

Not even one minute walk to two sightseeing attractions in Seattle: The Pike Place Market, and the first Starbucks store, and a little more than 5 minutes from the light rail "University Street" station. Starbucks, Subway, and mini-marts all also located with a one or two minute walk. Approximately 25 minutes to the Space Needle on foot (almost 2 kilometers) and 30 minutes to the Museum of Flight (5 minutes walk, 25 minutes bus ride on #24).

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are quite spacious with the 4 bed mixed dorm having room for an extra desk and a couple of chairs along with luggage. Each bed has two power points, a lamp, and a set of curtains giving you peace of mind about your electronic devices and having a good nights sleep. There is some extra noise on nights when there are theater performances around the corner but overall the noise level is surprisingly low for its location. Security is also top-notch, with card only access into the dormitory area and then again into the individuals room, along with large under-bed lockers which can be locked with your own regular combination/pad lock. Can be annoying having to take the card every time you want to go to the toilet or have a shower, however. Wi-Fi is good throughout the building, in both common areas and dorms.

Bathrooms were neither old nor modern but are kept clean every day. There are only a few bathrooms per level, however, and the toilets are mostly combined with the showers meaning it can be hard to get to the toilet in the morning 'rush hour'. No complementary shampoo or soap is provided so don't forget your own.

Common Spaces

Large communal kitchen with fridges and many appliances with free buffet complimentary breakfast every day and free dinner three times a week. There are several computers with free internet access and many tables with power-points scattered throughout the common areas. A large dining area with some sofas with a great view of the mountains, and a game room which has a Foosball table and hosts movie nights make up the common areas. Also an events board with a sign up sheet for weekly events such as a day-trip to Snoqualmie falls, walking tours, and even performances.


One of the best, well-rounded hostels in Seattle located right in the center of downtown.

Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle building next to the Pike Place markets The Hostel is located on the 2nd floor One of the common areas which has several tables with some powerpoints and sofas around the room The other section which is more recreational, hosts the occasional movie night as well A typical bed in a 4 bed mixed dormitory, 2 powerpoints and a lamp each along with curtains

Miss it, love it.

I loved staying at the Green Tortoise. I was wondering if you still have the glorious open mic nights. And if I do a show there can I stay a night free? My friends there do poetry and music shows with the Vancouverite, poets and musicians. I wish we could all do that again.


Response from the accommodation:

Thank you so much for the great review! We do not currently have any open mic nights, but we have a lot of other free events going on!

Green Tortoise Seattle offers a lot of character and a location that cannot be beat.

The Location

One of Seattle's most famous tourist attractions, The Pike Place Market, is located literally a stones throw away from the Green Tortoise. In fact, guests have a great view of the market from the common room and kitchen area. The hostel is very easy to locate and guests arriving from the airport can take a local bus into town before walking ten minutes to the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Beds in the Green Tortoise are equipped with privacy curtains, fans, outlets, and reading lights. The idea of privacy curtains was very welcomed as it allowed guests to turn on the lights without greatly disturbing others. Luggage storage is served by under-bed containers that can be secured with personal locks. Ample space is available for backpacks or medium- to large-sized suitcases. Dorms hold four to eight guests and private rooms are also available.

Bathrooms at the Green Tortoise are shared, but remained absolutely spotless. It appears that the bathrooms are cleaned several times daily and are some of the best offered by hostels with great water pressure and temperature control.

Common Spaces

The Green Tortoise lobby opens up into a common room area with multiple functions. To one side lies the kitchen, which is open for guest use and contains all the necessities for cooking on the road. The common room also contains seating for meals, a computer area (free Wi-Fi), and a television with couch seating. A book exchange and free use guitar are also on this level. The Green Tortoise also has a designated smoking lounge on this main floor.

The Green Tortoise exudes character from the decorations in the main common room to the Jimi Hendrix wall mural in the smoking lounge, which also features old-school pinball machines. The hostel has a very social vibe and allows for maximum guest interaction.


The only downfalls noted during a visit to the Green Tortoise would be some of the clientele it attracts -- unlike at most hostels, there is no maximum stay limit. Some guests encountered during a stay at the GT had been living at the hostel for quite some time. Also, the hostel allows work exchange programs and some interesting characters seemed to frequent the hostel. This might also be associated with rumors of its 420 friendliness in the smoking lounge, although this was not verified.

Overall, the Green Tortoise offers an unbeatable location to explore Seattle in a lively atmosphere at a great price. The hostel is very clean and has spotless bathrooms. Other important benefits include free breakfast (all-you-can-make pancakes, eggs, toast, and fruit) and a hostel dinner served three times weekly. One free dinner consisted of spaghetti, salad, steamed vegetables, and garlic bread -- a great value for the budget traveler!

Kelsey Stephenson

A real mixed bag

It was initially shocking; getting charged over $30 a night, for a cramped dorm room. The bathrooms and common areas were very clean. The free breakfast was nice. I also enjoyed the free dinner. I met some cool people, but got very little sleep. The next morning, I rented a private room at a hotel, for about $20 more.

Jack Zoff
Chicago, USA

Response from the accommodation:

Hi there. Sounds like you had a pretty good time but were upset about the price? We are glad you enjoyed the free meals. Hotels in downtown Seattle start at about $150/night and a meal is $10-$20, so it is a great deal for the area. Seems like you found a killer deal on a private room, though. Cheers

Great place

Friendly staff, nice location, free wifi, GREAT kitchen, clean big showers, and a nice, big common area. The beds have their own curtains which is nice, I'd stay there again any day.


Response from the accommodation:


More expensive now -- but much cleaner, no smoking/drugs Fall 2008.

I was there a few years ago, and stayed one night only. The area you must be cautious in at night -- but i walked to and from the gay area up to 10 p.m. Check bus schedules and make sure you know where you are going. The police station is up in the gay area, with plenty of late night cafes and restaurants -- it is less safe from there downtown.


A Great Place

Location Couldn't be better. I walked to this hostel from the Westlake Center at 10 p.m. and though I passed a couple of dodgy-looking people, I felt completely safe. Morning, noon, and night, I felt secure and at ease. Accommodations Great! The bunk beds were thoughtfully fitted with a reading light and a fan, each bunk bed had a storage locker for luggage and curtains to give you a little bit of privacy. Overall, things were quite clean. The staff was very busy in the mornings and afternoons, but were as attentive as they could be. Value Fantastic! Free internet, breakfast included every morning (not just pancakes), some free dinners. I would recommend this place to my friends and I will definitely stay there again the next time I'm in Seattle!


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Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle Reviews from the Web

Super helpful staff! Lots of amenities, enjoyed having the lounge, and so close to Pike Place Market!


This hostel was an incredible find! The location is amazing, right next to the Pike Place Market. All the staff are super friendly and approachable. The rooms all have huge lockers for each bed & the beds have curtains that pull all the way around for privacy. Plenty of lockable private bathrooms with showers near the rooms. Kitchen equipped with ovens, multiple fridges and food storage areas, and the free breakfast was a great bonus :)


This was my first time in a hostel in almost 15 years. So glad it was at the Green Tortoise. The location is incredible for a first time visitor to Seattle. Check in and out was simple and I could leave my bag after check out since my flight was later. The one thing is each bed has a fan, which is great, but they desperately need to be cleaned. Will visit again in the future!


Was such a nice hostel, they do daily and evening activities. The beds are very comfortable and have own curtains for privacy. The location is really good also, definitely recommend!


Best hostel I've ever stayed at! Super clean and helpful friendly staff. Definitely very bustling and busy, but good affordable way to visit Seattle.


Overall this was a great place to stay! The homelessness in the area was not a significant security concern, and the hostel was in a generally great location for tourists. Would definitely recommend staying here. As a plus, the staff are super nice, and if you forget a towel you can rent one!


Excellent location; right outside the market.

Great staff.


Incredible location, really cozy old school feel, so many fun events going on all the time, both within the hostel and outside events posted around the common area - this hostel is all you need to have a great time in Seattle.


Love this place, and would easily stay there again. They put on social events every day such as free beer parties and ice cream socials, and have free breakfast. The staff was friendly and gave good recommendations for local nightlife and coffee shops. The common space has a piano, tv, and many books. I met some great people staying at this hostel and am lucky to have found this great spot.


This place is the best. They even had free beer the night I stayed!


Sophia killed it at check-in, gave our party free drinks upon arrival and got us sorted in our room real quick. This is a pretty great spot I've stay a couple times now. Location can't be beat, serves breakfast, lots of common area space, quiet rooms, and hosts many events. My only nit is that the blanket provided was essentially a scratchy horse blanket.


Very clean, located really close to some of the main tourist attractions like the pike public market, gum wall and waterfront


It's a very well located hostel, near the sporting venues, some attractions and a lot of bars and nightclubs by foot. The staff is very helpful and diverse and you can meet people from everywhere.

I strongly reccomend it.


The fact that the staff is friendly and helpful. The rating I will be given uncleanliness in such I can't say much. I arrived very late slept, and left early in the morning.


Great downtown location by Pikes Market. The dorms are a bit small but I liked the curtain privacy. Its a busy place and has a crowded feel. Staff were great.


This was my first time to stay in a hostel and it was perfect! The individual bathrooms with showers were clean and always available when I needed one. The staff was friendly, helpful and plentiful. The beds are very private with the curtains and individual lights. Breakfast was a real bonus too. The guests were very companionable and pleasant to be around. The location right across from the Public Market Center was great and having a Target next door came in handy too. Tour of the Market-great!


Very good hostel! Staff were very nice and professional. The location is fantastic, close to transit stations, the Public Market, and the Waterfront


The Green Tortoise is just terrific! Everything is a 10+ and the staff are very intuitive to other people's needs. Thank you so much, Sophia, for relocating this 'senior' to the 1st floor without my having to ask. You helped me a lot in every way. Take care now!


Great location, right downtown by the pier market. The staff were very friendly and the faculties were good also, the dorm space is a little cramped but im a big guy so thats to be expected. Great value for your dollar though! Would recommend!!


Super affordable and accessible but you definitely get what you paid for. The frontdesk guy is so rude to me (youre lucky i forgot your name), he doesnt want to give me the lower bed. And the hostel stinks!



We proudly announce the Grand Re-opening and Remodel of the Seattle Green Tortoise Hostel on September 16, 2006. Our new location is conveniently located at First Ave. and Pike Street, right around the corner from our old Hostel, and across the street from the famous Pike Place Market. The new hostel, with a view of the Puget Sound and the Market, boasts 30 newly-remodeled bunk rooms in the elegantly restored Elliot Hotel Building, which once served as short-term housing for loggers, dock workers, and Miners who came to Seattle in the early 20th century. The beautiful historical building has plenty of modern charms too: European style bath and shower rooms are brand new, as are the kitchen and common areas. We are within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, The Pike Place Market, The Space Needle, The Experience Music Project, Pioneer Square, and more. Plus, we have….

Nine Free Internet Terminals for you to use
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast, including fresh baked brownies, make-your-own waffles, fresh fruit, eggs, toast, butter, jam and honey.
Free Dinner three times a week
Wednesday Night Open Mike
Best Location in Seattle!
World Famous For Fun and Friends

See our Specials, click on the tab above!!

The Green Tortoise's accommodating staff can arrange tours to explore the city or make suggestions for independent travel. An extensive information board lists what to see and do and how to get around.

Pike Place Market is famous for fish-throwing, fresh local produce, bakeries, flower shops, cafes, the original Starbucks location, and dozens of ethnic food stalls and restaurants. This colorful neighborhood is also one of the city's safest, and our hostel is a close walk to such famous landmarks as Seattle Center (where the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project *AKA the Jimmy Hendrix museum * are located), Pioneer Square, the Waterfront, the Washington State Ferries to nearby communities, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne.

Coming to town for a live music show? Come check us out -- we're located pretty much in the heart of the live music scene with venues like the Crocodile Cafe, the Showbox Theater, the Paramount Theater, and the Moore Theater all just blocks away from us.
The Green Tortoise Hostel offers the best value for your dollar. All of our prices include taxes. We also offer free breakfast, 9 free high speed Internet access terminals, and free dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We also sell discounted tickets for movies and the Experience Music Project (you save $6).

Please note:
The Green Tortoise Hostel has an age restriction and cannot accommodate minors (under 18 years old) in dorm rooms. Minors traveling with adults must book a private room. If you have any questions about this policy or would like to explain your circumstances, you must contact us directly.

For additional information Contact: The Green Tortoise Seattle, 206.340.1222

The World Famous Green Tortoise Adventure Travel began over 30 years ago, with a hostel on wheels and the realization that beautiful places, great food, and sociable people were the only essentials for gratifying travel experiences. The Green Tortoise hostels in San Francisco and Seattle are built on this fine tradition. The Green Tortoise San Francisco and Seattle hostels are created around a social communal experience.

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Location and Contact


• Getting to the hostel is simple and easy...
• From Seatac airport: Take the Light Link Rail ( to its last stop at Westlake Station in the underground tunnel. Exit onto Pine Street and 3rd Avenue. Once above ground, walk one block south to Pike and turn right. We are on Pike Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, just past Seattle Coffee Works. You can also book a shuttle ahead of time with Greyline or Shuttle Express. Taxi's generally cost $25-45.
• From Greyhound Bus (503 S Royal Brougham Way) - Walk to Stadium Link Light Rail Station. Take the Link Light Rail ( to Westlake Station/Downtown in the underground tunnel. Exit onto Pine Street and 3rd Avenue. Once above ground, walk one block west on Pine to 2nd St Then walk 2nd street south to Pike and turn right. We are on Pike Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, just past Seattle Coffee Works.
• From the Victoria Clipper: A taxi will be the easiest way and will cost about $8. If you want to walk (it will take about 15 minutes), just go along the waterfront until you get to the Lenora Street steps/ elevator (across from the Bell Street Pier and Conference Center). After you go up the stairs, continue up Lenora to 1st Ave and make a right. Our hostel will be on your left hand side in four blocks on the corner of 1st and Pike (the entrance is on Pike Street).
• From the Quick Shuttle- Walk one block west to 5th Avenue and make a left. Follow 5th Avenue to Pike Street (about 10 blocks) and make a right. We're on the corner of 1st Avenue and Pike Street. You can also take bus #3 ,4, or 16 from 5th Avenue in front of the EMP (1 block West from the Quick Shuttle drop off ).
• If you are driving, we have a deal with the West Edge Garage located on the corner of Pike and Second Ave. Bring your parking stub to us to validate and the discounted rate is $18 per 24 hours (no in/out privileges). Hours: Mon-Thurs 6a-11p, Fri 6a-2a, Sat 8am-2a, Sun 8a-7p.



Address: 105 1/2 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington, USA

Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle Seattle
Phone Number: +1 (206) 340-1222
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller



City Tours


Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental ($15/ 3 hours)

Parking ($18/day)

Towels ($1 rental)

24 Hour Security


Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Cultural Tour/Class

Currency Exchange

Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Power Point/Sockets by Each Bed

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Privacy Curtains for Each Bed

Walking Tours

Airport Pickup

Entirely Non-Smoking

Wheelchair Accessible


Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 1 month

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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