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HI - San Diego - Downtown

521 Market St, San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 108 Reviews

Hostel rating (108)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 95%
Security 92%
Service 92%
Comfort 85%
Green rating 88%

Location, location, location! We are the most centrally located hostel in San Diego, with a super friendly staff and a great list of freebies! Breakfast, Game room, memory foam mattresses, and more!

  • Dorm
    From €31.86
  • Private
    From €86.27
10 or more people?

San Diego Hostel

Hostel San Diego

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-619-525 1531

Fax. 1-619-338 0129

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Balboa Park (3 to 5km)
  • San Diego Zoo (3 to 5km)
  • Sea World (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Great location, but w/window open over street withp arties till about 3:30/4am, tough to get to get any sleep. Then, some inconsiderate 'jerks' coming in very late, slamming the door, & turning on the overhead bright ceiling fan 3 lights. Front door to 8 bed dorm could use some WD-40 as the 'squeaking' was continuous with all the traffic. Next time I'll bring a combo lock to secure my items, increasing my 'security' while away from the room.


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Mon 22 Aug 2016

Thank you so much for staying with us in Downtown San Diego! We apologize about your circumstance in the dorm. In the future, please come down to the front desk and we would be more than happy to offer you some complementary ear plugs, or even speak with some people who are might be inconsiderate. We want everyone to be as comfortable as possible with us. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay with us and happy adventures to you where ever you may end up next. All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego

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Wed 24 Aug 2016

Breakfast should not be called like that, is better to say not included because it la like nothing.


Avatar for Nestor


Sat 20 Aug 2016

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you were able to stay with us in San Diego. We apologize that you did not enjoy our breakfast. We recently were told by health inspectors that we cannot have any foods other than prepackaged shelf-stable foods, so we were making some changes to our menu recently. We now serve different varieties of hot cereal, bagels, granola bars, peanut butter, jams, coffee, teas, and juices. We are always open to new suggestions to help us spruce up the menu, if you can think of anything that fits those guidelines we would love to hear it! Thank you again for staying with us and taking the time to give us some great feedback. Best, HI-Downtown San Diego

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Mon 22 Aug 2016

As a keen pool player, I loved the classy pool table and well maintained cues and equipment. My trip was a mix of work and play. Work was difficult here, because there are no tables and chairs outside of the kitchen. I wondered if a single square table with power might be added in the middle of the open area on Level 3 near the stairwell. Not a big issue. This is a fun hostel.


Avatar for Annie


Tue 16 Aug 2016

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you were able to relax a little while on your business trip. Hopefully we can see you again in the near future. Until then, safe travels and happy adventures where ever you may end up next. Best, HI-Downtown San Diego

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Thu 18 Aug 2016

Cooles und schönes Hostel in Bestlage. Nur das Frühstück war eigentlich kein Frühstück.


Avatar for Michael


Sat 13 Aug 2016

Vielen Dank (: HI-Downtown San Diego

Manager avatar


Mon 15 Aug 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (500m to 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • Distance to National / State park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Wooded area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

8km San Diego International: Bus#992 to 5th & Broadway Aves.+4 blocks South on 5th to Market St.
2km Greyhound: Walk east on Broadway to 5th Av then 4 blocks south to Market Street.
6km Cruise Ship Terminal.
Taxis are bountiful in the Downtown area and at the airport.
Meter Parking is free from 8:00pm to 10:00am and all day Sundays. Central Parking (7th Ave & Market St.): $8 for 10 hours $15-$22 for 24 hours.
3km Amtrak (Bayside trolley to Convention Center)Walk north on 5th Avenue.
San Diego Trolley - Nearest Stop is 5th Ave & C St. Walk 5 blocks South on 5th Ave to Market St.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Cycling
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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