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“What happens in San Diego, stays in San Diego... it was all about the FUN!”

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USA Hostels San Diego
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

FUN... FUN.. FUN.... there you go... that's a fairly bang-on-accurate description of our stay at USA Hostel San Diego. Oh the fun we had! But remember... "what happens in San Diego, stays in San Diego... sssshhhhh!"

Now I've summarised our stay, I'll tell you a little bit more about the digs... we three gals rocked up (in our convertible Mustang don't you know) to the epicentre of The Gaslamp District to find the hostel nestled in between a couple of bars/restaurants... hungry? thirsty? look no further... just roll out the front door. The location could only be better if the beach was on the other side of the road (it wasn't...it was a 20 minute bus ride away). If you want to go out and drink and dance the night away till the early hours, this is the spot and most definitely the hostel for you.

THIS IS A PARTY HOSTEL... THEY LIKE TO HAVE FUN!!! If you don't like a party and don't like fun, maybe consider somewhere else... but if you want to meet amazing folk from all over the world and really let go for a few nights, then get booking immediately.

From the moment we stepped inside the place, we were warmly greeted by everyone, we fell in love straight away. Checked in we were assisted upstairs with our MASSIVE bags to room 23. Oh room 23! A fab duplex of a room... sofa bed on the ground floor... fridge for essentials (beer)... flatscreen TV... stairs leading up to the 'attic' room, double bed, it sounds bigger than it was but full of character.

The rest of the place is a rainbow of colour and feels like it's hosting some very happy memories within it's walls. Communal bathrooms...fine....small lounge area....free wifi...kitchen...great breakfast to ease the pain of the night before.

Highlights: BEER PONG! Bar crawl. Meeting the brilliant people we did.
Recommended: Book a couple of nights at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs for rehab after your stay here.

Would we go back?... In a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Room 23!!! If there are 2-3 of you then this room is a WINNER!!!!!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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USAH, Chief Operating Officer at USA Hostels San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

WOW! we should hire you to write ads for us! Thanks for the super awesome review. We're so glad you had a memorable time. Not many people comment on room 23. We love it too! It's very unique and rather cozy. It's getting a makeover this summer - time to liven it up to match those crazy walls in the hallways! We hope you come back from another visit.

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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Hostel was very clean and had great facilities, the privacy pods made a significant difference when sleeping and the lockers and the selection of outlets made it very easy to rest and feel safe when leaving your stuff. Cool social activities to attend and the atmosphere was on point. Suitable for travellers or anyone looking for a place to stay while visiting. Was generally really great, just the reception blasting music late into the night got kind of annoying after a long day. Overall would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in San Diego.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

something about this hostel just gives it a really great atmosphere, shared mixed dorms, but the whole central part of the hostel / stairwell area is like a communal gathering space.. right in the middle of the Gaslamp area. would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone spending a few nights in san diego.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We looked for places to stay in our San Diego stay and chose this place as it looked like a happy medium. We wanted a place in a nice location, had good ratings, some social activities, and a good nights sleep. This was exactly what we got and wouldn't recommend anywhere else.

The pricing of some of the night-outs were a bit strange when the bill came and the Hostel Rep totaled up who owed what.

I lost my phone during my stay at San Diego and the staff member on duty that night was very friendly and helpful in guiding me to numbers and everything I could do to try and get the phone back.

We wanted to extend our stay another night as our schedule allowed for it but we couldn't as they were already booked because of another conference. San Diego is big for conferences it seems. We ended up staying at RK Hostels for this extra night and it was terrible.

This Hostel is great and reasonably priced too. Great location, great staff and great amenities. Couldn't have asked for more.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Oliver G
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

I stayed there for a night. Though, the atmosphere was very convivial and welcoming. You are right in the middle of Gaslamp, which is ideal if wanting to go out without having to pay cab fees.
Another caveat is that it is one remarkable Hostel compare to my past experiences in Europe. My first in the US. The difference is significant and in a very positive way. I hope you will enjoy your time there as much as I did. I certainly is worth your $.
Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Besides the small size of the hostel dorms this is a good value, clean and friendly hostel. The free pancake breakfast is well worth getting up for and it's location (in the gaslight quarter) cannot be beat. Would recommend this place to anyone I knew spending a few nights in San Diego.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I first stayed here last year, and decided to book another few nights this year. As soon as I walked in I remembered why... This place is so wonderful! Really pretty, very homely yet international. Good beds as well, and you have a lot of privacy thanks to the "wall" with a personal light. They provide free linen and towels if you need one.

The hostel's location was ideal, right in the heart of Gaslamp District and within walking distance from virtually everything. The staff was very helpful too in giving directions or personal recommendations for bars etc. The rooms were decently sized with big lockers and enough space for your bag or suitcase. The privacy pods are amazingly convenient. The free breakfast was great with several kinds of bread and oatmeal and fresh fruit.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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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 65 Speciality Lodging in San Diego
Price Range: £26 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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