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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 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 Wi-Fi
24-hour front desk
Self Guided 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 9.0

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    06 Mar 2020
    Couldn't ask for a better hostel! Very social staff, and guests. Great club crawl, probably my favorite in the US so far. The rooms were very private and clean. Low noise at night makes it easy to sleep.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 Feb 2020
    Nice place to stay in downtown San Diego. Shared bathrooms, but nice kitchen and lounge area plus fast wifi.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    23 Feb 2020
    I only stayed one day and it was amazing. I arrived a couple hours before check in, so the staff safely secured my bag. I was free to walk around downtown and explore the city. The staff was extremely kind and helpful. This was my first hostel stay ever and I would definitely recommend this hostel.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    20 Feb 2020
    This was my second stay and it was as wonderful as the first. The staff was friendly and very helpful. They shared my excitement for my reason for staying. The room was clean and comfortable, and I especially appreciated the towels and linens. My only issue was that the bathroom facilities were inadequate for this many people. Breakfast was plentiful and lovely. Meeting interesting people was definitely a highlight. My 1 regret was not having time to participate in the many activities offered.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    04 Sep 2020
    Very nice staff and comfortable room! Location was perfect for downtown activites and close to the beach. Price was right for the stay and accomidations. Would book again. Thnak you!
    USA, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.7


    16 Mar 2020
    It was a lovely property with a great selection of bedrooms and chill out/activity areas, the variety of art on the wall was also amazing. It was also in a great part of town w/ bars, restaurants in abundance nearby as well as local amenities. Sadly had to cut our trip short due to the Covid19 Virus but hope to be back again in the future.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    03 Mar 2020
    Excxellent location with a well-stocked and very cleaned kitchen. Thank you. While I was given incorrect direction to catch the local bus back to the airport and upon arrival, my bed was not ready and as I was looking for a new room - I slipped on the wet floor. I knew one one did these on purpose. I was lucky that I got another bed and no old bones of mine got borken. Overall, staffs were friendly and helpful. Most of all, the location is just fabulous.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    09 Mar 2020
    I booked a private room and was upgraded to a private en suite. The room was beautiful, clean and well furnished BUT very very loud at night. I now understand why they left earplugs by the bed! This is the double edged sword that comes with the excellent location: there really is no escaping the noise from the two bars across the street (til 2am), so bear that in mind. Otherwise everything was great.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    08 Mar 2020
    It was awesome staying at Hostel International San Diego. Our room was comfortable and clean, and we met some fun, interesting people, (but some might say uncomfortable people). Not being picky! It was well priced and the staff was awesome :)
    USA, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 8.3


    04 Mar 2020
    The hostel itself is top notch. Everything is clean, staff is professional. The kitchen/lounge area is incredible. Everyone you meet is chill as is the case in all hostels. But i did feel like I was being baby sat. They have a lot of rules and restrictions in place. Personally, they didn't affect me, but it did make me feel less free and in control. The rule that baffled me the most was the 5-9 alcohol rule. Again, this didn't affect me, but i found it strange. Just something to consider.
    Canada, Male, 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
  • 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
  • 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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