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Hostelling International San Diego Downtown

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Reviewed 10 February 2013

My first room was on the street facing side......wayyyyy too much noise you get kept awake by the drunks and sirens/crosswalk talking i moved to an internal room which was much quieter.The rooms are fine not 5* hotel quality if thats what your after but the private ensuites were more than good.Location is 100% perfect for a good night out...

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us after your stay. As noted, we are a hostel and not a hotel, but our private rooms with en suites offer many of the same things one would come to expect from a hotel (blow dryers, mini fridge, AC units in the summer, etc.). We also recommend that guests...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 February 2013

I stayed here in November and found this hostel to be in a great location, right in the mist of things. My friend and I also had a private room which was quite clean and a decent size. The Hostel however didn't have a very good environment, not very social and not great to meet people which everyone likes to...

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

Thank you for your stay and taking the time to write a review! For better or for worse, all Hostelling International (HI) hostels in the United States do not currently allow alcohol (beer, wine, etc.). We definitely want people staying with us to have a good time, but it is our mission to promote and improve cultural understanding among the...

Los Angeles
Reviewed 28 January 2013

I was very skeptical about booking a hostel in San Diego, but this was a last-minute trip and I needed to stay within the Gaslamp District and had to be thrifty about it. I did my research and found that the HI in San Diego was a good and cheap choice so I went with that. I stayed on a...

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

I'm sorry that you were not able to partake more of our facility's offerings, but I'm always happy to help convert someone into a hosteller. I love that people are beginning to become aware that many hostels offer private rooms, and some even have en suite bathrooms (as written about here) to help accommodate different travel needs. Each HI facility...

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 9 January 2013

Went there for three days when we came back from a luxerious hotel in Vegas. Haven't expected such a crash in standard. First they wanted to give us a room with a loftbed really high up and the kind of AC they had was broken. Then we changed a better room, it had a queen sice bed for two tall...

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

Thank you for your stay with us and your candid review. Just to clarify a point: we only offer A/C in private rooms with en suite bathrooms; otherwise all rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and/or window fans. (This may have been the confusion over the A/C not working). Our goal is to offer affordable travel options for those travelling...

Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 3 January 2013

This is a place with perfect location, cheap and simple. Big advantage is the huge kitchen, with full equipment. The complimentary breakfast is great and there are several activities for guests during the week that we appreciated. The wi-fi is not very reliable however.

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

Thank you so much for your stay and clear, honest review. The Wi-Fi has long been a problem in this old building of ours. We have been beefing up our internet incrementally over the last two years, and will continue to do so in the upcoming Spring. In the meantime, connection strength does tend to be best in certain areas...

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Reviewed 7 December 2012

Great location. Close to the waterfront, great for transit, and close to grocery store nearby (Ralph's). Can be a bit noisy if room is facing the street, but such is the drawback of the great location. Included breakfast was nothing fancy, but very adequate and healthy to start the day off.

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

Thank you for your stay and taking the time to review us. We appreciate your feedback! Safe travels and a happy New Year to you.

hadley rille
Reviewed 25 November 2012

Right in middle of gas lamp district with lots of yuppie restaurants and bars.... Large hostel. Perfectly serviceable. No parking. Good value. Can walk to trolley stop. Can be noisy. Bring earplugs. Safe. A good hostel.

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

Thank you for the concise, and detailed review. We truly appreciate the business of someone as well traveled as yourself. We hope to see you again the next time you are in town. Thanks again!

Neuquen, Argentina
Reviewed 18 November 2012

The hostel is located at the heart of gas lamp quarter, a beautiful area in San Diego. The hostel is very comfortable, the kitchen is large enough for several people cooking and eating at the same time. The rooms were ok, although they haven't heavy curtains for blocking light in the morning. There are old restrooms that deserve maintenance and...

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

Thank you very much for the awesomeness that is this review. I appreciate the comments about our public bathrooms, and we are in the process of remodeling them now. So, hopefully the next time you stay with us, they will be as beautiful as bathrooms can be :). I really and truly appreciate the kindness you have expressed in your...

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 18 November 2012

The hostel itself has excellent facilities, tons of resources for travellers (coupons, discounts, and advice), an excellent location and tip-top staff. It's not the quietest place, but it shouldn't be - it's in the heart of San Diego.

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

Thank you for the review and the kind words within it. Street noise does tend to be the biggest downside to staying in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Things I recommend to combat this hassle are: call us before your stay and request a quiet room as soon as you can and we will do our best to accommodate,...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 November 2012

We were just arrived in San Diego without a plan , we've been so lucky to run into this beautiful hostel , clean , so cute and with a really nice staff! The room was perfect and the price really affordable! the breakfast was included and had everything , and the place is in the middle of downtown who is...

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

Awesome! I am so glad to hear that we were your oasis in San Diego. Thank you for the wonderful review. I hope that the next time you visit you choose us again. All the best.

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  • Breakfast included
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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: $58 - $244 (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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“Private rooms are available!”
 of 5 bubbles M7546NLkarens, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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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