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Testimonials.

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“HI San Diego has a great vibe. The atmosphere is modern and cute. The location is unbeatable in the heart of downtown and the prices are low. It’s a great deal!”

– Cameron V., University of Utah

“Joelle was awesome to work with. She really accommodated the needs of our group, kept up with us, was readily available by phone, and even was willing to reschedule us when our arriving flight was canceled and we had to come a day late. Really hope to get to work with her again in the future.”

– Kaiti L., Bridges International at Illinois Institute of Technology

“We were very pleased with our stay [at San Diego Downtown] for a second year in a row. HI San Diego is a perfect lodging option for large groups, especially of students! Thank you for ensuring us another year of quality hospitality. We will certainly be back again!”

– Sienna F., University of Michigan

“I wanted to say thank you for helping us plan such a spectacular program! We had such an incredible time and I think all of the students learned a lot. We definitely want to make this an annual program! We really enjoyed hearing about [Joelle’s] travels and experiences. It was really inspiring and we would love to learn more. Thank you again for everything!”

– Rima V., Cal Poly Pomona as a participant of HI’s Great Hostel Give Back program

“Our stay at the Downtown San Diego Hostel was fantastic!!!! The location cannot be beat. How fun to be right in the heart of downtown within walking distance of so many attractions and restaurants. Our troop was able to ride the trolley into town and walk the few blocks to the hostel. The staff was warm and welcoming, letting us store our belongings with them while our room was being prepared. The girls loved exploring the hostels nooks and crannies and mingling with the other guest.  When we were staying they were preparing for an art show so the whole place was covered with original art to enjoy. Our troop of nine Juniors offered to prepare dinner and really enjoyed working in the kitchen which has everything you need. The guests were very appreciative and this was a highlight of the girls stay. As was walking around at night downtown and seeing all the activity. In the morning the continental breakfast was nice and offered something for everyone.

Then as we are preparing for an upcoming bridging trip we asked for the World Travel 101 talk. Joelle is a passionate traveler who provided great insight as to how to pack, stay safe and get the most out of travelling to another country. She inspired our girls to start dreaming of where they wish to travel next.

Thank you for a wonderful time!!!”

– Kristen Z., Troop Leader, Girl Scout Troop 6764

“My group of ten college students has stayed twice at the HI San Diego Downtown hostel. Each year, the students have ranked it as their favorite place to stay on our whole trip. The common facilities are modern and clean, the rooms are very nice for a hostel, and the breakfast is an added bonus. The students are especially fond of the location, which is right in the center of everything San Diego has to offer. Ours is a Sports Journalism class, and we can easily walk to Petco Park from the hostel – great entertainment and food are all in the neighborhood, too. The staff at the hostel has also been very helpful for both me and the students. I would highly recommend it for any group.”

– Jon B., Associate Professor, Carthage College

“I have been working with HI San Diego for 2 years. I work at a school located a few blocks from the hostel and in Summer we offer short programs to international students coming from all over the world. I was looking for a safe place, within walking distance, that could accommodate my students, and HI was the perfect solution! All the students who stayed there were extremely satisfied: they loved the location, the complimentary breakfast and the staff. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. As I was dealing with group reservations, I had the pleasure to work directly with Joelle Dent, the Group Sales Manager. She is very professional, organized and detailed oriented, and made the booking process very easy and streamlined! We are already working on bookings for next year! I high recommend HI! Joelle and her team will make your stay in Diego a great experience!

– Stefania C., International Enrollment Manager, New School of Architecture & Design