Reviewed 19 October, 2017
I mean this quite literally, as the owners have obviously sourced some of their mattresses from those tossed out as garbage by other people - details below.
I chose to stay here because it was a half-mile walk from Union Station, and I was unwilling to pay the ~$300 that area hotels were looking for. In retrospect, I should have stayed at the official HI (Hostelling International) hostel, which costs about the same.
I arrived at the front door, pushed the doorbell, but the door wasn't opened and I didn't heard anything. Thinking whoever was running the place was distant from the door, I pounded on it with my palm. Finally someone came out of a side door, complaining of my loudness. I said that if they had a sign with info / instructions on the front door, I wouldn't have felt the need to act as I did.
A young woman confirmed my reservation and briefly showed me around the place. They give you a very small piece of paper containing the codes for the front door as well as the door of the room you'll be staying in. An older woman - neither of them had English as their first language, told me that if I lost this scrap of paper that I'd have to pay for my bed a second time to get access. There were only two bunks in my room, with a Vietnamese guy in his 40's and a woman in her 60's - which surprised me. However, since I'm 70 perhaps they meant this as a room for adults vs. kids.
I ran my hand down the mattress on my bed and knew immediately that it would never do, as there was a loose wire just below the surface, and it clearly should have been discarded years ago. My interpretation was that someone else had in fact discarded it, but the hostel felt they could get away with giving it to some unsuspecting person for a while longer.
The mattress on the top bunk was a little bit better, although far from good, so I swapped them and used a trick I'd developed in my travels when I have to deal with a poor mattress. I stripped the sheet off it, and put the duvet and my sleeping bag between the mattress and the top sheet. Duvets are too heavy for me to sleep under, so I asked the younger woman for a top sheet and received one. I have no idea how frequently they wash the duvet covers. The springs on the bunks sag quite a bit, and perhaps only half have plywood over them; I moved the plywood from the top to bottom.
It wasn't a great night, but far better than it would have been with the original mattress. The next day the woman was leaving to go to the official hostel, and I discovered that her bunk had a newer mattress, so I grabbed it and slept much better the next night.
However, on my last night I could hear and feel someone climb to the bunk above me at about 10:30 PM, and just assumed it was a traveler arriving late. However, this person left at first light (~5:30) and I noticed he had slept fully dressed and didn't have any luggage - he actually looked like a street-person, so I don't know what the situation was. I sent a message to the hostel, alerting them to having an intruder, and suggesting it was time to change the codes. They claimed they knew who it was, but wouldn't provide any details on what to me was a very sketchy situation.
Minimum Standard and Noisy Neighborhood
Reviewed 22 January, 2017
The hostel was generally clean and the location good, yet many aspects made the stay unpleasant. Nobody was at the counter until 1 PM on the weekends such that new visitors couldn't access. No paper towels the first day. No separation between men and women in the only available combined restroom/shower room. No natural light in the 4-bed room I stayed in. Wireless too weak to work in the kitchen area. No breakfast for a very high base price. It's not the hostel's fault, but there is a night club close by which was very loud the two nights I stayed there. All in all, only an emergency option.
THE WORST HOSTEL !!! PLEASE DON´T GO THERE !!!!
Reviewed 24 October, 2016
My flight was late and the train too, I went to the Hostel around 12 am, and after almost 2 hours calling the numbers of the hostel and almost freezing outside with 50 ªF the maintenance employee answered the phone , he join us in a few minutes and he was with his boss (the owner of the hostel) drinking in the bar next to the hostel, the owner was so drunk he didnt want to open us the hostel to give us our room, we had to walk almost 10 block at 3 am trying to find another hostel .
PLEASE, DO NOT GO THERE !!!!
Reviewed 23 September, 2016
Poor customer service. No night-time front desk attendant. I asked if the attendant could print a 3 page document and I would pay. There is a printer in the office. It was a nonconfidential document. He said no. My bus arrived later than originally planned and I had to wait at Union Station overnight because no one could check me in. I was not refunded. Crazy poor bathroom. Co-ed shower with bathroom stalls an only option.
Basic Low Price Comfort IN The Capitol!!
Reviewed 13 July, 2016
Travellers, this IS a HOSTEL!! The prices are extremely reasonable. I booked initially for 4 days this past weekend in a 4 bed room, but ended up staying for a 5th. The staff was very cordial, especially the older gentleman that checked me in. He was welcoming in a natural sort of way, which immediately put me at ease. My request due to recent surgery was a lower bunk, and that was granted without hesitation. There was a bed, sheets, towel, TV in my room (104), the bathroom was 2 stalls and 2 showers (mixed use as women and men had to share). Each of my room mates was fine (you ARE sharing with strangers from all over that may wake up early, or come back rally late, wake you up unintentionally, or snore a bit (BUT THIS IS A HOSTEL where you may HAVE to share with others). The guests were really diverse: young and old, people from Korea, Egypt, Mexico, other States, and me the New YAWKER!!! There was a kitchen with lockers, washers, dryer, table, fridge, utensils etc. The lobby was simple with a TV and vending machine and wi-fi. No free coffee in the morning while I was there due to a broken pot before I got there, but SO WHAT, right around the corner from the hostel is a 24 hour 7-11 !!!! The area is Shaw/ Howard University, not the most chic area, but it's an historically lower middle class area with some Young professionals and College students mixed in (due to Howard's campus nearby, and its on a major street (7th). The Metro train was 2 blocks away, and buses ran north and south along 7th Street. There's a club and restaurant next door, but I NEVER noticed loud noise or music or rowdy people being intrusive. YES, I would stay here again.........the great price, basic amenities, efficient staff is all I wanted from this place, and that's what I got. For what I paid HERE and GOT here for 5 days would normally cost me what I would pay for A NIGHT staying in a traditional hotel elsewhere, like DuPont Circle or Foggy Bottom or near MetroCenter and have "luxuries" that I really didn't need!!!!