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Downtown River Hostel Reviews

San Martin 2, San Sebastian, Spain

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333 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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Great hostel, clean, comfortable beds. NO PRINTERS though :(


Small hostel with just the kitchen as a common area, which is nice because everyone socialises, but there's also nowhere else to go and it closes at 11pm. Most of the staff were friendly.


Cosy hostel and great staff. The size and layout of the hostel make it very easy to get to know other travellers which made it a really friendly place. The beds are not great but okay for a few nights.


Smaller cozy hostel. Communal space is small but forces people to interact which is a good thing. Walks and dinners they put on were good, I just think 15 euro was a bit steep for the walk. Really enjoyed my stay and would recommend and return.


Very nice staff, I was really welcomed there and by the time I left felt I made some new friends. Both Mario and Linda were very helpful and friendly. Paella and sangria night was a great way to meet other people staying there. Wonderful hike, too. You have to pay extra for both, but they're worth it. Clean bathrooms and kitchen. Room was good size with locker. Other guests were considerate when arriving late.


great hostel, staff made an amazing paella and free sangria for 6 euro. great location, the kitchen is the only common room.


Small hostel but was clean and tidy, only thing it's missing is a bigger chill out area, staff are awesome and they can help with what ever u need


staff were great, location was great, beds were awful.


Really good location, only spent the night there but would stay again.


The staff were very friendly here which almost made up for the lack of sleep you get. Lucky they provide you with free ear plugs! If you want to hang out with Aussie surfie stereotypes straight out of Puberty Blues, this place is for you. 🏄🏼


It's a short walk to all you need, bathrooms are kept really clean, kitchen is well equipped and the staff are lovely and incredibly informative. Rooms were good, with powerpoints beside every bed which is always bonus. Great hostel with good vibes, would definitely stay again!


All the facilities you need, but too small a common room to make it really cosy. Clean, fair WiFi and beds that are a little too hard. Very nice girl at the counter. Very secure.


Good atmosphere. I enjoyed my stay here. Easy to meet other people. Paella night was very good, I recommend. A little more space and privacy in some of the shower cabins might be nice. But nice and chill place.


The Pealla nights were awsome and really cheap. The kitchen area was really clean and brought everyone together, overall good place and id recommend

  • 27th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Downtown is a simple hostel with small rooms and basic facilities. It is in a good location - 5 minutes walk to old town and the beach, and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The beds are not great but that is what to expect from a hostel. I would love to stay here again - San Sebastián is fantastic and this hostel made it easy to enjoy my time.


It was great that when we arrived we were able to join the group going to old town and meet everyone right off the bat.


This place was pretty good! The windows downstairs don't open, so prepare to suffocate from the stench of 8 other people. And if you open the door, all you hear is a whining and squeaking dryer and washer that doesn't stop. The kitchen was awesome and the paella and hikes the hostel offers are amazing!


Really great, modern hostel. Very friendly staff who are always willing to help out. Dorms were comfortable but floors were a bit dirty. Plus it would be great to have more than one sink when there's 4 amenities sharing it. Kitchen was spacious and was always clean. The price was also much cheaper than anything we could find.


This hostel is recommendable: rooms are clean,, big kitchen, big showers, staff is very friendly and great atmosphere. They offer daytrips and have great events, such as paella night etc. Unfortunately I couldnt participate cause I had to study for an exam which I passed ;) I will definately come back.


The website's description is nothing like what is provided in the hostel. It says that there are reading lights on all beds, this is incorrect. There is also not a lot of space in some of the rooms so you are constantly walking over other people's belongings and the Aussie guy on reception was a bit of an idiot.

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