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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hostel is in the city center and close to the marina, but pretty far from a beach. The hostel is clean and have a good kitchen but there is extremely noisy during the evenings and nights, from the streets. Especially on the weekends. I used earplugs but it was not enough. Also, if you arrive by car, check before... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at the HI for 1 week. During that time we took two walking tours: Gaslamp district and little Italy. These complimentary tours provided by members of the HI staff shared some of San Diego's historical development and noted a few travel facts, including the Prohibition Bar - a 1930s-style pub in the basement of a... More 

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

Colin W., thank you for staying with us and the kind words. Great feedback on our tours offered in-house! If you have any recommendations for tours you would like to see but we do not currently offer, please let us know! All the best and safe travels to you two. More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

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

Gareth_H25, thank you for the simple, yet informative review! I know possible guests will find this helpful. All the best and safe travels to you! More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

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

It was great to see you again, SonjaS1! Congratulations again to you and your new husband. The wedding was a great time and I hope I may see you again in the future. All the best and safe travels to you! More 

San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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

Yes, it is true that we do not allow residents of the same county to stay in the hostel, as we are a mission-driven organization that strives to promote cultural exchange for travelers. I truly understand your point about honoring the "spirit" of the law rather than the "letter" of the law, but unfortunately the litigious nature of our culture... More 

Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

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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26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 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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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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 

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