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“Very welcoming and friendly place” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma
3790 Udall St, San Diego, CA 92107 (Point Loma)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Very welcoming and friendly place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed here with our two kids (3 and 6). The staff were very helpful, the common areas were very clean and the outside courtyard was very pretty with fairy lights and lots of plants and a hammock and ping pong table. Our room was small but cozy and clean with double bunk beds. Everything worked well and you can't argue with free pancakes for breakfast! Only thing to remember is to bring some earplugs as it's very, very noisy in the flight path, as well as doors opening/closing with people coming and going. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thanks so much for your review!
We have added fee ear plugs for you to use and have extended our hours to midnight.
We hope to see you again soon.

Cheers,
Jenny
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yucaipa, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I loved staying at this hostel. The staff was friendly and helpful. The family-like atmosphere made it a home away from home. My only problem was finding parking, and that can't really be helped. Nights were quiet and the my room was comfortable and cozy. I will definitely stay here again, and am looking forward to it.

Room Tip: Aircraft noise stops at night.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
We are looking forward to you staying with us again. Thanks so much for your review!
Staff do our best to make every guest's stay the best it can be. We are glad you had a great time.

Cheers,
Jenny
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Portland, Oregon
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Spent 4 nights at H.I. The location makes this hostel worth it. The property needs some updating but it works. It's close to many downtown restaurants and bars. It can get loud, late at night with guests coming late. The staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast is simple and good as well.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thanks so much for your review! I believe this review is for our Downtown location, I will make sure to pass it on to them.

Cheers,
Jenny
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Painesville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

The staff was thorough in explaining how things work and what was expected. The rooms and bunks were very adequate. Meals were fun and very good. Location made it easy to get to local restaurants, library bars and downtown.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
We are so glad you enjoyed our meals. We hope to see you again next time you are in town.

Cheers,
Jenny
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Jamaica Plain, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This hostel is....
- in a quiet neighborhood
- quiet but very warm/welcoming in general
- IMPECABLE CLEAN
- Well equipped with anything you need- coffee, tea, pancakes, TV, extra blankets, hot showers, very cozy matresses, ping pong table....
- Beautiful- the pictures are true to the experience
- great for hanging out- the kitchen is big, they have a TV room, and a really nice patio with a hammock
- friendly: Met many people of all ages and ethnicities, who were all interested in striking up a conversation.
- safe: check in desk at the front, key cards, etc.
- the most environmentally friendly hostel I've ever seen

Only negative is that shower water pressure is low (to be environmentally friendly)....and that is definitely not a big deal.

If you want a party hostel, this is not your place. If you want a hostel with all of the above qualities, it IS your place.

Room Tip: Stayed in the India private room- it was excellent!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
What an amazing review. Thanks!
We are working on the water pressure issue. We are hoping we can get the best of both worlds in our newly remodeled bathroom.

Cheers,
Jenny
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Sydney
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I went to San Diego on a small budget with a few friends and we couldn't ask for more! For $25 per person the hostel was a bargain! The staff were welcoming and the community really warm. With a piano, a pingpong table, kitchen, and an ATM, I couldn't ask for more.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thanks so much for your great review! We hope to see you all back again soon.

Cheers,
Jenny
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149 reviews 149 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Throughout my travels, I always wanted to take advantage of the savings of staying at a hostel. Yet, I am definitely not the stereotypical gone wild/binge drinking traveler that hostels are equated. Still, I am a part of the growing sector of travelers reconsidering hostels now that they are expanding their services to take into account families and non-partying guests. This is one of those hostels.

If you read the reviews, even the party-goers gave rave reviews of the facility and staff! Here a few details about the Point Loma Hostel:

Security - The hostel and rooms are accessed by the card key system used at hotels. There is a female only bathroom and a single shower for added privacy. There are signs posted everywhere to ensure that rule is maintained.

Kitchen - Facilities are modern. Labels are provided for groceries, as well as cubby holes for additional items. There are two sinks and two gas stoves. Filtered water is provided. Each morning free pancake batter is available. Of course all dishes, cookware, cutlery and seasonings are provided.

Dorms - The bunks are made of wood with a real twin mattress. Towels and a fresh fitted sheet are provided at check in. There is a locker for each bed and extra community lockers. Each bed has a lamp, fan and a wall socket. There is also a socket inside each locker to safely charge electrical devices. The lockers are not large enough for a bag larger than a standard backpack.

Kitchen - The facilities are modern and in excellent condition. There are two sinks and gas stoves. Labels are provided for groceries, as well as cubby holes for other items. All dishware, cutlery, cookware, seasonings and towels are provided. There is also filtered water and free pancake batter for breakfast. There is a grill outside.

Amenities - Full kitchen, wash/dryers, ironing board/iron, grill, television room, wifi internet, computer terminal, surfboards and more

Walking Distance - grocery stores, eateries, library, the park and bus station

The biggest issue is the location. Point Loma is not walking distance to the main attractions in San Diego. A car will be required or a bus pass. If you do not plan to get drunk or stay out late every night, a bus pass will be fine. San Diego is an easy city to explore by bus.

I still prefer a hotel over a hostel, but I would stay at this particular hostel again. In fact, I plan to the next time I am in town.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny W, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thanks so much for this 5 star rating!
I am so glad you gave us a try and will be coming back again. Next time you are here we will have an expanded breakfast, WiFi in all the rooms, and a newly renovated woman's bathroom.

Cheers,
Jenny
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Address: 3790 Udall St, San Diego, CA 92107
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Point Loma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 51 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Point Loma Hostel is located two miles from San Diego's famous Ocean Beach in the relaxed neighborhood of Point Loma. Ocean Beach and its accompanying nightlife, cafes, restaurants, shops and weekly Farmer's Market are just a short 5 min drive/bus ride or 20 min walk away. Nearby, Sea World and Mission Bay are just a 5 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride away. Balboa Park, with its museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Downtown San Diego are 15 or 30 minutes away by car and bus respectively. The hostel features a laid-back atmosphere with a beautiful, sunny courtyard complete with table tennis, gas BBQ, and plenty of spots to relax. There is also a large, open newly renovated kitchen that's perfect for cooking and sharing your favorite meals and a comfy, spacious lounge with a big screen TV and DVD player. Affordable internet access is available as well as FREE WIFI. Weekly dinners, barbecues, and movie nights are conducted by helpful hostel staff. ... more   less 
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