• 9.4 Hostelworld.comApr 20 2018

  • 8.7 Booking.comApr 20 2018

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What makes us a top hostel in San Diego?*

Could be our 24 years of experience, or our friendly staff of fellow travelers. But most likely it’s because we offer the best value in hostel accommodation in San Diego with our Gaslamp entertainment district location, our exclusively-designed ‘privacy pods’ and our truly unique style of hacienda-meets-hippie-meets-Victorian décor. And now, all guest rooms are fully air conditioned too!

Built when mining was bringing settlers to the new town of San Diego, our location originally housed a brothel. Wyatt Earp (of Dodge City fame) was among those attracted to the city by mining and the related businesses that developed. Earp operated four bars and gambling houses in the Stingaree, what is now called the Gaslamp Quarter. Considering his reputation for womanizing, it’s likely he came to know our building quite well.

To see what’s happening in our city, scroll down the page to our “Special Events” section, the ‘Activities’ area or check out our Facebook page.

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*2016 ranking per Hostelworld


726 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

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Tel: +1-619-232-3100

Toll-free in the US and Canada: 1-800-438-8622

Email: sandiego@usahostels.com



  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Wifi and use of tablets
  • Backpack-sized lockers, in all dorms,  with power points in inside
  • Bed linens, and towels on request
  • Day-storage of luggage after check out
  • Washing powder for our onsite laundry


  • Privacy pods with shelf, bed light and power outlet.
  • The original Tijuana Tour (so fun our competition has tried to copy it)
  • Weekly pub crawls and happy hour tours
  • Discounted San Diego Zoo and Sea World tickets
  • Discounted harbor and whale watching cruises and bike rentals
  • Parties in our lounge
  • Fully-equipped guest kitchen
  • Private rooms with duvets, cable tv, fridges



  • Comic-Con (July 19-22)

    Comic-Con International: dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture!

  • Kayak or Snorkel La Jolla Cove

    Discover La Jolla’s famous coastal cliffs, sea caves, and Underwater Park by kayak. Soak in views of the most spectacular marine life along the Pacific Coast, including Dolphins, Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and brightly colored Garibaldi.


  • Cinco de Mayo in Old Town

    Old Town San Diego marks the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast and features 12 acres of Mexican heritage and historical sites, colorful shops, early-California-style restaurants, museums, a theater and the restored Cosmopolitan Hotel.




  • Sunset Walking Tour


  • Taco Tuesday
  • La Jolla Outing


  • Tijuana Tour
  • Pub Crawl


  • La Jolla Outing
  • Tijuana Tour
  • Family Dinner
  • $1 Drinks at Irish Pub


  • Tijuana Tour
  • Fiesta Friday
  • Karaoke & Club Crawl
  • Pick-Up Soccer


  • Little Italy Walking Tour
  • Beer Olympics
  • Club Crawl


  • Family Dinner & Movie Night

USA Hostels San Diego Awards

  • 2016


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2015


    Guest Review Award Booking.com
  • 2015


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2014


    #2 Hostel USA Hostelworld
  • 2012


    #1 Hostel USA Hostelbookers
  • 2010


    #1 Hostel USA Hostelworld


“Just finished a five day stay and loved every minute. Atmosphere was awesome, staff really friendly, good communal areas with a good standard of cleanliness. Organised events like beer pong and pub crawls which lead to everyone going out after. Location was perfect for nights out in Gaslamp. Met loads of cool people would definitely stay again.   ”

Toby Thorne - England - March 9, 2018 - Hostelworld

“I’ve been to many Hostels all over the world, but this one was definitely the best so far! You couldn’t have a better location, sure there is a lot of noise coming from the street but if you shut the windows you barely hear anything. The staff crew is amazing too, super friendly and helpful! The facilities are always clean there is always a cleaning lady around to make sure everything stays clean and the rooms and bed are great too, no need to fear that your stuff or anything like that! thx!!! ”

Kany Toure - Luxembourg - February 9, 2018 - Hostelworld

Forecast for Today: April 20, 2018