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HI - Seattle at the American Hotel

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

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


Seattle Hostel

Hostel Seattle

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Whether your group is travelling to Seattle to visit the Experience Music Project, a Rock ‘n’ Roll museum with a special Jimi Hendrix exhibit, or you are visiting to see the Space Needle, our hostel will meet all your group needs.

Located in the Chinatown / International district of the city, this large hostel which opened as the American Hotel in 1926 - which was refurbished in 2009 - is near many major transport routes meaning that access to all attractions is easy.

City Hall is just a minutes from the hostel front door and within a couple blocks is Pioneer Square where you can take the Underground Tour. If you want to get out on the water, the Puget Sound waterfront piers with ferry service to the San Juan Islands, Vashon Island, and Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) can all be easily reached.

Sports groups will want to take in a game whilst staying in the city. Baseball? See the Seattle Mariners play at Safeco Field. American Football? See the Seahawks at home in Qwest Field. Ask at reception as the staff may well be able to help you organise tickets.

And if you are interested on getting on your bike, then Seattle is one of the best cities for two wheels in the USA. Try out the Burke Gilman Trail which is a 26-mile paved path running from Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound to Bothell Landing where it connects to Sammamish River Trail.

If you are interested in finding out about the real Seattle, why not book your place on one of the tours which is organised at the hostel? There are walking tours of the city and guided tours of the local pubs. And all are delivered by locals.

So if your group is looking to discover the Emerald City, then why not make an enquiry at our hostel in Seattle now?

Group facilities & services

Group facilities & services
  • Suitable for Special Occasions
  • Parking for coaches (on or near site)
  • Linen and towels
  • Rooms for leaders and drivers
  • Meeting room/communal area for group use

Hostel Suitable For

  • Friends/Family
  • Interest Group
  • Other
  • School Group
  • Sports Group
  • University/College Group
  • Tour Operator
  • ESN



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Car Parking Nearby Distance - Less than 500 m
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year


Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-206-622-5443

Fax. 1-206-299-4141

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Pike Place Market (1 to 2km)
  • Starbucks Roastery (1 to 2km)
  • Space Needle (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions


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 International Airport is located approximately 12 miles south of downtown Seattle. Link Light rail – International District (30min).
Greyhound station is 10 minutes away by foot. Bolt Bus station is 5 minutes away by foot.
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.
King Street Amtrak Station is 10 minutes away by foot. (5 blocks from Hostel)