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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 86%

From 144 Reviews

Hostel rating (144)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 87%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 86%
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 €36.74
  • Private
    From €71.65
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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



Older hostel but a fine place to stay. Our only complaint that several bathrooms on the floor we stayed were out of service making bathroom access more difficult (having to compete with other guests) and distant from our room. No real issue but we did have our two children travelling with us.


Avatar for Jane


Mon 24 Oct 2016

I was a bit cold in my room before bed so I used the blanket from the bed above (although when I woke up my room.wasnt cold). I liked the hostel.. Perhaps add a bit of colour to the rooms or corridors. Thanks


Avatar for Alison


Mon 24 Oct 2016

Good price, near rail station, by the smell is not good due to weather & closed window.


Avatar for He-Teng


Fri 21 Oct 2016

Thanks for letting us know about the smell so that we could open up the room and freshen everything up! I'm glad to hear that the location and proximity to the train station worked well for your needs. Thanks for staying with us!--Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Sun 23 Oct 2016

Die Metallbetten knarren bei jeder Bewegung. Das Frühstück ist ok. Alles sehr unpersönlich. Ich habe meine nächste Nacht in Seattle in einem anderen Hostel gebucht.


Avatar for Michaela


Wed 19 Oct 2016

Thanks for letting us know about the squeaky bed so that we could fix it for the next guest! I'm so sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. I hope that the other hostel was a better fit for you. Thank you for staying with us.--Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

Manager avatar

Lydia Measells,

Fri 21 Oct 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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