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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 98 Reviews

Hostel rating (98)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 85%
Cleanliness 84%
Location 86%
Security 87%
Service 87%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 85%

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

  • Dorm
    From $38.00
  • Private
    From $88.00
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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.

**Please note** As of April 1, 2017, Seattle Sales Tax goes to 10.1%, which will be applied to all bookings and products at check-in.


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 of 10.1% is payable at check-in.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 15 mile radius of the hostel.
  • 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



After the staff charged me, I asked "Did you calculate my deposit that I already paid?". Then, the staff refunded that amount. I think they can get a lot of money in this way from thousands people because many guests just forgot their deposit or just trust the HI Hostel.


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Thu 12 Oct 2017

I'm so sorry that the deposit was initially missed when you arrived. This was a mistake and there was no ill intended on our part. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention and again, I'm so sorry for the error. Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Sat 14 Oct 2017

c est la meilleure hostel du monde..


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Wed 11 Oct 2017

The cleaning people work very hard and make the place very nice. Breakfast was fine, but the dining room and other social areas are superb.


Avatar for Charles


Wed 27 Sep 2017

Men's second floor restroom and lavatories need ventilation other than opening the windows at the ends of the hallway.


Avatar for William


Tue 26 Sep 2017

HI hostels stands for certain standards this hostel does not meet. I understand it is "only" affiliated, yet... some basic requirements must apply to them as well. Being a non-profit and charging the taxes... I suspect it s not really a non-profit. Employers badmouthing guests behind their back, being unfriendly.


Avatar for Martina


Sat 16 Sep 2017

Thank you for your feedback. I'm so sorry that you were not satisfied with your experience here and that you felt the staff were unfriendly. We take comments such as these very seriously and strive to provide the best service we can. As part of Hostelling International USA, we do have a certain set of standards that must be met in order to remain part of the organization. Like all of our hostels, we must meet local business requirements, which include charging taxes. Taxes in each city vary, but for us, we must charge 10.1%. As a courtesy to you, we offered a 10% discount when you arrived because of your concern. Again, I am so sorry for any misunderstandings and we have spoken with the staff involved. Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

Manager avatar

Lydia Measells,

Mon 18 Sep 2017


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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