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
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



My flight got in after 10pm and the front desk was staffed. Thank you. Although I placed in a full room. No problem, but I also drew the top bunk. Witch made it difficult to get in with out waking everyone in the room. A few unhappy folks. I apologized. but the damage was done, they were awake. I realize booking is first come first serve but it should be kept in mind late arrivels will wake the house trying to get in.


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Wed 25 Feb 2015

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Fri 18 Apr 2014

Attraction tip

Coronado Island, especially south of the Hotel Del Coronado. Silver Strand State Beach is beautiful and quiet.

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Fri 02 May 2014