Hostels in Washington, DC, USA

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Get to know Washington, DC (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Washington, DC. To help you make friends with Washington, DC before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Washington, DC is also named and spelled Washington DC - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the US and more than 170 foreign embassies, and a good number of Washington DC hostels. It is a planned garden city designed by French-born architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant and consists of four boroughs. If you are looking for a Washington DC hostel, try to stay in Capitol Hill or Dupont Circle. These are the most convenient bases if you are mainly interested in sights like the White House, the Supreme Court, and the National Museum of Art since they are all clustered around Constitution Avenue. Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan borough and home to a lot of embassies whereas Capitol Hill boasts with numerous architectural highlights. If you do not mind being a bit farther away from the center, Adams-Morgan is a very lively and multicultural neighborhood with lots of art galleries and international eateries.

Getting around in Washington is easy since there is a comprehensive public transport system in place. The three close-by airports (Ronald Reagan, Dulles International, and Baltimore Washington) can all be accessed by train or bus so it's easy to get to a hostel in Washington DC from any of the airports.

While in Washington, visit the White House and indulge yourself by visiting several of Washington’s top-notch museums, such as the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, or the Smithsonian Institution. Take a walk through the streets of Dupont Circle and admire the foreign embassies and discover stunning architecture at Capitol Hill. If you have time and aren't yet ready to return to your hostel, see a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at night.

Written by local enthusiast for Washington, DC hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Washington, DC hostels Mona

FAQ about Washington, DC Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Washington, DC. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Washington, DC. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Washington, DC costs on average $49 for a dorm. A hostel in Washington, DC with private rooms costs on average $104. shows all 15 Hostels in Washington, DC. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 15 hostels in Washington, DC, USA. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Washington, DC such as
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Your Packing List for Washington, DC

Your Packing List for Washington, DC

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Washington, DC and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Washington, DC Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Washington, DC, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
15 Total number of hostels
$49 Average dorm price
$104 Average private room price
$30 Cheapest hostel in Washington, DC
3 Party hostels in Washington, DC
Hilltop Hostel is the best rated
Most Washington, DC hostels are located in
Adams Morgan, Logan Circle
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Arlington (6 Km / 4 mi.)
Alexandria (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Capitol Heights (11 Km / 7 mi.)
College Park (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Beltsville (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Clinton (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Baltimore (57 Km / 36 mi.)

Travel Tips for Washington, DC - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Washington, DC. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Washington, DC. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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