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“Cosy & welcoming”
Review of HI San Luis Obispo

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HI San Luis Obispo
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed just one night as a stopover on our way to LA. The hostel has a warm and welcoming vibe. The area seemed nice and the building is unlike other hostels as you feel as if you are staying in someone's home. There is a piano and guitars for those musical travellers out there. The hostel is clean and beds are fairly comfortable. There are only a couple of showers and toilets but enough for the small number of guests. We were unlucky and had a snorer in the room so didn't get much sleep so can't say we particularly enjoyed our stay, however this is not the hostels fault! The only thing I would suggest is maybe modernising the bedrooms a bit. Offering more plug points close to each bed as we were unable to charge our phones overnight. And maybes privacy screen and reading light as the beds are close together. Would recommend to those wanting homely comfort.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Laura D
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

The HI Hostel in San Luis Obispo is in a normal residential area and it's a converted house. There is parking around the back and I had no problem parking there. Beware that there's not a whole lot going on in the area. Luckily I had a car so I drove to Denny's for dinner.

This hostel is a converted house and you notice it the moment you walk in. The first thing you see is a large common area, dining table and kitchen. Front desk is small and check-in was modern with a tablet where you had to sign for payment. Well thought of!

I was given a room on the ground level and it was a dorm room in the front of the building. It was extremely tiny. It fitted 2 bunk beds and then there was 50 centimeters between both beds. There was barely room to store your luggage or even to stand! This is the smallest dorm room I have ever stayed in. There's hardly any room to change clothes. It would be better to remove one of the bunk beds to create a room that's not claustrophobic. There's also no lock no the door.

I left early in the morning, so I did not use breakfast. I think some kind of breakfast was offered for a small donation.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Thank JeroenOlthofNL
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Staff are mostly friendly, helpful and nice.

Location is great! Close to Higuera St where the main action is. 5 min walk

Facilities were good. Clean, comfy beds. Nice bathrooms

Pancakes were nice.

Small hostel so not many ppl but nice feel to it

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Matthew S
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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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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 #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in San Luis Obispo
Price Range: $43 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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