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“Dirty and noisy!!”
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Lucky D's Hostel
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Worst hostel we have ever stayed in!

I don't really have anything good to say about the hostel itself apart from the location couldn't have been better...

On to what was wrong...

When we arrived there was confusion over whether or not our room had been made ready for us- even the cleaning lady didn't know!

We stayed in a double room- huge bed but that was all that was good. Our room faced on to a car park and was in a cove surrounded by the fans from the kitchen etc which made our stay incredibly noisy! The fridge was also really noisy! The plug sockets were quite worrying as they were not secured to the wall properly and the positioning of them meant that the TV plug and our phone chargers sometimes did not work or would fall out!

Dust and dirt- underneath the bed looked like it hadn't been hoovered for years, absolutely disgusting, the fridge top was dirty, the extra fan on top of the fridge (because there's no aircon) was also covered in dirt, we didn't dare turn it on incase the dust went everywhere. We had someone else's glass of water left in our fridge throughout the duration of our stay and the room was not hoovered once whilst we were there. We had a small square mirror in a really awkward position on the wall with a crack right down the middle of it- you'd think they would replace something like that!

The shared bathrooms and toilets were reasonably clean most of the time but we occasionally had to wait up to 30 mins for a free shower- definitely not enough bathrooms in comparison to how many guests are on each floor! I have stayed in 3 other hostels/hotels with shared bathrooms and this is the only place where I have had to wait!

The common room and kitchen weren't places we spent much time mainly due to the fact that we felt really uncomfortable in this hostel and would rather go out and spend money to eat in a nicer atmosphere. The staff never once greeted us or asked about our stay, the popular topics of conversation in the common areas were sex, alcohol and drugs - we could hear the conversations very easily from our room!
The free wifi was also incredibly temperamental, for about 4 days there was no wifi what so ever and all the girl at reception could say was 'yeh we're looking into it'...

On leaving the hostel we were required to undress the bed and take all linen to reception because clearly that's too much hard work for the cleaners. We never got a 'thank you for staying with us' or 'safe onward journey' .. Absolutely appalling customer service, just told to leave our keys on the desk if the guy wasn't back by the time our cab came. We appreciated the fact that this was a bit more of a partying hostel but felt that the staff needed to realise they were still needing to provide some level of service and professionalism rather than thinking they were holiday reps from the Magaluf Weekender!

To be honest the only way we were able to stay at the hostel as long as we did was the fact that we spent all of our days in San Diego out and exploring as it was in a fantastic location and we secured a really cheap price months in advance! (Still not worth what we paid though).

All in all I would never stay here again! I've heard there are a couple of much nicer hostels a few blocks away that offer much better service and clean rooms!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Good hostel, Really nice staff.
If you wanted a hostel with a good atmosphere you defiantly have to go to this place :-)
The rooms a nice, a bit small, but for the price its a good room.
Its well located at the center of the town. There are many bus stops close by.
Nop just a good hostel :-)

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Just five minutes walking at the Convention Center, nice building and good atmosphere. Restaurants, bar´s and store just at the same block.

Friendly young staff full of energy and ideas for make your trip comfortable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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LuckyDsHostel, General Manager at Lucky D's Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

Thank you for staying with us and we are glad you had such a great time. Come back soon and Join us for more Free Beer

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I was surprised by this hostel...unfortunately not in a good way. Although the location was fantastic, I was not impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms, bathrooms, or hostel in general. I've been to 25 countries and stayed in plenty of hostels and this one was definitely nothing special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This hostel is a great place situated in the Gaslamp district of beautiful downtown San Diego. The reception staff were exceptional in seeing that my check in was fast and trouble free. The nice young man at the front desk carried my luggage to my room and made sure I knew where everything was. There was a free meal that night cooked by their resident chef and it was delicious. The place was sparkling clean and everywhere looked really swish it looked as if the hostel had a re-furb. I have stayed at this hostel before so I knew my way around San Diego and the hostel. Will keep coming back everytime I visit San Diego and recommend the place to anyone..

Room Tip: I prefer the 4th floor, you can see more and it's a bit quieter.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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LuckyDsHostel, Manager at Lucky D's Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Glad that you enjoyed your stay again with us and thanks so much for the great review. Hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Its quite difficult to express yourself when you have so any things to say and such a little space. I have been to Lucky D's hostel sometime back and had a selected it just by reading various reviews on tripadvisor. Little did I know that those 7 days will be one of the most pleasant and memorable stay. Starting from the lady in green at the reception who was so courteous and polite, and the boy who showed me my room so humble; each and everyone among the staff is so good. You actually forget that they are hostel employees, it feels that they are amongst you, a traveler, they treat you so nicely that you tend to forget that you are actually at a new place out of your comfort zone. In addition to the human behavior, other materialistic things are also great, breakfast, location, cleanliness, ambience etc etc. I would surely like to visit this place again and again.
Thanks for all the hospitality.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank drraves
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LuckyDsHostel, Manager at Lucky D's Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review. So glad that you had a good time at the hostel and we hope that you do stay again.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Good location in the Gaslamp quarter, friendly staff, events and party every night and at a great price to boot! Common rooms were great and always kept clean even though a fair bit of beer is spilled on them most nights. Rooms and bathrooms were clean although with only 2 toilets and 2 showers on each floor things could get a bit hectic in the mornings, sometimes giving rise to the need to hunt upstairs or downstairs for a toilet/shower. The room I got was a bit stuffy, although San Diego was apparently going through a heatwave at the time.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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LuckyDsHostel, Manager at Lucky D's Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Thanks for the positive review. We're really glad that everything was to your liking in the hostel and you seem to have had a great time with us. Hopefully see you again!

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Additional Information about Lucky D's Hostel

Address: 615 8th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6405
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 66 Speciality Lodging in San Diego
Price Range: £22 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lucky D's Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Book now & use rate code 10SUN to save 10%! Come for the party! Stay because it feels like home. Lucky D's is a top SD hostel, & it's a guaranteed good time. When is the last time somebody promised you that? Lucky D's is fun, comfortable, clean & safe. It has an amazing atmosphere & a perfect location. Lucky D's has a wonderful team on staff. They are knowledgeable, helpful and will make sure you have a good time. San Diego is a fantastic city & Lucky D's is in the middle of the action. There are fun things to do every day, a party every night. We are conveniently located just steps away from the Gaslamp District, home of San Diego's hottest nightlife, restaurants, bars & shops. It's close to all of the city's attractions and the best beaches are a quick bus ride away. With Lucky D's, you'll have so many new friends you won't know what to do with them all. Why are you still reading this? Go make a reservation already. Lucky D's in San Diego has it all & we're waiting to welcome you! ... more   less 
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