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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The property is right in the center of market street. Even visiting in November everything was active and lively and comfortable. I had my window open and got a nice breeze. I felt like I was front row center at a great party, and the atmosphere rocked well into the morning. I think a few people from out of town would come in and crash in the rooms. The rooms were comfortable and I had adequate privacy when needed and conversation with other patrons when desired. Staff was helpful and friendly and gave good recommendations. The lockers were a little well worn and the building itself is an antique. Had some issues with the plumbing in the bathroom but staff worked to address it. Hostels don't get much better than this. Ideal for anyone looking for a fun college-like experience. Stayed in a dorm, eight beds I think.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Dwin727
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GMGaslamp, General Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2012

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm glad to hear that you felt like you were right in the middle of it all. We definitely have a one-of-a-kind location. Good to hear all else was well too. I agree with your comment with regards to our lockers. Currently, all of our premium four bed dorms have new lockers, and we will be looking to replace the lockers in the bigger dorms, which are ten bed and six bed, as soon as we have the capital to do so. Thanks again for the kindness. We hope to see you again next time. All the best.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I stayed in the private bedroom with private bathroom; it's a simple, clean and nice room. Air conditioning, ceiling fan and fridge available in the room. Water pressure in the shower not really good, but that was not a problem at all. Nice location in the Gaslamp Quarter, but it can be noisy during weekends; make sure to grab the free earplugs at the reception.

One of the best hostel I've ever been to.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Loolees
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GMGaslamp, General Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2012

Thanks for the review. We really appreciate the business and the feedback. Our showers all have low flow shower heads, which may be the reason for the lack in water pressure. We are actually looking into a different valve that has just come on to the market, which allows for water savings and water pressure at the same time. Hopefully this will be our solution. Once again, we appreciate the time you took to review us, and your business. All the best.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

It has a friendly atmosphere, it was very clean and organized, the location was perfect.
My colleagues and I stayed at this hostel as a cheaper option to the hotel hosting the conference we were attending. The huge TV was great with a lot of diffferent options of movies to watch at any time. I definitively recommend it!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank 202Sil202
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GMGaslamp, General Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2012

Best review ever! :) Thank you very much. I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time at our little slice of San Diego. Please come back and visit again soon...maybe when you are on vacation next time? All the best.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Some staff were very helpful, others weren't. In nice area of gaslamp quarter. Brand new big kitchen, breakfast was decent. Big tv room. Everything was clean. Hostel was kind of too big to mingle with other. Nice stay though

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank tinab1987
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us after your stay. I will be contacting you privately to find out if or how all staff could have been able to better assist you. I hope you nonetheless enjoyed your time in the City. Safe travels to you!

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

A colleague and I stayed at this hostel as a cheaper option to the hotel hosting the conference we were attending. The room we stayed in was large, very quiet and clean. It even had a tub in the bathroom! My only complaint was the ceiling light that went on mysteriously about half an hour after we'd turned it off and woke us up (this happened twice).
Breakfast was well organized and yummy.
Staff was fantastic - helpful, informative and gracious.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank melaniegued
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GMGaslamp, General Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thanks for the wonderful review. I am so glad to hear that your experience at our hostel met all of your previous "hotel needs" :). With regards to the overhead lights, they are on remotes and it seems as if some of them were set to the same channel, so other room's remotes were turning on the lights in random rooms. This issue has since been resolved, and there is also an override switch on the remotes themselves which should keep the light off for good. We apologize for the confusion, and thank you for bringing this issue up to us so that we could resolve it. We appreciate the business. All the best.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The main attraction was being right in the centre of the main gaslamp districk within walking distance to most attractions. Staff were helpful and great value for money. Free wifi. Free breakfast. Staff were very helpful. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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GMGaslamp, General Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Right on. Thank you for the awesome review. We greatly appreciate the business and the feedback. See you next time!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

Travelled through San Diego in mid sept with my boyfriend. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom. rooms were decent, with a sink and mirror in the room. location was fantastic, right in the middle of the gaslamp quarter where all the action is. Free breakfast which is awesome.

Staff r awesome, very helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2012

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us in San Diego. Thank you for the positive review, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!

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Additional Information about Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

Address: 521 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 65 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range: $43 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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 
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