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Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel

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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked a triple for myself with a private bath. When I came by a couple hours before checkin to drop off my bags, I checked that they had the right type of room for me, but they didn't have the right room because when I confirmed there was a private bath, the person at reception said it didn't. I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were in one of their private room. The hostel is close to transportation and downtown Seattle. Calm, big Kitchen and dayly activities to discover around. I Highly recommend it. It's really reasonable price and very good location.

Thank Samdyetvous
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for recommending us! I'm so happy that we were able to help make your visit to Seattle enjoyable and memorable. Please come back and see us again during your next visit! Happy Travels, Lydia, AGM More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Well located hostel, right next to the bus/train station. Friendly and helpful staff, overall atmosphere great. Had a Fully equiped kitchen all you need to have is knowledge of cooking :) there are also laundry machines and a free bacgage storage...

Thank Jan S
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

You are right about the need for cooking knowledge! We see a lot of ramen noodle eaters and I've had to teach a few first-time travelers how to make pancakes! Thanks so much for staying with us and it makes me so happy to know you enjoyed your stay with us. I'll be sure to pass your comments along to... More 

Karlsruhe, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I chose this hostel because of its price and the availability because I didn't book much in advance. It is near the train station which is good if you arrive by train, bus or from the airport. The staff is not that friendly and helpful. They didn't explain much and did not show me the kitchen and other facilities. The... More 

1 Thank P a
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed our free hostel breakfast, available from 6a-9a daily, but I am so sorry to hear that you had a difficult stay otherwise. We strive for excellent customer service and a great experience for everyone, but it looks like this was not the case in this instance. I will be speaking with the... More 

Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Most receptionists are not very friendly and helpful. Hostel has computers but you can't use them unless you buy Internet access even if you don't need to go on the Internet. (I only needed to transfer photos from my phone to a USB drive.) And if you don't buy Internet access, "there is nothing they can do". Breakfast is only... More 

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feed back. I'm so sorry that you had an unpleasant experience at our hostel. We try our best to accommodate everyone's needs, but that does mean that the current structure is the best we've found so far. Breakfast is available from 6a-9a, we have free luggage storage available prior to check in and until... More 

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310 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Seattle is an expensive city so this centrally located hostel is a good choice for the frugal traveller. Amenities are a bit in the old side as befits an old hotel that's been chopped into dorm rooms. Free breakfast is basic and you are expected to wash your dishes! Clientele is not your average American type. Much older and fewer... More 

Thank Kirbyk
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for staying with us! Thanks for mentioning the amenities we offer. We do offer a light breakfast each morning from 6a-9a that includes, bagels, toast, oatmeal, fruit and juice. Like all hostels, guests are expected to clean up after themselves in the kitchen, but we do have dishwashers! I hope that you were able to go on... More 

Venice, Italy
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I only spent one night in this Hostel but I can say that it is very central and very good located to visit Pioneer Square district. I arrived late and there has been no problem. My room was a 6 people female dorm, very quiet. Bathroom are in common and I think they were very clean. Breakfast is included

Thank ilovberl
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Pioneer Square is great neighborhood! Hopefully you were able to check out the Underground Tour and the Smith Tower while you were there. Thanks so much for staying with us! Travel Safe!--Lydia, AGM More 

San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I arrived for a short vacation. My accommodations fell through and I decided to use this hostel as my fall back emergency plan. The guy at the front desk who is a Seattle native was fantastic. He said, "You are in luck, I have a room for two nights". I needed two more nights after that, and was surprised when... More 

Thank RockingTravelQueen
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thai Place is wonderful! I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for your very kind and detailed review of the hostel. I really appreciate your feedback and will take this back to the team to see how we can further improve our service. I hope the rest of your travels are fantastic and we'll see you again soon!... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016

I reserved this hostel through Booking.com. This is to echo my review posting there. The pictures and the listing descriptions were misleading. I didn't know the shared bathrooms are outside the dorm room. I'm fine sharing bathroom with 4-6-8 female dorm mates, but not with the whole floor (males included)! Yes, there is a specific restroom (1 shower with curtain,... More 

Thank Oeka8
AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

I'm so glad you were able to meet Charlie, our volunteer Concierge that meets with guests during breakfast hours most mornings. He is a wealth of knowledge about the city and loves chatting with everyone and sharing travel stories. Thanks for your kind words about our staff. We strive to give the best service we can and we're glad that... More 

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108 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Stayed three nights at this hostel, its located close to the bus station, making it easy to find once you reach Seattle. Its a bit out of the way, possible 15-20 minute walk to downtown. Got complimentary towels and free breakfast, which was ok, nothing to get too excited about. Hostel was clean.

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AHManagement, Manager at Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for staying with us while you traveled around the city! Our location near the bus, train, and lightrail is great, right? We are located in Chinatown, in the southern section of the downtown area, about a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride to the Pike Place Market, 40 minute walk to the Space Needle. I... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hostelling International Seattle, Seattle’s premier hostel, which is conveniently located at the historic American Hotel in the International District of downtown Seattle.Renovated in 2009, Bicycle rentals, Common rooms, Computers (to check e-mail and the web, print boarding passes, etc.),Credit cards accepted,Discounts to Seattle attractions,Grocery store (one-block away), kitchen (self-serve), laundry, & library/game room. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International Seattle at American Hotel

Address: 520 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2834 (Formerly American Hotel)
Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Downtown , International District
Price Range: $107 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 90
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“Private Room, or 4 bedroom dorm room.”
 of 5 bubbles RockingTravelQueen, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Get a private room with 3 or more travelers.”
 of 5 bubbles louiseo937, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Best views, Best Quality, Low Noise, Convenient Transportation to and from Sound Transit Link's International District/Chinatown Station.”
 of 5 bubbles DennisAlabaso, 18 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Best location ever just north of Downtown Seattle and south of the SeaTac International Airport.”
 of 5 bubbles DennisAlabaso, 12 Sep 2015 | Read review
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