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
  • Relaxing

Green rating



This was my second time to stay here. I love the location! The amenities are sufficient, its not a 4 star hotel - but its not supposed to be! its a Hostel! - so you get to enjoy a great price. I will stay again. Complementary breakfast - some cereal, muffins, toast, juice, etc. You have to pay a small fee if you are not a member, but if you plan on staying more than a night or two you should just get the membership. Shared bathroom/shower space. very helpful staff. Lots of planned activities!


Avatar for Frances


Mon 29 Jun 2015

The staff members were friendly & prompt in their service. It's convenient having washers & driers at the basement. It's nice having free breakfast to start off the day. It was a great chance to get to know other guests, who are of various nationalities. Perhaps some beds in the dorm might need a little fixing, since they creak so much, even with a slight move. And maybe there's a way to add ventilation too. Still, my stay at HI was great overall. :) I'll choose it again when I travel to DC.


Avatar for Joseph Andrew

Joseph Andrew,

Fri 26 Jun 2015

Travel tips...

Nightlife & entertainment tip

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

Avatar for xiaoli


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