Hostels are a great way to travel if you're searching for economy, value, and a unique experience. And many hostels come a long way from the dorm style experiences they once offered. In San Diego, there are plenty of hostel choices that cater to a variety of demographics and travel styles. Read on to learn more about a selection of the best hostels in the San Diego area.
USA Hostels San Diego
Located in the center of the city's Gaslamp entertainment district, this hostel is part of a chain that was voted the best worldwide hostel chain in 2013. USA boasts of being the only hostel in the city with privacy pods allowing guests their own shelf, outlet, and reading lamp along with a bunk. Activities abound, with staff hosting tours, taco nights, free breakfasts and lockers, and discounted event tickets. Rooms range from $30-40 per night, with private twin rooms with a shared bathroom available.
With plenty of extras thrown in and a low room fee, Lucky D's is often called the best hostel value in San Diego. Guests enjoy complimentary internet and phone, free dinner three times a week, free breakfast and coffee daily, and free linens. Also located close to plenty of fun in the Gaslamp district, it's near public transportation. If you're looking to socialize, the activities director plans tons of daily events. Rates range from $25-35 per day, with private rooms available.
International Travelers House Adventure Hostel
Located in Little Italy, the International Travelers House Adventure Hostel is unique in that it provides free breakfast and dinner every day, as well as free daily activities like snorkeling, boating, tours, beach trips, quizzes, and more. Guests have the use of free Wi-Fi as well as free iPads, and the design of the hostel is such that visitors are encouraged to mingle and meet new people. Rooms average about $35 per night.
Hostelling International San Diego
If you want to experience beach life, this hostel is a great choice. It is located a short walk from the famous Ocean Beach with its restaurants, cafes, and weekly farmers’ market. Downtown San Diego is just a short bus ride away, making this a perfect location to experience everything the city has to offer. Hostelling International has a great outdoor space to enjoy, free WiFi, and a laid-back atmosphere. Rates range from $25-30 per night.