About USA Hostels
First started in January 1994 as the Grand Pacific Hostel in San Diego's redeveloping Gaslamp Quarter, Today we're running outstanding hostels in San Diego, Hollywood and San Francisco.
USA Hostels is now in its 18th year of operation and winner of many industry awards including top rankings by Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Trip Advisor..
Even though we've grown a lot there are some things that haven't changed at all since things started in San Diego. We all work here for the same reason: we love to travel. Since each hostel is run for travelers, by travelers, guests can expect to find the kind of excellent service that we know makes any trip easier and more enjoyable. We run some of the cleanest and most fun hostel facilities in the USA with loads of activities, tours and parties!
We hope you'll come visit us during your travels. Don't hesitate to contact any of the people listed below with any questions, comments or feedback.
David's goal is to climb the highest mountains on each continent. Just three more to go! David, fed up with wearing suits, decided to open a hostel after backpacking through Australia. These days, when David isn't climbing mountains or or surfing, he can be found running around one of the hostels, deciding to knock out walls, installing new equipment and generally keeping everyone on their toes.
Maria was considered a kindergarten prodigy because she could actually spell her last name by the age of 5. Unfortunately that early promise did not continue once she discovered boys and booze. A three-year memory black out hinted at a grand old time in high school and she decided to continue the party with decadent summer backpacking trips to Europe.
Eventually, Maria spent every dime she ever earned following her lifelong dream to backpack around the world. Committed to chronicling the beers of the world, somewhere along the way she picked up a tattoo or three, plaits and an affinity for Carlton Cold. Luckily this time she had a camera to remind her of what a good time she had actually had along the way.
After failing miserably to return to the corporate life she retreated to Thailand, where she discovered tantric hammock rocking, and the perverse thrill of being chased by cranky trigger fish, she decided to never work again. Unfortunately an addiction to fruit shakes, pad se-ew and Thai massage ensued and six months later she found herself couch surfing at her brother's.
Realizing she never really wanted to grow up; she figured working in a hostel would be the perfect job for her. Ironically Maria was almost not hired for having too much corporate background.
Forty-six countries and hundreds of hostels later, Maria is still convinced that USA Hostels staff and locations are the best.
Brigit comes to USA Hostels from the little-understood world of horseracing. After 12 years as a horse jockey, she found herself longing to be on the other side of the fence. Brigit saw all of the gambling, drinking and excitement that the "regular" people seemed to enjoy on a daily basis and made the decision to leave the jockey lifestyle behind. She quickly pawned her trophies and blue ribbons for cold, hard cash and began her new life of hedonism. After a few years of beaches and booze, Brigit found herself in San Francisco and was immediately drawn to the wild side of USA Hostels. She manages to keep the hostel staff at all the hostels in check with the use of her old horse whip. And she now has an I-Phone app that lets her punish misbehaving staff remotely.