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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 84%

From 16 Reviews

Hostel rating (16)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 75%
Location 90%
Security 85%
Service 86%
Comfort 78%
Green rating 78%

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 €24.38
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San Luis Obispo Hostel

Hostel San Luis Obispo

Hostelling International

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 time here. The city was working on the sidewalks and at 7 am jackhammers were waking up everyone. No fault of the hostel. Bunk beds are noisy as are metal cabinets in the middle of the night.


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Wed 10 Aug 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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