Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, is located in the historic heart of San Diego, in the lively Gaslamp Quarter which plays host to some of the city's finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, shops and theatres. Its 10-15 minutes by taxi or bus from the airport and within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center and the Amtrak and Greyhound stations.

The hostel offers a range of dorm and private rooms, there’s free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea plus the Tempur-Pedic® mattresses the hostel uses were rated most comfortable out of all HI hostels in the USA.

HI San Diego Downtown hostel is a short bus or car ride away from the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and some of America’s finest beaches. The hostel organises free tours, movie/video/game nights, happy hours, pub-crawls and a quarterly 'Hostel Takeover' event with local art, live music and food.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Partying
  • Socialising
  • Food-lovers

Green rating



My room, 302, faced the alley with garbage dumpster. On one day in particular the entire room smelled of garbage for hours. It was gross. The ac (window unit) was not placed in a good spot. At night I close the curtains (behind the bed) because I prefer a darker room to sleep in. However, the ac would blow on the curtains and the air did not circulate well so the room would get hot.


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Fri 20 Mar 2015

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Nightlife & entertainment tip

patricks on F street between 5th and 4th ave has GREAT live music every night

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Tue 25 Nov 2014

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Fri 18 Apr 2014