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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
“had a blast”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I'm a girl and I was traveling alone. I was nervous about staying there by myself... but I had a blast. I met awesome people, It's very safe, the location is amazing, the staff is great. Everybody is very friendly. Free breakfast every morning. The best hostel ever...
Only bad thing ...it's very noisy. The hostel is in downtown in a very busy street, which is great to hang out .... but don't forget your hearplugs.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
It is true: the location is amazing, but can be noisy. I encourage readers and future guests to please request a quiet room (we have rooms that face into our interior garden or to the rooftop of the building next door) if you know you are a light sleeper, and we will always do our best to accommodate that request. Safe travels to you and thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
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Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Having stayed in many hostels in my time, I have to say that this one is definitely one of the very best. The location was perfect being close to everything you would want to be close to. The whole staff team were consistently friendly and helpful and gave us a warm welcome on arrival. The hostel itself was very clean and had a lot of character - with cool pieces of art all over the place. Whoever decides what to put up around the place deserves a medal. The kitchen was great and very well equipped and the breakfast was awesome. We chose a double room which was more like a hotel room than a hostel double room. It had a big double bed, a basin in the corner and plenty of space to move around (often hostel double rooms are cramped).

If/when I return to San Diego I would have no reason to look anywhere else. Highly highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thank you for your stay and taking the time to leave a review! Much of the artwork is a remnant of our quarterly art shows, so all the art is local, or is made by a local. Safe travels to you and I hope if you should have the opportunity to return to SD we are able to host you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Finding reasonably priced accommodation in California seems to be tricky. I booked a private room at the hostel,as it was cheaper than a hotel. The room was big,with good bathroom. My one complaint is now stuffy it was. This was very noticeable every time you came in from the hallway. Even with the air conditioning and fan on, I kept my door open for sometime to get some air flow. A window to open would have been better. But it was a quiet room over the courtyard,so if you want to avoid the traffic and restaurant noise on the street,request one of these rooms.
The kitchen is new and well maintained,there's space to hang out in the common areas,and the whole place was we clean.if not a little chipped and worn here and there.
The best part was the staff. They were all so incredibly friendly and helpful,and go beyond just answering your questions,they anticipate things you might need to know. Some hostels can be too busy to take this kind of care,so well done.
The location is in the middle of Gaslamp,so great if you want to be going out. It's also easy to get to the trolley and buses,so a great base for your trip.

Room Tip: Get a courtyard room to avoid late night noise if you're looking to rest up at night
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review with such valuable information in it! Kudos to you for trying out a Hostel in lieu of a hotel, too. Safe travels to you!
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with a friend in a private room with ensuite (210). It was my first experience of a hostel and I wasn't disappointed.
We walked in and friendly staff greeted us and helped us with our bags.
The room was fairly big with a bunk bed (one double, one single). Had a big shower. Nice wash area and places to hang clothes and put away things.

The only bad things really was that the wifi only really works in the communal areas but that isn't really a problem, the room was veryyyyy noisy as it is facing right out to the pubs and clubs.

Breakfast was ok, nothing to shout about but good as it was free. Kitchen was spotless!

The staff were so lovely I cannot fault this hostel. And I am so pleasantly surprised by it because I was expecting it to be horrid but I really liked it. Would definitely recommend !

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank Jessica6311
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Congratulations on your first hostel stay! You make a few good points: the wi-fi is typically best in common areas (especially with rooms that face out onto the street, there tends to be a lot of interference from other networks); we have private rooms that face into the interior garden that I recommend people request in advance if they know they will need peace and quiet. I hope you have many pleasant stays at other hostels in the future! Safe travels to you.
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

I just returned from a three day stay at this hostel. I booked a private room with ensuite (room 214).

Room: relatively spacious, comfortable mattress and pillows, mini fridge, remote controlled A/C and ceiling fan. The bathroom had a pretty spacious shower and a toilet. Very clean and the soap/hair gel provided smelled so good! I actually wanted to ask what brand it was but forgot. The only concern I had with this room is that it was facing the little couryard but since smoking and alcohol are not allowed on the property, nobody ever used it. There was also very limited noise from the hallway so I slept very well.

Hostel: the kitchen is well equipped and you get a free breakfast consisting of toast, butter, jam, cereal and fruit. The wifi works pretty well, although they were times when I got no signal even after turning my phone on and off. Lots of bathrooms, couches and common areas throughout the hostel.

Location: It's simply excellent. In the middle of the Gaslamp District and in close proximity to buses to the main attraction. Hostel staff is very helpful with directions and with information where important stuff is located.

Ambiance: this is where I thought the hostel was lacking a little. There were not that many organized activities in and out of the hostel (only one activity per day). My suggestion would be that they offer the walking tour and pub crawl more than once per week as if you only stay for a few days, you might not be able to attend these.

In general, I really enjoyed my stay. The staff was hepful, the hostel was clean, the room was comfortable and the location was great. For the price I paid, I couldn't have asked for much more in this area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay so well! We've worked very hard to beef up our wi-fi so it is more easily accessible, and are working to overcome those humps in the morning and evening when it seems everyone is on the wi-fi. I hope we have the opportunity to host you again in the future. Safe travels to you.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is well located, has a great movie room and kitchen is well stocked. Wifi can be really good but in peak times gets a bit ineffective. The building is clearly old and a little worse for wear, the odour wasn't ideal and places like window ledges where not clean. the staff where not very helpful, maybe even a tad preoccupied to help me out. However they did have a lot of good and helpful information in the lobby. Rooms where also of a good size and Lau dry machine good and cheap only a dollar for a load. Enjoyed my time in San Diego but not so much in the hostel.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thank you for your candor and taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate all feedback! Take care and safe travels.
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17 reviews
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This place is awesome !! Stay here anytime I'm in San Diego !!!!!

Awesome Movie room . Fantastic Kitchen . A ton of bathrooms . Great people working . Lots of beautiful people !

Right in the middle of gaslamp !! Blocks away to baseball stadium

  • Stayed August 2013
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norcalitaliana, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words! I hope we can host you for another weekend get-away or the next time your team is in town. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and safe travels.
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Property: 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 63 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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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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