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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

Hostel with 15 beach bars, near Mission Beach
  • Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
  • Really loved the reception, hospitality, location. Wish we had more time there.Jan. 24, 2020
  • Property is a short walk to the beach front, airy tv lounge with garage door type window…Mar. 23, 2020

California Dreams Hostel

from A$189
  • 14 Bed Mixed Dormitory
  • 10 Bed Mixed Ensuite Dormitory
  • Double Room (Private Room)
  • Double Room (Private Room)
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Women only

What’s around California Dreams Hostel


  • In Pacific Beach
  • SeaWorld - 3.9 mi / 6.3 km
  • La Jolla Cove - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies - 9.7 mi / 15.6 km
  • Balboa Park - 9.7 mi / 15.6 km
  • Black's Beach - 10.2 mi / 16.4 km
  • Cabrillo National Monument - 10.4 mi / 16.8 km
  • USS Midway Museum - 10.5 mi / 16.9 km

Getting around

  • San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN) - 23 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 25 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 33 min drive
  • General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl. Airport (TIJ) - 48 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 33 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 12 min drive
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 15 min drive
  • Solana Beach Station - 21 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 4 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out
The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 12:30 AM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property 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.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be 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



  • Free self parking (limited)

  • 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
  • 15 beach bars
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction 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
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • 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
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Braille signage
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished patio
Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Full-sized fridge/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared accommodations

Special features


On Site

  • Fitness classes on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site


  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

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.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

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. This property is licensed under an applicable law.Property registration number Passport is required to check-in

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

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.

FAQs for California Dreams Hostel

  • Are pets allowed at California Dreams Hostel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • Is parking offered at California Dreams Hostel?
    Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at California Dreams Hostel?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
  • What is there to do near California Dreams Hostel?
    Recommended spots to visit include SeaWorld (3.9 mi) and La Jolla Cove (4.2 mi), along with Salk Institute for Biological Studies (9.7 mi) and Balboa Park (9.7 mi).
  • Are there restaurants at or near California Dreams Hostel?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Bare Back Grill (1-min walk), Thrusters Lounge (1-min walk), and Oscar's Mexican Seafood (2-min walk).

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 46 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Unit was great
Amanda, us1 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Great place to stay
Probably the best hostel at which I’ve stayed. Friendly and hospitable hosts that organized plenty of events for the guests. There’s a great camaraderie there. Be sure to bring a passport though, even if you are traveling within the states. It’s necessary for entry.
Jonathan, us3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
I got there really early, so the desk clerk allowed me to store my backpack so I could lighten my load till check-in. And I had mistakenly booked for the DAY BEFORE! But he adjusted it accordingly, and I checked in later and had a great stay. There was Movie Night that night. Right on the beach!
Douglas, us1 night trip
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, us2 night 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
Exceptional 10.0
Grade A Hostel
California Dreams is a quite, clean, and centrally located hostel in the center of PB. They offer free burritos from the taco shop for breakfast and also have a wonderful kitchen to cook great meals . Pedro and Alex have it all under control there....... will definitely be back in the future ! Jon & Elizabeth
Elizabeth, usRomance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Centrally Located and Quiet
This hostel is great and well placed right in the middle of Pacific Beach where all the shopping and businesses are located. Quite hours are put into place and the netflix offered is a plus ! Clean shower with new fixtures . I will definitely be back to enjoy the comforts at California Dreams .
Jonathan, us9 night trip

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