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HI - San Luis Obispo

1617 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, California, CA 93401, United States

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Overall Rating 85%

From 24 Reviews

Hostel rating (24)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 81%
Location 92%
Security 85%
Service 85%
Comfort 78%
Green rating 84%

We are located in a charming Victorian house that provides many of the same amenities that you would find in your own home.

  • Dorm
    From €27.65
  • Private
    From €63.32
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San Luis Obispo Hostel

Hostel San Luis Obispo

Welcome to our hostel

San Luis Obispo is a charming, friendly hostel, located in a sunny, welcoming college town on California's Central Coast, and is a convenient stay midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, just 12 miles to the beach.

This hostel has a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge with fireplace, piano, guitar, board games, and outdoor garden patio with BBQ.

San Luis Obispo features many cafes, theatres and coffee houses offering live entertainment almost every night. While staying at Hostel Obispo, you can explore tide pools at Montaña de Oro, bird watch at Morro Bay, rent kayaks at Shell Beach, hike the many hills and canyons surrounding the hostel, go surfing at one of the four beaches in the county, or bike along the coastline. For an indoor experience, you might attend a concert at the Performing Arts Centre or visit Hearst Castle which is 45 minutes away.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • 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.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Car parking nearby - At or next to the hostel
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 11:00
From 16:30 to 22:00
From 16:30 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1.805.544.4678

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • San Luis Obispo Mission and Downtown Area (500m to 1km)
  • Bishop Peak and Cerro San Luis Peak (2 to 3km)
  • Hearst Castle (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



- Second night I was there, there was a very loud/drunk guest who had a loud conversation downstairs until 3:30am. Staff didn't wake up (despite being downstairs) and I wasn't aware that we could wake them up if there was a problem. Kept numerous people up. - Lots of black mold in upstairs shower. - Mattresses were absolutely horrible. - Fridge had a gross smell. - Breakfast was included in online rate, but was asked for a donation. - Staff were friendly, but there were SO many long-term guests.


Avatar for Elizabeth


Thu 19 May 2016

This was my first visit to Hostel Obispo, and I really enjoyed staying there! All the volunteers were interesting, helpful, and all-around beautiful people that I am grateful to have met. I love the sense of community, the large family-style pancake breakfast, and the location of the hostel. I will highly recommend it to others. The only recommendation I have for improvement is to try to increase ventilation to reduce the moisture in the bathrooms upstairs.


Avatar for Chris


Mon 02 May 2016

I liked the building as is, but I guess it could be made even more beautiful and authentic? Have a big pot of earplugs at the ready for people sleeping in dorms. There is always someone who snores, which might even be me at times...


Avatar for Elke


Thu 28 Apr 2016

The kitchen and the bathrooms were a little on the dirty side with mold and weird smells but otherwise very clean and friendly. I appreciated the suggestion of different hiking options nearby and went on the shorter suggested walk to the little hill across the railroad tracks with a view of the city. This hostel in particular had staff that worked to talk with the guests and get the guests talking to each other and it was just a good time.


Avatar for Christian


Fri 04 Mar 2016

I loved my recent stay at the Hostel Obispo. Just the kind of place, I was looking for, not too loud but an opportunity to meet new people, that's what hostels are for. I loved it. Calm, peaceful, great people. The staff Ken, Theresa, Kaylee, Mitch everybody is great. Would come to SLO again, just to stay at this Hostel. It's like a home away from home.


Avatar for Uday


Tue 05 Jan 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

About 3 miles from San Luis Airport. 200 miles from Los Angeles or San Francisco airports.
Amtrak train/bus station located one block away from Hostel.
Alternate Transport
From San Francisco: Take US-101 South. Take the exit toward SANTA ROSA ST in San Luis Obispo. Turn RIGHT onto CA-1/ SANTA ROSA ST. Continue to follow SANTA ROSA ST. End at 1617 Santa Rosa St on right. From Monterey/Santa Cruz/Cambria: Hwy. 1 South becomes Santa Rosa St. as you enter San Luis Obispo. End at 1617 Santa Rosa St on right. From L.A.: Take US-101 North. Take the MARSH ST exit, EXIT 202A. Proceed Straight on MARSH ST. Turn RIGHT onto SANTA ROSA ST. End at 1617 Santa Rosa St on right., We have limited parking available behind the hostel, and there is street parking which is free, safe, and available 24/7.
Limited onsite parking. Free, safe street parking.
Amtrak is located one block away. Walk North on Santa Rosa for one block. We are on the left at 1617 Santa Rosa St.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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