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642-648 W Hawthorn St, San Diego, CA 30-503 (Downtown)
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RK Hostel
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed here for a night or two every month for the past 6 months. I have to come down for business. (Poor me, having to go to San Diego, right?) This place is inexpensive, in a fantastic location, and everything you need. Sure, it's not five star, but the people are cool, and it is a heck of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kabel, wifi, shower, good people,conversations that were giving, ocean view. Scott helped with my bag even though he didn't have to. No guy holding the towels, but i never got that anyways. I mean why have a guy holding a towel? It's slavery. Im kidding.. Anyways. Central place, water is purified, ice machine. I really liked it. Kitchen, breakfast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My stay here was great, although it was only for a night. The staff here were very accommodating when I requested anything, and the morning breakfast was on point. I would come here again to get away.

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I'm no snob but this place was terrible. We stayed here for 4 nights (too long in my opinion) and our room wasn't cleaned once. By the time we left the bin was overflowing, the shower was full of room mates hair and I wouldn't sit on the carpet as who knows how long it had been since it was... More 

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Rita K, Manager at RK Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I would like express our sincere regrets about your experience during your recent stay here at RK Hostel. Our guests are very important to us. It is our goal to give the best quality and service to our guests at an affordable price. I want to ensure you that we have procedures in place that ensure that the... More 

Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Kitchen was nasty, a mouse ran across the counter and sink... "breakfast" was 1 crappy sugary cereal... stairs stunk like piss.... bathrooms were gross, no toilet paper sometimes, no hand soap or paper towels etc... room we stayed in was tiny, barely enough floor space for our bags... most staff were creepy and vulgar dudes.... Luckily San Diego is an... More 

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Introduced myself as a travel writer and before I could even ask a single question about booking a room, rates or amenities the clerk, and some joker just sitting around chatting with the clerk, treated me with paranoid hostility the likes of which I have never encountered. Contending I was "some kind of investigative journalist," they clearly seemed threatened by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

So upon arrival, we waited half an hour in the reception waiting for someone to come down and serve us. The guy that came down didn't even apologise for keeping us waiting and when we asked him questions about the area (things to do ect) he had no idea. We still couldn't get checked in because they put me and... More 

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Rita K, Manager at RK Hostel, responded to this review

Hello Georgia, We would like to express regret for the check-in experience you had here at RK Hostel. We absolutely do care about all of our guests and their experiences here at the hostel. Can you please email us at rkhostel@hotmail.com if you are still having trouble with Booking.com acknowledging that you stayed with us? Thank you, RK Hostel Management More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

A basic hostel, but friendly staff and very accommodating offering sleeping in the common area for late planner. Located close to little italy and a short walk from many nice cafes and restaurants. Cool outdoor area on the second floor with nice views

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Rita K, Manager at RK Hostel, responded to this review

Hello Kevin, Thank you so much for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and our wonderful location here in Little Italy. Regards, RK Hostel Management More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Very cool hostel with a fun time and a great location very close to the harbour. Clean rooms and bathrooms and a big living room, where they show movies at night. Stayed in a room for 6 people for 24$ a night. Also comfortable to get quickly to the airport.

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Rita K, General Manager at RK Hostel, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, and will be more then happy to have you stay with us the next time you visit San Diego. As we value each and every guest who chooses to stay here at the Hostel. We would appreciate it if you could add any photos you may have taken during... More 

1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

The only good thing about RK hostel was the charm, warmth and hospitality of the nice manager James who kept things clean and took care of hostel guest accommodations in a friendly fashion. The other worker is completely inappropriate and is still in need of help with navigating USA culture. In the USA there are certain customs just not tolerable... More 

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Address: 642-648 W Hawthorn St, San Diego, CA 30-503
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Little Italy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
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