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USA Hostels San Diego
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“Rules rules rules”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

The sleeping facilities are fine, if the beds aren't too small for tall people. This is common in most hostels though.

The toilet facilities are poor - nowhere near enough, especially when at around 11am they close half of them.

The location is ideal to make the most of the nightlife of the Gas Lamp area - which is fantastic. However the amount of rules and regulations make this a place for the over 40s. We have actually played Rule Bingo with the various do's and donts lists around the hostel. The total is over 30 - we debate at 40. It does make the place very stifling.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

This was my first hostel experience and I actually enjoyed it.I was a little nervous but everything turned out perfectly.I participated in the group activities held nightly.The staff was knowledgeable and very helpful.The people (fellow travelers) were beyond wonderful.I made some pretty awesome friends from all over the world.The hostel is located in the Gaslamp quarter where everything happens.I would highly recommend this hostel to solo travelers,students,backpackers or someone just looking for a refreshing travel experience.If I ever go back to SD,I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

While this is conveniently located amongst the restaurants and bars of San Diego, it is poorly laid out, has too few bathrooms (and they are unisex). There is one bathroom on each of the two floors with three toilets and three showers. This is nowhere near enough for a full hostel.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and there were plenty of brochures etc around.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I stayed here for 8 nights in June 2013 and enjoyed every minute of my stay. It's a small friendly hostel, the location is perfect - central to the Gaslamp quarter and surrounded by nice restaurants!

So far as facilities I think this hostel is pretty average, but in terms of staff, organised activities and the other guests this hostel is great! :) It's a nice small hostel so it's easy to meet people. The Kitchen facilities (free pancake mix), bathroom facilities (I never had to wait), and common areas were all fine. Incidentally, San Diego as a whole felt very safe, and this hostel especially is in such a busy area that you couldn't not feel safe at night.

I'm a light sleeper and for my first night I was in a dorm on the reception level (first floor off ground level). There is a lot of noise from the street level -I would never have slept without earplugs. The following nights I moved to a four bed on the second floor and it was silent (albeit much smaller). If I stayed here again I'd preference staying on second floor for the sound (or there lack of) alone.

If you're travelling alone, you want a good time, to meet nice people, and be in the centre of the action then book this hostel :)

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor can be noisy. If I were to travel again I'd choose to be on the second...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

I was in San Diego for a 6 day conference. USA hostels is in a very good location and it is super clean & super quiet compared to the other hostel I stayed at -- Lucky D's. When they say quiet hours is at 11pm, they mean it. All music and lights are off and it's completely silent. Even though they're located beside a club/bar, I couldn't hear a peep. The room is nicely set up. There is a locker for each guest. The beds are set up so you have your own privacy, and you get your own lamp & outlet. I would definitely stay here again. If you're looking for a party scene, go to Lucky D's. If you're looking for a super clean & quiet place to stay, go to USA hostels.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Adelaide, Australia
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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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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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
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Property: USA Hostels San Diego
Address: 726 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
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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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