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Hostel Review: City Hostel Seattle

Recently, BootsnAll community member Pam MacNaughtan visited the Pacific Northwest and stayed in a relatively new hostel in Seattle. She offered to write up her review of the hostel, which we happily accepted. Thanks, Pam! Check out the link under Pam’s review for her blog – she’s currently on a RTW trip, and it’s been fun to follow her adventures.

Seattle is no longer a one-hostel city.

On previous trips to Seattle I was always locked into one hostel choice, and although it’s proximity to Pike Place Market was outstanding, I really didn’t like the area – which meant that I really didn’t like Seattle. However my views on the city drastically changed when I stumbled on to a new (2008) hostel in the city.

City Hostel Seattle is located in Historic Belltown, a funky artsy neighborhood with great pubs, restaurants and bakeries –and only a 15-minute walk from Pike Place Market. A historic landmark, the hostel is housed in an old Spanish-colonial building on 2nd Avenue. As I stepped out of the car I couldn’t help but notice the uniqueness of the hostel’s outer façade with its terra cotta tiled roof and beige stucco exterior – a vast contrast to the brown-bricked pub next door.

When I walked through the doors, I was greeted with a completely different feeling. White walls, black leather modern sofas, glass chandeliers and contemporary art fill the lobby and give the hostel a classy contemporary feel. However, once I checked into the hostel, its décor went from classy contemporary to funky.

City Hostel Seattle – like many businesses in the city – believe in being eco-friendly and strive to achieve this through its support of local artists (as well as using eco-friendly cleaning products and providing recycling receptacles throughout the hostel). In an effort to showcase as many local artists as possible, a different artist has painted the dorm rooms and private rooms. From fun to naughty, checking into my room was almost as exciting as arriving in Seattle. What would my room look like? Upon opening my door, all I could say was “Wow. Cool” before I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos.

I love that City Hostel Seattle has…

  • Kitchenettes on every floor
  • FREE wifi
  • FREE internet – there’s a room on the main floor with 6 computers for guests to use
  • FREE breakfast
  • A reading room
  • A movie room

I wish City Hostel Seattle had…

  • More staff that know the city and can answer questions on things to do
  • A better/faster check-in. When there is one person working the desk & a few people have arrived at the same time, the wait can be long.

City Hostel Seattle is located on 2nd Avenue and Battery, next door to Buckley’s pub. Book City Hostel Seattle for your next trip to Seattle and soak in the fun in one of cities funkiest neighborhoods.

This review was written by Pam of Spunky Girl Monologues, and all the photos are hers (and may not be used without permission). Check out her blog to see where this spunky traveler is now!