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Featured Hostels in San Diego County

Hostel on 3rd
2.5 out of 5
542 3rd avenue, San Diego, CA
The price is $60 per night

Located in Downtown San Diego, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of New Children's Museum, San Diego Convention Center, and Petco Park. Seaport Village ...

3.3/5 (25 reviews)
Just what i needed

"It was clean and comfortable. Just what i needed. Easy check in and out"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Hostel on 3rd
California Dreams Hostel
2 out of 5
743 Emerald Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $100 per night

Located in Pacific Beach, this beach hostel is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from SeaWorld and within 12 mi (20 km) of La Jolla Cove and Salk Institute for Biological Studies. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)

"Property is a short walk to the beach front, airy tv lounge with garage door type window wall. Kitchen is at other end of the lounge. Food places just next door. Surf lessons, tours, not free but available. Beach accessories available to buy. Its above sea level so there are some stairs to go to/from ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

California Dreams Hostel
RK Hostel San Diego
1.5 out of 5
642 W. Hawthorn St., San Diego, CA
The price is $59 per night

Located in Little Italy, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, and Waterfront Park. B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and Port of ...

2.5/5 (176 reviews)
Chilling at rk

"Just need a place to stay for a bit."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

RK Hostel San Diego
ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
2 out of 5
707 Reed Avenue, San Diego, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Pacific Beach hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Beach Park, Mission Beach, and Mission Beach Boardwalk. Mission Bay and ...

3.9/5Good! (108 reviews)

"This place is great if your on a budget and a bit of a free"…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2020

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
Lucky D's Hostel
2 out of 5
615 8th Avenue, San Diego, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night

Located in Downtown San Diego, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, and San Diego City College. Balboa Park and ...

3.7/5Good! (186 reviews)
Happy with LyckyD’s

"My first stay in a hostel and it was very nice although a little loud for me. Staff were very nice and helpful as were most guests!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Lucky D's Hostel
HI San Diego Downtown
1.5 out of 5
521 Market Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $54 per night

Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, and Seaport Village. Balboa Park ...

4.2/5Very Good! (338 reviews)

"Great location although noisy. I had wished there was a TV in private rooms with bathrooms."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

HI San Diego Downtown
ITH Hostels Downtown San Diego
2 out of 5
230 W. Cedar, San Diego, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night

Located in Little Italy, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Balboa Park, Waterfront Park, and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Port of San Diego and B Street ...

4.1/5Very Good! (325 reviews)
Little Italy big fun

"Veryniceexcept beds need tohave more overhead a dlacders to upper bunks not wellplaced one steponly has roomfortoes.owners should test all beds forcomfort and saftey.noplacetoputtkoth z abooka camera"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

ITH Hostels Downtown San Diego
Gaslamp Hostel
2 out of 5
726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night

Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Zoo are also ...

Gaslamp Hostel
HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel
2 out of 5
3790 Udall Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $90 per night

Located in Point Loma, this eco-friendly hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ocean Beach Pier, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and SeaWorld. Cabrillo National Monument ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (95 reviews)

"This is probably the best hostel in San Diego. It is always clean. The interior is not cramped like some hostels I have visited. The only downside is that they have a limit of 14 days a year. Breakfast is continental and always offers a good variety."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel
ITH CoLive Balboa Park
2 out of 5
3751 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Located in Hillcrest, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and Hotel Circle. B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and Port of San Diego ...

4/5Very Good! (101 reviews)

"It was nice to get away! Thank you for your hospitality, I will return(:"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

ITH CoLive Balboa Park
Buckner Hotel
1.5 out of 5
765 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Located in Downtown San Diego, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of San Diego City College and Petco Park. Balboa Park and San Diego Convention Center are ...

2.5/5 (81 reviews)

"Hop across the hall for a shower, charming. Mouse in the kitchen, not okay!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Buckner Hotel
Hostel Network International
2.5 out of 5
2901 Nimitz Blvd, 2nd floor, San Diego, CA
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Located in Point Loma, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Diego Bay and Shelter Island. Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Mission Bay are also within 3 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (126 reviews)

"It was closed and phone number was wrong. What more is there to say. I don’t know why Expedia allowed the booking and confirmed my reservation. It was a true bust to get there and have no place to stay. Scam"…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $224 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,540 reviews)

"I always enjoy my time here at Paradise Point! I’m"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $135 per night
4/5Very Good! (3,418 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and right next to the water. Great view and location. I also love that they are very pet friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is $249 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (3,481 reviews)

"The location is beautiful and the view is unbeatable. The staff is friendly and helpful. However, the room felt really dated and a bit ran down, renovations and updating are in order. That said, the cost feels high for what you get. Also, no elevator in the parking structure. which is unacceptable ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Catamaran Resort and Spa
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Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in San Diego County?
By choosing a hostel you can cut your spending on lodging and set aside more of your trip funds for sightseeing during your stay. You can check out the museums and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as attractions like the zoo.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dorm-style accommodations all have shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too), budget prices, and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in San Diego County?
Ready to book a hostel? These top picks have the best reviews from our customers and might be a good place to start: ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach Park. Guests can enjoy free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find towels, showers, and linens in all rooms. Lucky D’s Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Petco Park. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, tour/ticket assistance, and laundry facilities. You’ll find TVs in all rooms. Hostel on 3rd - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Convention Center Station. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find showers in all rooms. RK Hostel San Diego - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of County Center - Little Italy Station. Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. You’ll find showers in all rooms. HI San Diego Downtown - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Park and Market Trolley Station and Gaslamp Quarter Station. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find showers in all rooms.
How many hostels can I expect to find in San Diego County?
If you’re searching for an affordable place to stay in San Diego County, one of Expedia’s 14 hostels could be a great option for you.
What is there to see and do in San Diego County?
Generally, San Diego County is known for its beaches, museums, and restaurants. Major attractions include Petco Park, Seaport Village, and USS Midway Museum. Get out into nature with places like Balboa Park, Harbor Island, and Coronado Beach. Cultural attractions include Del Mar Fairgrounds, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and San Diego Air and Space Museum.
What's the best way to get around San Diego County?
You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away. An alternative is Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), situated 29.2 mi (46.9 km) away. When you’re out and about, you may want to make use of public transit. You can access metro transit at Civic Center Station, 5th Avenue Station, and Convention Center Station. To explore more of the surrounding area, catch a train at San Diego Santa Fe Depot, San Diego-Old Town Transit Center, or San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station.

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