HI Washington DC is set in the heart of downtown Washington DC, providing an unbeatable location close to all of the best things the city has to offer - The White House, The National Mall, Chinatown - and just steps from bars, restaurants and performing art centres.

This friendly Washington DC hostel has both dorms and private rooms, and offers a great range of facilities for you to enjoy your stay including free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a common room with comfortable sofas, TV room with big screen and movies, books, puzzles, pool table and an outside patio seating area.

The Washington DC hostel offers free local maps and area information to help you get around. Visit the US Capitol, meeting place of the United States Congress; the Smithsonian museums, the world’s largest museum and research complex; or check out the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials.

*****Very important message for all guests booking from December-March***

Due to the renovation of our elevator, we will not have elevator access in
our hostel from mid-December to mid-March. This renovation means that we
will not be able to accommodate guests with limited or compromised
mobility. For guests on higher floors, we do have storage lockers available
in our basement. If you have a reservation during this time and have
limited mobility, please do not hesitate to contact us for reservation
changes or cancellations at (202) 737-2333, or reserve.dc@hiusa.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this refurbishment may cause for
your travel plans.

If you are interested in bringing a group to HI-Washington, DC, please
complete the following group request form.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Culture
  • Socialising
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



Lift small and too slow...Rooms could be improve the cleanness....Breakfast wonderful and good staff...


Avatar for Fernando


Fri 02 Oct 2015

A wonderful hostel! It has been 25 years since I last stayed there. It just keeps getting better. Staff was extraordinary! Thank you!


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Wed 30 Sep 2015

Travel tips...

Nightlife & entertainment tip

nothing much in D.C., too quiet at night

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Fri 09 Jan 2015

Budget meal tip

If you're down on the Mall, cheap and varied tasty food can be found at the Native American Museum.

Avatar for Carolyn


Thu 28 May 2015