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1 room, 2 adults

California Dreams Hostel

2-star2 stars
743 Emerald Street, San Diego, CA, 92109, United States of America

Beach hostel with restaurant, near Mission Beach
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
From 28 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

  • Located just half a block from the beach, this is an awesome place. Friendly staff that…Aug. 9, 2019
  • I got there really early, so the desk clerk allowed me to store my backpack so I could…Jun. 28, 2019

California Dreams Hostel

from A$97
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Accessible, Private Bathroom (Pacific Beach Dorm; 14 bed Dorm)
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Accessible, Private Bathroom (Ocean Beach Dorm; 10 Bed Dorm)
  • Double Room Single Use, Accessible, Kitchen (La Jolla)
  • Double Room Single Use, Accessible, Kitchen (Private Room)

What’s around California Dreams Hostel


  • In Pacific Beach
  • Mission Beach - 12 min walk
  • Mission Bay - 16 min walk
  • Belmont Park - 40 min walk
  • Pacific Beach Park - 2 min walk
  • Crystal Pier - 4 min walk
  • Mission Beach Boardwalk - 4 min walk
  • Tourmaline Surfing Park - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 23 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 23 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 48 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 31 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 38 min drive
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 17 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 19 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 20 min drive

About California Dreams Hostel

When you stay at California Dreams Hostel, you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Beach Park and Mission Beach. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the restaurant, and the 10 beach bars are nice spots to grab a drink at the end of the day. Rooms feature bonuses like refrigerators and microwaves. The convenient parking and helpful staff get good marks from fellow travelers.

At a glance

Key facts


  • 4 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 3:30 AM.
If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. All guests must show a valid passport. This is the only form of identification that is accepted at this property. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (17 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

  • Free nearby parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • 10 beach bars
  • Restaurant
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
Things to do
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Things to enjoy
  • Separate dining area
  • Furnished patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom (not in room)
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Full-sized fridge/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared accommodations

California Dreams Hostel’s small print

Also known as

  • Dreams Hostel
  • California Dreams Hostel Diego
  • California Dreams Hostel San Diego
  • California Dreams Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector on site. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within the same state as the property will not be allowed to check in.

Optional extras

Self parking costs USD 7 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Superb 9.2 From 18 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Pleasant Experience
I would recommend this hostel, very friendly staff, great location, perfect for the budget traveler staying in Pacific Beach!
James, usOther trip
Poor 2.0
Worst hotel ever.
Worst hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Not clean whatsoever, small cramped bed, everyone shared one room and one bathroom, kitchen area was dirty and unkempt, smelled of marajuana and alcohol. Hotel keeper dirty and not polite. WILL DEFINITELY NOT GO BACK!
us3 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good place to stay.
Good place, nice people. I liked the breakfast burrito and coffee included in room rate. :) Just be a little bit more flexible at check out. :) That would be a plus. Customer service was great.
Brenda, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Good place to stay. Friendly people and service.
It’s a good place to stay, people was very friendly, good customer service. The only thing I didn’t like was that after 11:00 pm check out time, front desk was not very tolerable with giving a lit bit of extra time to only use the mirror next to the door to finish getting ready. I pay for two nights,. First night I didn’t showed up, I knew it was not refundable so ok, no problem. Second night I only need it to use the shower and get ready. I didn’t even touch the bed, i just used the bathroom to shower and then got dressed and slept somewhere else. Since that is all I use, the next morning I came back to shower before check out, ask for a lit bit of extra time to use the mirror inside the room to get ready, since I had paid for two nights and never sleep there I was hoping for a little bit of tolerance. Other than that, they were both really really nice, but they should be more flexible on some occasions. I believe we can decide just by meeting someone whether they want to take advantage of something or someone, I wasn’t, I thought I deserve a little bit of more tolerance, is just part of hospitality. I used to be assistant manager of Holiday Inn Express, also sales coordinator of Best Western. I know about hospitality, it makes all the difference. The lady said that those were the manager’s rules. Which in that case the manager should be more flexible. I’m not saying with every person who stays there. Only with certain situations, being able to see the difference.
Brenda, us1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Staff and location was amazing. It's a little loud at times, since the rooms are shared with a lot of people, but otherwise I would HIGHLY recommend it.
us2 night business trip

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