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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One night only but well worth it! I took the aeroport bus (992; short ride) and walked over to this easy-to-find location in the midst of the action. The staff were open and helpful. I was impressed with how close it was to WALK to things I liked: a frugal-friendly grocer, a kickass Mexican restaurant, a bike store or two,...

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

Thank you for your review!! We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again in the future!

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hostel that have tons of details thought for travelers. Every day they organize a special tour, good enough breakfast (the best exception was that for 2 days the juice machine wasn't working). The price is smilar to a hotel with no housekeeping. Computer with free internet, gameroom, elevator, and lovely decor! Would be back for sure!

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

We are so glad to here you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you again in the future! Cheers,

Norfolk, Virginia
Reviewed 28 December 2016

SHABBOS FRIENDLY! Unable to open the room door or take the elevator during for religious reasons, the staff helped me to not break Shabbos. Hot water dispenser in the kitchen made a cup of tea possible (they provide dishes but it's easy bring your own paper cup/bowl, etc). Easy 2 block walk to Chabad Downtown! They provide lockers (and sell...

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

Thank you for the lovely review! We always try to make sure that our guests needs are met. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Cool hostel. Fun vibe. Awesome set up for travellers. Kitchen is a bonus and lots of activities. Make sure you're either very tired and have ear plugs or you ask for a room NOT on street side. We had a room and could hear every sneeze on the street. Staff were happy to help us move to a better room...

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

Thank you for the review! The Gaslamp is quiet lively and therefore can be noisy. If you stay with us again, please call ahead and we'll gladly reserve you in an interior room :-). Cheers, HI-San Diego Downtown

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I was amazed at how clean and beautiful this hostel was. There were plenty of bathrooms. I came here for the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in November and got to meet other neuroscientists in the common areas. It's only an 8-minute walk from the convention center and near Ralph's. My only concern was that the hostel's website says that...

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Jessica Q, Front Office Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review! We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I also want to thank you for the feedback on the breakfast. We are always looking for areas where we can improve. We look forward to seeing you again when the convention is back in town :-) - HI-San Diego Downtown

Reviewed 5 December 2016

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

Thank you for the kind words! We are really glad you had a great stay and we hope to see you again in the future!

Reviewed 5 December 2016 via 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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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the amazing review! Please think of us again on your next visit to San Diego.

Bangkok
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via 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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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your candid review. Might I recommend our sister location in the quiet residential area of Point Loma.

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 13 November 2016 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!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: £33 - £133 (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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“Private rooms are available!”
 of 5 bubbles M7546NLkarens, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Get a room away from the street or do NOT stay here. You won't be able to sleep.”
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“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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