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HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

1.5-star1.5 stars
521 Market StreetSan DiegoCA92101United States of America

Walking distance from San Diego Convention Center
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
Very Good8.0
Good internet service
Great location
Great amenities
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From 366 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

from $37
  • 4-Bed Male Dorm
  • Quad Room with Private Bathroom
  • 4 Bed Female Dorm Room
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Single Bed in 10 Bed Shared Female Dorm
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, 1 Bedroom, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom (Private)
  • Room (DO NOT USE )
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Men only
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Women only

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 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

Other information

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

In the hotel

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

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shared 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 hostel's policy is to accept bookings only from non-local guests. Guests whose residence is within 45 miles of the property will not be allowed to check in. Guests can contact the property for additional information using the number on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
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.

Mandatory fees

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

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

What’s around HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego


  • In Gaslamp Quarter
  • San Diego Convention Center - 8 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 42 min walk
  • Petco Park - 6 min walk
  • San Diego City College - 18 min walk
  • USS Midway Museum - 20 min walk
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego - 24 min walk
  • San Diego Coronado Bridge - 42 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 13 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 17 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 23 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 35 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 40 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station - 18 min walk
  • San Diego Coaster Old Town Station - 8 min drive
  • Gaslamp Quarter Station - 7 min walk
  • Convention Center Station - 7 min walk
  • Civic Center Station - 11 min walk
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 156 reviews

HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego
Got bed bugs
I got bed bugs which ruined my stay but the location was nice.
Mary, us2 night trip
HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego
Noisy Downtown San Diego
Very noisy in downtown San Diego on a Tuesday & Wednesday night
Stacey, us2 night business trip
HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego
Very Good8.0
We stayed here because it was walking distance to Petco Park
emilia, us1 night trip with friends
HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego
SDCC weekend
HI was an incredible choice for Comic-con weekend. It is literally 10 minutes from the convention center and smack in the middle of GasLamp. The staff were so friendly and helpful despite being swamped with the crowds of the weekend. The kitchen was a fun meet up space to swap stories and the breakfast of fresh bagels and coffee each morning was a godsend. WIFI also worked amazingly, and the 24/7 security made me feel super safe. Had to go to HallH line the last morning I was there and they checked my bags so I didn't have to worry about running back for check out time at 11.
Emily, us4 night business trip
HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego
HI Downtown
The front desk agent needed help with my online reservation. The front desk agent did not want to contact her supervisor for help. The front desk agent then calls the police to victimize the customer waiting for and asking for a supervisor. I guess this is common practice for this hostel or the HI establishment. Front desk agent needs more training to be able to take care of patrons. I would not recommend the hi downtown to anyone.
Zenia, us1 night trip

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HI San Diego Downtown, San Diego

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