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“Warm and inviting.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of HI San Luis Obispo

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HI San Luis Obispo
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Warm and inviting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I arrived at this hostel devastated: Amtrak had just lost my luggage, containing a year's worth of belongings! Fortunately the staff were absolutely beautiful and made me feel right at home. Even made some phone calls to Amtrak on my behalf. The room was clean and tidy. The pancakes delicious! I'd definitely return.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My family and I spent three nights at Hostel Obispo during Christmas. Unexpected life events brought us to California. Very good fortune brought us to Hostel Obispo. What could have been a sad and lonely Christmas turned into a warm and inviting Christmas away from home.

Hostel Obispo is situated in a charming neighborhood near downtown San Luis Obispo. It was easy to get around. The hostel was clean and charming. The kitchen and large dining table was a real gathering spot for travelers from all over the world. My family stayed in a family room called Morro Rock. The bedding was clean and the room was small but delightful.

It's been many years since I stayed in a hostel. Hostel Obispo surpassed my best memories from my younger days. Many thanks to owners Jared and Amy for creating such a wonderful home away from home!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank KayCeeShip
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We had a stop-over in San Luis Obispo and stayed at this hostel for one night. At the time it was very quite and it was pretty much just we, a couple of other guests and the staff. It's a small hostel with a home-away-from-home felling to it. Cozy, clean and very nice and helpful staff. I would definitely stay again!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sofiabeijer
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Verona, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Friendly and generally clean. A little more upkeep would make it a 5-star choice. Pancakes were good, and the breakfast setting encourages talk. Bike rental was cheap, but bikes were not in great shape. We'd stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank thwart7
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

Quaint house in a suburban street, more like a b&b, just needs a female touch with cleanliness. Short walk to loads of bars and Cafes. Not much to do here but a good place to stop over and chill out. Pancakes for breakfast included.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Tracy K
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

First the pros: The price is pretty cheap ($66 for a private room), the facility is pretty clean in general, the staff were nice, the bed was fine.

The cons: One big one and one small one. The big one: NOISE! My room was right next to the office, and people stood right outside my door talking to each other and having loud phone conversations. Since this was before quiet hours, I didn't feel I had a right to complain. However, twice in the middle of the night that I stayed there, people came in very late (once around midnight and once around 3am) and they didn't seem to care that others might be sleeping. They talked loudly in the common area of the hostel. I don't know if I was the only one woken up, but it was very annoying.

The smaller con is that the shower I originally used (ground floor, to right of front door) was kind of grungy. The shower curtain was disgusting, and I really didn't want to step on the floor, either. Turns out the other bathroom on the main floor is much nicer, but I didn't discover that till later.

All in all I was happy to find such a convenient place at such a reasonable price, but I'd say they need to clean up parts of this place, and also do more about enforcing quiet at night.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank yesicansd
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This hostel is very cosy and the people were very nice! We stayed in a 6 room dorm and the beds were not the most comfortable but we managed.

Pancakes in the morning were amazing and a great start to our day!!

Also short walking distance to downtown.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank RiccO12
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Additional Information about HI San Luis Obispo

Property: HI San Luis Obispo
Address: 1617 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3721 (Formerly Hostel Obispo)
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in San Luis Obispo
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Number of rooms: 24
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