Green Tortoise Backpackers
Green Tortoise Hostels have been the favorite of backpackers and travellers for decades. From our unbeatable location in historic North Beach* (a few steps to tourist favorites like Chinatown, Little Italy and a quick walk to Fisherman's Wharf), to our cozy dorm rooms, to our relaxing private rooms, to our free meals, free beer nights and (in)famous pub crawls, to our famous Adventure Travel tours...these are just a few of the reasons the Tortoise has become a legend.
*Some colorful adult entertainment clubs are located in our vicinity, also a busy & noisy area on the weekends from clubs on the street.
If you're looking for a sterile, dull hostel that you can forget about the moment you leave San Francisco, the Tortoise isn't it. Time after time, our guests tell us that their favorite memories of San Francisco are of the times they spent in the hostel itself, meeting and hanging out with other backpackers, enjoying nights in our ballroom, making friends while enjoying our free dinners (3 times a week) or free beer (every Thursday!), or dancing in the ballroom until all hours. If the sun comes up before you've gone to bed, you know you've had a good night at the Green Tortoise.
To make it like your home, there's no curfew, huge kitchen, giant common room with a pool table and foosball, piano, stereo, bicycle rack and quiet places to fill in the journals of your travels. The rooms are all non-smoking with large lockers under the bed to store your gear safely, comfortable beds with reading lights & 4 individual outlets per bunk, and new friends to meet. Our private rooms give you a real home away from home feel with comfy beds so you can chill out and have quiet time with your travel mate.
Family owned and operated and dedicated to the traveler!
Why green tortoise?
More for the money & a unique san francisco experience!
Free high speed internet!
Free wifi throughout building & rooms!
Free linens! (duvets in private & dorm rooms)
Free under bed lockers! (byo padlock, or buy one)
4 outlet plugs per bunk plus a reading light
Solid beds, real mattresses, not foam!
Free breakfast every day! (fruit, bagels & spreads, oj, cook your own eggs)
Free tea & coffee 24/7! - great assortment of quality tea bags
Free dinners 3 times a week! (wholesome & made with love)
Free rice (tue, thurs, sat & sun) - on the days we don't have free dinners!
Free fully equipped kitchen with the latest equipment open 24 hrs
Free day luggage storage!
Free maps & tour information!
Free pub crawl! (buy your own drinks!)
- discounts on bicycle rental, city tours
- discounts at local stores
- airport shuttle back to sfo airport - $14/person
- legendary adventure tours on our own sleeper coaches
- napa & sonoma wine tours, muir woods, yosemite
- knowledgeable staff
- 11 am check-out (later than most other hostels)
Hostel on wheels adventures
- canyons of the west la - 10 days
- best of the west - 14 days
- western trail - 7 days
- california coastal crawler - rd trip or one way - 3 or 7 days
- yosemite national park 3 days/4 nights - ongoing midweek and weekend trips thru september
- check us out on-line for a complete list of adventures & trip dates for 2012
More of california and travel across the united states is easy to do with the offices of green tortoise adventure travel located behind the front desk, stop in and see where you can go in style!
It should be noted that you are not viewing the green tortoise website, but rather that of a booking agency that we do not list all our availability or room types on. If you are having any problems booking please call us directly or go to our website to maximize your options. Walk ins are also welcome! Our hostel is located in san francisco, also home of green tortoise adventure travel and our sister hostel is located in seattle on the market!!
Important: we currently accept visa, mastercard and us cash for payment at the hostel. Sorry, no personal checks can be accepted.
Please note that there is a $20 cash key deposit for each person which is returned upon checkout. The key deposit must be paid in cash. Sorry, but the key deposit cannot be put on your credit card.
An additional 14% hotel tax will be added to your total reservation price at check-in on all private rooms and on dorm beds from may 27-Oct 15th. A (tid - tourist improvement district tax) of 1.5% is also charged year long by the city.
Checkout is at 11:00 am.
Check in begins upon availability.
Our luggage room is available for those times before and after.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy.
A discount parking coupon is available at check-in for a nearby parking garage.