HI Washington DC Hostel, A Great Home Base for Exploring DC

Located right in the city center, staying at HI Washington DC Hostel was a great choice for my friend, Elal, and I. As first time travelers to this capital city, making this nice and cozy hostel as our home base was very ideal. It has a perfect location that made it easier for us to explore around. Getting to different tourist spots and historic landmarks in the city was also very convenient. With a strategic location, the hostel is also near the shopping centers, restaurants and the train station.

HI Washington DC Hostel Reception

HI Washington DC Hostel is also great place to stay because of the affordable accommodation and exciting events that it offers. This modern hostel offers a range of room options in an affordable rate, perfect for budget travelers like us. Also a non-profit organization, HI Washington DC Hostel promotes cultural understanding through travel. The hostel has guided tours and exciting activities for staying guests. In this way, the hostel believes that guests can meet fellow travelers, discover new cultures and have an inside perspective of the city.

Staying at HI Washington DC Hostel

HI Washington DC Hostel

A 10-minute walk from the Metro Station, I didn’t find it hard to reach the hostel. I arrived at HI Washington DC Hostel around 11:00 AM. I approached the front desk and presented my passport to check in. The room wasn’t ready yet so the staff offered their locker area for my luggage. I didn’t have any plans to tour around immediately so I told the staff that I can just had my luggage with me. I stayed at the common area and waited until our room became available.


HI Washington DC Hostel Private Room

HI Washington DC Hostel has a lot of different room types with private and dorm rooms that are either for male, female, or mixed. We stayed in a Double Room on our first two nights. Then, we had a Double Room En Suite on our last night.

HI Washington DC Hostel Private Room with Twin BedsMy Bed at HI Washington DC Hostel

Both rooms are private and can fit max of two persons. The room can either have a full bed or two single beds. It is also equipped with heating and air-conditioning. Rooms were also clean, comfortable and spacious. It also has a window with a nice view of the street. Towels and blankets were also provided. Both rooms also have a work desk. The difference for the en suite and basic room is the private toilet and bath. The Double Room En Suite also has a sink, microwave, small fridge and some utensils.

HI Washington DC Hostel Double Room En Suite

Nice, clean and comfy, the hostel let us able to have our much-needed rest, especially after days of walking around the city.


HI Washington DC Hostel also offers array of facilities that staying guests can have access to. These amenities and services are as follows:

  • Information Desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Common Area
  • Library and Game Room
  • Media Room
  • Shared Toilet and Bathroom (separated for men and women) in each floor
  • Private outdoor patio with a bike shed and rack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connection
  • Fully-equipped, self-service kitchen
  • Laundry Facility
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free Tours and Activities

HI Washington DC Hostel Common AreaHI Washington DC Hostel Shower AreaHI Washington DC Hostel Laundry AreaHI Washington DC Hostel Locker Area

A free continental breakfast is also being served each morning. It comes with cereals, bagels, sausage, meat patty, juice, fruit and pastries. Guests can avail this from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Breakfast at HI Washington DC Hostel

Eastern Market Tour with HI Washington DC Hostel

Elal and I was able to experience one of the tours that HI Washington DC Hostel had during our stay. Started around 10:00 am, we met our guide and fellow joiners in the lobby. But before setting off, our guide gave us an overview of Washington DC and what to expect in our destination. She also gave us time to introduce ourselves and each of the participants – and what made us visit Washington DC. My answer was I wanted to see the White House. But after the tour and getting around the capital city, I discovered a lot more.

Eastern Market in Capitol Hill

Eastern Market Washington DC

It was the Eastern Market Tour that Elal and I joined. We went to a public market in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill. From the hostel, our group took the train to reach the Eastern Market. Interesting because the market is housed in a historic brick building. Inside there was a variety of stalls and shops selling produce, handmade crafts and prepared foods. Our group spent half an hour inside the market. Some had their lunch while others looked around to buy something interesting.

Eastern Market Tour in Washington DC

Capitol Building

After visiting the Eastern Market, our guide brought us to the Capitol Building. It is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. The Capitol Building is an architecturally impressive structure making it as one of the important buildings to visit when in Washington DC.

Visiting the Capitol Building was the end of our tour. But nearby the Capitol Building, there are still a lot see. Our guide suggested some places for us to visit like the Library of Congress, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

marxtermind with Elal Jane at United States Capitol DC

Joining the Eastern Market Tour organized by HI Washington DC Hostel gave us a nice start to discover the city. A fun and exciting place for food, art and clothing, visiting the Eastern Market is one of the cool local things to do when in Washington DC. Visiting this historic market also let us have a glimpse of the lifestyle and culture of the people.

HI Washington DC Hostel is a great accommodation to choose while in Washington DC. It has a great location, clean and cozy rooms and wonderful facilities giving guests the best hostel experience. The tour that we attended was also enjoyable that let us able to meet new people. It also gave us the opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the city, culture and lifestyle. More than just a place to stay and relax for me, I find this hostel truly a great home base for exploring Washington DC.

HI Washington DC Hostel

HI Washington DC Hostel is a budget accommodation set in the heart of Washington DC. It’s a non-profit organization bringing together budget travelers from around the world and offers a safe, clean, and fun environment. The hostel has dorm-style and private rooms.

Contact Information
1009 11th Street NW
Washington DC
District of Columbia
United States of America
Phone: 1 (202) 737-2333
Email: washingtondc@hiusa.org

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