ABOUT USA HOSTELS

First started in January 1994 as the Grand Pacific Hostel in San Diego’s redeveloping Gaslamp Quarter, Today we’re running outstanding hostels in San Diego, Hollywood and San Francisco.

USA Hostels is now in its 20th year of operation and winner of many industry awards including top rankings by Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Trip Advisor..

Even though we’ve grown a lot there are some things that haven’t changed at all since things started in San Diego. We all work here for the same reason: we love to travel. Since each hostel is run for travelers, by travelers, guests can expect to find the kind of excellent service that we know makes any trip easier and more enjoyable. We run some of the cleanest and most fun hostel facilities in the USA with loads of activities, tours and parties!

We hope you’ll come visit us during your travels. Don’t hesitate to contact any of the people listed below with any questions, comments or feedback.

 

  • David Reuter

    President and Owner

    David Reuter

    David's goal is to climb the highest mountains on each continent. Just three more to go! David, fed up with wearing suits, decided to open a hostel after backpacking through Australia...

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  • Maria Argyropoulos-Minos

    Chief Operating Officer

    Maria Argyropoulos-Minos

    Maria was considered a kindergarten prodigy because she could actually spell her last name by the age of 5. Unfortunately that early promise did...

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  • Brigit Nickol

    Director of Operations

    Brigit Nickol

    Brigit comes to USA Hostels from the little-understood world of horseracing. After 12 years as a horse jockey, she found herself longing to be on the other side of the fence...

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  • HOLLYWOOD

    HOLLYWOOD

    Located in the heart of the entertainment district, there’s never a lack of things to do or see in the area and once you’re back at the hostel, there’s always an activity you can join in. Or, if relaxing is what you need, you can chill out on our sunny patio or our comfortable lounge.

    • Ollie Tieden

      MANAGER

      Ollie Tieden

      Until the age of 5 Ollie thought he lived in Germany. When it was time to go to school, Ollie learned the disorienting truth. His family had been living in the Germany Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. Upon reflection he supposed it would have been very strange if they were the only...

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    • Melli Vytlacil

      ASST MANAGER

      Melli Vytlacil

      Melli grew up on the edge of St. Louis, Missouri, where the city meets the countryside. As a young girl, while playing tag, Melli became hopelessly lost in a tall corn field for at least several minutes. Fear enveloped her; death was certainly near. She began to contemplate...

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    • Kim Bye

      ASST MANAGER

      Kim Bye

      When at the sweet and tender age of 1 1/2 Kim’s first word was Elvis, his family knew it was inevitable that his life path would lead him to the land of the free. At age 8 he was found floating on an inflatable raft off the coast of his native country of Norway...

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  • SAN DIEGO

    SAN DIEGO

    Maybe it’s because we were the first USA Hostel, or because we’re the smallest. Maybe it’s because we’re all so fine looking, but everyone with USA Hostels seems to have a soft spot in their heart for San Diego.

    • Tanya Schroeder

      MANAGER

      Tanya Schroeder

      A born and raised Cali girl, Tanya has lived all over the state, from the corn fields in the north to the streets of the LBC. Her rapper name is Senora T, but after losing a stint on American Idol despite her amazing singing talent, she decided to hit the road and live...

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    • Charlena Brunner

      ASST MANAGER

      Charlena Brunner

      Born and raised in south San Diego, Charlena grew up the youngest of 5 girls, to a mother who already had the car in reverse before anyone could even finish saying the word “road trip“...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO

    SAN FRANCISCO

    In addition to dorm rooms with comfy mattresses and privates with hotel amenities, we have a very large kitchen with 8 cooking stations, a large lounge with video games, foosball and billiards tables and a quiet reading room.

    • Ryan Quadro

      MANAGER

      Ryan Quadro

      Growing up in the merry old land of Oz was not easy for Ryan. Can you imagine being the only thing without magical powers or a flying monkey for a pet? Those witches (all of which are wicked in his book) would gang up on him every day. At least that stopped...

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    • Brandon Carroll

      ASST MANAGER

      Brandon Carroll

      Hailing from Maine, Brandon moved to beautiful California in an attempt to jumpstart his dying music career. Originally the fifth member of the rock band KISS, Brandon found he just couldn’t cut it in the world of rock n roll...

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    • Brendan Wolff

      ASST MANAGER

      Brendan Wolff

      Brendan had planned his entire life on the basis that he would be cast on the American reality television show the Real World then ride out his remaining professional years by participating in the various spin-off shows...

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