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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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521 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the hostel for 4 nights in May 2015. Awesome and inspiring hostel, awesome because it's located in the Gaslamp district and it's surrounded by a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs. The style of the interior is modern and a little bit minimalist, which I really like. In the hallways, there are a lot of armchairs/couches that... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Laura S, I feel really honored that you took such good notice of our conservation notices around the hostel. Conservation and sustainability signs have been a personal effort to bring sustainability awareness to tourism, which are not often thought of together, but is an important part of our triple bottom line. Thank you for taking notice and I hope we... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good location for sight seeing and nightlife. We were lucky to request a quiet room as I imagine the street facing rooms could be noisy. Beds are REALLY comfortable, we were lucky to have a private room with 4 beds for only two of us so we had a lot of space and also a good sized private bathroom.... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words, lh1983. It is always particularly validating to receive a positive response from a seasoned traveler. Regarding our alcohol policy, HI USA has historically been dry (i.e., had a no-alcohol policy), however in the last couple of years we have been re-examining this and are working on ways for various hostels within the... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here two nights before a trip to Cabo San Lucas. It is a fantastic location, right in the middle of downtown San Diego which means an easy walk to restaurants & bars, plus easy access to the trolley and tons of other attractions. We stayed in a private room with double bunk beds, and had our own bathroom.... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

cincinnati77, I know future guests will find this helpful, so thank you for sharing your experience. Safe travels and I hope you enjoy Cabo San Lucas! More 

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My friend and I stayed three nights: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Very friendly staff. Free breakfast in the morning. Mainly cereal, toast, and a selection of cut up fruit. Room was nice. We stayed in a private room with twin bunk beds. Shared bathrooms with showers, which were very clean. Overall, a very pleasant stay. Our first time staying at... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, MrReid_L. We are working on ways to improve traveler knowledge of the California drought, so I am happy to hear that you noticed some of our educational efforts. I hope we can host you on future trips to San Diego. Safe travels! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Stayed here for a week during the first week of March. The first 3 nights I was in a private room facing the main street and the street noise was horrible and lasted till 2am even on weeknights. Room itself was very clean and cozy. If anything they were a little run down with creaking floorboards but nothing that would... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

jeans_aroundtheworld, thank you for the feedback. Our building is an historic building (nearly 120 years old), so she does have some creaks and groans, I hope you enjoyed the facilities otherwise, and I hope we may host you again in your future travels to San Diego. Safe travels to you! More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have recently stayed here for a number of nights in a private room. We were so happy to find that this hostel offers beautiful air-conditioned rooms with modern good looking features. However the air-conditioning comes at a cost. The window is actually half open with plastic covering between the air-con and the ledge. Guess how much of the street... More 

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you, TaylorMadeBombs, for taking the time to share your experience. We make every effort to ensure our guests comfort, but unfortunately our location is a bit of a double-edged sword. Being in the heart of things is a noisy spot to be (albeit, very convenient). For potential future guests: we do have court-yard facing rooms that do not face... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Friendly staff. Everything is relatively clean. The beds, especially the mattresses are... special. Nothing I want to have more than once. Not enough showers! Easy to get to from the airport by public transport. If you don't want to pay much but have a good/ok hostel, this is your choice.

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Sebastien D., thank you for staying with us and taking the time to share your experience of our facilities with the travel community. All of our mattresses (in private rooms and dormitories) are tempurpedic, which is not everyone's cup of tea. I hope you otherwise felt comfortable with us. Thank you again and safe travels to you! More 

La Mirada, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Right in the heart of it so bring your ear plugs if you expect to sleep. Clean bright rooms. Self serve kitchen, pool room, tv room, inside bike storeage. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Walkable to the harbor, lots of buses, trolleys, cabs, rental bikes a block away. Train station near by. Had a good time.

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Al W., Thank you for leaving accurate and helpful information for potential and future guests. I'm sure readers will find this useful. I hope we may host you if your travels should bring you back to San Diego. Safe Travels to You! More 

London
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This hostel was fantastic, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The hostel was very central and it is very clean. The beds were comfortable and the breakfast had a range of fruit, cereal and breads. I had a very enjoyable stay here

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us so well, Willowthewisplondon. Safe travels to you and I hope we may host you if you should return to SD! All the best, Amelia B., HI San Diego Downtown. More 

Fredericton, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Clean room,comfortable bed,friendly staff, and we found it to be very quiet. A nice assortment of food was included for breakfast.This is one of the largest and most organized hostal we have ever stayed at.

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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us, dan0348. It is especially rewarding to receive a positive review from someone well-traveled and experienced in the world. For potential guests reading this, breakfast includes an assortment of fresh locally-sourced breads; hot cereals, cold cereals; fresh seasonal fruit; tea, coffee and hot cocoa (regular and soy milk; jellies, butter and peanut butter provided). Thank... More 

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