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HI - San Diego - Downtown

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

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Overall Rating 89%

From 22 Reviews

Hostel rating (22)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 86%
Location 94%
Security 93%
Service 91%
Comfort 81%
Green rating 89%

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 $33.00
  • Private
    From $91.00
10 or more people?
hi-san-diego-downtown

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

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • Additional tax of 10.5% is payable at check-in.
  • Ak stornovaní v 18 hodiny čas príchodu rezervácii na 1 alebo viac nocí sa bude účtovať pre 1 noc.
  • 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.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 4 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

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

Accessibility

  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Free
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

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

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-619-525 1531

Fax. 1-619-338 0129

sddowntown@hiusa.org

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

Reviews

Reviews

I had 3 issues: I was in bed 209-3, there was a light post right outside of the window next to the bed and the curtain was 3 inches too short so I had light in my face all night until I put a backpack on the windowsill to block it. Better possible soundproofing: There were very busy and loud nightclubs on the block and it is almost impossible to fall asleep before closing time. Breakfast only offered Soy nut butter instead of peanut butter and I have a soy allergy. This is minor since I had other options but I was making pb&j at the other 2 hostels I stayed at on this trip and it was how I was trying to get my protein.

93%

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Gary,

Tue 24 Sep 2019

We are sorry to read that your stay failed to meet expectation and hope that you give an opportunity in the future to make it better. If you want to discuss this matter further, please feel free to reach out to us directly.

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Durch die wummernden Bässe des Clubs auf der anderen Straßenseite kein Auge zu bekommen. Wer auch ein bisschen schlafen will, sollte nach einem anderen Hostel suchen.

63%

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David,

Thu 19 Sep 2019

Thank you for your review. We are located in a very lively neighborhood. If you choose to stay with us in the future, please feel free to reach out. We have quieter rooms located on the interior of the building.

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Nice location. Noisy in rooms facing street. Friendly staff. Less than other HI's for breakfast (needs improvement)- even consider room rate for better breakfast- would be a nice exchange.

100%

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Gerald,

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Thank you for the feedback, if you have any suggestions on how we should improve our breakfast please feel free to reach out directly. We are always looking for new ideas :)

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Tue 17 Sep 2019

No a/c in the rooms. One fan for 10 people is ridiculous. Travellers shouldn't have to extra for air conditioning.

67%

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Rob,

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Thank you for the feedback, we are currently working on getting AC into our 10 person dorms. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Fri 13 Sep 2019

Location

Location
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

Airport
8km San Diego International: Bus#992 to 5th & Broadway Aves.+4 blocks South on 5th to Market St.
Bus
2km Greyhound: Walk east on Broadway to 5th Av then 4 blocks south to Market Street.
Ferry/Boat
6km Cruise Ship Terminal.
Taxi
Taxis are bountiful in the Downtown area and at the airport.
Car
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.
Rail
3km Amtrak (Bayside trolley to Convention Center)Walk north on 5th Avenue.
Tram/Cablecar
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
Sustainability

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