Best Youth Hostels In Washington DC

March 16, 2013 8:00 AM

Whether you’re a new intern in town or a student traveling from another country, finding a place to stay in Washington D.C. might seem like a daunting, as well as expensive, experience. Check out this list of hostels for youths that not only make you feel like you never left home but are affordable to boot.

Hostelling International
1009 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-2333

Located near many popular Washington D.C. landmarks, including the White House, Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Capitol, Hostelling International is the perfect destination for a traveling student. The hostel features dorm rooms with bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities, as well as private room accommodations with twin beds and private bathroom. The facility also features a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, a large common room with a big screen television and an outdoor patio. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, pool table, books and games. Hostelling International offers free sightseeing tours as well as provides a weekly activity calendar featuring events like trivia nights at a local bar, pub crawls and concerts at the Kennedy Center.

Capital Hostel
301 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-3450

Enjoy luxurious amenities, like a modern gourmet kitchen, flat-screen televisions and more, when you reserve a stay at Capital Hostel. The hostel provides both dorm-style and private sleeping arrangements, as well as fresh sheets and linens each day of your stay. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the spacious outdoor patio or relax on comfy leather couches in the living room. Other amenities include free local and long distance phone calls, Wi-Fi and personal lockers. Capital Hostel is located within walking distance of many public transportation options, including the Metro system, as well as the popular District of Columbia attractions. The hostel is also located within walking distance of popular areas like Chinatown, the National Zoo and the National Mall.

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William Penn House
515 E. Capitol St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-5560

For youth groups who are in town to learn more about government policy, peace and education, the William Penn House may be the place for you. Located on Capitol Hill, the facility follows the faith and practice of the Quakers. In addition to providing overnight accommodations for travelers, the hostel serves as a resource center and meeting place for those who follow the Quaker way of life. Features and amenities include dorm-style sleeping arrangements with shared bathrooms, a seminar space, a library, a dining room and an environmentally friendly outdoor patio. A free light breakfast is included with reservations. The William Penn House also offers a variety of programs and activities including week-long service and learning camps.

Hilltop Hostel
300 Carroll St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 291-9591

Book your stay in one of Washington D.C.’s most historic buildings. The Hilltop Hostel is a privately owned Victorian home turned hostel. Built in the 1890s, the hostel features a variety of guest services and amenities including dorm-style sleeping arrangements, parking, laundry facilities, lockers, free local area maps and linens and blankets. Hang out with friends in the living room, play a round of pool in the game room or heat up the grill in the backyard patio. The Hilltop Hostel also provides a lounge with satellite television, games and books, as well as pool tables, foosball and couches in the basement. The hostel is located within walking distance of many restaurants and shops as well as a grocery store.

Duo Housing
1223 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 640-3755

Ranked one of the best hostels in the area, Duo Housing offers a wide variety of free amenities plus comfortable sleeping arrangements and weekly activities. The hostel provides both dorm-style and semi-private sleeping arrangements as well as free linens, towels, lockers and housekeeping services each day of your stay. Other free amenities include free Wi-Fi, Nintendo Wii and flat-screen televisions with premium cable, plus free house events including weekly barbecues and pancake breakfasts. The hostel also features multiple quiet rooms for those who need to study as well as a spacious and covered outdoor patio. Duo Housing provides helpful staff as well as security around the clock. To book a reservation, all guests must be over the age of 18.

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