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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really love this hostal, is cheap, confy and super clean! <3 the staff is really really nice , they help you in everything they can. It`s near everything, really everything, (malls, supermarkets, drug stores, bars, restaurant, padres stadium, etc). I met really interesting people and make good friends. They give you a super complete breakfast, and if you want...

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I went there with friends for a few days and hired two rooms, as soon as we got there we were greeted with an awesome vibe and people around us. There were cute swings for us to sit on and cool artwork to look at and also be sold on all the floors. I personally love Our private room with...

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

This place is just for sleeping only but my experience was terrible. On the same building , there was a pub with noisy aloud music all night till after midnight . Downtown location is not the advantages.Homelesses strolled around the area, sometimes did bizarre things. Do not favor a cheap accommodation, I recommend to choose hotel in hotel circle if...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this hostel. The staff was great. The kitchen was great. The people were great. The rooms where great. The wifi was pretty good. It was clean and had an elevator. Also had a big selection of tour options or ideas on where to visit.

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for all your kind words! We love to read reviews like yours. Enjoy the rest of your travels and visit us again soon!

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights and chose it for the central location. I was able to book a private double room with en suite bathroom. The room was basic but comfortable and clean and a decent size. There was no view but that was fine. The room also had a fridge and hair dryer. A kitchen and dining area...

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review! We hope you visit us again soon!

Florence, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I reserved weeks ahead, cancelled the first night with no problems. The price was the lowest I've paid in the U.S. in ANY location in years, a third what the lowest competitor charged. It's not "private." You may share a Spartan room upstairs with three other guests, making your own bunk bed with linens provided. There's an elevator. Though in...

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We really appreciate the feedback. We do have rooms that are completely private similar to hotel rooms. I think there may have been some confusion and a dorm bed was booked. I'm glad to hear you had a great stay overall though. Visit us again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great hostel right in the centre of the Gaslamp district. Rooms are clean and modern and the shared facilities are quite spacious. The staff are fantastic too, with loads of knowledge on things to do!

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! Come back and visit us again soon.

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The main advantage of this place is its location in the heart of Gaslamp. In itself, the hostel is okay. Positive points: - Very cleaned places - A breakfast more than correct Negative points: - No stairs, you have to take the elevator. - I was welcomed by a guy who didn't really seem to know what to do. Not...

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and I'm sorry to hear that your stay was anything less than amazing. If you stay with us again in the future, please let us know immediately if there is anything wrong with your room and we will try to rectify the issue. We want all of our guests to enjoy their stays. If you...

Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Reasons below why this hostel is diabolical: 1. Told that the parking bay outside was for 20 min loading by staff, it was 3 mins so got parking ticket ! 2. Breakfast is a dry bagel with jam !!!! I.e. Not breakfast 3. No social at all, it was like trying to get blood out of a stone talking to...

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your candor and I'm sorry that we seemed to have missed the mark with your stay. Let me apologize again for the parking ticket, we hope the refund we issued you at the time of the incident, in the amount of the ticket, helped. Thank you for the feedback on our breakfast; we currently get the bagels...

Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I stayed in this hostel for five nights when I came over to San Diego for a conference. It's very close to the conference venue (10 minutes walk) and in a fun party venue. I shared a twin (bunk bed) room with my colleague. There are shared bathrooms (lots of them) and a shared kitchen. Everything was very clean, safe...

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! We hope you visit us again soon!

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  • Free Breakfast
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We’re here to help you with the most central and accessible hostel in San Diego. Let our award winning staff ensure you receive the most comfortable and enjoyable hostel stay you’ve ever had. We offer a myriad of free tours and activities, and all of our beds are Tempur-Pedic mattresses. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

Address: 521 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101-7024
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $58 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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“Get a room away from the street or do NOT stay here. You won't be able to sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles E9939AXkarenl, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Don't be shy about asking for a private room if you are traveling with family”
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“Premium rooms are at the back of the building away from the street noise.”
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