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Hostel on 3rd
1 out of 5
542 3rd avenue, San Diego, CA
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The price is $59 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Seaport Village and San Diego Bay are also ...
3.2/5 (60 reviews)
"ITS IN A VERY SPECIAL LOCATION. CLOSE TO EVERYTHING 12 MIN FROM AIRPORT. SO GLAD I FOUND IT. ALSO I THINK ITS VERY POPULAR SO I WOULD BOOK IN ADVANCE. FRIENDLY STAFF."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

Hostel on 3rd
ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
2 out of 5
707 Reed Avenue, San Diego, CA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (132 reviews)
"They threw a birthday party for my 53rd birthday. The staff was amazing! I wanted to name people specifically but expedia said not to The rest of the gang made it so special. I was so incredible happy...it was the best night!!! And the best stay!"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
Lucky D's Hostel
2 out of 5
615 8th Avenue, San Diego, CA
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The price is $74 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Petco Park, and Seaport Village. USS Midway Museum and ...
3.8/5Good! (201 reviews)
"Lucky Ds is great. Booking was a breeze. Our door to room stuck a bit but front desk clerk female was so sweet and cool about it. We laughed as each one of us tried to get the door open. Then we were scared to close it for fear we would be stuck INSIDE. Our room had AC (extra but a must for me) and ..."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

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Gaslamp Hostel
2 out of 5
726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $95 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"Hola, had a 4 nights stay at the Gaslamp hostel and I liked it! It's afordble, it is convenient as it is in the heart of San Diego, a wallking distance from many restaurants, the seaport and more! To wrap it up, it is a hostel, it works fine mostly for the younger folks, if you don't mind sharing ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Gaslamp Hostel
HI San Diego Downtown
1.5 out of 5
521 Market Street, San Diego, CA
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The price is $89 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (355 reviews)
"I really enjoyed the vibe of the hostel and the different representations of art all around. Overall, the common areas stayed clean and well kept."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

HI San Diego Downtown
RK Hostel San Diego
1.5 out of 5
642 W. Hawthorn St., San Diego, CA
The price is $68 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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 ...
2.6/5 (192 reviews)
"liked that staff were helpful and kind.There is a 250 meters away.Only downside is that there is always the sound of landing airplanes."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

RK Hostel San Diego
Samesun Ocean Beach
1 out of 5
4961 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $107 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Ocean Beach, this hostel is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Mission Bay and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mission Beach and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"Great location. Would stay again"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Samesun Ocean Beach
ITH CoLive Balboa Park
2 out of 5
3751 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA
Located in Hillcrest, this hostel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Balboa Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Mission Valley Mall. Museum of Man and San Diego Zoo are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (115 reviews)
"Safe and clean"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

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ITH CoLive Balboa Park
California Dreams Hostel - Ocean Beach
2 out of 5
3790 Udall St, San Diego, CA
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The price is $65 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Point Loma, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of NTC Promenade, Ocean Beach Park, and Dog Beach. Mission Bay and Old Town San Diego State Park are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Good service"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

California Dreams Hostel - Ocean Beach
PodShare San Diego
2 out of 5
500 West Fir Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $50 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Little Italy, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Bay, Waterfront Park, and Balboa Park. Maritime Museum of San Diego and Port of ...
3.5/5Good! (15 reviews)
"Due to flight layover this was affordable and able to get to quick and safely. Very nice lady at the front desk that made me feel right at home."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

PodShare San Diego
California Dreams Hostel - Pacific Beach
2 out of 5
743 Emerald Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $100 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Pacific Beach, this beach hostel is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from SeaWorld and within 12 mi (20 km) of La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. Salk Institute for Biological ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"Visiting from Maine - stayed 8 nights - first experience with a hostel - had a great experience. A wonderful location, comfortable environment and friendly staff. On-street parking (within 1-2 blocks) was easy to find every night. Talked with many other guests during my stay that indicated this was ..."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

California Dreams Hostel - Pacific Beach
ITH Hostels Downtown San Diego
2 out of 5
230 W. Cedar, San Diego, CA
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! (337 reviews)
Ith little italy
"BOBBY AND MATTHEW ARE SOME COOL A** DUDES, IM TAKING NURSING CLASSES IN SAN DIEGO FROM SAN CLEMENTE AND USUALLY STAY HERE WHEN IM IN TOWN. JUST DONT PISS THEM OFF, THIS IS A PLACE OF BUISSNESS SO ALWAYS BE COURTEOUS AND YOUR STAY WILL BE AWESOME."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

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Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $152 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
4/5Very Good! (4,266 reviews)
"Excellent Location ,right on the middle of everything"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $179 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,319 reviews)
"Great location and the room was extra large"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Best Western Seven Seas

Best Western Seven Seas

3 out of 5
411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
The price is $80 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
3.7/5Good! (3,133 reviews)
"I liked the pool, hot tub and the cafe. The staff were friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Best Western Seven Seas
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in San Diego, one of the 14 hostels here might be a great choice for you. These dorm-style accommodations come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have a few things in common:

  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social environment
  • Shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too)

By choosing a hostel in San Diego, you can spend less on lodging and set aside more of your money for exploring during your trip. You can check out this destination's cultural highlights, such as its museums, and the sea views create an appealing natural setting.

Hostels in San Diego

You might be curious, what are the most popular hostels in San Diego? According to our customers' reviews, these ones have the highest ratings:

Hostel Habibi - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and laundry facilities.

HI San Diego Downtown - Close to public transit, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Convention Center Station and Park and Market Trolley Station. You can take advantage of free continental breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with showers.

ITH Adventure 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 24-hour front desk. You'll find free toiletries and hair dryers 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. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Rooms come with showers.

Lucky D's Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Petco Park. Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and tour/ticket assistance.

When Is the Best Time to Visit San Diego?

Good weather's always better when you want to venture out and explore, so here's a little information that might be helpful:

  • The hottest months are typically August and September, while December and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 66° F and nighttime temperatures average 48° F
  • April-June: 73° F is the daytime average and 54° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 77° F and nighttime averages are around 63° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 74° F during the day and 48° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 9.84 inches in a year

What Can I Do in San Diego?

Depending on your interests, you might like these places:

Top Sights
  • Balboa Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld
Natural Features
  • Old Town San Diego State Park
  • Ocean Beach Park
  • Pantoja Park
Cultural Attractions
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Lyceum Theatre

In general, San Diego is known for its:

  • Museums
  • Beaches
  • Theater
  • Art
  • Entertainment
  • Historical sites

How to Get to San Diego and Around the Area

You'll find the nearest airport in San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away from the city center. Another option is San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) away. Once you're on the ground, you may want to use public transit to get around. Walk to nearby metro stations like Civic Center Station, 5th Avenue Station, and Convention Center Station. To see more of the surrounding area, hop on 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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