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ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

The Banana Bungalow San Diego is the greatest hostel i've ever been to! Well, it's probably not the cleanest, but the atmosphere there is just amazing and it's directly at the beach, what else could you want? The staff is very friendly and helpful and there are parties every night. If you wanna meet a lot of fun and young people from all over the world, have party every night and get the real californian beach feeling, this is the place to be!

You can reach bus stops easily to go downtown or to old town; and for this price (~ 20 bugs a night) you really get a great deal!

Banana Bungalow 4 ever!!! ;)

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

Its a fair call that its not the cleanest hostel in the world, but who wants to spend their holidays in the room.
The staff were great, always helping everyone have a great time with parties, trips to tijuana and info about the area. The location cant be beaten, with a big deck right on the beach where you spend most of your time anyway.
if you want cheap accommodation surrounded by great people and have a great time this is the place i would recomend.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

If you're looking for a hostel with planned trips, amazing parties & many a drinking games, stay at BB San Diego, everyone i met there were amazing, it definetly wasn't hard to make friends staying there, after 3 nights there it feels like your home and you never wanna leave! I wouldn't have if i hadn't made other plans.

It's not an expensive hostel, so you get what you pay for. But i'm a 22 year old from australia who wanted to have the time of her life, and i did. The place was cleaned everyday & I had no problem with the appearance of the hostel. Will definetly be returning!

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

Awesome place with really amazing, laid back people, I stayed for about a week and a half, and would have loved to stay longer. If you are up tight, or have a problem with drinking, and/or socializing with people then you might not enjoy the banana. Staff is really friendly and helpful, always something going on, and the best location- literally right on the beach.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 25, 2008

Had a great time during my stay here. Met some great people and the owners/management really look after everyone.Great social vibe and best location!!!!

Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed October 22, 2008

I stayed here on labor day weekend. The parties are definitely insane. Lots of great guests. The place however is a crap hole and the staff even crappier. They are completely useless and a bit cliquey. If you are not a hot girl or a guy that resembles a surfer, forget about talking to them. The location is the only thing this place has going for it. Can't beat beachfront. There are some bars nearby, but PB is generally dead unless it's the weekend. Overall, if your staying in San Diego, stay Downtown, near the Gas Lamp District. There is much more going on there and the hostels are miles ahead of this one.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2008

Ok, so the location cant be beat. Its right on the beach front but to be honest I'd rather have slept there than step foot in that hostel. Its a disgusting hell hole of a place. We had a 'private' room booked for a few nights but left early because we couldnt bear to spend any more time there. Random people including staff kept walking into our apparently locked room at any time of day or night. The staff werent friendly or welcoming and there was generally the vibe of 'if you aint a cool looking surfer dude then you shouldnt be here'. The rooms were filthy, bed sheets were dirty (I slept on top of the covers cos the sheets still had the last occupants pubes and skid marks, im not kidding) and the bathrooms were disgusting. Our shower constantly ran, the toilet & sink were barely hanging to the wall and there were so many holes in the floor and skirting that it must've been an insects heaven. Avoid this place like the plague but please dont let this review put you off staying at Banana Bungalow in West Hollywood cos I stayed there on the same trip and it was a great experience - just a shame it has to share its name with this dump!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel

Address: 707 Reed Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3961 (Formerly Banana Bungalow San Diego)
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 66 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range: $29 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay and play at San Diego's most popular backpacker's beach hostel! Beach Bungalow is close to San Diego's finest attractions, a renowned marine preserve at La Jolla Cove, and walking-distance from 150+ bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping catering to students and surfers. ... more   less 
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