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642-648 W Hawthorn St, San Diego, CA 30-503 (Downtown)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So upon arrival, we were informed someone had died the night before in this hostel. NO JOKES! not a great start... 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... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Zuerich
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Flagstaff, Arizona
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I had the unfortunate experience of staying at the RK Hostel for three days in early August. This place should be condemned and shut down until they deal with the serious infestation of bedbugs. Was bitten all over my arms, legs and face, literally over 100+ itchy, painful, unsightly bed bug bites, which became inflamed and caused a serious allergic... More

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

We value each and every guest that stays with us and are working very hard to make the proper changes to the way business is conducted by our employee's. We are terribly sorry that your stay with us was unpleasant as well as the way you were treated by the manager. I can assure you that the problem has been... More

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Staff take forever to do anything if they even answer the door at all. Lucky dip whether you get a good mattress or not, my friend pretty much slept on the bars of the bed. People smoking and talking outside our room all night and clinking bottles. Breakfast is horrible, no dishes and if there are they are broken or... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Quite aside from the lackluster welcome and the absolute void of information we encountered upon our arrival in the rk hostel, what really incensed me was the discovery of large lazy blood-filled bedbugs in the sheets of the bunk in which I had just passed an incredibly uncomfortable night. Bedbugs of the size and colour I encountered on those sheets... More

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Bedbugs really are as bad as you imagined. That's the main reason not to stay here. But there are more. The place smells like a nursing home, and it's run like--a homeless shelter? An especially filthy frat house? I don't know. It is the dirtiest single place I've ever spent a night. Would it be so hard to buy toilet... More

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Just a few words; bedbugs & a very creepy staff member. To bad because the property and location are perfect to become a nice hostel, but whats inside makes it the worst hostel ever! Dont go there!!! I changed to another hostel (use hostels) its more expensive but so much better! After i found out about the bedbugs i had... 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
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