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California Dreams Hostel

743 Emerald St, San Diego, CA 92109-2405
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#14 of 140 Speciality lodging in San Diego
California Dreams Hostel is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in Southern California, only 1 minute away from the beach. It’s a place where backpackers from all over the world can meet like-minded travelers and have a true hostel experience with its fun community atmosphere and affordable prices, while enjoying excellent customer service, amenities, cleanliness, and comfort of staying at a quality hotel.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Paid private parking on-site
Street parking
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Vending machine
Bicycles available
Game room
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Water park offsite
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Separate living room
Laptop safe
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese
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James K wrote a review Dec 2020
Redondo Beach, California4 contributions
On December 4, 2020 a charge to my credit card was applied without my permission for a reservation on December 11, 2020. In compliance with booking.com FREE cancellation period (see attached receipts) and in compliance with California lock down in regards to BANNING tourism travel, I timely cancelled my reservation. After waiting for more than 2 weeks for a credit, I contacted the California Dream Hostel. Pedro (refused to give his last name) contrive a claim that I was not entitled to a refund. Pedro repeatedly talked over me and refused to refund the illegal charge. Please note, I have stayed at this hostel previously and am shocked at the blatant thievery of this situation.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Wesley V wrote a review Nov 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania146 contributions65 helpful votes
This was an amazing find. The prices are very reasonable. I booked a private room with a shared bathroom. Very clean, quiet and the common areas are open, airy, and clean. Steps from the beach and great coffee at Kona.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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ozarkmama wrote a review Sep 2020
316 contributions42 helpful votes
My daughter and I stayed 4 nights. The location can't be beat, a block from the beach a couple of blocks from the bus stop. The staff is friendly and helpful. We had one of the double rooms and it was quiet for the most part. Very clean. Would highly recommend and would stay again
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Pioneer663610 wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
Had a great time at this hostel. Was able to grab a surfboard and catch some waves. I’m so glad that you can still surf. The weather was great while I was there. It’s so clean and the people staying there are super chill. I’m definitely coming back!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Road43844727077 wrote a review Mar 2020
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Cleanest hostel I ever been to. It is right by the beach in a very beautiful and safe area. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Special thanks to Rayray, this man knows what he is doing. If I would be in San Diego again, this is the first place i would go to!
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Date of stay: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
US$71 - US$156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoPacific Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about California Dreams Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to California Dreams Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Mission Beach (0.2 km), Bare Back Grill Pacific Beach (0.03 km), and Cass Street Bar and Grill (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at California Dreams Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at California Dreams Hostel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at California Dreams Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at California Dreams Hostel?
Yes, free public parking nearby, paid private parking on-site, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to California Dreams Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Baked Bear, Kono's Cafe, and Oscars Mexican Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at California Dreams Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at California Dreams Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at California Dreams Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to California Dreams Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial (4.5 km), Mormon Battalion Historic Site (7.6 km), and Whaley House Museum (7.7 km).
Is California Dreams Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.