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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 79 Reviews

Hostel rating (79)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 94%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 96%
Security 93%
Service 93%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 89%

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 $36.00
  • Private
    From $91.00
10 or more people?
hi-san-diego-downtown

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.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax of 10.5% is payable at check-in.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • 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

Location is superb! Free ear plugs were a blessing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

93%

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Jim,

Mon 11 Dec 2017

Overall, good but I noticed a number of things that were not well taken care of since it was a slow time. For example, the coffee- every single day, and I was there 6 days altogether- was old and gross. Also, the kitchen sponges were nasty and it was hard to do dishes-they clearly hadn’t been replaced in days. Also- Ladies who work in the kitchen in the morning are VERY annoying and loud. There should also be more pillows and blankets without feathers for people who are allergic, like me.

100%

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Amber,

Sat 02 Dec 2017

This Hostel is right in the center of Downtown, which is amazing. However, some rooms are close to the streets and it can be loud. Despite that I slept really well. You can also ask for a room that is not on the street.

97%

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Lukas,

Fri 01 Dec 2017

Great location. Steps away from gas lamp quarters. Can be particularly loud due to location but very convenient to get around

93%

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Kevin,

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Dishwashing situation was not great. I kept picking up things off the shelves that were dirty/sticky, and it was also hard to wash dishes properly. When I was there, the only dish sponges available were filthy and unusable. Please put small lights in rooms- when it's a choice between a bright overhead light and no light/using flashlights- kind of frustrating. Small reading lights next to the beds would make a big difference. Otherwise, great and I will stay here again and recommend.

97%

Avatar for Amber

Amber,

Sun 26 Nov 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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