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HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

1.5-star1.5 stars
521 Market Street, San Diego, CA, 92101, United States of America

Walking distance from Petco Park
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HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

from $83
  • 4-Bed Male Dorm
  • 4 Bed Female Dorm Room
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, 1 Bedroom, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom (Private)
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Men only
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Women only

What’s around HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego


  • In Gaslamp Quarter
  • Petco Park - 6 min walk
  • San Diego Convention Center - 11 min walk
  • Seaport Village - 15 min walk
  • San Diego City College - 15 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 16 min walk
  • USS Midway Museum - 21 min walk
  • Port of San Diego - 23 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 10 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 14 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 23 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 25 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 37 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 18 min walk
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 5 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 17 min drive
  • Park and Market Trolley Station - 7 min walk
  • Convention Center Station - 8 min walk
  • 5th Avenue Station - 8 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 48 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast
Things to do
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Elevator
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego’s small print

Also known as

  • Hostelling Hostel San Diego International Downtown
  • Hostelling International San Diego Downtown
  • Hostelling International San Diego Downtown Hostel
  • Hostel HI San Diego Downtown


This property does not accept 3rd party payment options for any bookings. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property. Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within 45 mi (72 km) of the property will not be allowed to check in.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged $3 at check-in, payable to the hostel.

  • Club Card: USD 4.00 per person, per night
  • Child's Club Card: USD 0 per night, (from 1 to 17 years old)

Optional extras

Parking is available nearby and costs USD 15.00 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 145 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
First hostel stay at 45 yo.
I was traveling alone and staying at this hostel was so comforting. The location was AMAZING. I walked, biked, or trained all over the area. Each night I arrived back to the hostel near midnight and the security routine made me feel very safe. Don't plan on sleeping in, others like to get up early and again, that is part of hostel life. Clean and very spacious. I parked in a parking garage across the street, no problem.
Patti, usOther trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place- a little tricky to find. Fun area with tons of stuff to do. Great night life
Melissa, usOther trip
Exceptional 10.0
Gaslamp Plaza Suites is really nice
I got upgraded to the Junior Suite, I asked if it was cuz I was cute 😊. Stayed the Sat before the RnR SD marathon. Really conveniently located to dinner places and the start line/finish line was only 1.5 miles from away. Very friendly staff, who put a hold on the cleaning of the room, as she knew I'd be doing the marathon
Randall, usOther trip
Good 6.0
Super clean, amazing staff, noisy, smells of smoke
This was the cleanest hostel we’ve ever seen! And we have really high standards. The staff was very welcoming and super friendly. The hostel in general is very well maintained and has a great design. Location wise you’re really in the action. Tons of bars, restaurants, etc next to the hostel. Be aware that the rooms are located above bars, so the rooms are very noisy! The bars play music well beyond midnight. Unfortunately we had a room where it has been smoked in before. There was an extreme smell of old smoke. They try to cover it up with some scents, which make the overall condition of the room worse. To sum it up: the room smelled disgusting! It really requires a renovation before it will be put up for guests again.
us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
We had an amazing time. I had never used a hostel before and the staff made us feel welcomed as if we were regular members. Great location and good prices made for a pleasant getaway.
stanley, us1 night family trip

HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

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