This hostel is on the fringe of the newly developed Chinatown/Gallery Place. Note that I said on the fringe, which means at nights there are people loitering around the place and its nearby location to the police station (only half a block away) absolutely guarantees that you will be waking up to the police siren every few hours. But it does give you convenient access to many popular sites in Washington, DC via various public transit, which is why I am giving its location 3 stars.
The staff here, Brandon, Kieran, and Katy, are all friendly people, but that's about it. Brandon thinks it's totally ok to make racist jokes at any time he wants because he is black, and that makes stupid racist people from Europe think it is totally ok to make blatant racist comments in front of other people's faces. Kieran's idea of cleaning up the common room is to spray the tables in the room twice with pledge, wipe it dry once with a dirty rag, and move on to the next room. His idea of cleaning up the bathroom is to empty the trash can into a big black trash bag, without even bothering to get rid of the scums and gums sticking to the bottom of the trash can, let alone scrubbing the bathtub or toilet, and move on to the next room. Katy does actually clean the common area and the first floor bathroom while she is on duty, but since she is on the afternoon shift, i.e. while the guests are in their rooms, that means the actual bedrooms and shower area on the upper floors never get cleaned at all.
they have a little cool garden in the backyard, but they leave the back door to the garden wide open while they are working there or just for fun even when they are not working there, the result of which is the whole place being infested with all kinds of bugs and most annoyingly, aggressive mosquitoes that eat my legs up alive while I am sleeping. I have seen huge cockroaches twice at their basement laundry area, and spiders too many times to remember.
Oh and how can I forget to mention their AC. Their AC is non-effective to its extreme that when there are more than 3 people in one room, it gets even hotter than outside. It is highly misleading to even say that they have an AC, because that will be a gross overstatement of their cooling powers.
All in all, one of the worst hostel experiences. Stay away from this place, unless you are a racist euro-trash, and love getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and various other bugs every night; dirty and soiled restrooms and bedrooms; long, hot, sweaty summer nights with non-functioning AC; and occasional encounters with mammoth cockroaches.
You have been warned.
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