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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. 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.

*2016 ranking per Hostelworld.com


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



  • Little Italy Walking Tour

    Get acquainted with this awesome area of the city on our FREE Little Italy walking tour! The final destination on the tour will be Little Italy farmer’s market!

  • 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.


  • Sunset Walking Tour

    Join us for a fun Sunset Walking Tour every Monday night to Bay front and a sunset happy hour drink at a popular roof top bar.




  • Sunset Walking Tour


  • Taco Tuesday
  • La Jolla Outing


  • Tijuana Tour
  • Pub Crawl


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


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


  • Little Italy Walking Tour
  • Beer Olympics
  • Club Crawl


  • Family Dinner & Movie Night

USA Hostels San Diego Awards

  • 2018


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2016


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2015


    Guest Review Award Booking.com
  • 2014


    #2 Hostel USA Hostelworld
  • 2012


    #1 Hostel USA Hostelbookers
  • 2010


    #1 Hostel USA Hostelworld


“I stayed at this hostel for a couple nights and had a fantastic time. It is very centrally located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, surrounded by many restaurants and bars. Dorm room was clean and the beds were comfortable and had these semi-private enclosures complete with reading light, shelf and power outlet. Even the lockers have outlets inside them so you can securely charge your electronics while you're out. Decor is really nice and colourful, with a lounge and various couches scattered around. Bathrooms are unisex and very clean. I met lots of cool fellow solo travellers here and we had a great time. The staff is friendly and helpful and organize all sorts of social activities for the guests. A simple but free breakfast is included too, but I didn't partake in that because of my schedule. The hostel is very easy to get to from the airport by bus #992 and numerous bus and trolley routes in the area can get you anywhere in the city, or just walk! Since this hostel is in a very busy area, I would recommend asking for a room not facing the street if you need quiet when sleeping. I didn't hear a peep from my room (#13). The staff do offer ear plugs if you need them though. All in all, this was an amazing hostel! Highly recommended.”

Allan L - September 5, 2018 - TripAdvisor

“Wow! What a totally chill hostel. Really clean place with awesome, friendly and gorgeous people from all around the World hanging out like family. Great kitchen area for cooking and free breakfast. Daily free shuttles to local attractions, beaches, shopping and pub crawls. USA Hostels San Diego is in the center of all that IS San Diego!”

iTripAdviseYou - California - September 6, 2018 - TripAdvisor

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