I LOVE the HI chain of hostels. While you do lose a bit of the local flavour and intimacy that you would get with smaller property, you gain an experienced professional staff in a clean, consistent and safe environment. Always well located. For those who want the comforts and assurances of a hotel but stay in a hostel environment with close to hostel prices (they tend to be a bit more pricey than other hostels)...then this is the place for you. You get what pay for. Pay for this.
Extremely well located. Intimate hostel (22? beds in total). Have all of the needed facilities. Staff stay on the premises. Overall good experience. Difficulties surround staff: as they live on-sight, they naturally tend to hang around when off. This causes confusion as to who is working---and in fact, who is staff and who is guest. Would suggest a uniform of some sort of tshirt for on duty staff. Also, stop hijacking tv and vacuuming at 10pm (quiet time).
Strongly recommend this place: Midtown accessible by Morgan stn around corner. To hostel: U need better system for tracking stuff in fridge; teach staff how to use electronics (no one could show me how to use Netflix!). Corner store has excellent egg, cheese and bacon sandwich for bfst for $2. Buy water and liquid toiletries at same store rather than in city or at Walgreens). Laundry around corner. Nice mix of guests.
You get what you pay for. This hostel to my mind is like 2 star hotel. It is clean enough, but it is definitely run down: ie. Carpets are warn, beds could be more comfortable, the place would benefit from an end of season steam clean and power wash. paint here and there would not hurt. HOWEVER, this hostel is amazingly located, good for under 30 crowd, engaged staff, security conscious (close to Tenderloin). The Day's Inn of hostels...not that bad for what you pay for. Also, is a loud hostel.
Centrally located, engaged helpful staff, good dorms with comfortable clean beds. While catering to mostly under 30 crowd, this hostel was also used by families and an elderly man with a walker! This was the favorite of the three hostels that I stayed in during my lengthy stay in SF. If I was to return to SF I would definitely choose this hostel to stay. Not a party hostel, but it is a fun hostel.
Surprisingly central hostel if you know your muni routes (get to love the #49/#47/#30 buses as they will bring you to the wharf area and to down town in minutes). Staff competent and nice enough but not engaged in the client's stay (ie. more like workers in a factory "next"). Of the three hostels that I stayed at, this hostel had the best staff recommendations/suggestions (communication board), great layout for common areas, very clean.
Strangely, stayed in same building 10 yrs ago. This is new and revamped. Has none of the flair of an older building BUT if you need new, clean, well appointed this is for you. TVs in room, air conditioning that works, coffee maker in room. Place looked like a bit of a hive (hence "good" rather than "excellent" atmosphere rating). Reception in Hostel Cuervez (?) not in Hostal Martin.
The lady at reception was UBER competent, friendly and beyond helpful . If I lived in Santiago, I would snap her up and hire her for my place of business. The hotel was ideally located 300m from the cathedral and in the old city. Breakfast was simple but delicious and beautifully presented. Can't say I loved the stairs. Noisy at night (people in the streets). Easy to locate. Close to everything. Have recommended this hotel to friend who is travelling to Santiago later this year.
Excellent Hostel overlooking Park. Beside University. Tram pulls up right beside. If you are going to/Coming from Santiago de Compostella, the bus is right across the street. They make an excellent cocktail. Apparently free bfst is not for everyone (was for us) but was excellent. Amazing restaurant out front. Great staff--very helpful. Clean rooms. Nice old building (in good repair). Staff respond to problems (we had a leaky sink and they took care of it right away). Playstation in common room.
Don't let the building's exterior fool you, Lost Inn Lisbon is very well appointed&super clean. The staff are very helpful. One evening staffer assisted my room mate contact her credit card and banking companies after 11pm after she found out that her wallet had been stolen during a visit to Sintra that day. The breakfasts were more than ample--after we had shown up a day early (and they had a room for us) they offered us breakfast even though we were tech. not eligible. Neighbourhood noisy@nite