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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well-intentioned hostel - the staff is excellent - but there are some serious problems. There's no air conditioning in the rooms, and San Diego gets warm in the summer. It's located right in the middle of the party neighborhood & many rooms are directly over the street and bars. Because there's no AC you have to keep... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed in this hostel in the past and things have changed. The good was that the hostel has not stayed still, they have continued to keep the place clean and neat. We were pleasantly surprised with our private room to get an in room bathroom, window AC, and mini fridge. The location (heart of the Gaslamp) was great... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the middle of San Diego's Gas lamp district the hostel is a 10-15 minute walk from Broadway (busses) and 10 minutes walk to Horton Plaza ( shopping centre). Free decent speed WIFI. The Hostel is surrounded by Bars and Restaurant's and the "Economy" rooms are very noisy at night with noise from the street and restaurant's. The Premium... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is one of the best hostels I've ever been to - beautifully clean with great air con for hotter days and nights. Has all the amenities you could want including fast free wifi and great free breakfast. But the best thing is the staff - they're so friendly and helpful - talk to them for the best tips and... More 

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Thank gypsysoul83
Jessica Q, Front Office Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review! We always enjoyed reading about a guest having a great time. We hope you come back and see us if you ever find yourself on the west coast again, but safe travels to you where ever your next adventure may be! Take care, HI-Downtown San Diego More 

Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

well this place is amazing... very clean.... excellent staff..... location perfect..... I will definitely stay there again all the times I will visit this beautiful city.... and last but not least... breakfast is superb... few things but good quality and good company.

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Jessica Q, Front Office Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love to hear when a guest has a great time. Please come back and see us anytime! All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

I really love idea of Hostelling International non-profit hostels, so we again decided to stop tjere for 3 nights. Room was spacious and comfortable, we had our own bathroom. Unfortunately we couldn't open the window andAC was quite loud so it was hard to sleep. Breakfast was included, but it was rather poor. Anyhow, it all is compensated by great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

When I told my fiancé that we are going to be staying in a hostel he was a little hesitant but all of his worries we're gone as soon as we walked through the door. When we got to the hostel we had our own room which was beautiful. There was a binder on our bed with everything to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend stayed at this hostel for 2 nights in a private room with shared bathroom. Overall we had a great experience, the facilities were fantastic, the staff were friendly and very informative and the interior design was more like a boutique hotel than a hostel. Further the downtown location is near to the heart of the gas... More 

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Jessica Q, Front Office Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us in Downtown. You were an awesome guest (: Please come back and see us anytime, but happy adventures where ever you may end up next. All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego More 

Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Just registered as HI member, so try this out. It's good for the young people to mingle and share. A lot of traveling resources available but we don't really use. The pros is that the location is next to restaurants and bars, and center in the gaslamp quarter. The cons is that the area has a lot of wanderers on... More 

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Jessica Q, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are so excited that you decided to become one of our beloved members! Always great to hear when the Hostelling Family grows. As far as our location, you are correct, it is a busy area! This is part of the fun part of being in Downtown-- there is always something fun... More 

Niles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

My family was skeptical about my staying in a hostel, especially since I've never stayed in one. I'm 53 and a Physician. When I went on the website, I was informed that I'd have to share bathrooms, but when I went there, there were plenty on bathrooms on each floor. There was one right next to my room and I... More 

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Jessica Q, Front Office Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us excellent feedback! We definitely go above and beyond to try and make our guests as comfortable as possible. It is exciting to hear that we were able to change your opinion about Hostelling in some ways. Part of our mission is to promote travel through Hostelling, and we are... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We’re here to help you with the most central and accessible hostel in San Diego. Let our award winning staff ensure you receive the most comfortable and enjoyable hostel stay you’ve ever had. We offer a myriad of free tours and activities, and all of our beds are Tempur-Pedic mattresses. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

Address: 521 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101-7024
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $65 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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