San Diego, California has long been a top tourist destination in the United States, but one of the biggest complaints of tourists (particularly younger ones) is that it’s really expensive to get in and out of the city. Luckily, there are plenty of great hostels in San Diego to help you enjoy your stay without breaking the bank. Check out these five best San Diego hostels for budget travelers.
1) The Midway
The Midway Hotel is one of my favorite hostels in all of San Diego and easily a top choice for budget travelers. It’s walking distance from some great restaurants, bars, and shops, including Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill (one of my favorites), South Beach Bar & Grille, Downtown Brew Co., and Pedal Haus Brewery. Plus you can get anywhere within 5-15 minutes. There are a ton of beds so it’s never really crowded or noisy. The rooms have comfortable queen beds with clean linens, spacious bathrooms with sinks outside your room (which makes it feel even more private). The common area has several comfy chairs to hang out or read a book or work on your laptop. The breakfasts here are also pretty good!
2) Sun God Lodge
Sun God Lodge is one of San Diego’s most popular hostels for backpackers, serving guests from all over the world. Whether you’re traveling alone or as part of a group, Sun God Lodge offers dorm rooms and private rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Plus, it has plenty of common areas where you can meet other travelers and make new friends. The best part? Sun God Lodge is less than 10 minutes from Balboa Park and about 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, making it an ideal option for those who want to explore but don’t want to stay too far away from home. Price: $19/night (dorm bed) Book Now
3) 4 Corners
Part of one of America’s largest youth hostel networks, Four Corners is a good bet for backpackers traveling on a budget. The facility offers accommodations to anyone over 18, and has options that include private rooms and shared dorm rooms. Guests can enjoy free Internet access and socialize with fellow travelers at events such as happy hours, cultural exchanges and group dinners. As an added bonus, Four Corners is located just a short walk from Balboa Park—an attraction that should be on everyone’s list when visiting San Diego.
4) Ocean Beach International Hostel
Located on Pier 32 and within walking distance of Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach is an ideal hostel for those who want to be near all of the action. All of its rooms come with ocean views, so you won’t miss out on any of that lovely San Diego sun. A full kitchen comes stocked with plates, pans, utensils, and spices to cook meals for yourself or your fellow travelers. The staff provides daily planned activities such as hiking and surfing classes (if there are enough people) or you can just do your own thing by relaxing on their patio by a bonfire. This is probably one of my favorite hostels in San Diego simply because it feels more like a home than anywhere else I’ve ever stayed at.
5) Inn at Sunset Cliffs
Offering charming bay-side views, free WiFi and on-site parking, Inn at Sunset Cliffs is 2.4 mi from Old Town State Historic Park. A shared lounge, laundry facilities and bike rental are available. All rooms include air conditioning and a private bathroom with toiletries. Extras include a hairdryer and coffee machine. There is also an outdoor pool with city views and barbecue facilities for guests to use for an additional fee.