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HI - Washington DC

1009 11th St NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20001, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 138 Reviews

Hostel rating (138)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 95%
Security 92%
Service 91%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 88%

The best located and friendliest hostel in Washington DC, we're the ideal hostel for experiencing the history and culture of our nation's capital!

  • Dorm
    From $33.00
  • Private
    From $121.50
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Washington DC Hostel

Hostel Washington DC

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.


Prices are members' 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 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 45 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
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 15:00 to 03:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +1-202-737-2333

Fax. +1-202-737-1508

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • The White House (500m to 1km)
  • The National Mall: World-Famous Monuments & Memorials, Smithsonian's Many Free Museums & Art Galleries, Capitol Building, & More (500m to 1km)
  • China Town (Bars / Pubs, Restaurants, Night Life) (500m to 1km)

See the full list of attractions



I love staying here. It’s the best hostel in DC and the best one I’ve stayed at in the US. The staff is always top notch, the location could not be better, and there’s always hot water. I wouldn’t change anything!


Avatar for Lisa


Thu 15 Mar 2018

Thanks for all the good things you had to say. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, it's always a pleasure to hear back from our guests with positive experience they want to share. Thank you again and take care!

Manager avatar

Washington DC,

Sat 17 Mar 2018

I like the helpful friendly gentleman who let us know what are the practices at the 2nd Floor breakfast place, also like the excellent location of the HI, it is 8 minutes walk southward to a Metro Stn., therefrom westward to Rosylin you may take a #5A bus to IAD airport (Dulles).


Avatar for Biu


Thu 15 Mar 2018

That's John. He is great and we are happy you got to meet him! Thank you for the great review, it's great to know you liked your stay with us. Take care.

Manager avatar

Washington DC,

Sat 17 Mar 2018

I arrived at 10:45 pm to occupy a bed reserved 2 months ahead. Upon entering my room, I found another individual in my bed. It turned out that SEVERAL occupants of this room were in beds other than the ones assigned. One individual (properly-registered) had his possessions taken away by a hostel staff member. Another hostel staff member came to the room around 1:00 am to resolve the chaos. I was rattled and couldn't sleep. I will not be returning to this poorly-monitored hostel.


Avatar for David


Sat 10 Mar 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (Less than 500m)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

3 airports service the DC metro area. WASHINGTON / DULLES (IAD): Take Bus 5A toward L’Enfant Plaza and exit at Rosslyn Metro Station. Take the Blue Line train toward Largo and exit at Metro Center Station (See Metro section for directions). REAGAN / NATIONAL (DCA): Take the Blue Line train toward Largo and exit at Metro Center Station (See Metro section for directions). BALTIMORE / WASHINGTON (BWI): Take Bus B30 toward Greenbelt Metro Station and exit there. Enter the Greenbelt Metro Station and take the Yellow Line train toward Mount Vernon Square or take the Green Line train toward Branch Avenue. From either the Yellow or Green Line trains exit at Mount Vernon Square and walk South on 11th Street (about 10 minutes) to HI-DC just North of K Street.
All major bus lines (Greyhound Peter Pan Mega Bolt etc.) park at Union Station. From Union Station take either MetroRail (called The Metro; see Metro section for directions) or the Circulator Bus (the local bus line). Exit the Circulator at the intersection of 11th & K Streets NW. The hostel is on the Northeast corner.
Take MetroRail (called “The Metro”) to Metro Center Station (Red Blue and Orange Lines). Use the 11th Street exit and walk North 4 blocks on 11th Street. Hostel is on the Northeast corner of 11th & K Streets NW.
Alternate Transport
SuperShuttle is another option (door-to-door shared van service): +1-202.258.3826;
Parking is tricky and expensive in downtown DC and the city is notorious for quickly applied and expensive parking tickets. Please pay close attention to all parking signage for street parking.
The train (Amtrak) station is Union Station. From Union Station take either MetroRail (see Metro section for directions) or the Circulator bus (see Bus section for directions) to the hostel.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

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