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Featured Hostels in San Diego

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
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! (45 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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $54 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 $119 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 $63 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! (187 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! (339 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 $75 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 $69 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! (102 reviews)

"Everyone is so amazing. I am always coming back here again!!! I met new friends."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

ITH CoLive Balboa Park
Buckner Hotel
1.5 out of 5
765 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA
The price is $99 per night

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 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
first timers.

"Just a little tip, take a cooler. There’s a market the next block, and it helps to have cold beverages in your room. Interesting time to stay cause everything closes early, especially bars. But the room was cute and comfy. The rooftop was nice to relax. Definitely an unexpected little gem. I would ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

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 $204 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,583 reviews)

"What a relaxing weekend! Loved the fire pits and s’mores. Glad they’re doing crowd control at the pools"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 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! (3,358 reviews)

"I stayed here during the pandemic. Had a great experience! It’s very comfortable and the prices are reasonable. They follow Covid regulations and make sure guests follow them too."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
4 out of 5
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $152 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,944 reviews)

"Majority of the staff was very courteous and professional. The hotel was kept in a high state of cleanliness. The only real con was that the restaurants and shops and bars were closed due to Covid and staffing safety, which is very understandable."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
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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.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in San Diego?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save more for fun things to do. We’ve heard good things about the zoo, waterfront, and other attractions in this destination.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dorm-style accommodations all have shared rooms (though many have private options too), budget-friendly prices, and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in San Diego?
Ready to book a hostel in town? These options get the highest reviews from our travelers and might be a good place to start looking: 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. Hostel on 3rd - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Convention Center Station. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with showers. 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. 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 Convention Center Station. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers. Lucky D’s Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Petco Park. Property features include free WiFi, tour/ticket assistance, and laundry facilities. You’ll find TVs in all rooms.
How many hostels will I be able to find in San Diego?
If you’re searching for an affordable place to stay in San Diego, one of Expedia’s 13 hostels might be a great choice.
What's the weather like in San Diego?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you’re discovering new places, so here’s some information that may be helpful: The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 70°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 58°F. Average annual rainfall for San Diego is 10 inches.
What is there to see and do in San Diego?
In general, San Diego is known for its museums, beaches, and theaters. 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 Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego Air and Space Museum, and Chicano Park.
What's the best way to get around San Diego?
You can search for flights to the closest airport, which is San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away from the city center. An alternative is San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), located 6.7 mi (10.8 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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