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“Awesome hostel and atmospehere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego

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ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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“Awesome hostel and atmospehere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

Stayed one month and its such a cool place. The staff is superhelpful (even when moving out), its very clean (for being a hostel), they have free breakfast every day and dinner all the time and its just awesome. They even have a designated study room for students like me.

/Carl H

Room Tip: I did the 2person per room which seemed optimal given the different prices.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Internati0nalTravelr, Owner at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hey Carl,

Thanks for leaving such a kind review! We do appreciate you staying with us at our Zoo Hostel and are glad you are having fun! :)

Cheers,
Bobby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Friendly, Eager-To-Please Staff. Antique house, wildly painted. A lot of little places carved out to hang out in. Pretty comfortable and down-low for the location.

This place is definitely aimed at young people who want to meet others and hang in a homey environment. The staff plans guided activities for every day. There is a TV room, free computers for limited use in the lobby, a picnic table and patio outside, dining room and public kitchen. The staff provides free, stick-to-your-ribs type dishes for breakfast and dinner. Or you can gather ingredients ten blocks away and cook your own.

My stay coincided with a convention downtown which sold out most hotels. So the hostel was fully booked and straining at the seams. The staff said they are usually only about half full. Even so, everything seemed to work just fine, except the dining table overflowed at breakfast and they ran out of hot water in the mornings - as you might expect in such small digs.

My first experience with coed bathrooms and dorms. No problem. The bathroom downstairs is well designed for complete privacy and room to undress inside shower and toilet stalls.

Only a few blocks SE of Little Italy; seven blocks to a drugstore; ten blocks to the waterfront; ten blocks to the train station; 12 blocks to the gaslamp district; 12 blocks to the border of Balboa Park; 20 blocks to the convention center; 20 blocks to Seaport Village.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Thank PaulParks
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Internati0nalTravelr, Owner at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hi Paul,

We are glad to hear you had such a good time at our unique hostel!! Thanks for the kind review and we look forward to continuing to improve our operations!! :)

We do offer free ear plugs and encourage our travelers to take advantage of them if they are bothered by any noise. We have also added some extra helpers to make sure the hostel is spotless and tidy! We hope to see you next time you come down to San Diego!

Cheers,
Bobby
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Very laid back an inexpensive. I had an awesome stay and met a ton of interesting people from around the world. Located in the upscale Hillcrest area of San Diego. Parking can be a little tough if coming by car though, but there is a small paid lot nearby and street parking all around.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bobby D, Owner at ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Thanks for the great words about our hostel and we are glad you had such an amazing time! Our team is always working on improving the hostel, and we will use your advice to make our environment even more amazing!
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Additional Information about ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego

Property: ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego
Address: 3751 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4337
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 63 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the International Travelers House Zoo Hostel. Your destination if you are looking for the best experience and most comfortable rooms during your holidays in San Diego! We offer FREE continental breakfast and provide FREE pizza catered from an authentic local Italian restaurant for dinner 6 nights a week!! FREE daytime adventurous activities are offered daily including: surf trips, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, picnics, beach trips and more! Our night time activities show guests the local sides of the city and are designed to allow travelers to meet others and have fun! We are the closest hostel to the San Diego Zoo! Multiple male and female restrooms allows our guests to always have access to a hot shower! Our huge social lounge is equipped with a billiards table, art chalk walls, iPads, TV, Games, and plenty space for relaxing! The unique design of our zoo themed building provides guests with plenty of space for meeting people in our variety of common areas. FREE Internet is provided to all guests as well as having access to iPads! Our goal is to show you the ultimate experience and best time during your holidays. With this in mind we guide our guests on a variety or daytime adventures including: Surfing Trips, Beach Trips, FREE Sailing Tours, Nature Walks, Snorkeling Excursions, Local Happy Hours, Sightseeing Tours, Tijuana, Mexico Tours, Waterfall Hikes, Brewery Tours and More!Once the sun falls and the nighttime is here, we take our guests on the best social activities including: Pub Crawls, Club Nights, Local Restaurant Tours, Wine Tastings, Art Nights, Game Nights, Movie Nights and more! ... more   less 
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