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HI - Seattle at the American Hotel

520 S. King Street, Seattle, Washington, 98104, United States

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Overall Rating 85%

From 142 Reviews

Hostel rating (142)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 87%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 87%
Security 87%
Service 88%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 84%

Hostelling International Seattle offers a big city experience in a beautiful natural setting. The largest hostel on the US west coast.

  • Dorm
    From €32.81
  • Private
    From €73.11
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Seattle Hostel

Hostel Seattle

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Based in a renovated historic building from 1926, Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel offers a convenient location in the International District of downtown Seattle just one block east of Union Station.

This safe, clean and modern Seattle hostel offers both private and dorm room with a range of facilities including free Wi-Fi, Internet access, TV room and 24 hour kitchen and dining area. There is a grocery store one block away so guests can bring their own food back to prepare, and in the local area there are many restaurants, a bakery and a sandwich shop in the hostel itself.

HI Seattle at the American Hotel is close to many attractions including Pioneer Square, home of the Underground Tour; sports stadiums such as Safeco Field, Qwest Field and Seattle Sounders FC; the Seattle Center and the Space Needle tower.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of USD 3.00 per person per night is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-206-622-5443

Fax. 1-206-299-4141

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Experience Music Project (2 to 3km)
  • Pike Place Market (1 to 2km)
  • Space Needle (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



Das Zimmer war etwas kühl. Eine Heizung gab es nicht. Trotzdem empfehlenswert!


Avatar for Dorothea


Sun 27 Nov 2016

I am so sorry that the room was cold. We are currently working to restore the boiler. In the meantime, we are handing out extra blankets and space heaters. Again, I am so so sorry about the heating and I hope that you enjoyed your visit to Seattle! Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Tue 29 Nov 2016

Very nice


Avatar for roseanne


Fri 25 Nov 2016

Thanks for your very kind review! Happy Travels!--Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Sun 27 Nov 2016

I arrived at noon and tried to check-in, but when I got there I didn't feel welcome and the staff just said that check-in is not until 3pm...that was it. I wasn't offered another option. My room was very cold. The heater was not on and even though the window was closed there was cold air coming through. My booking confirmation didn't include any taxes but I thought so, so I was surprised when tax was still added and I had to pay more than expected. This is very misleading and should be changed.


Avatar for Katharina


Thu 24 Nov 2016

I'm so sorry to hear that you had a difficult experience with us when you arrived. It's true, check in begins at 3pm daily. If you arrive earlier, we will store your bags for you and you are welcome to use our common areas while you wait for the rooms to be cleaned. As soon as the rooms are ready, we'll get you upstairs. We have been having trouble with the boiler lately, but we do have plenty of blankets and extra space heaters should you need them. I'm so sorry that you were cold. I'm also sorry that you felt the pricing structure was misleading. Each state and city in the US has it's own tax structure and we do have to add 9.6% to the reservation upon arrival. I hope that you've had a wonderful during the rest of your travels and that you will try us again in the future. Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Sat 26 Nov 2016

Great Staff, comfortable beds, perfect location with parking area right in front!!


Avatar for Stephanie


Wed 23 Nov 2016

I'm so glad to hear that you were able to find street parking! Parking a big deal around this neighborhood! Thanks so much for staying with us and we'll see you again really soon. Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Fri 25 Nov 2016

I love the convenience of the hostel location. Great staff, they were all kind and answered all my questions to their best knowledge. I am definitely coming back soon!


Avatar for Mario


Mon 21 Nov 2016

I'm thrilled that we were able to help! Thanks for testing our knowledge and keeping us on our toes. Thanks for staying with us and we'll see you next time! Happy Travels, Lydia, AGM

Manager avatar

Lydia Measells,

Wed 23 Nov 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (2 to 3km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

SeaTac is located approximately 12miles south of downtown Seattle. Light rail – International District (30min).
Greyhound station 1.5 miles north of the American Hotel.
Located within walking distance from the docks on the waterfront including the cruise terminal port/local ferries.
Most buses originate a block or two away from our building on S. Jackson St.
From airport approx. 12 miles follow signs to I-5 North take Dearborn St/James St exit 164A to Madison St. Metered pay parking for up to two hours is available on the street from 8 am to 8 pm Monday - Saturday.
Amtrak stops two blocks away at King Street Station.

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