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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 131 Reviews

Hostel rating (131)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 85%
Cleanliness 84%
Location 87%
Security 87%
Service 86%
Comfort 79%
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 $37.00
  • Private
    From $140.00
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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



Mon séjour au HI à Seattle a été excellent, les lits sont confortables, les lieux sont propres, le personnel très aimable et beaucoup d'activités gratuites sont proposées comme des tours de la ville avec différents thèmes, des soirées à thèmes, etc.


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Sat 17 Jun 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I'm so glad you were able to to take part in our daily activities and get to know our team! Happy Travels--Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Mon 19 Jun 2017

Great kitchen and dining space. Our room was fine but it was easy to notice how the plumbing and electrical were gerry-rigged. Appreciated the laundry, reading, and internet spaces. The walking tour was fun. Perhaps the reading room can be denoted as separate from the dining space. One guest was rude to me when I was trying to study in the reading room.


Avatar for Michele


Sat 17 Jun 2017

Thanks so much for your comments. I am so sorry that another guest was rude to you in the library. While the library is a quiet, separate room with a door off the dining area, it is still common space and is meant to be shared. Thanks so much for staying with us and I wish you the best during future travels.-Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Mon 19 Jun 2017

Most dorms are facing the street and tons of fans and pipes and whatnot are right in front of the windows - it's so loud! Also the garbage collection comes at 5am or something and it feels like they are inside your room. I know it's a hostel, but windows could still somehow be a bit isolating. The bathroom only had boiling hot water, and even a day after letting the reception know, it hasn't changed. For it still being $50 a night I thought that's a bit underwhelming.


Avatar for Johanna


Fri 16 Jun 2017

Thank you for letting us know about the hot water mix up; it was temporary plumbing error and has now been resolved. Thank you for staying with us and I am so sorry for the difficulties you experience during your stay with us. We greatly appreciate your business and your feedback. I hope the rest of your travels have been better. Kind Regards, Lydia

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Lydia Measells,

Sun 18 Jun 2017

The staff at the desk was so helpful. They looked up our destination simply when told why we were in town. So appreciate this staff.


Avatar for Kathy


Sat 10 Jun 2017

It was wonderful to have you here and I'm so glad we could help you! Thanks so much for staying with us!--Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Mon 12 Jun 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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