Looking for a city break with a bit of everything? There’s loads of things to do in San Diego, which makes it a popular holiday destination for both US residents and international visitors.
Sna Diego is famous for it’s beaches, parks and attractive California climate, but San Diego also has a wealth of history and some fun kid-friendly attractions.
If you’re planning a trip with friends or family and you’re on a budget, you could stay in one of the many well-appointed, cheap hostels in San Diego, or go for one of the higher budget ones.
There are plenty of options to suit every budget and type of traveller, but to help narrow it down here are some of the best hostels in San Diego.
10. Hostiel Habibi
Hostel Habibi is amazing if you want to go a bit more upscale than the typical hostel, maintain a bit of privacy and have your own room but still don’t want to break the bank.
Like all the San Diego hostels you’ll find on this list, it’s clean and well-serviced, but they offer some extra perks.
Hostel Habibi will pick you up from the airport in a limo (yes, really!) and have nice, modern rooms to keep their guests comfortable. They’re a bit of a ‘boutique’ hostel, so expect the setting to be a bit more intimate than the larger hostels.
9. USA Hostels Ocean Beach
What more do you want? USA Hostels Ocean Beach is undoubtedly one of the best hostels in San Diego. It is well located only two blocks from the beach, it offers a free shuttle to and from all the popular tourist spots and downtown attractions, and it’s great for those on a budget.
If you’re looking for good, cheap hostels in San Diego where you can make the most of the city’s seaside setting, you won’t go wrong here!MORE INFO
8. ITH Zoo Hostel
How many other cheap hostels in San Diego offer not only free breakfast, but free pizza for dinner? And not just any pizza, but handmade pizza from a local, authentic Italian restaurant? We’ll give you a clue – literally none of the other San Diego hostels do, so if you’re a pizza-lover looking for a cheap break, ITH Zoo Hostel is right up your street.
They are always praised by guests for going above and beyond to give you a memorable stay – the staff help to organise everything from bar crawls to sightseeing tours and snorkeling excursions.MORE INFO
7. Lucky D’s Hostel
Lucky D’s is one of the best hostels in San Diego for a really, really cheap getaway. If you want to spend a weekend partying, eating out and having a good time, you’ll love it here.
The vibe is incredible, it’s always busy and filled with people on the go and it’s well-located in the East Village, only a few minutes walk from the Gaslamp quarter. Lucky D’s always has some kind of social event going on, making it a great choice for solo travellers who want to meet new people.
If you had to sum up their offering, it would be ‘free stuff! There’s a shared kitchen available, free iPads, free internet, free phone calls, free bike storage….you get the picture.MORE INFO
6. ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
If you’re heading for San Diego to soak up the sun and catch some waves, a stay at the Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel is sure to float your boat.
It’s a surfer’s paradise; there’s no need to walk or drive to the beach because it’s right on the sand in Pacific Beach. There’s barbecue facilities and a sun terrace overlooking the shore, free breakfast (and often free unadvertised dinners too).
Spend your evenings relaxing in the lounge, sipping on a beer with a sea view, or walk over to a local restaurant for a bite to eat.MORE INFO