Address: 521 Market Street, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California, Stati Uniti
HI - San Diego (Downtown) The Metropolitan Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:HI - San Diego (Downtown) The Metropolitan Hostel at Hostelworld Not listed at Booking.com Not listed at HostelsClub
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UNSAFE HOSTEL & VERY DIRTY
This hostel is not safe at 521 MARKET STREET. Why? The workers at the checkin counter let anyone check into this hostel -- wackos, nutjobs, druggies, and weirdos, you name it. Plus this hostel needs a very good cleaning -- it's very dirty!
Good location, nice pancakes
I really enjoyed staying at this hostel. Can't speak for the shared rooms, but the private room that we had was comfy and clean. The staff that I talked to had really good advice and there seemed to be a lot of information about things to do and how to get around. The hostel also organizes a lot of excursions that looked like a fun way to meet people if you are traveling alone. I also liked the idea of the pancake breakfast, where they provide the batter and you make your own. The kitchen was large with lots of space for eating and socializing. Overall, I think it is a great place to stay in San Diego. The only problem we had was an issue with the booking the second time we went to stay there, but it could have been the fault of the website we booked with. Fortunately, they still had a room and we had a place to stay.
The facilities were great, en-suite bathroom in my dorm was cool. Free pancake breakfast in the morning was outstanding and the location is pretty cool. I'd stay there again, only one downside -- can be noisy on a friday or saturday night (unless you out enjoying the noise).
Comic con folks -- use this hostel
I had a decent time here. I go to comic-con every year and usually I stay at the hostel down the block. I changed it up this year and I feel dumb that I never used this hostel. It's bigger, cleaner, and more comfy. Everything about it is better -- better kitchen, better rooms, better bathrooms. They invited me to an ice cream social as soon as I got there and they were all gung ho about people staying for the convention. I felt very welcome and like I was at home. At HI, everyone's there for the con so it's easier to socialize. Check in was horribly long, as was check out, since it was very busy, but that was a small price to pay for being comfy and paying such a low price.
Nice building, but the staff don't know what they are doing. I still have not received my HI points for my stay, as the staff did not know how to use the computer. The hostel let bag people and complete fruit loops stay there. I did not always feel safe, but the management did remove one nutter as it appears several people complained about her behavior. The location is great but it was so noisy even with my earplugs in. Lots of crime in the streets. The hostel did some communal meals, which were good value and we managed to get free tickets for a symphony so it was not all bad. I do not think I would stay here again.
The hostel itself is pretty nice, structurally, but the staff are so pathetic. The head of the hostel clearly doesn't care about her employees or the local volunteers, and that attitude trickles down to how the guests are treated. I was there before this person was hired, and the atmosphere was completely different. When I returned, it was as if THEY were doing US a favor by taking our money and letting us stay there. Not a good place for relaxation.
+ The location is great if you like bars (like I do :-)) and the hostel is located within walking distance of all the downtown attractions, including the harbor and Balboa Park.
+ The staff were really, really nice and helpful.
+ It was pretty clean (for a hostel).
+ Free breakfast.
+ Lockers for every bed in the dorm (but they charge a quarter every time you lock it).
- Parking is a big problem. "Park on Market" is 9 bucks per day. There are free spots, about 5-10 blocks away in a pretty shady neighborhood.
- The bathroom in our 10-bed dorm was locked and out of order (but there was a "public" bathroom on our floor and two upstairs).
- Some guys were partying in the dorm (but that's not the hostel's fault).
I stayed here at the end of December. The location has the downside that you cannot park anywhere close unless you want to pay for it. The closest free parking that we have found was about four blocks east. They have a nice, clean kitchen and a good breakfast for free (toast and muffins). The architecture is a little strange. I had to search quite a while to find an exit without using the elevator which leads into the reception. It could also use some more bathrooms, but that was no problem at the time I was there. But the bathrooms were not clean anymore after some time. There is only a little atmosphere. You can definitely stay at this place but it is not a "you have to stay here."
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Groups (10+ people)
Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Max. Age: All Ages
Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 24 Hours
Size: Very Large (100+ beds)