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“Decent place to stay near the Amtrak station”
Review of HI San Luis Obispo

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HI San Luis Obispo
Reviewed 11 August 2012

First the pros: The price is pretty cheap ($66 for a private room), the facility is pretty clean in general, the staff were nice, the bed was fine.

The cons: One big one and one small one. The big one: NOISE! My room was right next to the office, and people stood right outside my door talking to each other and having loud phone conversations. Since this was before quiet hours, I didn't feel I had a right to complain. However, twice in the middle of the night that I stayed there, people came in very late (once around midnight and once around 3am) and they didn't seem to care that others might be sleeping. They talked loudly in the common area of the hostel. I don't know if I was the only one woken up, but it was very annoying.

The smaller con is that the shower I originally used (ground floor, to right of front door) was kind of grungy. The shower curtain was disgusting, and I really didn't want to step on the floor, either. Turns out the other bathroom on the main floor is much nicer, but I didn't discover that till later.

All in all I was happy to find such a convenient place at such a reasonable price, but I'd say they need to clean up parts of this place, and also do more about enforcing quiet at night.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

This hostel is very cosy and the people were very nice! We stayed in a 6 room dorm and the beds were not the most comfortable but we managed.

Pancakes in the morning were amazing and a great start to our day!!

Also short walking distance to downtown.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RiccO12
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Loved SLO!
The hostel had a cool vibe! Everyone was super friendly and the location was awesome!
It was so confusing who actually worked there. There seemed to be more people working there than there were staying. But they were all really nice people!
Stayed in private double room. The bed was comfortable but we had satin sheets that weren't that nice! Maybe get rid of them!
There are about four car parks at the back that were very handy!
The pancakes were good too!
Go to the Pismo sand dunes and rent an ATV! It was so much fun probably one of my highlights down the Cali coast!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

We read on website greyhound stop was 15 mins walk to hostel....great! Unfortunatly it took us 90 minutes to walk with our 12kl rucksacks!!!! And we are fast walkers!
When we eventually got there we explained our long walk and wrong info to the guy who checked us in and said 'o yes that happened a few months back we need to update it' he knocked off $14 from our room

Our room was small, we had a double bed, it was ok for us but if you like space and have big suitcases you won't fit in
Also you can't lock the door from the outside ( this was the room called Terrace)

The overall hostel was not that clean, the bathrooms could have done with a good clean plus the bin in the kitchen was overflowing for 2 days
We found this to be silly as the people in the hostel who work there actually live there, therefore if they use the kitchen everyday why can't they empty the bin.

In the 2 days we stayed there we noticed atleast 5 people who lived there full time, we didn't feel fully comfortable using the kitchen and common area as we felt we were in their kitchen and none of them were over friendly or said hi

The town was ok, we went to see the bubble gum wall but in general there wasn't loads to do here.


  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Friendly, Cool and comfortable! These friendly staff members go out of there way to make you feel at home!!! Great location-try avala hot springs local pool for $10 a day or go to Pismo Beach or morro- short distances from here.Some of these best spots on the coast!!!

Room Tip: Womens Dorm Room Upstairs Rocks!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Stopping off at HI Obispo was a small miracle. Traveling alone, this hostel provided much needed socialization with friendly people doing interesting things with their life. It is clean, the bed comfortable and they offer free sourdough pancakes - the best pancakes ever! Everyone is very nice and welcoming. I even lucked out to stay during the music and potluck day! Great hostel all around! Thank you!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Shawna R
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

STAY HERE!!!!!!

For the last year and a half I have traveled all of the united states and stayed in every major hostelling organization in America. In general, the hostelling scene is an unknown gem in American travelling, which is a huge misfortune but...anyone who knows the hostel scene and tavels through these parts know that the Obispo Hostel is a gem in a gem.

Warm environment, clean living area, free parking, accomidating staff and free breakfast it is hard to believe such a place exists in the neighborhood. Like all hostels, it is located in the most prime part of town near everything.

There is nothing else to say than, stay here, be welcomed and continue your journey a better version of yourself.

Room Tip: plenty of power outlets, no worries.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about HI San Luis Obispo

Address: 1617 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3721 (Formerly Hostel Obispo)
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
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Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in San Luis Obispo
Price Range: £24 - £58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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