HI Seattle at the American Hotel
HI - Seattle at the American Hotel
520 S. King Street
Tel. 1 206 622 5443
Fax. 1 206 299 4141
Important Information: Please be aware that all pricing listed on this website is Hostelling International member pricing not including tax. If you are not a Hostelling International member, you will need to pay an additional $3 per night per person plus tax.
Almost every bus stops across the street from these train stations, which serve as a regional transit hub for Seattle and its neighborhoods, including but not limited to Belltown, Ballard, Capitol Hill (home to Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College), First Hill (home to the three major hospitals: Harborview Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Center), Fremont, Georgetown, Queen Anne (home to Seattle Pacific University), South Lake Union, University District (known as the U-District and home to the University of Washington), and Wallingford. Buses also leave from this location to Bellevue, Everett (and Boeing), Kirkland, Olympia (the state capital), Redmond (home of Microsoft), Renton (and Boeing), and Tacoma (and its many museums).
Other amenities in our establishment include free WiFi access to the Internet, TV room, library, computer room, coin-operated washers & dryers, storage lockers, and 24-hour kitchen and dining area. Uwajimaya Asian Grocery Store is one block away so guests can bring their own food back to prepare or reheat at the American Hotel, or one may eat at the many inexpensive restaurants in the area, including a bakery, Taiwan Restaurant and sandwich shop in our very own building.
We are a safe, clean, affordable, and modern hostel with both private rooms and dorm room beds in a historic hotel building from 1926 that was renovated in 2009. We are a few blocks south of City Hall and a couple blocks east of Pioneer Square (home of the Underground Tour) and the Puget Sound waterfront piers with ferry service to the San Juan Islands, Vashon Island, and Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).
The sport stadiums – Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB)) and Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS)) – are just a few blocks southwest of us and within easy walking distance.
Access to other public and tourist attractions such as the Seattle Center (via Monorail), Space Needle, Experience Music Project (EMP)/Science Fiction Museum, Key Arena (home of the Seattle Storm and many music concerts), Pike Place Market, and Seattle Public Library are a short walk or bus ride (which is free downtown during business hours).
We accommodate all types of travelers visiting Seattle, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest. We are a great choice for those traveling alone or with a group as we can accommodate up to 294 people. Although historically known as “youth hostels”, we serve all ages from families with kids to high school students, college students, university students, those in the workforce, retirees, and senior citizens. We are accessible and comfortable for people of all ages and nationalities. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or to check availability.
Please be aware that the tax in Seattle for accommodation is 15.6%.
Hostel bed capacity
|Beds per room:||Total
|Number of rooms:||18||18||50||4||286|
|Opening times (daily/weekly):||We are open 24 hours a day. Check-in begins at 3 pm and check out occurs by 11 am. Although your room may not be available before our official check-in time, you are welcome to check-in earlier, store your bags, and enjoy our common room amenities.|
|Opening times (over the year):||We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!|
Street Map and Route Planning
|Bus:||Greyhound Bus Lines provides inter-city bus travel throughout the USA. It is located 1.5 miles north of the American Hotel at: 811 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101 206-628-5526 www.greyhound.com To get to the American Hotel from the Greyhound Station: Walk South on 9th Avenue for 2 blocks until you get to the Metro Bus Tunnel. Walk down to the southbound station (Bay C) and hop on any bus. The bus is free between 6am and 7pm, otherwise the bus will cost $2.25 (change is not given on the bus). Get off at the International District/Chinatown stop. Walk one block east on S King St. (toward the large red Chinese gate). We are at 520 S King St.|
|Metro:||Public transit is provided by King County Metro Transit (http://transit.metro.kingcounty.gov/). Most buses originate a block or two away from our building on S. Jackson St. In addition, riding Metro Transit is free between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily in Downtown Seattle. The Ride Free Area (RFA) extends from the north at Battery St. to S. Jackson St. on the south, and east at 6th Avenue to the waterfront on the west.|
|Parking:||Metered pay parking for up to two hours is available on the street from 8 am to 8 pm Monday - Saturday. Street parking is free from 8 pm to 8 am Monday - Saturday and also all day on Sunday. There are also several pay parking lots in the neighborhood, including one directly across the street.|
|Sea port:||We are located within walking distance from the docks on the waterfront, including the cruise terminal port and the local ferries.|
|Location:||We are located at 520 S. King St., which is one block east of Union Station in the International District of Downtown Seattle.|
|Rail:||Amtrak stops two blocks away at King Street Station (www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Station/Station_Page&code=SEA). Trains from Seattle go north to Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), south to Portland (Oregon) and California, and east to Spokane (and then on through Montana to Chicago and the East Coast).|
|Airport:||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is located approximately twelve miles south of downtown Seattle. Their address is: Main Terminal Building 17801 International Blvd. (Pacific Highway S.) SeaTac, WA 98158-1202 Take the light rail for $2.75. Get off at International District/Chinatown. Cross 5th Avenue and walk EAST 1 block on S. King Street towards 6th Avenue. (Approximately 30 minute trip) OR By car from the Airport to the American Hotel, go as follows: Follow signs towards I-5 North Take I-5 North for approximately 11 miles Take the Dearborn St./James St. exit (#164A) toward Madison St. Turn Left onto S. Dearborn St./WA-167. Continue to follow S. Dearborn St. for approximately 0.4 miles Turn Right onto 6th Ave. S. for 0.2 miles Stop at S. King St. American Hotel is on the Northwest corner. Unloading zone in the front of the building. Parking (2-hour) is available on the street. Longer-term pay parking available in the lot across the street. Check out their website for all transportation options (www.portseattle.org/seatac/ground/publictransit.shtml). Sound Transit runs their Light Rail directly from the SeaTac Airport to Union Station in the International District, which is one block west of the HI-Seattle at the American Hotel. Check out their schedule directly at www.soundtransit.org/x11204.xml.|
|Cultural centre nearby||Museums/art galleries nearby|
|City centre location||Historical sites nearby|
|River/harbour/lake nearby||Main attractions nearby|
|Nightlife nearby||Restaurants nearby|
|Shopping centre/market nearby||Hostel with a difference|
|Leisure facilities nearby||Meet other travellers! Read their tips for things to do in HI - Seattle at the American Hotel|
|Discounts and concessions available||Family rooms available|
|Suitable for wheelchair users||Breakfast in price|
|Hostel open 24h||Lift|
|TV room||Self-catering kitchen|
|Groups welcome||Common room(s)|
|Sheets in price||Laundry facilities|
|Cycle rental available at or near the hostel||Internet access|
|Credit card accepted||Café/Bar|
|Currency exchange at or near hostel||Games room|
|Individual traveller welcome||Luggage Store|
|Lockers available||Non smoking room/area|
|Basic store available at or near the hostel||Green Hostel|
Customer Reviews HI - Seattle at the American Hotel
|12 Jun 2013 Robert, USA||100%|
|What a Awesome location on the edge of China Town a half block to mass transit and walking distance to the sports stadiums and waterfront.|
|10 Jun 2013 Julie, France||80%|
|Nice but noisy |
|09 Jun 2013 Martin, Argentina||73%|
|HIHostel is ok, but the neighborhood must be clean, a lot of dealers and dopes at night do not make you feel comfortable to go out... To much drug organization outside... |
|09 Jun 2013 Vincent, Canada||73%|
|I had issues with changing beds in a empty room because I don't feel comfortable with sleeping on the top bunk. Staff refused to let me sleep in the bottom bunk even though it was empty and certain nobody else was sleeping in that room. Forgot to put that request before I reserved, I will do it next time.
Overwise a pleasant stay. |
|06 Jun 2013 Tom, Canada||100%|
|31 May 2013 William, USA||100%|
|Outstabdibg assistabce with handling abd storage of extra luggage.|
|31 May 2013 Gabriela, Germany||87%|
|Overall it was very good, my room ws never cleaned in 3 days but IT did not mind. I could have said something. The location is at first a little strange, in Cinatown but it's very easy to get to where ever you want to go.|
|31 May 2013 Kellen, USA||97%|
|Very friendly and helpful staff that gave great recommendations for places to check out in Seattle, free breakfast and coffee was very nice, clean rooms and bathrooms! |
|31 May 2013 Scott, England & Wales||100%|
|Excellent :-) Friendly and helpfull staff|
|28 May 2013 Martha, Canada||90%|
|One of the front-desk staff, I think her name was Sugar(?), went out of her way to help me with a parking ticket that was issued in error. |