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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 90 Reviews

Hostel rating (90)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 85%
Cleanliness 84%
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.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of USD 3.00 per person per night 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



we could not sleep at night because of the outside noise ! the windows leak a lot of noise and the area is so crowded + there is no air conditioning to close the windows .... the staff was friendly and helpful and the area was clean


Avatar for jad


Sat 09 Dec 2017

I love the location, very close to most public transportation hubs. My check in was longer than I expected. Even though there was two person at the desk, it felt like only one person did the check in work. I arrived late at night so the longer the check in the less time for me to go get food which was very important to me at the time.


Avatar for Tuan


Tue 05 Dec 2017

Great to hear that you made good use of the transportation nearby and loved our location! It's a pretty sweet spot to be, next to so many transit options, sports stadiums and restaurants. Thanks so much for your patience at the check in counter. We're working to make this process faster and appreciate your feedback! Best, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Thu 07 Dec 2017

All was fine except for the fact that we couldn't turn the heat down low enough in our room. There were also a couple of times in the middle of the night when people out on King Street were yelling about things, but that's not the hostel's fault. The common spaces were quite cozy and welcoming.


Avatar for Robert


Tue 05 Dec 2017

I'm so happy to hear that you made good use of our common spaces! We've also got a brand new boiler with proper thermo controls on the radiators. Thanks so much for your feedback!--Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Thu 07 Dec 2017

There was one girl in the front desk that was very rude, every time we met her. Otherwise the staff was great and very helpful. Our window in the room wasn't able to close properly and was closed with duct tape, which made it very cold.


Avatar for juliana


Mon 20 Nov 2017

I'm so sorry that the room was cold and you found the staff to be unwelcoming. We've just had a bit of a staff change over and are working on much need maintenance projects throughout the building. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention and we greatly appreciate your business. Kind Regards, Lydia, AGM

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Lydia Measells,

Wed 22 Nov 2017

The neighborhood and the facility both felt safe. It was nice to be so close to public transportation. The room was comfortable except for being far too warm.


Avatar for Deborah


Sun 29 Oct 2017

Thanks so much for staying with us! I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time. So sorry about the extra warmth in the room. We just installed a brand new boiler and it works really well! Take Care, Lydia, AGM

Manager avatar

Lydia Measells,

Tue 31 Oct 2017


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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