This is a pretty iconic destination. We’ve strived to find that iconic hostel to strengthen your experience and memories.
We found three!
Come with us and discover beautiful modern design and a place to enjoy complimentary group meals.
- HighRoad Hostel DC – top pick for solo travellers
- HI Washington DC – wonderful for female solo travellers
- Duo Housing DC – great for backpackers
This is not only a budget travellers dream destination, but a culture lover’s paradise that will truly knock your socks off.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Psst! We’ve also collected and created a guide to the 3 coolest hostels in Boston – check it out.
Quick Introduction to Washington DC
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Washington DC cost 18€ – 28€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 62€ up to 160€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
As you can see there is quite a difference between shared and private rooms in Washington DC!
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Washington DC
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Washington DC.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. HighRoad Hostel DC
Right then, we want to kick off with a new, modern and bustling accommodation in a well-connected location. HighRoad Hostel DC is pure awesomeness.
It’s without doubt the greatest hostel in Washington DC!
Without hesitation here are 3 reasons to stay here:
- Daily events including Pasta Night, Bar Night and Breakfast for Dinner
- Great cultural location of restaurants and bars
- Free amenities like earplugs, eyemasks, towels & Wi-Fi
This is a great choice if you’re looking to mingle. Join the free dinner nights and patio nights with free beer and you’ll meet people with ease.
Friendly staff are at hand 24/7 to help navigate your stay. Don’t be shy, go and say hi!
Actually, it’s also a top choice if you’re a bit of a loner and want some downtime – we all need that sometimes!
Each dorm bed comes with its very own light, socket and a small lockable box. Oh and even a towel is thrown in with the linen. Perfect space to wind down and chill.
So what about the room choices? There are quite a few:
- 4, 8 & 14-bed mixed dorm
- 6-8 bed female only dorm
- Private rooms with & without en-suite
Even better is the common space which happens to be a classy room with cosy fireplace. From here you can watch the world of DC wander past the window.
On top of that they have some computers to use in case you don’t travel with your laptop.
Location: surrounded by nice restaurants and bars, there’s plenty to do in the Adams Morgan neighbourhood. HighRoad is well connected to the monuments via metro and buses.
The coolest choice for:
- Solo travellers
2. HI Washington DC
If you’re after an inexpensive option that doesn’t skimp on great amenities and staff, HI Washington DC could well be the hostel for you.
Although their no-frill rooms are pretty basic, you can’t beat the space and brightness of each one.
Anyway, there is far too much to enjoy at this place so dump your bags and make use of the…
- FREE tours & movie nights
- Pool table, games & books
- Common area w/ couches + TV
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Outside patio
- FREE breakfast
The list literally goes on and on (and on). These are just a few of the perks you can expect, wow!
Good to know: there’s free Wi-Fi in the lobby and $3 per hour Wi-Fi throughout the rest of the property.
Don’t worry about arriving at a certain time – the reception is open 24/7 which means no curfew, no lockout, no worries.
Groups are welcome here thanks to the many different room types and tons of space.
There is a big selection of shared dorms from 6-10 beds and this includes a female only option. Either that or upgrade to a private room.
As a bonus this place really cares about the environment. They recycle, show monthly documentaries and stay clear of one-use plastics.
Location: this is a central hostel in the heart of downtown DC. The White House and National Mall are both within walking distance, just 8 blocks away.
This is one of the best hostels in Washington DC for
- Female solo travellers
3. Duo Housing DC
If there is one hostel that wishes to compete in terms of amenities, it’s without doubt Duo Housing DC.
Rooftop deck and free pizza, anyone? Definitely one of the coolest hostels in Washington DC.
This place gets serious points for the staff – they care – and the sheer cleanliness about the place.
When there is a ‘no shoes policy’ in the hostel, you can’t help but feel at home right away. And of course this is what helps to keep the place so clean!
Honestly though, take one look at the cosy living area and kitchen and you’ll find yourself calling this your home-from-home pretty quickly.
A few other inclusions before you hit the book button:
- Unlimited free tea & coffee
- Computers to use & quiet work area
- Rooms include linen, towel & locker
- Free brekky
- 24/hr reception
One important thing: there are a selection of 4-12 bed mixed dorms here, yet not private options.
Choose the room depending on how sociable you’re feeling. Either way the living room is the best place to get mingling with other travellers.
Location: China town is an easy 5-minutes away. You’ll be surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops, and downtown DC is 15-minutes from Duo.
Great budget accommodation for:
What about cheapest hostels in Washington DC?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Washington DC.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Washington DC
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Washington DC for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Washington DC for solo-travellers?
Luckily for you, we’ve already given you 3, yes THREE, great budget places to stay in Washington DC for solo travellers.
But that’s ok, we don’t mind repeating ourselves when it comes to super duper hostels. Here’s a reminder:
- Best Hostel for Female Solo Travellers: HI Washington DC
- Best Hostel for Sociable Solo Travellers: HighRoad Hostel DC
- Best Hostel for Solo Backpackers: Duo Housing DC
Our top recommendation? Without doubt it has to be HighRoad Hostel DC. There are single sex dorms (male-only included), great events and it’s situated in a prime location.
Party Hostels in Washington DC
Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no real crazy up-all-night party hostel in Washington DC.
We thought this a shame considering there is a good party scene in the city.
Yet never fear!
HighRoad Hostel DC is still a fabulous option for any traveller looking to meet new people.
After all, it’s the social vibes that really create a good time and there is no lack of them here.
Join in the free dinner evenings and patio gatherings which include free beer – score!
Then wander down the road and straight in to a popular local bar. Reception is open 24/7 so you needn’t keep an eye on the time.
Sleep soundly and wake up to a free breakfast to cure that fuzzy head. Sorted.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- HighRoad Hostel DC: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- HI Washington DC: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Duo Housing DC: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Washington DC best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Washington DC. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Washington Monument
- The White House
- Lincoln Memorial
- United States Capitol
- National Mall
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- National Gallery of Art
- World War II Memorial
There is a number of ways to get around the city. Check these out:
- DC Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour
- ‘See the City’ Segway Tour
- Monuments by Moonlight (trolley tour)
- Washington DC Duck Tour
- 3-hour Bike Tour
Flights to Washington DC?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over USA including Washington DC.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Washington DC.
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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries