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California Dreams Backpacker's Hostel

743 Emerald St, San Diego, CA 92109
#20 of 50 hotels in San Diego
6 Reviews 3 of 5 stars
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took my two teen boys to San Diego for a vacation from North Carolina. They'd never stayed in a Hostel, so I thought it would be fun for them to experience. It was decorated so fun and beachy, it was clean, restrooms were clean (you gotta go w/the flow, male brushing his teeth as I went into the restroom stall!)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

I have traveled and hostel hopped quite a bit and this hostel was most definitely one of the nicest ones. It is literally on the beach and the rooms are nice and clean. I stayed in the private room two nights which was luxury and one in the dorms which was nice but one too many drunk Auzzies :) Jason... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Myself and 4 girl friends stayed here for 3 nights, the location was fantastic right on the beach by loads of pubs and clubs but the hostel itself was horrific. They have two mixed dorms, they were both filthy and the beds were awful, no AC. The place is tiny and there is no one on the front door at... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Not the cleanest hostel in the world. But then, when you're on the beach, what place doesn't have sand on the floor? Not a lot of public space, but the gang seems to congregate on the sidewalk out front and in a rear courtyard. Easy to meet fellow travelers. A bit of a party-crowd, but not overwhelming if you're not... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I don't usually write reviews, I'm more of the guy who looks but doesn't write unfortunately. But I wanted to warn anyone who is planning on staying with these people. They called and cancelled my reservation at 10:15 pm the night before I was to arrive, saying they had someone who wanted to stay an extra night... When I told... More

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Address: 743 Emerald St, San Diego, CA 92109
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
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Our mission at California Dreams Backpacker's Hostel is to offer you a clean, safe and relaxed environment so our guests can enjoy all the great "So Cal" life style and come back to a nice and quiet place to Dream about tomorrow's new adventures... But for those who want to keep the "Dream" alive, Pacific Beach offers over 100 bars and clubs that are guaranteed fun. Because of our small size, guests and staff here really get to know each other. In the hostel, there's a lot of socializing, playing games, music swapping, etc. We also frequently go out with the guests to see sights, surf and other fun stuff. Planning your new trip to San Diego? Dude what are you waiting for? Check our rates and availability, book online or give us a call! We'll see you soon... ... more   less 
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