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



Very Nice Location. I came after work on a Friday to San Diego for a 50 mile Bike Ride Early on Saturday. Sometimes I come to San Diego for other Reasons. But, they need Air Condition so that we can Close the Windows. This is on the busy Gass Lamp with lots of Clubs blasting Music, People Yelling, Cars playing music. I think that Cool, I like to party too. But, you need to keep the building more Sound Proof. Sometimes I don't come to party.


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Fri 22 May 2015

Excellent location, friendly staff, enjoyable stay. I realize it's an old building, but more convenient power outlets in the room would be good. The private bathrooms are nice, but the lighting is mediocre--with just one ceiling light, the mirror at the sink is pretty dark.


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Thu 07 May 2015

Travel tips...

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

Nightlife & entertainment tip

Right next to the gaslamp district... Ton of different choices

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Sat 18 Apr 2015