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las vegas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old building smells musty and like old food. Ancient doors and knows that sometimes do not lock/unlock with ease. $20 cash deposit required on check in. Rooms are not as pictured on website. Bathrooms have updated tile showers. Bunk bed mattresses are old school spring with thin cushion top layer. Coffee in kitchen free. Shared kitchen space has lots of... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I was hesitant after reading the negative reviews but thought I would chance it due to good location. Unfortunately the bad stories in dealing with the owners became my experience. My bed was sold to another person while I was out during the day. On top of that the owners suddenly increased the price of the rooms after making me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Hey guys, I have stayed at every hostel in San Diego and this is by far the most well rounded location. It is close to the night life yet not to close to where you have to put up with the noise. It is not to far to where your walking to far. It is in a very quiet calm... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

I went to hostel on 3rd as part of a conference with other people from my college. They don't let you see the room before you book it, and they say you get a towel and a key upon a $20 deposit. I got no towel. There was only one blanket left for the six of us, and it was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. JAMES IS AN ABSOLUTE LIAR AND THE HOSTEL IS AWFUL! I have submitted a Better Business Bureau complaint with regards to this so the details are available, but I am completely blown away by what a despicable human being James turned out to be. I stayed at this hostel on December 31st, and when checking... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

Disgusting place, the signs everywhere telling you want you can and can't do are a joke, then refused to give deposit back because someone in the building nothing to do with my individual booking brought a girl back. Do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The service here is great. James is very friendly - he will tell you everything you need to know - and more. The room was good, it had a sink in it and the beds were comfortable. Location is good, was difficult to find the hostel using their instructions - maybe update these as getting lost and having no access... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The hostel was in a great location very close to the Gaslamp district however the hostel lacked atmosphere. The hostel appeared to be clean in the morning but the standard seemed to slip throughout the day. Our double room was unbearably hot. We had the window open, a ceiling fan and a box fan and the room didn't cool down... More 

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Not only the staff members were perfect, but also the atmosphere of that hostel took a huge part in the contribution of the best week of my life. The rooms were really clean, and the bathrooms as well. The hostel is perfectly located downtown and if I was to return back to San Diego, I would definitely chose the Hostel... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My room smelled like cat food. The floors were dirty, and i found bits of dry cat food under the chair and bed (room not cleaned?). The internet didn't work, and when i asked about it the desk clerk was rude, lazy and unhelpful. Not worth the price. They sneak in extra charges at check in, like a deposit that... More 

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Address: 542 3rd avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $111 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostel on 3rd 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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