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The 10 Best Hostels in San Diego, USA

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California Dreams Hostel

Pacific Beach, San Diego

California Dreams Hostel in San Diego provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are an ATM and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features evening entertainment and a shared kitchen. Friendly staff Clean facilities The breakfast was not bad at all (some of the restaurant staff were not as polite, maybe they didn't like the idea of serving free breakfast!!) Some nighta the hostel has enjoyable vibes You meet people that you would not expect to meet The laundry Of course the location of the hostel js great several seconds to the Pacific Beach(I would stay there only for this pro).

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9
Awesome
246 reviews

Stay Classy

Downtown San Diego, San Diego

Situated in San Diego, 1.1 km from San Diego Convention Center, Stay Classy Hostel provides accommodation with a shared lounge. The property is around 2.1 km from USS Midway Museum and 2.3 km from Balboa Park. Free WiFi is provided. First of all the staff was friendly and helpful. Great location in downtown close to restaurants and bars and only two blocks away from the trolley station.

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9.7
Exceptional
9 reviews

Gaslamp Hostel

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Ideally set in the Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp Hostel features air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is around 3.3 km from Balboa Park, 5 km from San Diego Zoo and 7 km from Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The property is 10 km from University of San Diego and 11 km from SeaWorld San Diego. The place is clean and appears to have been recently remodeled. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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9.6
Exceptional
18 reviews

Lucky D's Hostel

Downtown San Diego, San Diego

Located 5 minutes’ walk from the Gaslamp Quarter, this East Village San Diego hostel offers free Wi-Fi. A common room features a DVD player and XBOX system.

Lockers are offered in each dormitory room at Lucky D’s Hostel. A shared bathroom and towels are provided. It’s really nice place with great people! Place is really cool and artistic, music is all the time in the halls, I loved it. I came alone and had so much actually, I met such a nice people! If I come back to San Diego, it will be my place to stay definitely!

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8
Very Good
1,210 reviews

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel San Diego

Pacific Beach, San Diego

Situated directly on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel San Diego offers oceanfront accommodation 3 km away from world famous Belmont Amusement Park. This eco-friendly hostel features BBQ facilities, a garden and a shared lounge. Literally on the beach surrounded by good surf

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8.3
Very Good
520 reviews

HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel

Point Loma, San Diego

Set in a quiet residential community, this earth-friendly San Diego hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi. Guests have access to a large community kitchen. Ocean Beach is 2.2 km away.

Guest accommodation at HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel offers shared bathrooms. Linens and towels are provided. Lockers are also available. Just the setting of where it was located . Had the home feeling . Felt safe. This is the first time here. I have stayed in 3 different Hostils up north before. I believe over all this was the best. The staff was really friendly. Always doing something. Yvette, Mim , Ashley were really great. they knew the hostel very well and was glad to help or answer questions

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8.9
Excellent
360 reviews

ITH Colive Balboa Park

Hillcrest, San Diego

Located 4.8 km away from Central San Diego, ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego provides guests with a daily free breakfast and free food to cook nightly. It offers mixed dormitory rooms equipped with free WiFi.

Free weekly activities which include beginner surfing, snorkeling, hiking, boat parties, brewery and walking tours, balboa park picnics, sailing, target shooting and food tastings are offered to guests.Guests can also relax in the hostel library with a book or visit the games room which features a billiards table. ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego offers discounts to additional local tour companies which offer sightseeing tours, beach tours, and snorkeling. Amazing staff, very helpful. Interesting people staying at the hostel. Clean bathrooms, good breakfast.

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8
Very Good
250 reviews

International Travelers House Downtown Hostel

Downtown San Diego, San Diego

Set in a Victorian house in the heart of Central San Diego, this hostel offers dormitory rooms and private rooms with free WiFi, breakfast and free guided local activities.

ITH Adventure Hostel also serves a daily pancake breakfast. The property hosts a social hour every night in which guests can bring their own drinks and food. I liked the feel of the place. The staff was super nice. It has a great location 😊

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8.3
Very Good
769 reviews

HI San Diego Downtown Hostel

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Accommodation at HI San Diego Downtown Hostel includes heating and a fan. Private air-conditioned rooms are available with en suite bathrooms and hairdryers. Personal lockers are available for each dorm bed. Free high-speed WiFi is included in public areas. Good location, friendly staff, very nice interior of hostel. Everything very clean.

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8.7
Excellent
775 reviews

PodShare San Diego

Downtown San Diego, San Diego

Well set in the Downtown San Diego district of San Diego, PodShare San Diego is located 1.1 km from Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1.7 km from USS Midway Museum and 2.7 km from San Diego Convention Center. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

San Diego Zoo is 3.5 km from the hostel, while Balboa Park is 4.1 km away. The nearest airport is San Diego International Airport, 3.4 km from PodShare San Diego. Staff was extremely gracious and helpful. Josie is such a warm, intelligent and caring person. Truly a decent human being!

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8.1
Very Good
24 reviews

Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world. <br><br> Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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