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“Great Hostel, Great Location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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USA Hostels San Diego
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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Hostel, Great Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

awesome little hostel right in the heart of the Gas light district. heaps of cool bars and pubs all within 5 mins walk! hostel is cool free breakfast pancakes!!!!! good activities as well! even a cheeky trip to Tijuana!!!. good clean rooms, with power outlets in the lockers, good for charging laptops, cameras while you are getting boozy! cool staff as well!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

I booked this place because i'm a fan of the USA Hostels brand, I've stayed at both the San Francisco and Hollywood locations but this one at San Diego is not as good..

The staff are still friendly and helpful so I definitely recommend staying here as it's a great location and safe place to be in.

However, the rooms are pretty small. It might just be the one I had. I was in a 6 bedroom shared room with no bathroom but we had barely space to fit our cases. The rooms are still great with a personal light and plug socket by the bed and also the freedom to choose your own bed.

The atmosphere is still better than that of the HI Hostels, but there is lack of a spacious community area. They have a small lounge in which people would hang out at night but there really wasn't much other space to chill out in.

The location is really good, smack bang in the middle of a street full of bars and restaurants. There is also easy access to all San Diego has to offer. This hostel is located in the Gaslamp quarter. They also offer free walking tours to the local area and a few pub and club crawls too which are fun.

I'd recommend this hostel if you are hoping to meet new people because it really is one of the best.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

The room was clean and didn't smell. Near to public transportation. There's a good night life in the area.The noise on the street was not too bothersome. And because of its location it makes it a great place to stay. I drove and the downside is the car park is a block or two away (we had difficulty remembering where we park, but that's our fault lol). Breakfast goes over the top and is amazing. The bathrooms are clean and I never had to wait. Each bed has an electrical plug AND the lockers have a plug in them too! For how cheap it is to stay and all the perks, it is a very good deal.

Room Tip: Make sure you go to the chocolate shop down the street!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

I stayed here for one night in a 6 bed female only room after attending a work conference.

Staff were very friendly on arrival and my room was pleasant enough - I like the privacy pods with sockets and lights. Room very very hot and only low 20s outside.

I ate in the hostel in the "family dinner" on a thursday - a bargan for $5.

Location is excellent and makes a great base for exploring San Diego and the Gaslamp District.

Not many bathroom facilities given the number of people staying, but didn't have a problem getting a shower!

Would stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

4 women in town for a conference. Excellent location, good breakfast and great staff. As previous reviews have alluded a very small 4 bed room with minimal ventilation.
Suited our needs. We all knew each other, so I cannot comment on the suitability for solo travelers. Looked like quite a good place if you did not know anyone,

Room Tip: One up the top. Our room was at the entry and was quite loud
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hel F
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Portsmouth
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57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

This hostel was easy to find, just a short walk from the bus station. When we arrived at 5:30pm we checked in and the girl at the counter informed us that in 20 mins time there was the weekly trip to Tijuana mexico. a free trip provided by the hostel to spend the night on a pub crawl around the bars in TJ. Well although we were tired how could we pass up this opportunity, we checked in and got changed and spent a very good evening in Mexico. The hostel staff took us there on the train and spent the night showing us to bars that they frequent every week with travellers, i felt totally safe and had a very good night!
The hostel itself is very nice, good kitchen area and seating around the place to access the wifi.
There is also a social room that they sell drinks in and are open very late and the beers are good prices!
Another night there was a pub crawl arranged for the bars around the area and being perfectly located for this again, had a very good evening.
The room, was very small, in fact I would say TOO small for 4 people with 4 suitcases but it did not matter really because we had such a good time and everyone was so friendly. There are co-ed shower and bathrooms which I wasnt too fussed on but not a problem as showers were pretty much private shower rooms so again, not a problem.
All in all and excellent hostel (right up the street from the convention centre) and I would deffinately stay there again! :)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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86 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

I had to stay with a group. We stayed in a room with a keycard access and shared a room with 5 other people. We had 6 in our group so it worked out great. I enjoyed the free breakfast. you had to make it but you also didn't have to pay for it. I liked the fact that it was in the Gaslamp district on the main drag. Parking downtown is tuff but just find a good spot. we saw lots of great things. I would suggest the 992 bus from the airport to 5th and then walk the few blocks. it was a great time and I would definitely return. (Note, this is a low budget option. Not the Ritz! If you don't sleep well with 5 other people shifting in metal bunks, you need your own room at $250 a night vs the $35pp)

Room Tip: If you don't like your roomies, just ask for a transfer!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jordan N
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Property: USA Hostels San Diego
Address: 726 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Gaslamp
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 63 Speciality Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — USA Hostels San Diego 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Diego's original backpacker hostel, located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter for 20 years. We're in the midst of the city's most popular bars and clubs. We offer the best value and most fun in hostel accommodations with daily breakfast, free and discounted activities, free wifi and more. Our staff are always happy provide insider tips on where to go, eat, etc. Our quirky decor in a historic 1880's walk up makes our hostel unique in many ways. All rooms are shared bath. Dorms feature 'privacy pods' with privacy screening, a light, shelf and outlet. ... more   less 
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