USA Hostels San Diego
A central location, custom designed ‘privacy pods’, free breakfast and a unique, 1880’s building with modern amenities make us a great value and a comfortable home base while you explore San Diego.
Our privacy pods feature a reading light, shelf, outlet and, of course, some privacy. Start your day right with our varied breakfast offerings and stop by the desk for discounted tickets and to see activities we have planned.
We're walking distance to Balboa Park, home to the famous pandas of the San Diego Zoo and the city's museums, a short ferry ride to Coronado Island and steps from the best San Diego nightlife and restaurants. Mission, Ocean and Pacific beaches are a bus ride away.
We also offer:
- free wifi and use of ipads
- free daily breakfast with fresh fruit, fruit juice, oatmeal, baked goods, coffee and tea
- free luggage lockers in rooms
- a fully equipped guest kitchen
- relaxing lounge with large screen tv
- our weekly infamous Tijuana trip
- discounted San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld tickets
- discounted Harbor Excursions tours
- discounted bike rental
- onsite laundry facilities with free laundry powder
- 24 hour reception
Please note that our prices do not include taxes. All bed rates over $25 will have an 11.05% city/hotel tax added at check in.
Please read “Must Read” info before booking.
Please note that prices listed to not include taxes. All bed rates over $25 will have an 11.05% city/hotel tax added at check in.
Check-in is 2 pm with free luggage storage for early arrivals. Check-out: 10am. Changes/cancellations up to 6pm, California time, day before arrival. Late cancellations/no-shows charged first night's accommodation. We try to put people traveling together in the same room. However, due to availability and/or booking patterns, there is a slight chance parties booking dorms will be in separate rooms.
JULY 8-12, 2015 CANCELLATION POLICY:
Any bookings scheduled for arrival from July 8-12, 2015 are subject to this cancellation policy.
No cancellation fees imposed up to 21 days prior to scheduled arrival.
Cancellation from 20 days to 14 days will result in one night’s fee being charged for each bed booked.
Cancellations from 13 days or less will result in a fee being charged to the credit card on record of
all days of the scheduled stay for each bed or room booked.
We welcome guests from everywhere outside of San Diego county. At check in, international guests must present a valid passport. US residents must present valid government issued identification (ie: drivers license, state id card, passport). Guests may also be asked to present proof of onward travel. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Guests under 16 permitted only in private rooms unless an entire dorm is rented. Parents with young children must contact the hostel prior to booking.
There is no smoking allowed within the hostel.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Reception
- 24 Hour Security
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Free Breakfast
- Cable TV
- Ceiling Fan
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Jobs Board
- Key Card Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Reading Light
- Safe Deposit Box
- Shuttle Bus
- Steam Room
- Taxes not included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Towels Included
- Vending Machines
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
We welcome guests from everywhere outside of San Diego county, but do not accept re-locators. At check in, international guests must present a valid passport. US residents must present valid government issued identification (ie: drivers license, state id card, passport). Guests must be able to present proof of onward travel. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Guests under 16 permitted only in private rooms unless an entire dorm is rented. Parents with young children must contact the hostel prior to booking or the reservation may not be honored. JULY 20-23, 2016 CANCELLATION POLICY: Any bookings scheduled for arrival from July 20-23, 2016 are subject to the following cancellation policy. No cancellation fees imposed up to 21 days prior to scheduled arrival. Cancellation from 20 days to 14 days will result in one night's fee being charged for each bed booked. Cancellations from 13 days or less will result in a fee being charged to the credit card on record of all days of the scheduled stay for each bed or room booked.
USA Hostels has a 14 day stay limit.
Any bookings for more than 10 people travelling together, whether booked on one reservation or multiple reservations, constitutes a group booking by USA Hostels. These groups must contact the hostel prior to making a reservation and are subject to USA Hostelsâ�� group booking policies which include full payment prior to arrival, security deposits and different cancellation rules. The hostel reserves the right to refuse any groups that do not make themselves known to USA Hostels and agree to our group booking terms, and no refunds of Hostelworld deposit will be issued.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
You can get to the hostel easily by bus, shuttle or taxi. There is a bus stop outside each terminal where you can catch bus #992 Downtown ($2.25, exact change required.) Get off bus at 5th Avenue and Broadway. Walk south (to your right) on 5th for two and a half blocks. The hostel will be on your right at 726 5th Avenue. You will see a row of international flags hanging from our building. We are located above two Italian restaurants.
You could also take the Xpress Shuttle, which will be outside the terminal and across the road. Follow signs for 'Ground Transportation.' Cost is $11 for one person, $16 for two, $21 for three, etc. you can call them toll-free at 1-800-900-7433 if there is not a shuttle waiting outside the terminal. Taxis wait in the same area as the shuttles and will cost approximately $20.
Exit station and head north toward 13th St. Make a left at the first cross street onto Imperial St. Turn right onto Park Blvd. Make a left onto 10th Ave, then a left onto J St. Follow J to 5th Ave. Make a right onto 5th and follow this until you reach #726 on the left. You will see a row of international flags hanging from our building. Our front door is between two Italian restaurants . About a 15 minute walk.
Exit station onto Kettner Boulevard and turn right (South). At Broadway (1/2 block) turn left (East) and follow above directions.
From I-5 South take Front Street/Civic Center exit. Exit ramp divides, keep left at the fork toward 2nd St. Follow 2nd St signs, merging onto Cedar St. Turn right onto 4th Avenue. Turn left onto G St., then left onto 5th Avenue. We are the third door in from the corner - between two Italian restaurants.
From I-5 North take J Street exit. Bear left at 19th Street and turn left onto Market Street. Take Market 14 blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn right onto 5th, the hostel is one block up on the left hand side, between two Italian restaurants.
COMING FROM LOS ANGELES?
Take the Hostel Hopper door-to-door shuttle. If you are staying with us in Hollywood you can get daily, door-to-door service for only $45! Ride in a comfy mini-van with other travellers. Contact our front desk for details.
Right in the middle of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, walking distance to:
- the World Famous San Diego Zoo
- Petco Park - home of the Padres baseball team
- Balboa Park
- Countless restaurants, bars and clubs
- Sea Port Village
- Major shopping mall and street shops
- Little Italy
- Greyhound Bus Station
- Amtrak Train Station
Short ride to:
- Coronado, Ocean, Mission and Pacific beaches