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HI - San Diego - Downtown Hostel Reviews

521 Market St, CA 92101, San Diego, USA

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561 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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A big hostel in a central location in the trendy Gaslamp District, where you probably can't afford anything. The nearest trolley station is about five blocks away. Served my lodging needs well. Only drawback is an apparently lack of air conditioning. Rooms can be hot in the summer, and some of my fellow travelers had trouble sleeping.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review, and your business. We currently have A/C in all of our private rooms with private bathrooms, which makes us one of the only hostels in San Diego to even offer rooms with AC. We will also be replacing most of our ceiling fans before summer, which should help, and adding more AC's in here and there. We really appreciate you bringing this up and we hope to see you again soon. All the best. -HI San Diego Downtown


overall a really great place, I stayed 3 nights and when I had to return to downtown SD a few days after I stayed there again. Unbeatable downtown location, very clean, great facilities (the kitchen is rediculous!). Very quiet, but all downtown bars are at your doorstep if you're looking for a party.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review! We are glad that you decided to stay with us, and also glad to hear that you had a good time. We hope to see you again soon. HI San Diego Downtown


This is a great hostel. I was very impressed by the size of the dorm room and common spaces. Quite clean too. Friendly staff. In the Gaslamp district.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a bunch for the great review. We are in the midst of making all sorts of improvements at our hostel, so come back soon and see how great it all works out! Thanks again. -HI San Diego Downtown


It's strange that the fee paid is different than the marked price on net. My friends and I are so confused about it.

  • 18th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. We apologize for the confusion regarding our rates. The confusion could be caused by one of two things. One, upon arrival we charge the mandatory 12.5% city taxes, or two, upon arrival all non-members of Hostelling International are required to pay a $3 per person per night daily membership fee. We do our best to have this notated on all of our websites and confirmation emails, and this will be the case for most HI hostels you stay at in the US. Thanks again!


Quiet room, clean towels and a simple breakfast was included. Had nothing to complain about, everything was good. In great location too!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Great to hear! Glad that you enjoyed your self in our classy city. Hope to see you next time. -HI San Diego Downtown


Construction working caused some noise as well as strong smell of paint and varnish. Excellent staff who where very helpful. Good breakfast.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review! We are in the process of remodeling a bit for the summer months. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you come back in the future to see the finished product! Thanks again. -HI San Diego Downtown


Great location, great staff, nice amenities

  • 28th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Great review! Thank you so much, we truly appreciate it. All the best and see you next time. -HI San Diego Downtown

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