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HI - San Diego - Downtown

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

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Overall Rating 92%

From 99 Reviews

Hostel rating (99)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 96%
Security 92%
Service 91%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 88%

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 €28.98
  • Private
    From €79.47
10 or more people?
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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

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

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

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

Very pleasant and receptive atmosphere. Good job!

93%

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Wayne,

Fri 13 Jan 2017

Thank you for the review! :-)

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SDC,

Sun 15 Jan 2017

Always nice to stay here. I am sure to come again.

100%

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Amber,

Wed 11 Jan 2017

Thank you for the review! We look forward to seeing you in the future!

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SDC,

Fri 13 Jan 2017

There should be an option better than very good. Best hostel we stayed in. We initially in room directly above cigar lounge. Room was immaculate but had a lingering stale cigar smell. Not pleasant. Soon as we pointed it out the staff moved us to a room on opposite side of hostel without any hassle. Also got an upgrade. We were very thankful. I have stayed at another hostel close by years ago and HI out does them by far. The kitchen is amazing and immaculately clean and well stocked.

100%

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Nicole,

Sun 08 Jan 2017

Thank you for the feedback!! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay even though it started with a little hiccup. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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SDC,

Tue 10 Jan 2017

Great location. Loved: looking out the dining room window and people watching, all the breakout seating spaces, including reading and games areas, the pool table, the free internet computers, the loan transit cards at reception, atttraction ticket availability, an ATM, a post box. The air conditioning in our room worked. The breakfast was nice. The Houston bed room with private bathroom was very comfortable and the upper bunk was solid enough for our teenager.

100%

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Joy,

Wed 04 Jan 2017

Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear you had a great time in our facility. Come back and visit us anytime. Happy adventures where ever you end up next (: Best, HI-San Diego Downtown

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SDC,

Fri 06 Jan 2017

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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