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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 76 Reviews

Hostel rating (76)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 95%
Cleanliness 92%
Location 95%
Security 95%
Service 94%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 90%

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 €27.30
  • Private
    From €74.84
10 or more people?

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



Stayed her in Fed a 2nd time in a week, great location. a little disconnected between the wealthy and the poor in SD, but that's California. Avoid walking too from the Gas Lamp District as it goes downhill. Little Italy nice.


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Sun 24 Apr 2016

Excellente HI nous avons adoré !!! Très très bien située et accueillante Je la conseille +++ :D


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Mon 18 Apr 2016

Je vous remercie (: -HI Downtown San Diego

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Wed 20 Apr 2016

I stayed 7 nights in your hostel. Always same stuffs( bred and butter, Bred is too had not seems to be fresh) I have stayed in few other Hi hostel across the globe. Every were they make variety in break fast. If somebody stays for more than two days. it will become very bad experience like me. Try to include food varieties or at least change alternative days.


Avatar for Pramod


Mon 11 Apr 2016

Always same food for the breakfast ( bread and butter). Bread was very very dry. Should make some change in the menu (include veritites or change at least three or four times per week, include egg also). Please shuffle the fruits as well. I have stayed in many hi hostels, and they provide variety in breakfast. This counts for those who wants to stay more than two days, and look for better option.


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Sat 09 Apr 2016

I have always been pleased with the Hosteling International experience, and HI San Diego did not disappoint! I keep traveling with HI because it maintains a high-quality hostel experience, rather than descent into lax standards and the frat party feel that other hostels have. With HI San Diego, I was particularly impressed with the number of activities available, and the volunteer dinners. What a great comfort, even though I did not partake of the volunteer dinners as I had other dinner meetings


Avatar for Laura


Mon 04 Apr 2016

Thank you so much for your awesome feedback! We try to host several activities throughout the week to help our guests get to know each other, and the staff! We hope you think of us the next time you are in the area, and maybe you will even get to try some of our yummy vegetarian friendly dinners! All the best, HI-Downtown San Diego

Manager avatar


Wed 06 Apr 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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