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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 94%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 96%
Security 93%
Service 92%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 89%

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  • Dorm
    From €26.64
  • Private
    From €79.00
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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

  • 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



Location is awesome. Close to public transport and grocery stores. Four blocks each way you can find a Ralphs and Grocery Outlet. Lots bars ane restaurants around the was facing the street so a little loud at night. In extended my stay after two days because there is so much to do here. The daily activites are great the Balboa burger and park tour is great Joseph is a great tour guide with lots of information about the place. Wifi available all ovet the hostel..


Avatar for Khazeena


Fri 21 Oct 2016

I very much enjoyed the modern decor and overall style of this HI and the abundance of art and amenities offered. Staff was super friendly/helpful and the location was even more convenient than I was expecting it to be. I also appreciated that it wasn't one of those party hostels that are loud and full of drunks...I met nice and interesting people of all different ages and backgrounds and I had quality sleep during my stay. I would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to others.


Avatar for Michelle


Tue 18 Oct 2016

Me pareció todo excelente, muy buen servicio de todos los que me atendieron. Únicamente que debería haber más contactos para conexión y mejorar el wifi


Avatar for María Fernanda

María Fernanda,

Tue 18 Oct 2016

I loved the people who work there from the reception to the housekeepers one of them very friendly called Gloria. Great location, across from most of the sport bars. There are no free parking spots but if you do not mind walking from market to the 19th you will find all the streets without parking meters or parking sings. Also has a pretty good breakfast.


Avatar for Gianinna


Tue 18 Oct 2016


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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