We stayed here for three nights at the end of a six-week road trip from Seattle, so needed somewhere to chill for a few days before flying to Central America. Point Loma was perfect. The hostel is very welcoming, we arrived mid-evening, but still got an enthusiastic greeting from Matt, who gave us a quick tour and showed us to our room - pretty sure that's never happened to us in a hostel before.
Our room was a private double bunk-bedded family room (two adults and two children), just across the hall from a unisex toilet and shower. Everything was clean and comfortable. The room was quite small and felt very crowded if all four of us were in there at the same time, especially as there wasn't anywhere to put our luggage apart from the floor around the bed. But we just used it for sleeping and spent days in the communal areas or out and about, so it didn't really matter.
The lounge, kitchen and dining area was quite spacious (but this is not a big hostel, so not too many guests, or too much communal space). The lounge had squishy sofas and a TV, great for the kids. The kitchen was pretty new, and really well-equipped. It was a pleasure to cook in, don't say that about many hostels either. The dining area had plenty of tables, power sockets, good wifi, and Masai the rescued Monitor Lizard... There was also a tiny room to one side with two pcs and paid internet access ($5 for 30 minutes?), and a book exchange.
Outside there was a courtyard with tables and chairs, a huge hammock, and a fire pit - we were lucky enough to be there for toasted marshmallows one night. Also outside were washing machines and dryers, cheap to use and quick. The courtyard was a fab place to chill (although Point Loma does suffer from sea mists, so there was not much sunshine), and the wifi worked well out there too (didn't seem to reach our room though, not sure about others).
Breakfast consisted of pancake mix provided by the hostel, which guests cooked themselves. Yummy (especially if you slice a banana up and add before cooking)! There is free coffee on the go all the time, although we always seemed to get there just as the pot was emptied and had to make fresh...!
The hostel is not in downtown San Diego, but a quiet neighbourhood with a supermarket and several fast food eating places nearby. It is not especially near the ocean either, and public transport is limited. We had a car, which was fine, parking on the street is free and easy. It is not far from the airport - very convenient the morning we left.
I would really recommend staying at this hostel if you just need a few days to catch up with yourselves, like we did, it was fab. We would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come Chill in our Air-conditioned hostel featuring a laid-back atmosphere with a beautiful, sunny courtyard complete with table tennis, gas BBQ, and plenty of spots to relax. There is also a large, open kitchen that's perfect for cooking and sharing your favorite meals and a comfy, spacious lounge with a big screen smart TV that you can stream Netflix on. FREE WIFI throughout building. Weekly dinners, barbecues, and Taco Crawls are conducted by helpful hostel staff. The Point Loma Hostel is located two miles from San Diego's famous Ocean Beach in the relaxed neighborhood of Point Loma. Ocean Beach and its accompanying nightlife, cafes, restaurants, shops and weekly Farmer's Market are just a short 5 min drive/bus ride or 20 min walk away. Nearby, Sea World and Mission Bay are just a 5 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride away. Balboa Park, with its museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Downtown San Diego are 15 or 30 minutes away by car and bus respectively. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International San Diego, Point Loma Hotel San Diego