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500 West Hotel

1,851 reviews
+1 619-234-5252

Top Amenities

Pets Allowed
Fitness Center

Have A Comfortable Stay at the 500 West, a Hostel-Style Hotel

What Does a 500 West Room Include?

500 West Hotel's San Diego location is a European-style hostel in downtown San Diego. Shared male or female dorm-style rooms have bunk beds. Private rooms with one or two twin beds or a double bed have hip décor and telephones. Some rooms include a small flat-screen television. Bathrooms are shared. Larger rooms provide a desk for guests who need to get some work done.

What Amenities Are Available?

All guests have use of a shared kitchen. If you don't want to cook, grab a bite on the patio of the on-site coffee shop. Guests can relax by the fireplace in the reading room or work out in the three-level health club. Wi-Fi is available. If you've been traveling a while, use the laundry facilities to do your wash. The hostel will store your bags if you need to check out before you head out of town.

What are the Rates?

500 West is one of the cheapest hotels in San Diego, with rates as low as $39 per night for a shared room and singles with a shared bath starting at $49.

How Would You Rate 500 West's Location?

It's easy to get to 500 West, as it's on the trolley route from the airport and one block from Amtrak. It's centrally located in downtown San Diego, within walking distance to the Gaslamp's dining and sightseeing attractions. Although San Diego's attractions, including Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and museums, keep most visitors busy, you can hop over to Mexico via the trolley from next door to the hostel.

What's the Bottom Line?

500 West is ideal for travelers looking for cheap hotels in San Diego. Although hostels are well-known to youthful travelers, the 500 West hotel offers a higher level of comfort than many hostels and is suitable for budget travelers of any age. The location makes it convenient for travelers without a car.


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500 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
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User Highlights
Overall Guest Score
"Close to Farmers Market" "Close to a harbor"
Not enough parking facilities, according to 79%.
City centre within easy reach, said 100%.
"Wi-fi worked well" "Free wi-fi"
61% thought the wifi quality was ok.
100% thought it was a great value.
"Big safety issue" "Staff was friendly and helpful"
Only 61% found the staff to be friendly enough.
54% said the reception staff was ok.
"Very old carpet" "Everything is worn outdated and broken"
88% criticized the unstylish hotel.
For 61%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.
"This place is filthy" "Shared Bathroom was filthy"
69% said rooms were dirty.
89% thought it was rather dirty.
"Structure is terrible" "Stains on the floors and walls"
75% thought the building wasn't nice.
91% complained about the elevator.
"Are tiny with shared bathrooms" "Rickety bed frame"
88% said rooms were small.
61% didn't like the uncomfortable beds.
"Carpet on the hallways is stained" "Shared Bathroom was filthy"
81% complained about the bathroom.
69% said rooms were dirty.

Good to know...

Elevator in need of updating
Hotel buildings could use some improvement
Bathroom could be optimized
Bathroom needs cleaning
Expert Reviews
Deemed a hip urban hostel and similar to a European-style hyrid hotel, 500 West is ideal for young travelers on a budget.
The historic Armed Services YMCA Building houses this no-frills hostel suitable for backpackers and other budget-minded travelers.