The 10 Best Hostels in San Diego, USA

Some of the best backpacker spots in San Diego

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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. The staff were wonderful and the activities they planned to bring all the guests together were well organized. I participated in the bike ride to Ocean Beach with Rayrey as well as the yoga classes by the beach. I found that Rayrey was conscientious of everyones needs, interest and safety. It was great to meet Krispin Robertson and read her blogs - Adventurers On Heels. I would return and stay there again. The location was excellent and close to public transportation.

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9
Superb
248 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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9.7
Exceptional
9 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. The hostel it’s in a perfect location in downtown, all the facilities are clean all the time, comfy beds and the staff is really friendly and always up to help

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8
Very good
1,249 reviews

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel San Diego 2 stars

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. Fun atmosphere, I felt very welcomed at this hostel

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8.3
Very good
537 reviews

HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel 2 stars

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. The staff was really kind and helpful, also the location of the hostal is the best.

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8.9
Fabulous
378 reviews

ITH Colive Balboa Park 3 stars

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
254 reviews

International Travelers House Downtown Hostel 2 stars

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. very friendly staff family athmosphere Good price for money enjoy free breakfast dinner everyday free coffee and tea all day bike rental deal : 10 $ - 24h 24h reception

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8.3
Very good
801 reviews

HI San Diego Downtown Hostel 3 stars

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. Nice and quiet. Very respectful visitors. Lovely interiors. Comfortable beds. Great shower.

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8.7
Fabulous
792 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

RK Hostel 2 stars

Downtown San Diego, San Diego

Located 3 km from San Diego International Airport and the Gaslamp District in downtown, this adults-only hostel provides free WiFi and streaming films.

Linens are included in all rooms at the property. Select rooms at R.K. Hostel offer ocean views. The staff went along way to keep me comfortable, he allowed me to check in earlier as my flight was punctual

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6.1
Review score
214 reviews

Hostels. What are they?

Way more than just a cheap place to sleep, hostels are a social way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens or games rooms are great ways to swap tips, tricks and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long, long way since the first youth hostel opened in 1912. From budget 'crash-pads' to five-star 'poshtels', today, hostels are for everybody, so whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll find most hostels are cheaper than a local hotel and far more fun.

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