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“Great place to stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of USA Hostels San Diego

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USA Hostels San Diego
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Hostel was very clean and had great facilities, the privacy pods made a significant difference when sleeping and the lockers and the selection of outlets made it very easy to rest and feel safe when leaving your stuff. Cool social activities to attend and the atmosphere was on point. Suitable for travellers or anyone looking for a place to stay while visiting. Was generally really great, just the reception blasting music late into the night got kind of annoying after a long day. Overall would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in San Diego.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

something about this hostel just gives it a really great atmosphere, shared mixed dorms, but the whole central part of the hostel / stairwell area is like a communal gathering space.. right in the middle of the Gaslamp area. would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone spending a few nights in san diego.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hull, UK
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We looked for places to stay in our San Diego stay and chose this place as it looked like a happy medium. We wanted a place in a nice location, had good ratings, some social activities, and a good nights sleep. This was exactly what we got and wouldn't recommend anywhere else.

The pricing of some of the night-outs were a bit strange when the bill came and the Hostel Rep totaled up who owed what.

I lost my phone during my stay at San Diego and the staff member on duty that night was very friendly and helpful in guiding me to numbers and everything I could do to try and get the phone back.

We wanted to extend our stay another night as our schedule allowed for it but we couldn't as they were already booked because of another conference. San Diego is big for conferences it seems. We ended up staying at RK Hostels for this extra night and it was terrible.

This Hostel is great and reasonably priced too. Great location, great staff and great amenities. Couldn't have asked for more.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

I stayed there for a night. Though, the atmosphere was very convivial and welcoming. You are right in the middle of Gaslamp, which is ideal if wanting to go out without having to pay cab fees.
Another caveat is that it is one remarkable Hostel compare to my past experiences in Europe. My first in the US. The difference is significant and in a very positive way. I hope you will enjoy your time there as much as I did. I certainly is worth your $.
Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Besides the small size of the hostel dorms this is a good value, clean and friendly hostel. The free pancake breakfast is well worth getting up for and it's location (in the gaslight quarter) cannot be beat. Would recommend this place to anyone I knew spending a few nights in San Diego.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rmhan3
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Leuven, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I first stayed here last year, and decided to book another few nights this year. As soon as I walked in I remembered why... This place is so wonderful! Really pretty, very homely yet international. Good beds as well, and you have a lot of privacy thanks to the "wall" with a personal light. They provide free linen and towels if you need one.

The hostel's location was ideal, right in the heart of Gaslamp District and within walking distance from virtually everything. The staff was very helpful too in giving directions or personal recommendations for bars etc. The rooms were decently sized with big lockers and enough space for your bag or suitcase. The privacy pods are amazingly convenient. The free breakfast was great with several kinds of bread and oatmeal and fresh fruit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Berlin, Germany
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

The USA Hostels chain is the hit ! I stayed here in June 2012 for 2 nights. I stayed in the usa hotels in Hollywood before, which I very much liked, so the decision where to stay was easy. When I arrived to check in, the staff asked me right away if I would come to Tijuana, Mexico with a bunch of people an hour after- I did and can only recommend it. One of the staff members was our tour guide for the mexican city, which is only about 20 minutes from the hostel. The hostel itself is located on an excellent spot in downtown san diego. You have acces to everything important within minutes of walking. Its very clean and theres a great atmosphere. I didnt like the staff too much tho, they were arrogant and more relaxed in terms of: I dont care about you or your problems. But anyhow, it was a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chaim S
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Property: USA Hostels San Diego
Address: 726 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Gaslamp
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 63 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — USA Hostels San Diego 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Diego's original backpacker hostel, located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter for 20 years. We're in the midst of the city's most popular bars and clubs. We offer the best value and most fun in hostel accommodations with daily breakfast, free and discounted activities, free wifi and more. Our staff are always happy provide insider tips on where to go, eat, etc. Our quirky decor in a historic 1880's walk up makes our hostel unique in many ways. All rooms are shared bath. Dorms feature 'privacy pods' with privacy screening, a light, shelf and outlet. ... more   less 
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