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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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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here at the start of our travels after a recommendation from a friend. The location is perfect, right at the heart of the Gaslamp district which is full of bars and places to eat. The sea front / train station is walkable as well. Breakfast was good. All staff we encountered were very friendly

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stay there every time I'm in San Diego and have always found it a great place. Only slight problem can be noise from outside, but that can hardly be blamed on the hostel. This time we actually stayed with a lot of our friend sin the run up to our wedding and we all had a great time! Staff... More 

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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If I could give this place 0 stars I would. Do NOT stay here if you can avoid it. I've had trouble with their staff 2 years in a row now for Comic-Con weekend. My family of 3 comes down to stay here every year for Comic-Con; I live in northeast county San Diego ~20 miles away and commute to... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a place DT and this was perfect! Got a private room, it was clean, well decorated and comfortable bed. The whole hostel was well decorated, very modern. Our room faced 5th ave I believe so it was great to people watch! Was able to walk to all the bars and restaurants. Great place, Will defiantly stay... More 

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

The people watching downtown is top notch! Glad you enjoyed that with us, ajvboston. Safe travels and I hope we may host you again if your travels bring you back to SD. More 

London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location,central downtown, within walking distance to beach, nightlife, baseball stadium and transport links. Solid breakfast, immaculately clean bathrooms - the absolute USP of all HI hostels i have visited hitherto - with options for solo, small and large dorms. don't go for the large dorms, they are noisy at the front of the building overlooking the street and just... More 

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

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, AndrewW1984. Thank you for also putting in the room tip, I know future guests will find it useful! All the best and safe travels. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After an awful experience in HI Downtown san francisco we were dreading this hostel. However, it proved not to be so bad. The breakfast was really good and the staff were friendly enough (although they could be much nicer and more welcoming). However, we requested a quiet room as we read up on reviews and took some advice from others... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience and providing the feedback, Liz S. I meet with our housekeeping team weekly and can talk with them about your experience and how we can improve. I hope we may better serve you if you return to San Diego and stay with us. Safe travels and a happy summer to you. More 

South Bend, Indiana
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The location of this hostel is nearly ideal, and it would be hard to find a better location within San Diego. The Gaslamp district is packed with restaurants and shopping options, and it feels very safe at night. Balboa Park is close enough that you can walk there. The hostel itself is nice enough, but it didn't feel as spacious... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with the TA community, C L. I like your idea of splitting up guests according to sleep/activity schedule. I'll explore how we can achieve this with our supervisors. Safe travels and a happy summer to you! More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I became very fan of hostel after stayed in HI, Is clean, comfortable, safe, have good wifi, the localization is excellent! I went to San Diego to go to Omnia Club, and the club is one block from the hostel! And have many bar around, near for Padres Stadium, bus station, train station

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

It sounds like you definitely took prime advantage of our location, Brigido N! Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience of our hostel and our fine city. Safe travels to you! More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

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 

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