in the beautiful state of Washington
  • Front of the hostel
  • Hostel patio
  • Hostel bunks
  • Hostel people
  • Hostel cafe

Important Information: Please be aware that all pricing listed on this website is Hostelling International member pricing not including tax. If you are not a Hostelling International member, you will need to pay an additional $3 per night per person plus tax.

Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel offers a great value-oriented stay and a convenient location in the International District/Chinatown/Japantown of downtown Seattle just one block east of Union Station, which is a main Sound Transit Link Light Rail stop from Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport. We are also two blocks east of King Street Station, which is the Amtrak train station on the railroad lines to and from Portland (Oregon), Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), and Spokane.

Almost every bus stops across the street from these train stations, which serve as a regional transit hub for Seattle and its neighborhoods, including but not limited to Belltown, Ballard, Capitol Hill (home to Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College), First Hill (home to the three major hospitals: Harborview Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Center), Fremont, Georgetown, Queen Anne (home to Seattle Pacific University), South Lake Union, University District (known as the U-District and home to the University of Washington), and Wallingford. Buses also leave from this location to Bellevue, Everett (and Boeing), Kirkland, Olympia (the state capital), Redmond (home of Microsoft), Renton (and Boeing), and Tacoma (and its many museums).

Other amenities in our establishment include free WiFi access to the Internet, TV room, library, computer room, coin-operated washers & dryers, storage lockers, and 24-hour kitchen and dining area. Uwajimaya Asian Grocery Store is one block away so guests can bring their own food back to prepare or reheat at the American Hotel, or one may eat at the many inexpensive restaurants in the area, including a bakery, noodle restaurant, creperie, and sandwich shop in our very own building.

We are a safe, clean, affordable, and modern hostel with both private rooms and dorm room beds in a historic hotel building from 1926 that was renovated in 2009. We are a few blocks south of City Hall and a couple blocks east of Pioneer Square (home of the Underground Tour) and the Puget Sound waterfront piers with ferry service to the San Juan Islands, Vashon Island, and Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).

The sport stadiums – Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB)) and Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS)) – are just a few blocks southwest of us and within easy walking distance.

Access to other public and tourist attractions such as the Seattle Center (via Monorail), Space Needle, Experience Music Project (EMP)/Science Fiction Museum, Key Arena (home of the Seattle Storm and many music concerts), Pike Place Market, and Seattle Public Library are a short walk or bus ride (which is free downtown during business hours).

We accommodate all types of travelers visiting Seattle, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest. We are a great choice for those travelling alone or with a group as we can accommodate up to 294 people. Although historically known as “youth hostels”, we serve all ages from families with kids to high school students, college students, university students, those in the workforce, retirees, and senior citizens. We are accessible and comfortable for people of all ages and nationalities. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or to check availability.

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  • Cafe/Bar
  • Basic store available at or near the hostel
  • Breakfast at or near the hostel
  • Common room(s)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Cycle rental available at or near the hostel
  • Discounts and concessions available
  • Games room
  • Earth friendly hostel
  • Groups welcome
  • Individual traveller welcome
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Lockers available
  • Luggage Store
  • Currency exchange at or near the hostel
  • Hostel open 24h
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Sheets in price
  • Smoking room/area
  • TV room
  • Suitable for wheelchair users
  • City centre location
  • Cultural centre nearby
  • Historical sites nearby
  • Leisure facilities nearby
  • Main attractions nearby
  • Museums/art galleries nearby
  • Nightlife nearby
  • Restaurants nearby
  • River nearby
  • Shopping centre/market nearby

Address & Contact

HI-Seattle at the American Hotel
520 S King Street
Seattle Washington 98104
Phone 1 (206) 622-5443
Fax 1 (206) 299-4141
GPS 47.598433, -122.326750

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Bed Capacity
> Total Beds 294

Opening Times
> 24 hours
> All Year

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