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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


HI San Diego - Downtown

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

In the heart of the Gaslamp quarter, San Diego's classiest hostel offers everything a backpacker or business traveler could want. Our recently renovated urban hostel offers shared and private rooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, comfortable spaces to meet new friends, and a laid-back staff that aims to make your San Diego experience awesome.

Free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
24-hour front desk
Weekly free or cheap tours and activities
Game room featuring pool table and arcade games
Fully equipped guest kitchen and dining room
Free linens and towels
Bicycle parking
Luggage storage
and more!
Get the most out of your visit to our fair city by checking out our signature weekly events including meal outings, downtown and Balboa Park walking tours, pub-crawls, seasonal trips to the beach and more!

Getting here is easy – we’re walking distance from the Amtrak and Greyhound Station and easily accessible via public transportation from the airport or beyond.

IMPORTANT – Check-In/Reservation Policies:

***Please note*** - A 10.5% city tax will be charged in addition to the amount quoted to be paid upon arrival.

- Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

- A $4 Non-Member Fee will be added per night for guests who are not Hostelling International members. Memberships are available at front desk upon check in.

- Foreign travelers must show a valid foreign passport at check-in.

- United States citizens must show a valid state issued Identification Card or Driver's License with photo upon check in.

- We do not rent to residents of San Diego County.

- U.S. passports, Foreign Identification and Driver's Licenses, Military Identification and Student Identification cards are not accepted.

- Reservations must be cancelled by Midnight the day before check-in. Any cancellations or no-shows after this point will be charged for the first night of the intended stay. Deposits paid are non refundable.

- Guests under the age of 18 can only book private rooms.

- We have a maximum allotted stay of 14 nights in a 365 day period. Any bookings made for longer than this cannot be accepted. View House Rules


Our award-winning HI San Diego - Downtown has a relaxed urban vibe and loads of social spaces. First stop: have a go on the swings in reception (you're never too old)! We'll sort you out with a free breakfast and take you out on tours and trips like going to jam sessions in San Diego’s Hip-Hop community. There's also a games room where you can show off your pool skills or go old-school on our arcade games.



We're in the heart of the lively Gaslamp Quarter – San Diego's nightlife hub. As well as loads of bars (including rooftop ones), this historic neighbourhood is filled with art galleries, music halls and cafés that spill onto the streets for outdoor lunches. We're easy to find too: just a 16-minute walk from the Greyhound bus terminal and 20 minutes from the Amtrak stop. From San Diego Airport, catch the 992 bus for 16 minutes to Broadway and 6th, then walk for 6 minutes to our front door!

Rooms and Dorms

With high ceilings, air con and fans, all our rooms are spacious and cool – we do everything we can to keep you comfy while you snooze. Each room has storage lockers plus free, fresh sheets and towels too. As for room types, take your pick! Choose to stay in a mixed or female-only dorm, or in a private twin or double room. (Some private rooms and dorms have en-suites.)

Extras and activities

As well as the fun bits, we have a practical kitchen, dining room and laundry room – in case you need to wash those socks. Laze on bean bags in the lounge to chat or use our free Wi-Fi. Our front desk is open 24 hours (which helps when you're crossing time zones) and we can store your luggage for you. We've also got a handy ATM – when you've stocked up on dollars, hire bikes here for rides around the city parks. Afterwards you'll be glad of our elevator for weary legs!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    09 Jun 2019
    Wonderful stay At the downtown location and it was extremely centralized! It was only a short eight minute walk to work at the convention center the staff was extremely friendly and they even inform me about events every single day I even attended ice cream social and met a friend. I met some wonderful girls in my room. The rooms were clean every single day. I definitely enjoyed my stay here I love that I could go downstairs and grab a bite to eat and go right back up to my room! Brava HI SD!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    01 Jun 2019
    Wonderful stay. Professional help. Thank you for the stay
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    30 May 2019
    Super clean hostel, nice staff, really great location. The breakfast was bagels, oatmeal and random fruit, but for a hostel-- it was filling and good! We asked for an interior room and it was extremely quiet. The only weird thing was their 5-9pm alcohol policy, where they lock up your beers and wine and only give it to you during those hours.. and they only give you two at a time, and you have to go to the lobby to ask. For my friend and I who are 29 and 32... it felt awkward and a bit much.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    13 Jun 2019
    Everyone working there was amazing, super friendly and helpful. The best location too, in the middle of everything
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    26 May 2019
    Excellent hostel over all. Little expensive, but this place has absolutely everything you need and could ever want. Only drawback is that they have a quite restrictive alcohol policy that seems a little excessive and over the top, especially for the older adults. (Beer and wine can only be drank between 5pm and 9pm each day, no spirits, and all alcohol is locked away by the staff and can only be accessed on an hourly basis when your ask a staff member to unlock the fridge, 2 beers/hour)
    Ireland, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    17 Jun 2019
    Hostel was in a great location, right near busy night spots but still not too loud in the rooms themselves. Staff were super friendly and welcoming. My room and bed were clean and tidy and had plenty of space including lockers that could fit my whole bag. Had a nice common space with a pool table and spacious dining/kitchen area. The hostel was very quiet throughout my stay which detracted from the ambience/vibe somewhat but otherwise was an enjoyable stay!
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    24 May 2019
    Perfect location in the Gaslamp Quarter. I had a private room which was on a busy street with bars so it was noisy but the earplugs cut all the noise out. Staff were friendly and helpful. Would stay again.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 8.3


    15 Jun 2019
    Pros: Location can't be beat. If you want to stay right downtown in the main bar and club area then this is an awesome place. Very large hostel with plenty of hang out space. Didn't really feel like a party hostel though, but that probably depends on the current crowd. Cons: Hostel seemed a little strict and corporate. Also I got charged an extra night due to a policy that wasn't mentioned when I asked prior, and the last staff member I talked to was pretty unapologetic about the confusion.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    22 Jun 2019
    Walking distance to most of the attraction as well as restaurants. Very happening street so be prepared for the noises during night time even after midnight.
    Malaysia, Male, 31-40
  • 2.0


    14 Jun 2019
    If you are from San Diego they will not rent you a room... my driver license has my old address when I use to live in San Diego which I don't anymore I was just in town for a job interview and i told them if i lived here why would I be staying in a hostel?? And another dumb thing is they charge you extra for some online club you have to join so dumb
    USA, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table


  • 2016

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2010

    2nd, Hostel Chain

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