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Featured Hostels in Washington

Duo Nomad
2 out of 5
1010 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $28 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Capitol Hill, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastern Market, Washington Navy Yard, and Supreme Court of the United States. United States Capitol ...

3.7/5Good! (57 reviews)

"Very cheap place but well kept and friendly people"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Duo Nomad
Duo Housing Hostel
2 out of 5
1223 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $28 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, CityCenterDC, and Washington D.C. Madame ...

4/5Very Good! (265 reviews)

"This place is awesome!! Im coming back, again 5 stars!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Duo Housing Hostel
HI Washington DC - Hostel
2 out of 5
1009 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
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Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this eco-friendly hostel is within a 10-minute walk of CityCenterDC, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Washington ...

4.2/5Excellent! (486 reviews)

"Amazing atmosphere. Nearby subway station. Great neighbourhood and great tours"…"

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

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U Street Hostel
2 out of 5
1931 13th St NW, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in Northwest, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Howard University. White House and Smithsonian's ...

4.2/5Excellent! (77 reviews)
Superb and Definitely return at future time.

"I love these "Pods" sleeping quarter plus comfy with almost remember foam bed. I last saw Pods bed was in a European travel log magazine. The staffs and place/location and cleanliness makes the trip very Superb staying. I even extended my stay twice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

U Street Hostel
DC International Hostel 1
2 out of 5
1610 7th St NW, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $28 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Capital One Arena. Howard ...

3.2/5 (55 reviews)
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"Night place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

DC International Hostel 1
DC International Hostel 2
2 out of 5
1418 9TH St NW, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $26 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Capital One Arena. White ...

2.9/5 (77 reviews)

"The room was dirty and smelling bad. There is just one bathroom and shower for everybody."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

DC International Hostel 2
Capital View
1.5 out of 5
301 I Street NW, Washington, DC
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Located in Capitol Hill, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of National Building Museum, Capital One Arena, and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Smithsonian ...

3.5/5Good! (71 reviews)

"Very clean facility the faculty and staff were very friendly and helpful and very communicative. I pretty much grew up in this area and for years walked past the location unaware of the service that they provide! Great place to take a load off for an inexpensive fee. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Capital View
HighRoad Hostel DC
2 out of 5
1804 Belmont Road NW, Washington, DC
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Located in Adams Morgan, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smithsonian's National Zoo and Dupont Circle. White House and Smithsonian American Art Museum are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (327 reviews)

"Location, amenities, service all good. Everything is well organized and run."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

HighRoad Hostel DC
Diplomatic Management
2 out of 5
3305 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
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Located in Columbia Heights, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Theater and Howard University. Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washington Hospital Center ...

3.2/5 (20 reviews)
Beware...be aware confirmation means nothing.

"We arrived to find that confirmation did not mean anything and we had no room, and were told five others had booked or "overbooked" exactly the same room for the same date. This is not a service."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2016

Diplomatic Management
Hostel Comfort Zone
2 out of 5
2411 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC
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Located in Northeast, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of RFK Stadium, Washington Navy Yard, and United States Capitol. Capital One Arena and Union Station ...

1.8/5 (5 reviews)

"A LOT of work to be done at this Hostel. While the staff was friendly and helpful, the absence of amenities like a stove are key to have a successful hostel. There's a code to enter the property and all the rooms do not have a key or access code. There were several instances where other guests would ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

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Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Hyatt Regency Crystal City

4 out of 5
2799 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA
The price is $71 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
4.3/5Excellent! (1,390 reviews)

"Great hotel next to the airport the staff are super friendly and it’s in good neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa

4.5 out of 5
1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is $78 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
4.4/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)

"It was very nice. So fancy and I just felt like if it was very relaxing. For example we got a glass of wine and could sit along the fireplace. It was also very easy to check in and the staff new what they were doing."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End

Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End

3 out of 5
2121 M St NW, Washington, DC
The price is $87 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
4.5/5Wonderful! (871 reviews)

"Great location and great rooms. Breakfast is not all that good but there is a very good bakery next door."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

What Is a Hostel?

If you're looking for somewhere affordable to stay in Washington, one of the 10 hostels here could be a great option. No two hostels look identical, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature the following:

  • Shared rooms (though many have private options too)
  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social environment

Hostels are a great way to stay in Washington for a good value, so you can save your money for exploring. You can check out this destination's cultural highlights, such as its museums and monuments.

Hostels in Washington

Ready to book a hostel in town? These top picks have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to start:

Duo Nomad - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Eastern Market Station. Property features include free WiFi and air conditioning. Rooms come with showers.

HI Washington DC - Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of McPherson Sq. Station and Center Station. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. You'll find showers in all rooms.

HighRoad Hostel DC - Located within a 20-minute walk of Smithsonian's National Zoo. You can take advantage of free continental breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with free toiletries and hair dryers.

Duo Housing Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of 7th St. Convention Center Station. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Rooms come with desks and coffee/tea makers.

DC International Hostel 2 - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of 7th St. Convention Center Station and Shaw Station. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as air conditioning. Rooms come with showers.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Washington?

Good weather's always better when you're discovering new places, so here's some information that may be helpful:

  • The hottest months are typically July and August, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 61° F and nighttime temperatures average 28° F
  • April-June: 88° F is the daytime average and 42° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 89° F and nighttime averages are around 57° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 74° F during the day and 29° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 39.68 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Washington?

Depending on how you want to spend your time, you might enjoy these places:

Top Sights
  • Ford's Theater
  • White House
  • United States Capitol
Natural Features
  • Franklin Square
  • Freedom Plaza
  • Ellipse
Cultural Attractions
  • Historical Society of Washington D.C.
  • Civilian Art Projects
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

Overall, Washington is known for its:

  • Museums
  • Monuments
  • Art
  • Parks
  • Theater
  • Entertainment
  • Flowers
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants

How to Get to Washington and Around the Area

You'll find the nearest airport in Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) away from the city center. An alternative is College Park, MD (CGS), which is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) away. Once you're on the ground, you may want to make use of public transit. Nearby metro stations include 7th St. Convention Center Station, Gallery Place Chinatown Station, and Center Station. If you're hoping to see more of the surrounding area, head over to Washington Union Station to catch a train.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Washington?
By going with a hostel you can cut your spending on lodging and use more of your budget for exploring during your vacation. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its museums and monuments.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look the same, but these dorm-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many have private options too), low prices, and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in Washington?
Ready to book a hostel? These options have the best reviews from our guests and might be a good place to start: U Street Hostel - 2-minute walk from U Street Station for easy access to public transit. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as tour/ticket assistance. You’ll find towels, showers, and linens in all rooms. DC International Hostel 2 - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of 7th St. Convention Center Station and Shaw Station. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and laundry facilities. Rooms come with showers. Duo Housing Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find desks and coffee/tea makers in all rooms. Duo Nomad - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Eastern Market Station. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk, as well as air conditioning. Rooms come with showers. DC International Hostel 1 - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Shaw Station. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and laundry facilities. You’ll find showers in all rooms.
How many hostels will I find in Washington?
If you’re searching for a low-cost place to stay in Washington, one of Expedia’s 10 hostels might be a great option for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Washington?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you’re discovering new places, so here are some stats about the seasons: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 76°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 40°F. Average annual precipitation for Washington is 40 inches.
What is there to see and do in Washington?
In general, Washington is known for its museums, monuments, and art. Major attractions include Capital One Arena, National Museum of Natural History, and White House. Get out into nature with places like National Mall, Freedom Plaza, and Lafayette Square. Cultural attractions include National Museum of American History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and International Spy Museum.
What's the best way to get to and around Washington while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Washington in your back pocket to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 3.8 mi (6.2 km) away. An alternative is Baltimore Washington Intl. Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), located 27 mi (43.4 km) away. Once you’ve arrived, you may want to make use of public transit. You can access metro transit at 7th St. Convention Center Station, Gallery Place Chinatown Station, and Center Station. Train stations including Washington Union Station and Alexandria Station make it easy to explore more of the surrounding area.