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ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego
1658 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)   |  
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“Top drawer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Read no more - stay at this hostel.

It really is that good. A fantastic balance of efficiency and elegance, excitement and organisation. It has a quirky nature but that only adds to its charm. The social scene is 1st rate.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Internati0nalTravelr, Manager at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thanks for your review! We are working hard for you every day, from our free breakfasts and dinners, our free adventure activities, funky jam sessions in the garden and crazy art on the walls. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay please come back soon!

-Danger Dave
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

I spent only 2 nights there but I wish I stayed longer! This place is just amazing, the staff is incredible! They love working there and they're so nice and kind and they make you feel comfortable! There are different activities every day and night. I felt like at home there and I miss this place and the people who work there. LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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Internati0nalTravelr, Manager at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
We cannot thank you enough for singing praise about our hostel! Come back soon you know where we are! Our staff are hard at work to make each and every experience truly amazing. I'm glad you got to join us on our free activities during the day. And hopefully you had some of our delicious cinnamon, blueberry banana biscuits cooked by Backpacker Bob. The free meals are amazing so if you missed out, Please come back
Safe Travels

-Danger Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

It is certainly one of my best hostel stay in US and I had a great time staying there. There is free wifi, Ipad available beside the "reception" area where you can use it anytime at your leisure. The rooms was clean, conducive and that the place is painted with lively colors and design. The restroom was kept clean as the staff has been really hardworking and committed to keeping it clean and dry.

The place is near to Little Italy where they have buildings, gourmet and cultures of Italy. It is conveniently located near to Amtrak station, Trolley and within walking distance to places like Gaslamp quarter, stadiums where you could watch baseball matches, etc.

The biggest advantage and plus point for the place is that breakfast and dinner are provided at no additional charges. Also, they have private vehicle services available, where you pay a really affordable rate and get to tour and visit the various place in San Diego such as the Zoo, La Jolla Beach, etc. The staff there is definitely helpful and approachable, who you can always just drop by the counter and enquire almost anything and they will be there to help. An interesting part of the hostel is also that they have daily activities planned for residents and that you can join them at a minimum charge or for free (depending on what it is) and that the programs are different for 7 days a week.

It has really been a great and pleasure stay and I would definitely recommend my friends to stay there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Internati0nalTravelr, Manager at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thanks a million for your amazing review! We are working hard every day to provide you with wifi and ipads to stay in touch with friends. The staff are constantly cleaning and coming up with new ideas for art, entertainment, and activities. We are so blessed to be close to Little Italy, public transportation, and some other amazing attractions in downtown San Diego. I'm glad you got to experience them! Our free breakfast and dinner is always a favorite and we are happy to see the trend continuing! And now, our adventure activities are free for all guests. Come snorkel, surf, snowboard, sail, and celebrate with us...all for free!!!
Come back soon!

-Danger Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights and was very impressed by the friendliness of the staff and how outgoing they were. Many them are travelers staying for a few weeks or months and so it is easy to meet people and there are activities on every day and night - especially good for a solo traveler. It is fairly laid back and relaxing, yet there are plenty of activities such as the beach easily accessible.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Internati0nalTravelr, Manager at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for staying with us! I'm so happy to hear that you loved our staff. We thrive on spreading peace through knowledge of culture and having a diverse staff can help so much! Our daytime adventure activities are free for all guests so please come back and experience something with us!

-Danger Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed at. Hostel was very clean, great location and atmosphere. The staff were so friendly! Free breakfast and dinner included was amazing. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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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Internati0nalTravelr, Owner at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thanks for staying with us! Glad to hear you enjoyed our free meals and appreciated our staff! We would be happy to have you stay with us again anytime!
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Lejre, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I love love love love love this hostel!!! I had the best time here in San Diego! The hostel is in little italy, a great cosy part of town. Everyone at the hostel are so freindly and nice. San Diego is the kind of city where everything is spread out over a large area and it's hard to get around with public transpertaion, but the hostel arrange so many great activities and take you out to all the places worth seeing! I had so much fun here with Neil and Steve and was tought to surf by the best teatcher Eric! I am coming back!!! Very soon!

Room Tip: Sorry, no swimming pool or fitness center, but I can change it :-/
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Internati0nalTravelr, Owner at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thanks for joining us on your trip at the International Travelers House! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our activities and appreciated Eric's skills on the surf board!

It is also great to hear that you were able to explore Little Italy and appreciate the beautiful neighborhood we are in! We love where we are at! Come back and stay with us anytime!

Cheers,
Bobby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a week and had a great experience!

Amazing value - breakfast and dinner included in the room price. Accommodated our vegetarian meal requests each night which was great! Food is simple - lasagna, pizza, rice and beans, always a big salad. Breakfast was almost always pancakes, and you can make your own oatmeal.

The bathrooms and showers were INCREDIBLY clean, and excellent ratio for the number of guests. Never had to wait in line.

The rooms are clean and spacious (except the discount room which is small). Thoughtful extras make the stay extra comfortable: each bunk has a plug and a shelf, new sheets, pillows and duvets. Rooms cleaned daily.

The only thing I would warn you about is that it does get noisy and there is a late quiet time (midnight). The people are so nice there though, that even if you aren't a partier you may find that you're up late hanging out til then anyway!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Internati0nalTravelr, Owner at ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thanks for kind words about our Travelers House! Our volunteer team works very hard at keeping the house and especially the bathrooms clean for our guests!

We will also keep in mind the after hours noise level in our social garden. Our goal is to provide a great time for our guests yet more importantly a comfortable place to sleep while the travelers are on the road! See ya next time!

Cheers,
Bobby
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Additional Information about ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego

Address: 1658 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Little Italy
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for being the Top Rated Accommodation in San Diego! We are ideally located in Downtown near San Diego Bay, we offer FREE hot cooked breakfast every day and FREE cooked dinners six nights a week. FREE adventurous daytime activities are offered everyday including: surf trips, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, picnics, yoga beach trips and more! Limited spaces are available with our daytime activities. Our social night time activities makes our hostel one of the best in San Diego! Our variety of dorms and private guest rooms are designed with the latest bunk beds, allowing travelers to enjoy a cozy nights sleep at an affordable price. The unique design of our historic victorian building allows guests to have numerous outdoor sitting areas in addition to multiple social areas inside. Our goal is to provide travelers with the complete experience of seeing San Diego while making friends with other travelers from all over the world. Our guests have access to the use of brand new iPads to surf the web and contact their friends on Skype.Our social activities give our travelers the best insights to San Diego including pub crawls, poker night, sports games, walking tours, creative workshops, taco Tuesdays, social olympics and more!Please note that guests staying with us must be over 18 years old and carry an international passport or reside outside of San Diego County. ... more   less 
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