Hostels Washington DC

7 Best Hostels in Washington DC for Backpackers 2021

Washington DC, the charismatic capital of the United States of America, can spellbind anyone with its architectural splendor, political proceedings, and an eclectic mix of art, culture, food, heritage, and outdoor activities. Also, there is a lot to see around DC, check out some ideas for day trips from DC.

Since the US capital has so much to offer, it receives a massive influx of tourists in almost every season. But unlike other major US destinations, DC features a limited number of hotels. And it might be tough for you to find an appropriate stay if you are on a budget. However, there are some hostels with a wide range of excellent amenities and services that can cater to all your travel needs.

Check out also: Best Backpacker’s Hostels in NYC and Boston!

Highroad Hostel DC

HostelWorld (*9.5) (*9.3) 

Map Starts at ($34) for 14 bed-dorm

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

In the heart of the vibrant Adams Morgan Neighborhood, Highroad Hostel DC features both private and multi-bed shared rooms. While the private rooms are ideal for couples, groups of friends and families as a few of them come with en suite bathroom, shared rooms with bathrooms a short walk away are for travelers on a budget and those who love mingling with fellow travelers. The hostel boasts of a renovated common room, a mini-library created of books donated by the guests, free TV, Netflix, and Wi-Fi throughout the building.  Also, they host movie nights, ice cream socials, and free dinner nights to engage you.  An Italian Carrara Kitchen also encourages guests to show off their cooking skills.

The location of Highroad Hostel is so perfect that you don’t have to hire a car or taxi to bask in DC’s food and music scene and nightlife. All around the hostel are huddled excellent restaurants, bars, and music and entertainment venues. Don’t have a travel itinerary? Feel free to ask the amiable staff for suggestions on local spots for easting and sightseeing.

HI Washington DC

HostelWorld (*9.1) (*8.5)

 Map Starts at ($43) for 10 bed-dorm

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

HI Washington DC is a perfect start off point to experience everything the US capital is known for. You can pick a bicycle from the on-site bicycle rack and explore DC’s iconic architecture, world-known attractions, and vibrant districts such as the White House, the United States Capitol, and Chinatown as they are all located within a few blocks from the hostel. And within the hostel, you can find a host of freebies that include Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, pool table, guitar, books, in-room locker, TV with hundreds of channels and movies, etc.

Hi Washington DC is known for its clean and comfortable rooms with a wide range of amenities and services. Choose from their dormitories and private rooms as per your budget and requirement. Each floor has single-sex bathrooms to be shared by guests in dorm-style and private rooms. A few private rooms feature private bathrooms.

Capital View

HostelWorld (*8.5) (*7.1) 

Map Starts at ($29) for 6 bed-dorm

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

Perched in the heart of Washington DC, Capital View is a great place to stay for budgeting students, backpackers, professionals, and couples.  You can interact with the fellow travelers in the chic lounges and huge terrace during BBQs, and use computers and meeting rooms for work. The accommodation choices consist of private twin rooms, mixed- and single-sex dorms. After you check-in, the property allows you to walk in and out whenever you wish. Spend your days in DC exploring the White House, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, Chinatown and other notable sites.

The list of freebies offered by Capital View is long. It includes unlimited Wi-Fi, lockers, maps, TV with cable channels and Netflix, tea, coffee, cooking materials, and much more. And then there are free pizzas in the common room on Tuesdays, beer on Fridays, and BBQs on Sundays. The hostel is just a short walk away from Chinatown metro station.

Duo Housing DC

HostelWorld (*8.9) (*8.4)

 Map Starts at ($35) for 12 bed-dorm

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

This budget accommodation with its wide range of freebies makes to the list of many budget travelers. While staying here, you can enjoy free tea, coffee breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi, lockers, maps and more. You get so much for free and you don’t even have to compromise for the quality of the accommodation. In fact, almost everything in the hostel is brand-new. Along with a common room where fellow travelers love to socialize and share travel stories, the property has another calmer room for those looking for some peace. But what separates Duo Housing from other top-rated hostels in DC is its welcoming staff. They ensure that you have a home-like comfort.

The hostel is just a short drive from some of the DC’s most popular traveler attractions and multiple restaurants, cafes and bars are huddled just outside its glass doors. A trendsetter for hostels in the US capital, Duo Housing also some rules that every guest is made to follow.   They don’t allow food in the guest rooms and have no shoe in the house policy.

DC Lofty – Convention Center

HostelWorld (*7.8) (*7.1) 

Map Starts at ($41) for 8 bed-dorm

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

Located in the heart of Downtown District, DC Lofty is a stylish hostel just a short walk away from many historic attractions and landmarks such as George Washington University, National Mall, Washington Nationals Park.

Along with multiple basic and modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, in-room safe, reading lights and common kitchen, the property also offers parking, designated smoking area, and computers for guest use. DC Lofty’s bar menu features barbecue and grills as well as courtesy drinks.

DC Lofty has multiple single rooms and dormitories with shared bathrooms. Those who want luxury at an affordable price can book suites with flat-screen TV, king size bed, rain showers, and Jacuzzi.

Accessible from Mt.Vernon/Convention center metro and Dupont Circle subway station, the property offers free tea coffee and pancakes and is just a stone’s throw away from excellent restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Duo Nomad

HostelWorld (*9.2) (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($56) for 4 bed-dorm

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

Whether you are visiting Washington DC for business, studies, or vacations, Duo Nomad is an excellent choice for stay. The Capitol Building, the Washington Navy Yard and many other major attractions are located just a couple of minutes’ walk away from this budget hostel. Grab a tea or coffee and sit in the common room to interact with other guests. It’s a great place to make like-minded people and the hostel encourages guests to interact more. Need some peace? Find the quiet common room in the property and study, work, or immerse in your own thoughts.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and house events. Rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and common area are all shared by the guests. The youth particularly loves Duo Nomad for it is within a couple of blocks from restaurants, cafes, and metro and bus station.

DC International Hostel 1

HostelWorld (*6.9) (*6.4)

 Map Starts at ($27) for 8 bed-dorm

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

The affordable mixed-gender dorms at DC International Hostel at 7th Street make for a perfect stay for travelers on a budget. Unlike many other hostels in DC, this property boasts of a calm and delightful atmosphere.

Most of the US capital can be covered from the prime locations of the hostel. Some of the nearest traveler attractions include the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum, the White House and the United States Capitol. Shaw-Howard University Metro Station as well is just a couple of minutes walk away.

You can choose from 4-bed Dorm, 6-bed Dorm, and 8-bed Dorm with shared bathrooms, washing machine, free Wi-Fi, lockers and more as per your budget and choice.

A communal kitchen can be used by all guests and has a microwave, a stove, a fridge, and an electric kettle.  You can also find restaurants and bars serving a wide range of food and drinks within one block from the property.

Author Bio: Margaret Wilson is a travel blogger. Margaret is currently working as a travel Writer at She is an adventurous backpacker, she has been to over 70 countries all around the World. She writes about food, culture and her travel experiences and has been featured in multiple travel magazines and blog sites.