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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 91 Reviews

Hostel rating (91)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 89%
Location 96%
Security 91%
Service 91%
Comfort 84%
Green rating 87%

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 €29.29
  • Private
    From €85.03
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



This hostel is very clean and the stuff is very friendly. My only complaint is that breakfast is served between 8am and 10am...I think it would be helpful if it started a little earlier (maybe at 7am)


Avatar for Nicla


Fri 17 Feb 2017

Thank you for your review. We apologize about the breakfast. We will bring this up in our next staff meeting and see if this is something that will be beneficial to both the guest and staff. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay with us and hope to see you again in the future. All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego

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Sun 19 Feb 2017

I found out that I had paid CHARGE / FEE TWICE. First was when I was charged $17.52 when I made the reservation & the 2nd time was when I actually paid for my 7 days stay -$183.49, Wasn't aware that was a SUPPOSEDLY 3rd party. I can honestly say I was misled and I am sure other guests feel the same.. I have been booking staying at only hostelling international locations throughout the United States for 20 years, and today I found this disheartening fact. .


Avatar for Remigio


Tue 14 Feb 2017

Great atmosphere, building and location. FYI there were a couple small cockroaches in the room. The mattress was not that comfortable. Overall though I enjoyed my stay and will come again.


Avatar for Paul


Mon 06 Feb 2017

Hello, Thank you for being a guest! We appreciate your review and will be contacting you directly to address the roach situation. This is something we want to take care of immediately. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay with us. Happy adventures where ever you may end up next. All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego

Manager avatar


Wed 08 Feb 2017

I only give Comfort a Fair rating, since I spent a night on the street near the bar next door. This area was FAIRLY loud at night. However, they did provide disposable ear plugs which I thought was a very thoughtful touch, so I think they're aware of the issue. Noise wasn't a super big issue once the place closed up, and rest assured I had enough rest.


Avatar for Louie


Sun 05 Feb 2017

Thank you for your review. You are absolutely correct-- the noise can sometimes be a factor. The fun part of being in Downtown is the walk-ability to all of the nightlife, but it can create a bit of noise in the late evening. In the future please feel free to ask for a quieter room, if available, and of course help yourself to as many free ear plugs as you would like (:

Manager avatar


Tue 07 Feb 2017


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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