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HI - Seattle at the American Hotel

520 S. King Street, Seattle, Washington, 98104, United States

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Overall Rating 85%

From 82 Reviews

Hostel rating (82)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 86%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 87%
Security 87%
Service 87%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 85%

Hostelling International Seattle offers a big city experience in a beautiful natural setting. The largest hostel on the US west coast.

  • Dorm
    From $31.00
  • Private
    From $75.00
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Seattle Hostel

Hostel Seattle

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Based in a renovated historic building from 1926, Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel offers a convenient location in the International District of downtown Seattle just one block east of Union Station.

This safe, clean and modern Seattle hostel offers both private and dorm room with a range of facilities including free Wi-Fi, Internet access, TV room and 24 hour kitchen and dining area. There is a grocery store one block away so guests can bring their own food back to prepare, and in the local area there are many restaurants, a bakery and a sandwich shop in the hostel itself.

HI Seattle at the American Hotel is close to many attractions including Pioneer Square, home of the Underground Tour; sports stadiums such as Safeco Field, Qwest Field and Seattle Sounders FC; the Seattle Center and the Space Needle tower.

**Please note** As of April 1, 2017, Seattle Sales Tax goes to 10.1%, which will be applied to all bookings and products at check-in.
***We do not rent to guests that reside within Seattle City Limits. US Residents should show state issued ID upon check in.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 15 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax of 10.1% is payable at check-in.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 15 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-206-622-5443

Fax. 1-206-299-4141

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Experience Music Project (2 to 3km)
  • Pike Place Market (1 to 2km)
  • Space Needle (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



Pur screens in front of windows so that you can open windows without pigeons coming in.


Avatar for Monika


Sun 11 Mar 2018

Woman’s shared restroom that is for handicapped on the 4th floor is leaking water, somewhat wasteful. Kayla that gave the group tour of Seattle was amazing, friendly and very informative! Cereal maybe as an addition to breakfast please. Thank you!


Avatar for Bobbie


Fri 09 Mar 2018

The staff are always on top of it and provide great service. I would suggest perhaps cleaning the high-traffic bathrooms more than once a day. It seems the cleaners were always trying to clean the bathrooms around 7:30-8:30 am, which I assume people are trying to use at that time.


Avatar for Geoffrey


Thu 08 Mar 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (2 to 3km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

SeaTac is located approximately 12miles south of downtown Seattle. Light rail – International District (30min).
Greyhound station is 10 minutes away by foot. Located south of us on 6th Ave and S.Royal Brougham Way across the street from the Stadium LINK Lightrail station.
Located within walking distance from the docks on the waterfront including the cruise terminal port/local ferries.
Yellow Cab: (206) 622-6500
Most buses originate a block or two away from our building on S. Jackson St.
From airport approx. 12 miles follow signs to I-5 North take Dearborn St/James St exit 164A to Madison St. Metered pay parking for up to two hours is available on the street from 8 am to 8 pm Monday - Saturday.
Amtrak stops two blocks away at King Street Station.

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