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Reviews of San Diego's Ocean Beach International Hostel

Hostel | 4961 Newport Ave, San Diego, California, USA 92107

87.3% Overall Rating

126 out of 140 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (29/08/2013)

Elizabeth Creek thinks…

"Walking distance of a beautiful beach and local shops, the bedrooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The farmers' market outside on a Wednesday is awesome."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Airport Pickup
  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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87.3%

Overall Rating

126 out of 140 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'San Diego's Ocean Beach International Hostel'

Atmosphere
84.0%
Location
90.4%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
84.0%
Staff
88.0%
Value
91.2%
Safety
88.0%
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97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great staff, cool facilities and nice daily activities.

Disliked: Not much, maybe that it wasen't the place to party.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Devon Bell

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

20 October 2013 Devon would recommend this property

Liked: Very cool vibe, lots of activities to get people together. Great staff!

Disliked: Devon left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Best hostel I've ever stayed in.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Elizabeth Creek

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

29 August 2013 Elizabeth would recommend this property

Liked: Walking distance of a beautiful beach and local shops, the bedrooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The farmers' market outside on a Wednesday is awesome.

Disliked: They could do with a couple of extra bathrooms/toilets.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

11 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the location, the people, the food I would say just awesome!!!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

glen dawson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 June 2013 glen would recommend this property

Liked: Good Hostel. Close to beach bars ect.

Disliked: Mens showers down stairs. Just use the ones on second floor

42.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 April 2013

Liked: It's generally rubbish but if I had to pick something, the free ear plugs were useful.

Disliked: There are only two toilets/showers and you have to queue for ages each time you want to use one. The staff are unfriendly, the beds uncomfortable, the place is worn and tatty, the toilets are always filthy, there are old guys in the dorms who seem to live there, there's no BBQ, the pictures here are misleading, there's no atmosphere, the free breakfast in the morning is ok but you have to fight into the kitchen to get it, there's not enough room to sit and eat, there's no comfortable common room, the lockers in the rooms are tiny, no reading lights or power, the wi-fi is slow.......... stay somewhere else.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I loved that it was clean, quiet and so close to the beach! free, big and good breakfast with real eggs! : ) The beds had curtains for a little more privacy! Stuff was mostly very nice (the dark haired lady at the front desk didn´t like her work!). I meet very nice people there, what made my stay even better!

Disliked: I didn´t like all that plastic you have to use and throw away every morning for the breakfast!!! All the people I talked with felt bad about this too and would have loved to wash their own dishes! Please OBI do s.th. about it...Peace to earth! You know what I mean? And the backyard could have had a plant instead of 6 Tv screens!; )

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

01 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location near the beach, restaurants and bars. Quite clean and had good extra services such as complimentary water, chips, sometimes dinners, pancake and egg breakfast, towels etc. Good activities planned for each night so it is easy to meet people.

Disliked: The common areas could be nicer.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa

23 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly atmosphere, welcome pack of crisps and water, good location and free dinner two nights a week!

Disliked: There could be a better selection at breakfast with longer opening times.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

m j best

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

10 December 2012 m j would recommend this property

Liked: The whole hippie vibe here in OB feels very welcoming and the hostel is so central to OB, great if you are a musician. I liked everything from the comfy beds to the eat all the want breakfasts. Fab man!

Disliked: Nothing

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Arto Saarend

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

23 November 2012 Arto would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, good valiue of money, location

Disliked: Arto left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Right by the ocean! Close by bus station to go downtown! Free pick up from the airport! Help full stuff!

Disliked: Not really in a hotspots location!

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

11 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is great.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it really near the beach

Disliked: well some of the employee was really mean...she complain why I have such a problem to call shuttle bus, she wasn'r really kind.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Matteo Bencic

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

03 August 2012

Liked: The location

Disliked: Matteo left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free transfer from the airport (but not back) this saves you about 15 dollars. Excellent breakfasts, scrambled eggs, pancakes, coffee etc. All fresh and as much as you can eat.

Disliked: The hostel is a bit run down but the staff do their best to keep it clean, however this does mean no access between 11 and 3pm.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Marianne Turcotte

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 June 2012 Marianne would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is cool, good atmosphere!

Disliked: Marianne left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Work / volunteering

05 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, amazing extras like towels, night-time activities, breakfast, dinner some nights and airport transfer. Curtains around each bed. You have everything you need, and meet some lovely people.

Disliked: Rooms could get stuffy since we couldn't open the windows, and the building is pretty run-down. The sink in our room was blocked and full of water for 2 days. Could get really noisy at all hours. But it's a great relaxed party hostel and the rooms were cleaned every day so if you're after a no-frills building with lots of extras and socialising and it's great.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

adam bishop

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

01 June 2012 adam would recommend this property

Liked: close to the beach, bed were good, balls and boards available for hire or to borrow

Disliked: being out of your rooms between 11-3 so they can clean, no drinking at the hostel after 9, no common areas after 11, rooms a bit small, no real inside common area, not enough toilets/showers and they are all toilets and showers in the 1 room so you struggle to find a toilet to use especially in the morning, some kind of like sea fly infestation

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Marthe Hammer

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break

30 May 2012 Marthe would recommend this property

Liked: great location close to the beach and bars

Disliked: nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Héctor van den Boorn

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

20 May 2012 Héctor would recommend this property

Liked: Very good hostel: it was cleaned every single day, good atmosphere with the other people and an excellent location (about 2 mins walking to the beach and it is located in a very lively street with bars etc... though there was no sound disturbance).

Disliked: Héctor left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

10 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very close to Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. Ensuites in bedrooms and very clean. Close to shops and bars. Free airport transfer was great!

Disliked: Too many rules! No sandy feet and you have to be out of your room between 11-3 everyday and all of your possessions have to be in one box. Breakfast is too early from 8-9. Nowhere to socialise after 11.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing free breakfast and great location.

Disliked: small rooms with very few plug points.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Nicole Tiberi

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

08 May 2012 Nicole would recommend this property

Liked: The location is great and conveniently located near the beach, and close to downtown. The staff was super friendly and made it a great place to stay. It was also nice that there were social activities and a convenient kitchen, refrigerator and laundry facility.

Disliked: Some appliances were out dated. Slow and unreliable internet.