Are you thinking about a visit to Seattle? I've discovered this under-the-radar hostel here in Ballard right by the water. It's called Hostel Seattle and it actually seems like a good thing. Price are currently listed as $70 for a private room and $30 for a mixed dorm situation.

On another note, they are hiring for work trade. You can work there 25 hours a week in trade for a place to live. Sounds pretty great to me if I didn't have a job and wanted to move to Seattle for the Summer. Whoa! You could work at Blackbird the rest of the week and have it made!