As the largest city in the state of Washington, Seattle is a great place to be. There are a lot of things to see and experience in Seattle. Some of them are; the 605-foot tall Space Needle from where you can see the Cascade Mountains and Elliott bay, the Seattle Center Monorail, the Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Smith Tower.

But how can you enjoy this sight and attraction if you don’t have access to affordable and enjoyable living accommodations? Although your main accommodation options are hotel and hostels, I would advise you to try staying in a hostel. Even though many people hold numerous misconceptions about hostels, which make them forego the unforgettable experience of staying in a hostel in favor of staying in a hotel, it might just be a great way to make wonderful memories in Seattle.

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That being said, there are different sorts of hostels and it’s inevitable that you will come across one that makes you want to stay away from hostels forever. This is why you need to choose the best hostel you can get so that you can enjoy the hostel experience that many people who make it a habit to stay in hostels go in search of. Therefore, I’ve written this article to enlighten you on the best four hostels you can stay in, whenever you visit Seattle.

HI Seattle At the American Hotel

HostelWorld (*8.6) (*8.0)

 Map Starts at ($31) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

Despite the long name and the old building which dates back to 1926, this is the true definition of a modern hostel for any backpacker or digital nomad. The hostel has free and fast Wi-Fi, free breakfast as well as tea and coffee-making facilities for caffeine lovers.

Located in the international district in Seattle, you can easily get trams, buses, trains , nd ferries at the front door of HI Seattle. The bus station , as well as the international district light rail,are both five minutes away from HI Seattle. From the airport or anywhere else, you can take a light rail, train, bus to the Southern edge of downtown Seattle.

HI Seattle has gender-specified dorms, that is, female-only or male-only dorms as well as private rooms, some of which have en-suite bathrooms. Although you will get linens for free, you might need to rent towels.

You also have access to a self-service laundry, a communal kitchen, vending machines, a games room and a dining area. Although, reception hours are limited, HI Seattle allows late check-out and provides for luggage storage as well as postal services.

HotelHotel Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.0) Map 

Starts at ($30) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

Although, Hotel Hotel Hostel is small, it is a place of character and a perfect place for you to stay while you’re visiting Seattle. From the hostel, you can take a walk to visit great places like Bruce Lee’s grave, the Fremont Troll and the Space Needle. The hostel also has a friendly team to give you free city maps as well as additional directions to navigate Seattle.

Located in the exciting Fremont neighborhood, Hotel Hotel Hostel gives you access to delicious food and bars. From the airport, all you need to do is take the Link right rail train to Westlake station, exit the station from the 3rd Avenue and Pine street exit. Take a bus (either the number 40 Northgate or 64 Sandpoint bus) going north to Fremont and stop at Fremont avenue North. You can also take the shuttle express from the airport straight to the hostel on a 90-minute ride.

Hotel Hotel Hostel provides both private and mixed dorms, all designed for the comfort of visitors and you also get access to free linens and your own locker to keep your valuables. Of course, you can also choose to get a private double-room.

The bathrooms, both shared and en-suite are equipped with hairdryers and you have access to hot showers. Hotel Hotel Hostel also provides free breakfast every morning and you can also cook for yourself in the fully-equipped kitchen. You also have free access to internet, a microwave, book exchange, iron and ironing boards and 24-hour security as well as a 24/7 reception crew to attend to your needs and answer your questions.

City Hostel Seattle

HostelWorld (*9.0) Map

 Starts at ($30) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

Located in 2327 2nd Avenue, Seattle, City Hostel is one of those star hostels which must have been used to host celebrities like Mae West and Humphrey Bogart in the 1920s based on the ultra-gram 1920 feeling the building gives.

Containing only 47 rooms, City Hostel is located right downtown close to Seattle classics like the Great Wheel and the Space Needle and after a free early breakfast, you can move from your hostel room to tour the city.

Another advantage of staying at City Hostel is the location. The City Hostel is located close to the airport. Just take the Link light rail downtown for three dollars, get off at Westlake station, exit the station at the Pine Street and Third Avenue exit and then walk to the Bell battery streets at 2327 2nd Avenue where the hostel is located near the Lower Queen Anne Neighborhood. Of course, you can also get to City Hostel from Bolt bus stop, Amtrak king street station or the Greyhound bus station.

For the rooms, City Hostel Seattle has dorms with traditional bunk beds as well as private rooms and there are also some en-suite available. All the different rooms: dorm, private rooms and en-suite were painted and designed differently by local Seattle artists.

Every room also has secure lockers where you can keep your things safe and sound. Even if you don’t have a padlock, you can easily rent one and ensure that even if you’re out touring all day, your things are safe.

And when you’re done exploring the great places and sights of Seattle or just taking a break, you can get grilled salmon or steak from the BBQ or just enjoy an alfresco lunch on the patio.

You can also enjoy a movie in the 20-seater cinema located in the Hostel. Or check out the art gallery hall to discover artworks from more than fifty different Seattle artists.

Of course, there are a couple of rules in the hostel such as; the fact that smoking is not allowed inside the hostel, children aged between 10 and 17 cannot stay in shared dorms, guests have to book their rooms using credit cards in their name and you need to provide valid passport or ID before you can stay at City Hostel Seattle.

There is also a specified time when you can check in and check out. You can check in between 2pm to 11pm but check out time is 11am and you’re only allowed to stay for maximum of seven nights. However, the hostel can make exceptions for you to stay more than the specified number of days, if it is warranted.

Free cancellation is also available but only if you booked for an accommodation more than seven days in advance. Your cancellations must be made 24 hours before 2pm which is the earliest check in time, if not, you will be charged the cost of the first night stay for closing late or not showing up. For tax, your hostel fee doesn’t include tax and you will have to pay WA State tax of 10.1% of that fee at your check-in.

Staying at the City Hostel, you also get access to free breakfast, free city maps, free internet access and free linen. Other facilities you can enjoy are direct dial telephone, 24-hour security and reception, key-card access, microwave, hot showers, iron and ironing boards, self-catering facilities, laundry facilities, cable TV and many other things.

The Baroness Hotel

HostelWorld (*9.3) (*7.9)

Map Starts at ($129) for 2 bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

The Baroness hotel is located in the first hill neighborhood in Seattle. Even though the hostel was built in 1931 and has a charming historic feeling, The Baroness Hotel is quite modern with Cable TV and free Wi-Fi.

There are only 57 rooms in the hostel but each room has a private bathroom, a kitchenette, cable television and queen bed configurations. You also have access to free towels, free local calls, a lobby business center, a rooftop patio, laundry facilities and a guest library.

The Baroness Hotel is located within walking distance to the light rail terminal, Pike Place Market. With a short bus ride, you can get to the Washington State ferry terminal, CenturyLink Stadium, cruise terminals and the Space Needle.

The check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 11am and you can pay with credit cards, debit cards and even cash. Facilities like a business center, housekeeping, 24/7 reception, fax service, luggage storage, safe deposit box, elevators and room service are also available for the comfort of visitors.


If you don’t mind getting an affordable accommodation where you can meet new people, make unforgettable friends and acquaintances, interact with local culture, cook your own meals while traveling, enjoy creatively designed rooms, enjoy exciting events and enjoy free Wi-Fi and breakfast, then hostels are just for you. The hostels discussed above will provide a better way to explore the interesting sights and attractions of Seattle.

Author BIO: Alexandra Reay is one from team. She is fond of horse-riding, reading and rock music. Alexandra keeps her spirit in writing fluent articles as well. Meet her on Twitter.