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HI - San Diego - Downtown

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

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Overall Rating 93%

From 73 Reviews

Hostel rating (73)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 96%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 97%
Security 94%
Service 94%
Comfort 86%
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 $36.50
  • 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.
  • 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 3 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 - 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

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

My stay was awesome from the minute I was helped at check in to the cheery goodbye. Your staff are wonderful! The posole soup was an added bonus - hats off to the chef!!! Only suggestion I have is to add more fans in the women’s dorm- it was very stuffy and humid.

100%

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Sylvia,

Wed 09 May 2018

All the staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful! My biggest issue was with the street noise. Especially on the weekend nights, the noise & music from the clubs nearby was loud enough that it made sleep difficult. I doubt that is something that is easily fixed, but it is loud enough that with the air conditioner running on high and ear plugs in, I could still hear everything. If there's anyway to improve sound bleedover, that would make this an ideal place to stay in San Diego!

97%

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Rebekah,

Wed 02 May 2018

Overall, it was great to stay in this hostel: easy to access attractions on foot and taking buses or trolley (less than ~8 min walk to reach bus stops and trolley stations). Staffs were so friendly and nice! Only drawback is, it is very noisy at night since this hostel is located in downtown. However, I highly recommend this hostel to everyone :)

93%

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Heowwon,

Tue 01 May 2018

I liked the fact that the hostel is located in the heart of Downtown. Everything is walking distance and literally convenient for folks that are not familiar with the place. The art around the hostel was amazing as well. I would suggest to improve some of the restrooms, change the dirty shower curtains (some of the bathrooms had curtains that were brown and dirty), and also add lamps to the bunk beds. The staff was friendly with any questions I had or any change I needed to take the bus.

87%

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Yvonne,

Tue 24 Apr 2018

Everything was great at the hostel but I didn’t catch a hint of old cigarette smoke in and immediately around our room. As someone who’s sensitive to cigarette smoke and cigarette smoke that has been absorbed into materials, I did notice this.

93%

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Walt,

Wed 11 Apr 2018

Thank you for the feedback, we will be looking into this

Manager avatar

HI - San Diego Downtown Hostel, Staff

Fri 13 Apr 2018

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

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