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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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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
13 helpful votes 13 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Superb hostel and really well located. This hostel has brand new furnitures and looks really stylish! It is located in Gaslamp district and close to vibrant nightlife. I will definitely recommend this hostel! Probably one of the best hostel I stayed at. Well done.

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

Julie-Laure C, thank you for staying with us and taking the time to share your experience. It's great to get the positive feed back, and I hope we may host you upon future travels to San Diego. More 

Jerusalem District, Israel
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

The hostel located in downtown and close to restaurants and coffee shops the location is grate trust me guys on of the best. Room are very clean and fully with amenities for daily use. The staff were very helpful and kind. I recommend that place its such a lovely romantic place.

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

I like the picture you got, it looks like you were here in one of the few times it actually rains! I'm glad you enjoyed your time in San Diego and your stay with us. I hope you also have the opportunity of seeing San Diego in its usual sunny state. Happy 2015 and safe travels to you! More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great staff, beds comfy, clean. The only thing is I didn't like the soap they provide, so bring your own. Right on 5th street with all the bars and clubs. I don't do that, but close to the convention center as well as harbor blvd. Very convenient to the bus station. Great location.

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, klangton701. You bring up a very helpful point for future guests and travelers: we are located in the middle of everything (public transport, downtown nightlife, etc.), but it can be loud. We always recommend that sensitive sleepers notify us prior to arrival so we can do our best to provide... More 

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