Seattle Hostels

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For a city the size of Seattle – and especially with as popular as Seattle is to visit – you would think there would be plenty of Seattle hostels. You would be wrong. There used to be three in downtown Seattle, and one of them is set to reopen at some point once they find a new location, but for the moment there are a whopping two hostels in Seattle!

So, with such a paltry selection of hostels in Seattle, why should you consider staying in a hostel in the first place? The biggest reason is that hostels save travelers money, and lots of it. After airfare, your biggest travel expense will be your accommodations, so the more money you can save on where you sleep, the more money you have to spend on other (more fun) things. Anywhere you go, staying in a hostel will save you money – and the same holds true in Seattle as well.

But staying in hostels is not just about saving money. Hostels are also excellent places to meet other like-minded travelers to hang out with, share travel stories with, see the sights of Seattle with, and drink some of Seattle’s famous coffee with. Solo travelers in particular often enjoy the cameraderie of hostels, where they can take a break from their own thoughts!

Of course, many people shy away from hostels in general because they are thinking of “youth hostels” of old – cramped dorm-style rooms full of student backpackers with no adults allowed. Well, those days are (thankfully) gone, and hostels of today are simply great places for budget travelers of all ages. Often the properties that use the words “youth hostel” in their name do not even have an age limit!

Most hostels also offer private rooms nowadays as well, some of which even have private bathrooms. So, if the hostel ethos sounds appealing but you cannot stand the idea of sleeping in a room with 20 people you do not know, you can still enjoy the social atmosphere and have the luxury of your own bedroom for less money than a hotel would cost. The hostel’s common areas then become the places where you will meet up with your fellow travelers.

Seattle’s remaining downtown hostel, the Green Tortoise, is ideally placed right across the street from Pike Place Market, so visiting the downtown area will be easy on foot. There is a new hostel about 5 miles north of Downtown in the Ballard area. It’s called Hostel Seattle and it’s not too easy to reach on public transport, but it’s fairly cheap. If you prefer to get away from downtown bustle at night, there is a Hostelling International hostel on nearby Vashon Island, a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle according to them, but probably at least an hour away in real life.

To read about the Seattle hostels and see which one is best suited to your needs, just put your travel information into the search engine on this page. The computer will tell you which hostel has available beds when you want to visit, and you can select the location that you prefer.

We hope you have a great time in Seattle, and for more travel information be sure to take a look at our Seattle Travel Guide and read Seattle travel stories, too.