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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this hostel. The staff was great. The kitchen was great. The people were great. The rooms where great. The wifi was pretty good. It was clean and had an elevator. Also had a big selection of tour options or ideas on where to visit.

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for all your kind words! We love to read reviews like yours. Enjoy the rest of your travels and visit us again soon! More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights and chose it for the central location. I was able to book a private double room with en suite bathroom. The room was basic but comfortable and clean and a decent size. There was no view but that was fine. The room also had a fridge and hair dryer. A kitchen and dining area... More 

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Florence, Oregon
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I reserved weeks ahead, cancelled the first night with no problems. The price was the lowest I've paid in the U.S. in ANY location in years, a third what the lowest competitor charged. It's not "private." You may share a Spartan room upstairs with three other guests, making your own bunk bed with linens provided. There's an elevator. Though in... More 

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We really appreciate the feedback. We do have rooms that are completely private similar to hotel rooms. I think there may have been some confusion and a dorm bed was booked. I'm glad to hear you had a great stay overall though. Visit us again soon! More 

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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great hostel right in the centre of the Gaslamp district. Rooms are clean and modern and the shared facilities are quite spacious. The staff are fantastic too, with loads of knowledge on things to do!

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! Come back and visit us again soon. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main advantage of this place is its location in the heart of Gaslamp. In itself, the hostel is okay. Positive points: - Very cleaned places - A breakfast more than correct Negative points: - No stairs, you have to take the elevator. - I was welcomed by a guy who didn't really seem to know what to do. Not... More 

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and I'm sorry to hear that your stay was anything less than amazing. If you stay with us again in the future, please let us know immediately if there is anything wrong with your room and we will try to rectify the issue. We want all of our guests to enjoy their stays. If you... More 

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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Reasons below why this hostel is diabolical: 1. Told that the parking bay outside was for 20 min loading by staff, it was 3 mins so got parking ticket ! 2. Breakfast is a dry bagel with jam !!!! I.e. Not breakfast 3. No social at all, it was like trying to get blood out of a stone talking to... More 

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your candor and I'm sorry that we seemed to have missed the mark with your stay. Let me apologize again for the parking ticket, we hope the refund we issued you at the time of the incident, in the amount of the ticket, helped. Thank you for the feedback on our breakfast; we currently get the bagels... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I stayed in this hostel for five nights when I came over to San Diego for a conference. It's very close to the conference venue (10 minutes walk) and in a fun party venue. I shared a twin (bunk bed) room with my colleague. There are shared bathrooms (lots of them) and a shared kitchen. Everything was very clean, safe... More 

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Awesome and cheap! This hostel was in the heart of Gas Lamp district, which has a great nightlife and is close to the ocean. We check-in with a private room with a private bathroom. Remember this is a hostel, so there wasn't a tv in the room, but the location was worth it.

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Judith_AGM, Manager at Hostelling International San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

We really appreciate the review! We are glad you had a great stay. We hope to see you again soon! More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Stayed here last week and was really disappointed. Do not get me wrong the location is fantastic, right on the gaslight district but everything else was a huge disappointment. The whole mantra of hostel international is to make travelling easy and affordable but this place was highly overpriced. I have stayed at the downtown location in Boston before and it... More 

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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a well-intentioned hostel - the staff is excellent - but there are some serious problems. There's no air conditioning in the rooms, and San Diego gets warm in the summer. It's located right in the middle of the party neighborhood & many rooms are directly over the street and bars. Because there's no AC you have to keep... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We’re here to help you with the most central and accessible hostel in San Diego. Let our award winning staff ensure you receive the most comfortable and enjoyable hostel stay you’ve ever had. We offer a myriad of free tours and activities, and all of our beds are Tempur-Pedic mattresses. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

Address: 521 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $65 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International San Diego Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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“Get a room away from the street or do NOT stay here. You won't be able to sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles E9939AXkarenl, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Don't be shy about asking for a private room if you are traveling with family”
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“Premium rooms are at the back of the building away from the street noise.”
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