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Hostelling International San Diego

521 Market Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States
#153 of 393 hotels in San Diego
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 16 reviews
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Wow, this hostel is really nice!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 19, 2010

Wow, this hostel is really nice! My friend grilled me some free burgers for dinner. They provided free eggs for breakfast too. I slipped into my bathing suit for sunny San Diego. The holiday parade was a lot of fun. My favorite part was a dog riding a small motorcycle. I am planning to come back here soon!

Unique Quality: Close to the beach, free transportation from the airport, free breakfasts and barbeques, very clean and secure.

Directions: Ocean Beach

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Great stay at Downtown San Diego

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 16, 2005

I stayed at the hostel in downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter for 3 nights. I paid $20 per night. To stay at the hostel, like any other in US you must prove that you are from out of state (though some hostels also require that you are from out of country).

The location was great to go for walks, and exploring the city. It is a walking distance from the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, though the walk itself involves some not too pleasant stretches on roads. I think it took me about 30 minutes walking to get to Balboa park - but having never been to the city before I enjoyed them.

The hostel is generally clean and I well maintained. It has a real international atmosphere - I met some interesting people there.

Every Wednesday night, the hostel staff take a group bar hopping. I didn't get to actually participate in this because I wasn't there on a Wednesday, but I only heard good things.

The hostel itself is situated in the middle of the bar and restaurant scene, which gives it a very exciting character. While I was there, there were hoards of people coming back from a baseball game and all the bars and restaurants were full. It was fantastic.

The only draw back of the whole experience was parking. I was on a road trip and parking downtown San Diego is not cheap. I spent an additional $15/night for my car. But it was well worth it for the location and for not having to drive everytime I had to go out.

Unique Quality: Great location. Great people.

Directions: Look out for sign sticking out of a wall. Good luck!

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You Get What You Pay For

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 25, 2005

The hostel has a nice location--it's right in the middle of Gaslamp Quarter. It's accessible by public transportation. It's also reasonably priced--I paid $25 for one night in a four-bed dorm room. I could have paid $3 less had I been a member of Hostelling International.

One of the drawbacks is that it's on top of a bar and the patrons get really noisy until closing time, which is around 2:00 AM (at least it feels like it). I also can't understand why I was given an upper bunk bed considering that I am 6' 1" tall and weighs 220 lbs.

Except for these small matters, the hostel is fine. Basically, you get what you pay for. However, I was able to see San Diego in two days instead of just one.

Directions: It's at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets.

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International-Youth Hostel.-Market Str.,San Diego.

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 4, 2004

A very nice and clean Hostel.In the heart of the Gaslamp-district,of downtown San Diego.

Access 24 hrs. / open all year / 171 Dorm Beds- $19 to 26-$25 to 35 during special events. /
Privat Rooms=17
Reservt.-Advisable, card.-Groups welcome.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Directions: fr.Hwy.5: TakeFront Str. exit,
turn LEFT on Market Str.
Hostelis at corner of 5th and Market;
Take Bayside-Trolley to convention Center.
Walk North 3 Blocks on5th to Market.
BUS: Walk East to 5th Av.-Go South -4 Blocks to Market Str.
AIRPORT: ..take Airport-Bus# 992 to 5th Av. and Broadway. Walk South 4 Blockson 5th,to Market Str.

Unique Quality: Lots of new friends to be made.-Mostly Young people fr. around the globe,stop here on theyr Travels.-Lots of wounderfull travel-adventure-stories to be heared.-All meet,in the Kitchen and dining room,at the FREE breakfst. and conversation-place in the 3rd floor.-
Travelers of all ages are accepted at this Hostel.-
BUDGET EATERIES:"Sun-cafe',Valentine's Mexican Food,Gaslamp-Quarters,Seaport-Village,Horton Plaza, plus...
AFTER DARK: Gaslamp Quarters,Pacific Beach/Garnett Av.,Ocean Beach,Hillcrest,Tijuana-Mexico.(Bring your passes and I.D.)-
DON't MISS : ...the beaches...,S.D.-Zoo&Wild Animal -Park,Balboa-Park,Coronado-Island,Mission Alcala,Cabrio Nat'l Monument,Old Town,La Jolla with it's(Beaches-Surfers-Seals + ),Seaport Village,Tijuana & Rosarito Beach in Mexico.

Directions: 521, Market Str. - Market Str. and 5th Av.<br/>Downtown San Diego,CA.,92101<br/>e-mail&#61; downtown&#64;

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err...not too good

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 4, 2004

I decided at the last minute to go to San Diego Street Scene which is this huge music festival with lots of great bands.

I thought since it was last minute, I'd try this place. It was right by the festival and it was super cheap.

Problem 1 - No a/c and it was HOT

Problem 2- other roommate LIVED at the place and would talk incessantly. god she would babble on incessantly!!! GRRR.

Problem 3-they wouldn't let you bring alcohol into the place. Wha? I'm over 21 and I like beer damnit.

It was clean and in a good location close to the Gaslamp and East Village but I got so sick of the babbling roommate and lack of a/c when it was 89 degrees F so I left and went to a motel.

I can't even stand roommates - what was I thinking here???????????????

Unique Quality: +clean, inexpensive, good location

-no a/c, can't drink alcohol in the dumb place,
annoying communal living

Directions: in DT San Diego inbetween Gaslamp District and East Village

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Not for me anymore

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 7, 2004

Well, rates were so expensive for the week I had to spend in San Diego that I decided to try a Hostel. I booked a double room with a private bath and thought that it couldn't be that bad if at least it was clean. Wrong!! After I arrived and checked my "suite" I ran away as fast as I could. If you're used to Marriotts or Hiltons and have never tried anything below a Travelodge don't even think of giving this hostel a try. The room was dirty and looked depressive. The bath... just imagine. If you're a young backpacker, disregard these comments and go for it. It's just me that I'm getting older...

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GREAT hostel in Ocean Beach, GREAT location!

by written on October 6, 2003

I didn't stay there but know people who have! Great hostel, cool people from all over the world staying in OB. Very laid back, great energy. If you don't have alot of cash but want the ocean steps from your door, think about staying there. Ah, one more thing! You must provide proof of international travel to stay there.

Unique Quality: Oh so close to the beach!

Directions: Walk towards the beach on Newport Avenue. It will be on your left.

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Cheep and close to the beach

by written on May 21, 2003

Special: Walking distance to the beach and food. Free pickup from the airport, train and bus terminal. At this price it aint the Hilton.

Be sure to check out the website.

Unique Quality: Dorm Beds are $16.00 and location is for the young and young at heart.

Directions: In the middle of Ocean Beach<br/>Check out their Website.

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San Diego hostel

by written on May 5, 2003

This hostel downotown is nicely located BUT maybe too close from the nightlife... I didn't sleep very well for the night I spent there. It was a Saturday night, there were a couple of Harleys that were running down on the street for what seemed to be hours and drunk people laughing and fooling around. I wish I had checked in somewhere else...

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For The Budget Minded

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 28, 2002

I've not stayed in this Hostle but have seen it and know people who have stayed here. Actually, HI does not allow residents of the County of SD to stay here.

The thing to keep in mind is that most of the Youth Hostels in the USA have age limits. This hostel will not allow anyone under the age of 12 to stay in a "dorm" room and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call to make sure. Before reserving a bed, read their Check In requirements .

Unique Quality: The Market Street location, pictured here is in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter. This is one of two hostels in the Gaslamp District I'd recommend because it is so close to everything and the Gaslamp Quarter has so much energy day and night, not only with tourist, but it is a popular place for San Diegans as well!

As with many hostels, HI offers free stuff, such as Pancake Breakfast Everyday -Wi-Fi -Linens and Towels -Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate -Bicycle Parking -Storage upon Check-in or Check-out -Events, Tours and Activities. Not to mention the convenience of staying in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Directions: Gaslamp Quarter at Fifth and Market.

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The Ocean Beach International...

by written on September 7, 2002

The Ocean Beach International Backpackers Hostel is located In The Heart Of Ocean Beach, In Sunny San Diego, California. Now Under New Management, This 95 Year-Old Historic Hotel Has Become The World Famous Ocean Beach Int'l Hostel. It's The Best Kept, Best Located Traveler's Hostel In San Diego. Centrally Located To All Attractions Including Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Body Surfing, Board Surfing, Snorkeling, Sailing, Boogie Boarding, The Black, Sea Life and Tidepools, Sunsets, Cliffs, Mission Bay, Dog Beach, Rugby Field, Whale Watching, Balboa Park, Soccer Field, White Sandy Beaches, Curio Shops, Weekly Farmer's Market, Diving, Biking, Rollerblading, Boating, Baja Trips, Sport Fishing, Hiking, Strand Movie Theater, Sunbathing, Longest Pier, Coffee Clubs, Night Clubs, Bars, Lots Of Tasty Low Priced Food Cafes.


Currently, they are unable to accept reservations and operate on a first come, first serve basis. You may call their Toll Free Telephone number (from within the U.S.) at 1-800-339-7263 on the morning of the day you plan to arrive at the hostel. The staff will be able to give you updated information on available beds and in most cases, be able to keep (or hold) a bed for you for your later arrival that day. Typically, only a few nights in July and August are they full. Their couples rooms usually have a day or two's wait (they only have 6 couples rooms).


All guests at the hostel must be traveling internationally. This means that they need to see any of the following: current (or recent) visas, international travel tickets, foreign identity papers, Mexican tourist card, or, any similar document showing travel or living outside of the United States to stay with them. They have had many Americans stay with them on their way into or out of the United States. American passports without recent visas are only accepted as identity documents and not accepted as 'proof of travel'
Dorms Beds $15-17 (Seasonal)
Couples $17-19 Per Person (Seasonal)

VISA and MASTERCARD accepted

Unique Quality: Couples Rooms (when available)
Free Muffin/Bagel/Toast Breakfast (Daily) Free all you can eat BARBECUES or dinners (Tuesday & Friday) Nice Big Kitchen With Dining Room, Cable TV
Over 200 Free Videos To Watch
Free Linens, Pillows, and Blankets
Free Coffee and Tea All Day
Free Lockers
No Lockout! No Curfew! No Chores! No Tax!

Directions: - - -FREE TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOSTEL- - -<br/>When you arrive in San Diego at the Bus/Train/Air Terminal call the hostel from one of the display boards or call them from a payphone at 1-800-339-7263. Th

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Pacific Hostel

by written on August 26, 2002

About 17$ a night, expensive but very nice.

Unique Quality: Internet access, TV room with possibility to borrow a video tape, discount ticket for the San Diego Zoo, Free pick up to the San diego Zoo, free breakfast before 10 am...

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If you are making a road trip,...

by written on August 26, 2002

If you are making a road trip, backpacking or even looking for a little adventure head down to Ocean Beach knon to us locals as O.B. Once there, you will notice the extreme laid back vibe of everone in the area. Tucked away on the side of Newport Avenue is a small little hostel called 'O.B. Hostel.' There are always alively bunch satying here ready to kick back a beer or even a joint.
I have no idea, I haven't ever actually stayed here, I just know that it looks like a fun place, with intresting people to meet.

Unique Quality: It's the only hostel that I know of anywhere in San Diego.

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I stayed at the youth hostel...

by written on August 26, 2002

I stayed at the youth hostel run by Hostelling International. I got my own room and everything was fine. They have open showers though, which freaked me out until I just went for it. Freedom! Pretend you're Japanese. hai!

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Accommodation depends on your...

by written on August 24, 2002

Accommodation depends on your budget. For budget travelers there is certainly only the option to stay at one of the Youth Hostels. There is a real nice one in downtown S.D. on Market Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The place is very clean, nicely maintained and well equipped. Make sure you make reservations at least a week in advance otherwise you will be disappointed when you see the sign on the entrance saying “Only with Reservation”. You can get the number from the internet. The place is called International House San Diego Downtown. A bed is 27 USD for members and I think 30 for non-members. There are a few other hostels, you can find all of them in the net.

More pricy options are hotels and do not be surprised if the rates are just as high as they are in New York or London. If you do the La Jolla thing then you may wanna stay in either the Holiday Inn La Jolla, which is on La Jolla Blvd about 2 blocks from a very nice beach, or in downtown La Jolla you’ve got the La Jolla Empress, 2 blocks from the Hard Rock Café. Both are pretty nice and you will find rooms from about $ 150.

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Address: 521 Market Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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