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Reviewed December 28, 2017

Very nice management of Mr. Bo and I really give everyone under his management a big thank you and wish them all the best! The room was an ensuite and was very comfortable to me and my friend also found it comfortable.

Room Tip: Just the rooms on the kitchen floor would be the best to stay in.
Stayed: November 2017, travelled on business
Thank Mahmoudi82
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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Thank you! We'll be sure to let Mr. Bo know!

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Reviewed December 4, 2017

I am a frequent traveller who has stayed at well over 30 hostels throughout the past couple years. I have never written a negative review before, but felt the need to write this in order to protect would-be travelers from a sub-par hostelling experience.

Although this hostel may be well suited for those just looking for a clean place to sleep, I personally like staying at hostels to meet other travelers and bond over shared experiences. However, this hostel has so many rules you must adhere to that all social vibe is killed and communication with other guests is non-existent.

Even though the hostel is located in the heart of SD nightlife, no alcohol is permitted on premise, not even wine or a beer with dinner. Additionally, no outside guests are allowed inside, so forget it if you have a friend who needs to use the bathroom or would like to join you for dinner.

The woman working at the reception is a nightmare to deal with and is obviously on a power trip. Rather than speak to you like a human being, she will treat you like a hardened criminal if you step one toe out of line. Hostels are supposed to be fun and welcoming places and I would seriously recommend hiring personnel that embodies these traits as well.

Not all is lost however- some redeeming qualities of the hostel is that the location is in the heart of the gas lamp district, the facilities are clean, and the kitchen is modern. Additionally, there is free breakfast in the morning until 10am and drink machines are available to make hot chocolate, coffee, and orange juice at any time.

For those simply looking for a clean place to go to sleep, this may be the place for them (although hotels do exist in the area for the same price). However, do not expect a social experience or for staff to be anything other than self-righteous and lacking of understanding. If I had to choose over, I would recommend staying at USA Hostels or another in the area.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Initially we were sceptical. How will it be , with kids & bunker beds.But when ee reached, the warm welcoming attitude of front desk & instantly allowing an early checkin was very comforting. But euphoria got the better of us, when we entered our room with 2 bunk beds and my kids just erupted in joy. It was s a grt new experience, totally different from any other hotels. The room had all necessary amenities. Kitchen upstairs has all tht u need to self sustain. U can iron from laundry room. I felt very safe. Importantly, the location is fabulous. At Gaslamp with a reasonabl price, thus is the place who has cramped budget or needs a room in Gaslamp area in short notice.All grt food scattered all around it, Ross nearby, OTT near as well. Above all, the officials are so good, helpful & approachable.All in all, highly recommend.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Thank you for the review! We are glad you and your family enjoyed your stay!

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Reviewed October 9, 2017

We had a frighteningly negative experience on the first night we arrived at the hostel on Sunday October 1st 2017...

Upon arrival to the hostel we were notified there was an organised party happening on our corridor, we were really happy about this because we'd just arrived in San Diego and loved that the hostel was lively and social. The party ended and dissipated very quickly at 10pm sharp just as the receptionist told us it would and the corridor returned to quiet tranquillity...

Happy to be in San Diego and seeing many of the participants of the party drinking alcohol we opened one of our special beers we'd just obtained from The Lost Abbey in San Marcos and decided to play an innocent game of pool. Within literally 2 minutes (barely time to rack up the balls) the 2 acting receptionist staff had stormed the room and confronted us. They removed our drinks from us, poured them down the sink and demanded our room be searched for any other beers. We are hugely passionate about beer and had been in California for 3 weeks collecting rare beers for our friends at home. They were going to search the room and drain every sentimental bottle we had until there was nothing left, eventually after pleading with them they had noticed it was an innocent mistake and we were a young, harmless couple looking to play a game of pool.

After the scary incident I later noticed there was a no alcohol policy, but seeing some of the party goers in our corridor upon arrival drinking confused me and made me think this may be quite relaxed. We were given no polite notice that drinking was not allowed despite literally just checking in - the drinks were ripped from us, drained and our entire sentimental collection in our room was in jeopardy too.

For a young, unthreatening couple to be treated like hardened criminals within minutes of arrival for mistakenly drinking a sentimental beer at 10pm after a full on party was happening in our corridoor is disgusting and everybody will know about what happened.

With the exception of this incident, the stay was faultless and we adored the hostel and facilities themselves. Such a shame we were treated like this.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

The service on the hostel was nice, all the receptionist were very helpful, is everything very clean and I appreciated.
But the location is not so good, at the same corner there are several bars with music all night and through the windows you can hear everything so is not so calm if you came to business or some courses. Also another thing is there is no light or electrical outlet near the beds. In a bedroom for 10 pax there is only a few electrical outlets.
They only serve breakfast after 8 am, so if you want to start earlier your work or travel journey you need to wait or you keep without breakfast. Also there is no many options only beggels, cereals.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
Thank Sara M
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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2017

Thank you for all of the great feedback. We are currently working on a solution for getting outlets next to every bed in our dorms. We hope to see yo again in the future!

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