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.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Culture
  • Socialising
  • Food-lovers

Green rating



The location can't be beat! Just one block from the International district/Chinatown station from which you can get to SeaTac airport and many places in Seattle. Chinatown has many inexpensive restaurants that you can try different types of cuisines. A Japanese supermarket is also one block away, so it is convenient to buy fresh vegetables and meat for cooking in the hostel's kitchen. Overall, I enjoyed my stay and will book again when I visit Seattle next time.


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Mon 25 May 2015

We got there late and it was cash out time. The receptionist got our rooms wrong twice but it may have been due to a booking error i made online, the website was confusing. The location was kind of seedy because it was in Chinatown. But everything in the building was clean, although it was quite pricey for a hostel. It ended up being about $20 more than I expected, maybe it was the website being unclear about taxes and other costs.


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Sat 23 May 2015

Travel tips...

Where next?

Book a bus and travel to Vancouver, BC. It's a 4 hour bus ride and the bus stop is right at King/5th Ave.

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Au Ching Macarius,

Mon 18 May 2015

Budget meal tip

Pacific Café, if you ran out of ideas about what to eat for dinner. It's right around the corner from the hostel and it provides large and delicious dishes of Hong Kong style cuisine.

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Au Ching Macarius,

Mon 18 May 2015