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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

1.5 of 5 521 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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Coutras, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel is brand new right in the Gaslamp district, in proximity to shops, restaurants and in walking distance to a few sight. I stayed in a private room, which was very light and beautiful, with a view on the street. I was sharing bathrooms, but it was ok, because there are so many everywhere. I had a cupboard, an... More

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Manasquan, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Adventuring/Party atmosphere. GREAT place if you're traveling alone. 24hr Check in. Everyone working there seemed helpful, easygoing, and fun to talk to. Cute and quaint set up. It felt safe. Sinks and showers didn't drain well, but everything was pretty clean, and was cleaned daily.

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

Chels C., thank you for taking the time to leave your experience with us for future travelers and hostelers! I hope we may host you if your adventures bring you back to SD. All the best and safe travels to you. More

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I use to come to this hostal since 10 years ago and i have seen all the charges since.i was there the last week and im so glad to see the table pool,the luxurious kitchen,the electrónic card roms,the space and the feeling of the property.the staf was Also very helpfull and i never felt a bad actitudes from them.i just... More

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

Thank you for sticking with us through the years. It's always a pleasure to hear that someone has noticed the changes we've been making (kitchen, common areas, sleeping rooms next!) and is enjoying the result. I hope we may host you when you return to San Diego in the following years and continue to provide you the level of comfort... More

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I booked a room with a private bathroom, was very clean and the best thing was in the night! It is right on the 5th street, so you don't need the car. The only problem is the parking. There is a garage very close at 1dollar/hour and from 6pm of Saturday to 7am Monday is free on the street. Was... More

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

Autin82, thank you for staying with us and leaving your parking tips! I just wanted to be clear to people reading this: there is free parking in the downtown area, but like most major metropolitan areas the street parking is subject to paid meters (which are free from specific times, usually at night); street cleaning/sweeping days; various colored curbs (no... More

Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I had an excellent time here. Stayed here for 3 nights. Location is absolutely unbeatable ... literally in the heart of downtown Gaslamp district. Very huge place with tons of rooms but a small lobby. Clean place, breakfast included, staff is friendly. Very comfortable. They offer various discounts for attractions and rentals. They were super nice to me to let... More

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

Thank you for supporting Hostelling International as you travel, Cherryace, and taking the time to leave us (and others) your thoughts about our hostel. Safe travels to you! More

Sydney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This hostel is definitely one of the nicest I've been in the US. It seems like it's been very recently renovated. It's very clean & set out really nicely with lots of good, open common areas to relax. On top of that it's in an amazing location right in the middle of the gaslamp quarter, so you can walk everywhere.... More

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

Ell-louise, thanks for taking the time to share your review! You bring up a good point about some of our rooms facing out onto the busy streets of the Gaslamp Quarter: they can be noisy! I strongly recommend to potential and future guests who are noise-sensitive sleepers to request a quiet or courtyard-facing room prior to arrival. We will do... More

Romford, Essex
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Let me start with the positives and the only reason I have rated it three out of five. The hostel is smack bang in the middle of the gaslamp district with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. We walked everywhere from our hostel and only took a trolley once into the old town. Location was perfect. Unfortunately, that's... More

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

cihan1984, Thank you for candidly leaving your experience. I would like to say that your experience of our facilities and level of cleanliness was not common and I will contacting you privately to obtain more information. Again, thank you for staying with us and providing us with your feedback! More

Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights. Good location, in the thick of the nightlife. Hostel is at the better end for hostels in terms of cleanliness, decor, maintenance etc. Downside- no alcohol allowed, had to hide in our room with a bottle of Jameson before heading out.

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

Fraser T, thank you for the feedback! Presently, we are looking into hosting some alcohol events at the Hostel in the future, but they will most likely be limited (i.e., something along the line of a "happy hour"). The primary reason for the no-booze policy is due to the fact that people as young as eighteen can stay with us... More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stayed here with a group. Location can't be beat - right in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter. Everything you could need within a block or two. Clean rooms and bathrooms, nicely designed. Breakfast was simple, but helps stretch your dollar. My only suggestion would be to add some kind of beverage other than coffee/tea to the breakfast (maybe some... More

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Address: 521 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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