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California Dreams Backpacker's Hostel

743 Emerald St, San Diego, CA 92109
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I have stayed in several hostels in my life and this is by far the worst hotel I have ever been!!I I arrived at 9:30 pm and the manager took us 10 minutes to find my reservation.I booked a private room for 3 people with private bathroom, but in fact the room was not equipped with a private bathroom.The room... More 

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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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

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Canmore, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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