Gaslamp Hostel

Not only do you get to live in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter which is the heart of the restaurant, shopping and nightlife district, but you get to stay in a cozy and historical location that celebrates the best of San Diego. Our volunteers get to help shape the vibe and atmosphere and learn what it's like to run a hostel . Please note, we have a 'canine ambassador' - an 11lb pup who loves people and giving kisses so if you miss your buddy, you can get some love here.

The hostel partners are long time friends and co-workers with over 20 years of hostel management experience working for independent hostel chains who've decided to strike out on their own. We like to laugh, be relaxed and make sure our guests have a great time and our team feel respected, appreciated and heard. We love new ideas and meeting people from around the world.

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Living and working in Gaslamp Hostel in San Diego have been more that a simple volunteering experience. I got to see so many beautiful places, but mostly I Met so many beautiful people. I loved staying with you guys and I can't tank Maria, Erin, John and Erika more for making this happening. A big hug to all of you friends! I miss you already ❤️

1 day ago

Maria replied

Happy you had a great experience! Thank you so much for being a part of our team! 😊

South Korea


My first volunteering experience with World Packer was at Gaslamp downtown hostel. 💙
I made amazing friends here and had so many great experiences.
I can confidently say I've become a better person because of it. Thank you, everyone.

At first, housekeeping was a bit challenging for me, but as time went on, it became easier.
Working as a receptionist, especially, helped me improve my English skills.
After finishing my shifts, I explored the beach and just chilled outside.

I highly recommend it!
Thank you Maria, John, Erika, Erin.

18 days ago

Maria replied

We were happy to host you Sujeong! Thanks for being with us and happy travels!



My experience was great, people in the hostel always was there for me. I feel so conected with everything since day one.

22 days ago



O hostel é lindo e bem localizado, é perfeito para conhecer a cidade nas horas livres porque fica perto do transporte público da cidade. O trabalho de housekeeping não é dos mais leves e as 5 horas por dia podem ser de manhã ou de tarde (as vezes fica bem puxado, mas sempre é em dupla). Ainda sim, os outros staffs são pessoas incríveis e fiz amigos que vou levar para toda a vida. A gerência preza bastante pelo cumprimento das horas de trabalho e não tanto pelo intercâmbio cultural, mas são boas pessoas e procuram treinar e ajudar no que é necessário visando uma boa estadia para os hóspedes.

about 1 month ago



This was my first Worldpackers experience and it was so good! I met so many amazing people and made friends from around the world. The hours and tasks were exactly as described, the work was not too hard and were fun especially when you were on with other volunteers. Definitely recommend volunteering here!

about 2 months ago

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