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“Unforgettable memories, totally worth it.” 5 of 5 stars
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ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   3751 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103   |  
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“Unforgettable memories, totally worth it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a review that is long overdue but the ITH Zoo Hostel deserves a huge THUMBS UP!

I stayed over at this hostel for 12 days (since 13 was the maximum for short term stay) from the 07/05/14 to 07/17/14.

I chose a 6 bedder mixed room whereby two were occupied by long term students- a tad messy but you get what you pay for and it is really about how you make use of space individually.

The hostel is located in the heart of Hillcrest, A short walk to a 24 hr convenience store, RiteAid as well as many cafes with really good reviews on Yelp. Because it is located in Hillcrest, it is a central location, accessible by bus to destinations such as OldTown, University Heights (where the Divisionary Theatre is located), La Jolla and Downtown. It is also a nice place to rent a bike from a bike rental company to cycle around the beautiful neighbourhood, and admire the architecture of the houses.

People from all over the world - students on internships or backpackers- reside in the hostel and though it takes some time to feel like youre part of the family when youre an introvert like me, people are generally really welcoming and friendly. One regret that I have was not interacting and being more outgoing because I've known beautiful people whom I had meaningful conversations with when I was about to leave.

Best part: FREE MEALS. well, the volunteers cooked meals for people to bond and get together and it works :) Thankyou to the volunteers who took time and effort in keeping our stomachs happy and full :D

Just a small note: I will be back in San Diego and I would be more than willing to volunteer in the hostel as a form of giving back!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Bobby D, Manager at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed our free meals and activities ! You are welcome back anytime you want !

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

if you are going to SD, so this is where you should stay,i have been there over than 6 months and i had the most fun experience,meeting people from every where, and we become like one family.
staff was super amazing, The manger Meg and Rachel do everything to satisfy us, plus the amazing activities that been held every night, the bus party also every week, bonfire, beach , free breakfast every day and and free dinner 4 days a week.
clean place,location is amazing near downtown and few steps to balboa park,.
my advice go there and you will never regret it ,this place is awesomeee ;)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Bobby D, Manager at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Hey Kiro,

It was a pleasure to host you here at the ITH Zoo Hostel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay so much. Come back anytime for some more fun !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I stayed here for 6 weeks. I did a clerkship as a senior medical student at UCSD. This place is awesome for students: cheap, beautiful, clean, the ambient is great, you meet people for all around the world, the food is always great and it's made by the international staff so you can have a taste of different cultures, you can perfectly choose between partying and studying, it's up to you! As a long term resident you will become part of an awesome family.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Thank GUIRO89
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Bobby D, Manager at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Hello !

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you found a family away from family here. Hope you have safe travels.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have stayed at ITHHOSTELS hostel for 3 months before I move to an apartment. It was one of the the best time I have spent in the US. The management, the staff, the location and the activities were amazing and useful. I have met great people and I still in touch with many friends who were living with me in this hostel. I totally recommend the people to stay in it even for couple of days because it's really enjoyable and fun to feel living around lovely nd awesome people. Specially my favorite person in the hostel Racheal (the princess) & Meg (the manger).

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Bobby D, Manager at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed our free meals and activities as well as our great staff. Come back anytime !

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I spent six months in SD, from September 2013 to February 2014, with the International Travelers House (ITH) family... The most amazing time that I've ever had !!! Highly recommended !!!!
miss ya guys,
all the best,
Fernando

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Fernando J
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

the room is VERY noisy -- right next to street.

the social aspect is good - good international ambiance and chance to meet nice people.

beware of the steep san diego room tax surprise which is not stated during the reservation and not included as part of TOTAL but hits your card.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We had a really nice stay in April 2014 here. The hostel is a bit hard to find b/c only the entrance is visible on street level (and at the time not visible in Google StreetMap) but the hostel goes all the way back on the first floor. For a hostel and the cheap rates it was fairly clean and rooms/beds/bathroom/kitchen were also okay. The room doors were a bit thin, so you might pick up some noise from the hallway.

Finally for me there was nothing to complain about but please keep in mind: It's a reasonable hostel (and not the Four Seasons).

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Rete P
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Bobby D, Manager at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Hey,

Thank you for your review, it is true that we are not a Four Seasons, but we believe that it is what makes us more like a home away from home. We also improved our quiet hour rules, which could solve the noise problem due to the thin doors. You are welcome back anytime !

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Address: 3751 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 61 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
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Hotel Class:2 star — ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the International Travelers House Zoo Hostel. Your destination if you are looking for the best experience and most comfortable rooms during your holidays in San Diego! FREE hot breakfast and coffee is prepared every morning for our guests. We also cook FREE premium dinners four nights a week and provide free food for guests to cook with 7 nights a week! FREE daytime adventurous activities are offered daily including: surf trips, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, picnics, beach trips and more! Our night time activities show guests the local sides of the city and are designed to allow travelers to meet others and have fun! We are the closest hostel to the San Diego Zoo! Multiple male and female restrooms allows our guests to always have access to a hot shower! Our huge social lounge is equipped with a billiards table, darts, art chalk walls, iPads, TV, Games, and plenty space for relaxing!The unique design of our zoo themed building provides guests with plenty of space for meeting people in our variety of common areas. FREE Internet is provided to all guests as well as having access to iPads and computers!Our goal is to show you the ultimate experience and best time during your holidays. With this in mind we guide our guests on a variety or daytime adventures including: Surfing Trips, Beach Trips, FREE Sailing Tours, Nature Walks, Snorkeling Excursions, Local Happy Hours, Sightseeing Tours, Tijuana, Mexico Tours, Waterfall Hikes, Brewery Tours and More!Once the sun falls and the nighttime is here, we take our guests on the best social activities including: Pub Crawls, Club Nights, Local Restaurant Tours, Wine Tastings, Art Nights, Game Nights, Movie Nights and more! ... more   less 
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