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“Nice, but cramped.”
Review of HI San Luis Obispo

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HI San Luis Obispo
Reviewed 10 September 2015

I like the basic look of the place (the shower upstairs had a great colorful look), but my room, a women's dorm was quite cramped. It had two bunk beds, which would have been enough, but then also had a fifth bed. Luckily it never had five occupants, as it reaaaaaallllllly would have been too close for comfort. The bathrooms also became full. I looked around and it just seems they are trying to cram too many people into too small a space. Also, they make you leave the hostel during the day, which was completely opposed to what I had in mind when I got to SLO. I have been traveling quite some time and was looking to have a few non-active days and this was more than annoying. You're paying for a place but you can't use it? WHAT? And the place ain't cheap. Supposed to include breakfast but of course there was that annoying tip jar. The US has to get a grip on tips (a friend said his plumber had a tip line on the bill!!)

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

A nice hostel with an interesting bunch of people and very attentive and welcoming staff. The staff both make sure the stay is comfortable as well as offering help to try and make it enjoyable. Breakfast is served on a donation basis and is tasty.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Joe L
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Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

I was really lucky to find this hostel, in a really good location between LA and San Francisco. Really felt like a proper hostel, as always with HI with a large emphasis on sustainability and consideration for others staying there. Really impressed.

Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

Stayed here with my boyfriend in a private room. The hostel is nice enough and offers very good value for money but our room needed redecorating and was very small. It was located next door to the reception desk so you could hear everything that was going on from 7am in the morning. Breakfast was limited to pancakes (which neither my boyfriend or I eat). Not really much community spirit, would be good to have more events in the evening.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank Stephanie B
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

The Hosteling International hostel in San Luis Obispo is a pretty good deal, as long as you're OK with a no-frills room & facilities.

It's conveniently located very close to the Amtrak train station and walking distance to the downtown area for restaurants, bars, clubs & other assorted nightlife options.

We stayed in a private room with a semi-private bathroom (it was also located off the kitchen/dining area for general use, so there was another door that could be locked from inside the bathroom. The bathroom & the furniture in the room were pretty old & not in the best condition. The windows in our room were also not fully functional.

The biggest disappointment was that it was advertised (and told to us on the phone) to have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the mornings, starting at a specific time. However, at the appointed time, we were in the kitchen/dining area & there were no staff members present. After about 30 minutes of waiting, someone finally wandered in & starting mixing up some pancake batter. When the batter was mixed, he simply left the common area, telling us that we had to cook the pancakes ourselves. Of course, we were perfectly able to do this, but it's not at all what we had expected (nor what was publicized).

By San Luis Obispo standards, though, it's relative inexpensive & located in a nice (and seemingly safe) residential neighborhood. But this hostel really needs some updating & renovation!

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Evan B
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Additional Information about HI San Luis Obispo

Address: 1617 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3721 (Formerly Hostel Obispo)
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in San Luis Obispo
Price Range: $67 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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