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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Firstly it has to be said it's in a great location within 5 minutes walk of Union Square and Chinatown. As a note this hostel shouldn't be confused with the other HI Hostel in the Tenderloin where there is a lot of homeless people and can feel unsafe. The hostel is close to lots of eateries and restaurants too so...

1Thank qmania
HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

We're glad you found our downtown location a great place for starting your exploration of San Francisco! We're currently in the process of installing new bunk beds that include two power outlets, two USB outlets, a reading light, and a privacy panel. By August 1st these bunks will be fully installed in all the dorm rooms. I'm genuinely stoked about...

Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

We had a two twins private bathroom room. Ask for one on 5th floor. There are LOTS of homeless people and you'll hear some of them during the night as windows are paper-thin. I felt safer higher up and I'm used to cities. Clean place. Well decorated with a good atmosphere and a great lounge conducive to meetings others and...

1Thank Brenda C
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 July 2014

The San Francisco Downtown YHA is good value for money. We have stayed there a number of times in a double room with private facilities. It also has dormitory, double and twin rooms and shared bathrooms. It has a large kitchen and common rooms on each floor. They provide breakfast and staff are friendly, patient and helpful despite dealing with...

Thank Kerrie J
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Im not really a fan of old buildings like this one, prefer a more modern feel but it has charm. The hostel itself is everything you would expect from a hostel although a little on the pricey side, but thats California. The rooms are ok, the beds are not fantastic but do the job and the wifi is best down...

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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Quite a nice hostel with a good location. I stayed here for 4 nights in June 2014. The rooms were quite spacious and had their own bathrooms which was handy. The staff were friendly and helpful when we asked them about various things. It was a close walk to quite a few bars, about 40 mins walk back from Fisherman's...

Thank Eliot P
Reviewed 6 July 2014

With two other adults and six 17-year-olds in tow as a chaperone for a Girl Scout trip, I was really pleasantly surprised at the location and quality of this hostel. Too often in the US hostels are in a sketchy area, but this one is in a safe area, near high-end hotels. Bathrooms are clean, showers are fine, but wear...

2Thank B_Cable
Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Stayed here 5 days, slept in 4 bed dorm w own bathroom which was nice. The street noise was quite loud but got used to it very quickly, actually it bothered only at first night. Breakfast good, also had once a common pasta dinner there, good too. Location was great, only couple minutes to Union square and Bart station etc....

1Thank Elmiina
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Location, location, location, it's one of the best pro's for the hostel. Furthermore, the hostel is one of the better options in SF if you want to sleep relatively cheap. Where other cheap hotels don't offer you thing else as a place to sleep. This hostel offers a good room, with 'private baths' if you book a full 4 person...

1Thank Hein P
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 June 2014

The staff are really friendly and helpful, running activities everyday. They provide free breakfast (yay!) and mostly free activities. The rooms are good size and in a great location. The hostel allows you to book a lot of stuff at a discount. Clean place, looked after and well run. No complaints at all. I had a great time and met...

1Thank Remi S
HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

From here to the moon, thank you kindly for your lovely review. We're incredibly happy we were able to offer you a truly San Francisco experience full of fun and free activities! We look forward to having you be apart of our (temporary) family again in the future! Love, HI-SF Downtown

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

This hostel is one of the best I've stayed at. I stayed in room 505 - a four bed dorm with ensuite and everything went smoothly. Can't beat the location, the breaky, the rooms were cleaned daily. Fresh sheets and you even get a complimentary towel. Nice community here too, and the wifi works great in most areas.

2Thank rustykiwinz
HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you kindly for such a positive review of our location. Please know that your usage of the word "breaky" genuinely brought a smile to my face. I hope the next time you're in San Francisco you'll join us for another pleasant stay and complimentary breaky. With hugs and our hearts, HI-San Francisco Downtown

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

Address: 312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1704
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: $73 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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