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I was very impressed with Steve and the International Travelers House Adventure Hostel in Little Italy near Downtown San Diego.
Steve was very helpful in making my reservation work as the other sister property was full up. His assistance in answering additional questions, along with the entire staff, was helpful as all are very informed of the local restaurants, stores, etc. of San Diego, CA.
What a good experience for my first stay at a Hostel!! I am now at the sister property and also having a very good experience. The whole Hostel concept is awesome and the ITH group I think takes it to a higher level. They have activities planned for all to participate in during the week. All the guests I had the pleasure of meeting were all so well traveled and full of terrific travel stories.
I plan on returning to the ITH Little Italy Hostel later this week as I had such a nice experience. The bunk beds were very comfortable. They even offered breakfast and dinner included with the stay! You can't beat it. The quality of the guests, the meals included, activities planned, etc. makes this an incredible value.
I can't say it enough, the entire staff at the ITH Hostel are there to make your stay the best that it can be! I recommend staying with them!! Whenever I am in town it will be with ITH. And I'm looking forward to staying also at the new third property in Big Bear!
Keep up the good work Steve and the entire team!
friendly ,clean and welcoming before my hike on the PCT
This place is awesome!! The guys from the stuff are very friendly and the atmosphere there is very nice.The free breakfast and the dinner is a plus and the organised activities give you the opportunity to get to know San Diego real quick.The place is clean,quiet and in a great location. I would suggest this place to everyone who wants to meet new people around the world and have fun in San Diego!!
This is the 3rd hostel I've stayed at, and it was BY FAR the cleanest, best managed and nicest one.
The people at the desk are kind and super helpful. They even had clean towels for us (forgot ours, doh!). We got a personal tour of the place, and shown into our nice room.
Everyone that was staying there was super friendly - they had events going on everyday (such as brewery tours, trips to Mexico and even a party bus going to a nightclub one night!!!)
There was free meals in which everyone seemed to gather for - they were wholesome, delicious and well-prepared. The kitchen was well stocked and they had plenty of options for meals (for vegetarians as well!)
We were given a warm welcome, a clean bed, bathrooms and showers that were cleaned every hour, laundry facilities, a colorful, artsy fun environment with pool tables and an outdoor patio AND super cheap!!! - what more could you ask for?
I will absolutely stay here anytime I am in there area, and give my highest review for this hostel. They were even super helpful when we had to leave at 5am!
Thank you for a fabulous experience and I hope to visit again soon :)
I love the international travelers house!
I'd never stayed at a hostel before staying at the international travelers house, and I didn't really know what to expect from a hostel.
I made brand new friends, and I got to explore the city with other residents and staff members of the hostel. I'll never stay in another hotel in San Diego.
You may have some of the same concerns that I had...
1) I have to sleep in the same room with other people??
-- that's true. If that's a huge concern for you, a hostel might not be for you. We had 8 bunks in my room. People used it for a place to relax/nap during the day. And it was really quiet at night, despite 7 other people sleeping in nearby bunks.
2) where do I keep my valuables?
-- the hostel offers locker accommodations, but you've got to bring your own lock. I should note that the people at the hostel had a vibe of trustworthiness. I never felt bad/scared/threatened, rather I felt like part of a new family. So leaving valuables in my suitcase for the duration of my stay didn't even get a second thought.
-- I had a private shower in a bathroom with a lock. It was clean, and warm water was never an issue.
Overall my experience was a 10 / 10. I felt like part of a family rather than a guest. Plus the hostel was a great way to see the city of San Diego on a tight budget.
This place is actually a hostal, not a private home. But you do get a private room in this hostal. The location of this hostal is unbeatable, almost walking distance to anywhere in the downtown (Still have to take buses to old town and seaworld). This area is very safe, close to most of the public transportation. The only problem here is the noise outside during nights. I stayed there for two nights, there were folks talking outside the hostal, and my window is exactually above the door, so when they chated outside, I can hear them clearly, at 2 AM.
I stayed for just one night at the hostel and enjoyed that time a lot. Everything was clean and the people were really nice. Gaslamp Quarter is not that far away and the breakfast was fine. Personal highlight: the Ron Burgundy-room! Would go there again!
Stayed in this nice hostel with people from all over the world. Clean and fun place to stay.
It's a great place to meet new people and have fun.
I highly recommend this hostel, especially for people traveling on low budget.
You get the best for your money!
That only one private room in hostel is small but functional. Entrance to room is through dorm which I found to be one more nice way to mingle and meet fellow travelers. Place is clean, staff is from many different countries and extremely friendly. Whole place has warm friendly atmosphere. Beds are comfortable and sheets/blankets/towels much better quality from what you usually find in hostels. Breakfast AND DINNER are included! Many daily and nightly free activities. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others.