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Best San Diego hostels

Most recommended San Diego hostels

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California Dreams Hostel - Ocean Beach - San Diego - Building
R2 082+
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Ith Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel San Diego - San Diego - Patio
Ith Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel San Diego
8 Excellent
Pacific BeachR746+
Free Wi-Fi
Samesun Ocean Beach
9.1 Excellent
Ocean BeachR2 065+
R2 065+
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Lucky D's Hostel
7.5 Good
DowntownR1 562+
R1 562+
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Rk Hostel
5.5 Okay
DowntownR1 909+
R1 909+
Free Wi-Fi
Ith Colive Balboa Park
8.2 Excellent
HillcrestR1 371+
R1 371+
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Hostel On 3rd
DowntownR3 418+
R3 418+
Free Wi-Fi
California Dreams Hostel - Pacific Beach
8.5 Excellent
Pacific BeachR2 117+
R2 117+
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning

San Diego hostels near the city centre

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Stay Classy - San Diego - Living room
Stay Classy
9.1 Excellent
DowntownR1 770+
R1 770+
Hi San Diego Downtown Hostel - San Diego - Lobby
Hi San Diego Downtown Hostel
8.2 Excellent
DowntownR1 753+
R1 753+
Gaslamp Hostel
8.6 Excellent
DowntownR1 891+
R1 891+

How much is a San Diego hostel?

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R1 457

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R1 378
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Most expensive month to stay with an average 205% rise in price.
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When to book a hostel in San Diego

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Top tips for finding San Diego hostel deals

  • The best hostels in San Diego are found in several districts, which each offer a specific attraction. There are hostels near the Pacific Ocean and its beaches; in Little Italy, which is known for its street food and restaurants; and in the Gaslamp Quarter, which is famous for its nightlife. San Diego Trolley operates tram lines, and the MTS bus rapid transit system, which includes commuter and express services, allows you to navigate the city. Some famous landmarks in the city are the San Diego Opera House, the Port of San Diego, and PETCO Park, home to the San Diego Padres MLB team.
  • Singles looking for an affordable, quality hostel in San Diego should check out USA Hostels on Newport Avenue at Ocean Beach. Not only does it offer great accommodations, but there is a free shuttle that ferries guests around various tourist sites in the city (e.g., La Jolla) and a schedule of events that includes bi-weekly bonfire nights and pub crawls. Ocean Beach Kebab and Ocean Beach Sushi are restaurants nearby, and The Harp and Kilowatt Brewing are neighborhood bars to enjoy.
  • Ith Adventure Hostel San Diego is located on Front Street in the city’s Little Italy district, and it’s close to the USS Midway Museum, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Accommodations at this hostel in San Diego include female-only dorm-style rooms, as well as private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Additionally, there is an organic garden and an outdoor terrace on the premises. The Kebab Shop and Taco Express are two cheap places to eat that are not far away.
  • Groups looking for cheap lodgings near the beach should make inquiries with California Dreams Hostel on Emerald Street in Pacific Beach. This property has several 10-bed dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, outdoor terraces, and a bicycle rental service, which you can use to visit a few of the landmarks in the area, such as Mission Bay Park, La Jolla Cove, or Pacific Beach Community Park. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood and Miller’s Field are among the places you can eat and drink.
  • If you’re looking for a cheap hostel in San Diego, you should consider going during the low season. You’ll generally find lower-priced hostels in San Diego in May and April.
  • Hostel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll likely find the best hostel deals in San Diego if you stay on a Monday. The most expensive day for hostel bookings is Saturday.
  • If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book at least 4 days before your stay to get the best price for a San Diego hostel.

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