HI-San Diego

in the beautiful state of California
  • Front of the hostel
  • Hostel patio
  • Hostel bunks
  • Hostel people
  • Hostel cafe

In the midst of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Downtown hostel offers you a place to rest, recharge, and interact with your fellow nomads. This nonprofit hostel has been shaped and maintained by its ferociously attractive staff who have injected their encyclopedic knowledge of San Diego into their hostel. But you don’t have to look too hard to find their impression upon the hostel—you can see it at their “Hostel Takeover,” a quarterly event with local art, live music, and food, or by heading out on one of the weekly guided pub crawls to popular bars. Within a few stone throws of the Greyhound, Amtrak, and public transit, the hostel’s location serves as a nexus to all things San Diego. Feel free to test the staff’s knowledge at the front desk during their hours of operation from 7:00 AM to 6:59 AM.

The hostel’s staff are in the strictest compliance with San Diego’s mandatory casual attitude, but don’t let their laidback style fool you— the staff works hard to provide their guests with an excellent and uniquely “San Diego” experience during their stay. Their daily breakfasts and semi-weekly dinners include bread, fruit, and vegetables purchased from local farmers. Want to purchase your own food from local farmers? Join the staff on one of their weekly guided trips to the farmer’s market. Remember to check out the “staff picks” board in the lobby that’s updated daily for recommendations on local restaurants, bars, and events.

Travelers who have recently been freed from the horrors of a crowded bus or plane can take comfort in the hostel’s spacious rooms or freshen up in the single-use bathrooms. Feel like staying in after a long day of traveling? San Diego Downtown hostel’s got the introverts covered with free movie rentals, free access to the TV room, free Wi-Fi, and even a small book collection donated by fellow travelers.

With a variety of rooms to choose from, the hostel has options for everyone from starving students to vacationing families. So if you’re feeling bold, come stay classy in San Diego Downtown hostel.

Rest Comfortably After a Busy Day of Backpacking in San Diego

At HI San Diego Downtown, we don’t compromise on comfort. Our Tempur-Pedic® mattresses were recently rated the most comfortable out of all Hostelling International Hostels in the US. Just one more reason to book your stay in our San Diego hostel! In addition to our super comfortable mattresses we offer these amenities:

• FREE Breakfast


• FREE Linens and towels

• FREE Sports equipment and DVD rentals

• FREE Bicycle parking

• FREE Luggage storage upon check-in or check-out

Check-In/Reservation Policies:

-At check-in a 12.5% mandatory city tax will be added to the quoted rates.

-Foreign travellers 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 to receive a refund. Any cancellations or no-shows after this point will be charged for the first night of the intended stay.

-Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No one under the age of 12 may stay in a dorm room.

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

-A $3 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.

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  • Basic store available at or near the hostel
  • Breakfast at or near the hostel
  • Common room(s)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Cycle rental available at or near the hostel
  • Discounts and concessions available
  • Games room
  • Groups welcome
  • Individual traveller welcome
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Lockers available
  • Luggage Store
  • Currency exchange at or near the hostel
  • Hostel open 24h
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Sheets in price
  • Smoking room/area
  • TV room
  • Suitable for wheelchair users
  • Beach nearby
  • Botanical centre nearby
  • City centre location
  • Cultural centre nearby
  • Historical sites nearby
  • Leisure facilities nearby
  • Main attractions nearby
  • Museums/art galleries nearby
  • Nightlife nearby
  • Restaurants nearby
  • River nearby
  • Shopping centre/market nearby

Address & Contact

HI-San Diego Downtown
521 Market Street
San Diego California 92101
Phone 1 (619) 525-1531
Fax 1 (619) 338-0129
GPS 32.7112920, -117.1598240

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Bed Capacity
> Total Beds 153

Opening Times
> 24 hours
> All Year

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