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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 24 Reviews

Hostel rating (24)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 96%
Security 93%
Service 92%
Comfort 85%
Green rating 91%

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 $32.50
  • Private
    From $91.00
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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

  • Additional tax of 10.5% is payable at check-in.
  • 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



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
  • 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

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 is my third stay at a HI HOSTEL, the first in Boston’s, the second San Francisco, and no San Diego. I've traveled a lot over the years, but seldom have I enjoyed accommodations more. The places are quirky, this one filled with art, comfortable, clean, and located in interesting areas. But the two things in enjoy the most are meeting fellow travelers from all over the world and across generations and the staff. I marvel at the great staff in each. In San Diego as in the others, the staff were welcoming, extremely helpful, as pleasant as is possible! They are just great! I marvel at the quality of the staff and their good humor! They make the trip! Now in my elder years, HI Hostel has made a bit of travel economically possible for me. The surprise is how much fun they contribute to the journey!


Avatar for Kevin


Sat 18 May 2019

Great location, friendly's an older building and fun, loud crowd, especially on the weekend...….just such an older building that there are few power plugs for phones and laptops, so bring a 3 way plug and a extension cord...….breakfast is nice.....just a great location, walking distance to everything.....I took the train to san Diego, so I just walked the .8 mile with my rolling luggage to the location.


Avatar for Dennis


Thu 02 May 2019

Thank you for the review. We are glad you had a good stay.

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Sat 04 May 2019

Great location. Very expensive and room smelled musty. Staff were great.


Avatar for Krista


Wed 17 Apr 2019

Thank you for the review. We'll look into the smell of the room. If you stay with us again, please feel free to communicate that with us as soon as possible. We always want our guests to have a comfortable stay.

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HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Fri 19 Apr 2019

My linens were very old and had stains. I felt itchy and the guys at the front desk said it was because the bed sheets were new... and believe me, they were old. I don't think they wash the comforter. My mattress cover had white spots all over, it was VERY disgusting I'm very sad this happened at a HI hostel as I always book with you.


Avatar for Susana


Mon 08 Apr 2019

Hello, we are sad to hear that your stay was not up to our standards. We wash our comforters and lines after each guest stay. We hope you give us a chance and stay with us again in the future, so we can give you the stay we hope all our guests have.

Manager avatar

HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Wed 10 Apr 2019


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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