USA Hostels San Diego
726 5th Avenue, San Diego, USA

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Voted Best Hostel Chain Worldwide 2013 and the #1 hostel in the USA for 2009!. San Diego's original backpacker hostel has been offering guests a relaxing yet fun environment for 19 years! Ideally located in the Gaslamp (the entertainment district), while also being minutes from most tourist attractions. And our new privacy pods will make your stay even more relaxing.

USA Hostels San Diego is social, fun and a great value as our prices include taxes and we offer many freebies (listed below). Our exclusively-designed privacy pods feature a reading light, shelf and outlet and provide privacy from roommates along with a reduction in noise and light. Especially great for those times when someone flips on the light late at night!

Please refer to check-in requirements at the bottom of this page before making a booking.

No other hostel can show you the city like us! Join us for Tuesday Taco nights with $2 tacos and margaritas, head out on the town Wednesday nights with our pub crawl, spend a day out partying in Mexico on our Saturday Tijuana tour or just hang at the hostel with other travelers swapping stories and chilling in our intimate lounge.

Extras we offer include:

- Exclusive 'privacy pods' (see photo)
- Free all-you-can-make pancakes, oatmeal, coffee, tea, daily.
- Free large lockers with powerpoints inside for secure electronics charging
- Free day-storage of luggage after check out
- Free and discounted hostel activities
- Free wifi for laptop/smart phone users
- Free use of hairdryers and straighteners
- Discounted SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo tickets
- Discounted Harbor Excursions tours
- Discounted bike rental
- Upgraded guest kitchen with all utensils and spices/seasonings
- Newly renovated relaxing lounge

We welcome guests from everywhere outside of San Diego county. At check in, international guests must present a valid passport. US residents must present valid government issued identification (ie: drivers license, state id card, passport). Guests may also be asked to present proof of onward travel. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Guests under 16 permitted only in private rooms unless an entire dorm is rented. Parents with young children must contact the hostel prior to booking.


  • 24 Hour Reception 
  • 24 Hour Security 
  • ATM 
  • Board games 
  • Book Exchange 
  • Breakfast Included 
  • Cable TV 
  • Card Phones 
  • Ceiling Fan 
  • Common Room 
  • DVD's 
  • Free Internet Access 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Games Room 
  • Hairdryers 
  • Hairdryers For Hire 
  • Hot Showers 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Internet Access 
  • Jobs Board 
  • Key Card Access 
  • Kitchen 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Linen Included 
  • Lockers 
  • Luggage Storage 
  • Meals available 
  • Reading Light 
  • Safe Deposit Box (Front Desk) 
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities 
  • Tours/Travel Desk 
  • Towels for hire 
  • Vending Machines 
  • Washing machine 
  • Wii 


From Airport:
Easiest is to take a taxi or shuttle. Is about $10-$12 plus tip.

From Greyhound:
Exit station and head north toward 13th St. Make a left at the first cross street onto Imperial St. Turn right onto Park Blvd. Make a left onto 10th Ave, then a left onto J St. Follow J to 5th Ave. Make a right onto 5th and follow this until you reach #726 on the left. You will see a row of international flags hanging from our building. Our front door is between two Italian restaurants . About a 15 minute walk.

From Amtrak:
Exit station onto Kettner Boulevard and turn right (South). At Broadway (1/2 block) turn left (East) and follow above directions.

From I-5 South take Front Street/Civic Center exit. Exit ramp divides, keep left at the fork toward 2nd St. Follow 2nd St signs, merging onto Cedar St. Turn right onto 4th Avenue. Turn left onto G St., then left onto 5th Avenue. We are the third door in from the corner - between two Italian restaurants.

From I-5 North take J Street exit. Bear left at 19th Street and turn left onto Market Street. Take Market 14 blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn right onto 5th, the hostel is one block up on the left hand side, between two Italian restaurants.

Take the Hostel Hopper door-to-door shuttle. If you are staying with us in Hollywood you can get daily, door-to-door service for only $40! Ride in a comfy mini-van with other travellers. Contact our front desk for details.