Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle
During my long weekend break in Seattle at the end of 2013, I chose to stay at the Seattle again at the end of my trip, I didn’t have to think about where I wanted to stay. The Green Tortoise was still as good as I remembered a year later. I would go so far as to say it is one of the best hostels in North America – totally in my top 5. This is my review and reasons why you should stay at Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle when you are next in the Pacific Northwest.. It ticked all the boxes for me, so when it was time to visit
- Location, location, location: The most important aspect of any accommodation. The Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle is literally a two-minute walk down the road to the Pike Place Market, which is the place to go to soak up the best of Seattle. You can find A LOT of food to eat, souvenirs for friends and family and entertainment. You can also walk across the road to the Hard Rock Cafe, which I did on my first night. Their burgers are so bad but so good. Or head next door to Target to stock up on necessities at the grocery section downstairs or just buy some cheap clothing upstairs. It is also about a five minute walk to the Westlake Center, which is a public transport hub surrounded by the best shops.
- Lockers: I LOVE big lockers. The lockers at Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle are situated under the bunk bed, which I found to be a lot easier to organise then the normal lockers in most hostel rooms.
- The Extras: The Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle had free dinners not one night a week but THREE, alternating between pasta and tacos. I was fortunately there for both nights over my two visits and I think I fell in love with the hostel then. There were probably about 40 guests lined up to devour the goodness, but there was plenty of food for everyone. You also get free breakfast in the morning, which can include pancake and eggs if you decide, but I usually stuck with the toast and fruit. Seattle Free Walking Tours come up to the hostel daily to collect people for their two morning tours, which made life that much easier. The hostel also offered their Famous Dead Guys tour for $12 every Tuesday, took guests on pub crawls to two different Seattle nightlife hubs each week, plus other in-house activities the other nights.
- Private Bathrooms: This is probably just me attempting to be a glam-packer, but I do enjoy private bathrooms when travelling solo. There was four per about ten rooms. I had to wait a couple of times for a shower during “peak” periods as I call them: early night and morning, but that just comes with the territory. I was in a female four-bed dorm during my first visit and an eight-bed female dorm the next time, and we also had a sink and mirror in our room for touch-ups and the like.
- Price: Maybe this should be first, but yeah the pricing at the Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle was awesome for the extras you receive. I paid $30 a night when I was staying there between the Christmas/New Year period. A bargain in my eyes.
The only major downside for me is that I was supposed to have a top bunk, but the access ladder was so small. As in I had difficulty figuring out the best way to get down without hurting one or more parts of my body. Lucky for me I was able to take the bottom bunk before a smaller girl arrived that night. Even she laughed at the size. Crazy.
Nevertheless, if you are after a budget accommodation option in the Washington State city, look no further than Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle.