Best Youth Hostels In Seattle

March 16, 2013 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: American Hotel Seattle

Seattle is known as the Emerald City, and has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for visitors. It is known for its historic buildings, sports teams and beautiful scenery. The city is home to a variety of youth hostels, which offer private rooms or dorm-style accommodations on a budget. Whether visiting the waterfront or a city park, there are many opportunities to see the art and uniqueness of the city.

Hotel Hotel Hostel
3515 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 257-4543

Hotel Hotel Hostel is located in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont district. Fremont is the home of the Solstice parade, which draws thousands of people into the small district. The district sits on the canal from Puget Sound to Lake Union, nestled between Ballard and Wallingford. Ballard is the location of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Golden Garden Park. To the east, there is Gasworks Park on Lake Union. There are many restaurants within walking distance.

City Hostel Seattle
2327 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 706-3255

City Hostel Seattle is located between the Seattle Center and the Pike Place Market. This hostel embraces Seattle culture throughout its building and philosophy. The rooms are living artwork, painted by local artists. Most amenities are free, such as internet access, house theatre, computer room, all-you-can-eat breakfasts and hot tub. There is an on-site laundry room, pay phones, outdoor courtyard and secure bike storage. This hostel is “green” to the core. All cleaners are environmentally friendly, it is partially built with recycled materials and more.

Green Tortoise Hostel
105 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 340-1222

The Green Tortoise Hostel is located near the world famous Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront. The philosophy of this hostel is great food, social opportunities and beautiful locations. Its accommodations are dorm-style bunks in the heart of old Seattle. The Pike Place Market is home to fresh produce, seafood and local artists. It is within walking distance of the Seattle waterfront where you can view incredible sunsets over Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The hostel offers many comforts, including private bathrooms, free meals and free internet access.

Related: Best of the Pike Place Market

American Hotel Seattle
520 S. King St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-5443

The American Hotel is located in Seattle’s International District. Its rooms are either private or dorm-style, and are in a historic hotel with an old-world feel. The International District is filled with great, inexpensive restaurants and Asian culture. It is a few blocks from the King Street Station, historic Pioneer Square, the Seattle Ferries (Vashon Island, Bainbridge Island, and Bremerton) and the Seattle sports arenas. A little further away, there is the Pike Place Farmers Market and Seattle Center.

AWA Seattle Hostel
4000 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(518) 633-1450

There are two AWA Hostels in the greater Seattle area. This one is near the Seattle Center, and the other is near the University of Washington. Their accommodations range from a single room with a queen bed to a five-person room with two double beds and a twin. This hostel offers an airport shuttle, free internet service and a swimming pool with hot tub. Its location is within walking distance of the Seattle Center, which is home to the Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project (EMP), the Space Needle and the Monorail which goes into downtown.

Related: Guide to Seattle Center, 50 Years Later

Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at