Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
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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 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

In 2021, Hostelling International became a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI), led by the UN Environment?Programme?(UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read about our commitments here

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, comfortable spaces to meet new friends, and a laid-back staff that aims to make your San Diego experience awesome.

Free Wi-Fi
Free Coffee & Tea
24-hour front desk
Self Guided tours and activities
Game room featuring pool table and arcade games
Free linens and towels
Bicycle parking
Luggage storage
and more!

Getting here is easy we are 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.

-Proof of vaccination against covid-19 is required at check-in.

- 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, and Student Identification cards (other than minors) are not accepted.

- Reservations must be cancelled by 3pm 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.

- We have a maximum allotted stay of 21 nights in a 365 day period. Any bookings made for longer than this cannot be accepted. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 Jul 2022
    Out of all of the hostels I've visited so far, in San Diego, HI has been the best overall! Easy checkin.. nonrigid policies... flexible and understanding.. very nice and reassuring!.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    02 Jul 2022
    Stay at this hostel if your desire is to vacation within close proximity to sites in Downtown San Diego. You may consider staying here and then staying at a hostel near the water if you do not have access to a vehicle. Public Transportation will exceed your expectations and is an adventure in of itself.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    29 Jun 2022
    I stayed at the HI Hostel for two days. I got there early before my room was ready and was able to drop my bags off and start exploring. They gave me a map and some tips on local transport. The room and rest of the facilities, including bathrooms, were clean. I felt very safe in the neighborhood and would stay there again.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    02 Jul 2022
    Perfect location in the Gaslamp Quarter (Party district). My one complaint is that it's highly difficult to charge your phone at night if you have a top bunk bed. There are very few power outlets in the rooms
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    11 Jul 2022
    The location is very good, right in the heart of the district with the restaurants and the bars. Could've used some more bathrooms. Quite a decent hostel overall.
    Finland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    03 Jul 2022
    i stayed one night at the hostel during 4th july weekend so there was a great atmosphere in the city! people in the hostel were friendly too. the communal areas are really great, nice sofas, books everywhere, a pool table and a big kitchen! the only downside was the shower, it was like a trickle! but perhaps i just chose a bad bathroom.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    25 Jul 2022
    Soulless but in a great location. The bunks are also pretty miserable for a dorm-style hostel.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9


    14 Jul 2022
    Elevator broken. Water turned off. Toilet in room broken. Staff was nice but felt like the place was falling apart around them. Location was good but SO loud. Not normal street noise, but banging of drums and yelling outside until 2am. If you’re going to party nearby I’m sure it’s great.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.3


    31 Jul 2022
    The hostel was like an elderly care home, me and my sister are in our 20s and we were the youngest people there. The beds were uncomfortable and the hostel was quite dirty. There was a lady in our 4 bed dorm who was coughing and sneezing all night. However, the location is very good and San Diego is a super cool place!
    England, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 2.6


    29 Jun 2022
    This is not a good hostel for young solo travelers. The location is great but this hostel does nothing to foster community among guests. Most of the staff members are rude and act like they can’t be bothered to help guests. They do have a large kitchen/dining space but they do not hold events or provide breakfast. Many guests are older 40+. I’ve stayed in ~30 different hostels, this was one of the dirtiest. Lights were constantly flickering and dorm aircon barely worked. Stay at Gaslamp Hostel.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • 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
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 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
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    2nd, Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 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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