Featured Hostels in Washington

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U Street Hostel
U Street Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 1931 13th St NW, Washington, DC
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4.2/5 (78 reviews)

I love these "Pods" sleeping quarter plus comfy with almost remember foam bed. I last saw Pods bed was in a European travel log magazine. The staffs and place/location and cleanliness makes the trip very Superb staying. I even extended my stay twice.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020
Located in Northwest, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Howard University. White House and Smithsonian's ...
DC International Hostel 2
DC International Hostel 2
2.0 out of 5.0 1418 9TH St NW, Washington, DC
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2.9/5 (78 reviews)

I very disappointed in the lack of attention to details like bathroom tissue, hand soap, paper towels, “chirping” smoke detectors. I don’t see myself staying here in the future.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Capital One Arena. National ...
Duo Housing Hostel
Duo Housing Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 1223 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
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4.0/5 (267 reviews)

Overall is excellent, except a girl day time receptionist should let people stay in the living room, waiting for friends come to pick up. She is not friendly and nor understanding people regarding customer services

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, CityCenterDC, and Washington D.C. Madame ...
Duo Nomad
Duo Nomad
2.0 out of 5.0 1010 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DC
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3.7/5 (57 reviews)

Very cheap place but well kept and friendly people

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
Located in Capitol Hill, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastern Market, Washington Navy Yard, and Supreme Court of the United States. United States Capitol ...
DC International Hostel 1
DC International Hostel 1
2.0 out of 5.0 1610 7th St NW, Washington, DC
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3.2/5 (55 reviews)

It was okay for the Price.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Capital One Arena. Howard ...
HighRoad DC
HighRoad DC
2.0 out of 5.0 1804 Belmont Road NW, Washington, DC
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4.6/5 (327 reviews)

Location, amenities, service all good. Everything is well organized and run.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020
Located in Adams Morgan, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smithsonian's National Zoo and Dupont Circle. White House and Smithsonian American Art Museum are ...
Capital View
Capital View
1.5 out of 5.0 301 I Street NW, Washington, DC
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3.5/5 (71 reviews)

Very clean facility the faculty and staff were very friendly and helpful and very communicative. I pretty much grew up in this area and for years walked past the location unaware of the service that they provide! Great place to take a load off for an inexpensive fee. Thanks

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020
Located in Capitol Hill, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of National Building Museum, Capital One Arena, and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Smithsonian ...
Diplomatic Management
Diplomatic Management
2.0 out of 5.0 3305 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
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3.2/5 (20 reviews)

We arrived to find that confirmation did not mean anything and we had no room, and were told five others had booked or "overbooked" exactly the same room for the same date. This is not a service.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2016
Located in Columbia Heights, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater and Howard University. Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washington Hospital Center ...
Hostel Comfort Zone
Hostel Comfort Zone
2.0 out of 5.0 2411 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC
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1.8/5 (5 reviews)

A LOT of work to be done at this Hostel. While the staff was friendly and helpful, the absence of amenities like a stove are key to have a successful hostel. There's a code to enter the property and all the rooms do not have a key or access code. There were several instances where other guests would ...

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019
Located in Northeast, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of RFK Stadium, Washington Navy Yard, and National Mall. United States Capitol and Capital One Arena ...

Alternative Accommodations – Hostels

 

Best Hostels in Washington

 

Travel is all about experiences, whether you’re trekking across the world or just miles away from home. And while you may think of backpacking students when cheap hostels come to mind, modern-day hostels appeal to a much more diverse group of people. Hostels are traditionally beloved as a great way to meet fellow travelers and as a more affordable option to hotels. They’re the perfect place to rest for the night and then get up and go on your next day of exploring Washington and beyond.

 

What is the difference between a hostel and a hotel?

 

It’s customary for hostels to contain multiple bunk beds in a dorm-style room to be shared with friends (or strangers). So, can couples stay in hostels? The short answer is yes. Some of the best hostels in the world (and maybe even in Washington) are private room hostels that feature larger beds and more privacy. There are even bookable accommodations that offer family hostel rooms that provide even more space. Hostels are more commonly found internationally, but USA hostels are beginning to pop up around the country.

If secluded quarters and quiet accommodations are a priority to you during your travels, there are boutique and luxury hostels that offer upgraded private rooms, elevated décor, and higher end amenities. It’s possible to get the affordability and energy of a hostel with some elements of privacy that you’d usually only find by staying in a hotel.

 

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