How to find the best hostels in San Francisco for your trip
Before you choose your perfect San Francisco hostel you need to decide which area of San Fran you’d like to call home! Are you looking for a romantic hostel right by the waterfront? Or how about a trendy hostel nestled in the Arts District? Or maybe you want to be slap bang in the city centre?! Whatever you’re looking for, you’re in luck! With a bunch of fantastic hostels in San Francisco to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the ideal location for your trip.
Top tip: Look for hostels offering free breakfast to save some extra bucks for sight seeing. Psst… some San Fran hostels even offer free dinners, so choose wisely!
Here is our guide to the best hostels in San Francisco:
- Best hostels in San Francisco for solo travellers
- Best hostels in San Francisco for couples
- Best party hostels in San Francisco
- Best of the rest hostels in San Francisco
Best hostels in San Francisco for solo travellers
Voted by our customers as the most popular San Francisco hostel in 2017 and 2018, HI San Francisco Downtown hostel is housed in a renovated 1900s hotel building and has retained much of the impressive grandeur. This awesome hostel steps it up a notch offering free breakfast, discounted airport shuttles and discounted activities such as pub crawls and walking tours – perfect for solo travellers looking to meet new friends!
312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USABook your stay at HI San Francisco Downtown now
With four beds per dorm, free in-room lockers for every guest, and free dinner every Monday and Friday night, USA Hostels San Francisco is the perfect place for solo travellers to stay for peace of mind (and free grub!) But wait! There’s more… fancy yourself something of a Mariah Carey?! Then join in on one of the epic karaoke nights hosted in the hostel. A five six seven eight….
711 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USABook your stay at USA Hostel San Francisco now
Best hostels in San Francisco for couples
Stay along the romantic waterfront in the city by the bay at this cosy hostel perfect for couples! With affordable private rooms, a relaxing sun deck and a cutesy cinema room, HI San Francisco is the perfect place to cuddle up to your loved one and chill out after a day of sightseeing.
240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123, USABook your stay at HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf now
Best party hostels in San Francisco
A favourite of party seeking backpackes for decades, Green Tortoise Hostel is the ideal place to raise the roof on your travels! Join in with their pub crawl or Beer Olympics to experience the fun – and be sure to fill up on their delicious free dinners 3 times a week as well!
494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USABook your stay at Green Tortoise Hostel now
A tribute to the epic musical history of the Bay Area, this music themed hostel is much loved amongst artists and creative travellers alike – rock n’ roll baby! Below the hostel you’ll find fully equipped music rehearsal rooms that are totally free to use for hostel guests. And any place with music at its core knows how to throw a decent party… duh!
1353 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USABook your stay at Music City Hotel/Hostel now
Best of the rest hostels in San Francisco
Hi San Francisco City Center is all about location, location, location! Within walking distance of the San Francisco Arts District, as well as the Civic Center and great nightlife hubs, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. Similar to HI San Francisco Downtown, Hi San Francisco City Center also started life as a 1920s hotel. Think vintage interiors, retro chic communal areas, and awesomely decorated hangout spaces.
685 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USABook your stay at HI San Francisco City Center now
With free WiFi, free lockers, and free continental breakfast every day, Orange Village Hostel is a bargain for backpackers visiting San Francisco. Culinary kings rejoice at the large, fully-equipped guest kitchen available for use to anyone who fancies cooking up a storm!
411 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USABook your stay at Orange Village Hostel now
There you have our top pick for hostels in San Francisco! Let us know if we missed any in the comments below…