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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Green Tortoise Hostel

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

San Francisco's Favorite Hostel Experience! The most authentic & inclusive hostel in North America. We are family owned and operated and dedicated to the Adventure & Business traveler.

We are currently serving free Breakfast! We currently don't have any vaccine requirements or Mask requirements at our hostel.

Why Green Tortoise?

- FREE Sauna
- FREE Wifi throughout building & rooms
- FREE Breakfast daily - every morning from 7:30 - 10:00 am --- bagels, cream cheese, jams, fresh fruit, make your own eggs, organic oatmeal, coffee tea, hot chocolate and OJ.
- DINNER outings $ (check events board TBD)
- FREE Linens (comfy duvets) Rent your own towel
- FREE Printing is available
- FREE Under bed lockers (bring your own padlock, or buy one for $5)
- FREE Fully equipped kitchen with the latest equipment - sign up required
- FREE Activities
- FREE Day luggage storage before check in and after check out
- FREE Maps & tour information
- FREE Organic lavender shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and use of hair dryers
- FREE Spirited
- 4 outlet plugs per bunk plus a reading light
- Discounts on bicycle rentals
- Legendary adventure tours on our own sleeper coaches - TBD
- Napa & Sonoma wine tours, Muir Woods, Yosemite
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
- 11am check-out
- Giant common room with a pool table, ping pong, piano, stereo, and musical instruments

Green Tortoise has been the favorite of backpackers and travelers for decades. People rave about our unbeatable location in historic North Beach... just a few steps to San Francisco favorites like Chinatown and Little Italy, and a quick walk to Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. After participating in our nightly activity, such as our famous Pub Crawl or Beer Olympics, you can get comfortable in our funky dorm rooms or cozy private rooms and enjoy our delicious evening meals (on hold, replaced with dinners out). If you have the time, hop on our hostel on wheels… for a famous Green Tortoise Adventure Travel trip to Yosemite, Alaska and other US National Park trips bookable at the hostel front desk through other carriers! These are just a few of the reasons the Tortoise has become a legend.
*Some colorful adult entertainment clubs are located in our vicinity.

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 meals out together. If the sun comes up before you've gone to bed, you know you've had a good night at the Green Tortoise. Stay with us and create the buzz again!

To make it like your home, there's no curfew, huge kitchen, giant common room with a pool table and ping pong, piano, stereo, bicycle rack and quiet places to work on your next Startup or App. 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 with your travel mate.

Visit more of California and travel parts of the United States with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel, located online at Stop by the hostel and see where our our legendary 'Hostel-On-Wheels' Sleeper Coach Bus is headed next. Take trips to Yosemite & Alaska. Check us out online for a complete list of adventures & trip dates for 2022

A discount parking coupon is available at check-in for a nearby parking garage for $25-35 dependent on vehicle size. Please use our loading zone in front of the hostel to unload your luggage and collect the parking coupon first.
A credit card surcharge fee is added when using cards to pay for your nights stay. Save money and pay your balance in cash on arrival. You are not pre-charged for your stay. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    22 Jun 2022
    Great place to stay, everyone is so friendly!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    11 Jun 2022
    Top hostel. Very social! I can absolutely recommend it!
    Belgium, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    05 Jun 2022
    This is one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed at in the world! I can’t believe this hostel is in USA which has generally poor hostels. This hostel was alive, cool, great space in common areas, great games and events to get people mixed! Overall cool vibe cool interior. Location is pretty okay but I didn’t really want to leave to explore I loved the hostel so much!
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    31 May 2022
    One of the best hostel I have ever been to. Every day there is an organised activity which makes it super easy to meet new people. The location is very convenient and relatively safe and the facilities are clean
    Italy, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    29 May 2022
    I had a great experience met some cool people and the events in the hostel were awesome! Good deals and discounts
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 May 2022
    Great hostel, great atmosphere and the staff were nothing short of amazing. The rooms by the road can be loud and you have to leave the window open because it is roasting otherwise however what do you expect in a hostel. Bring some headphones and you should be fine! Free breakfast too. Murder mystery crawl on the Wednesday was great value and extremely fun
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    16 Jun 2022
    If you’re looking to socialize, this is the place to stay! Their nightly activities was a great way to meet people—especially the Friday night pub crawl. Location was perfect, you’re about a 20 minute walk from some of the main sights. It’s a relatively active area with pubs and restaurants in the area, so I felt pretty safe, even at night. They also had great deals on bike rentals and staff were happy to help out. I would stay here again!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    10 Jun 2022
    My experience was good, but 'BEWARE' if your room is located on the street facing part of the hostel and you stay over the weekend, there is a super loud club across the street. Even with earbuds, I couldn't sleep. Also, the fan broke making the room stuffy and warm (no central cooling/heating).The staff were all rly nice and helpful.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    19 Jun 2022
    This place made you feel at home and safe when you stepped in. I loved that they had activities run at night and allowed you to meet people. The rooms have very poor heating and cooling - we stayed on the hottest night of the year and physically couldn’t stay in our rooms as it didn’t even have a fan until requested and had to pay for a private room on a lower level. This didn’t change my opinion of the place as it is an old building so would expect some of these issues. The staff are lovely and free breaky
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    10 Jun 2022
    In terms of a hostel this is a very hostel hostel. It seems to be great for solo travelers as they provided a lot of activities for everyone to do in the evenings and to meet new people. Beds were uncomfy but we’re to be expected. I was quite surprised when i walked into my room because it was the size of a closet and barely had room for an open suitcase on the ground. Pictures shown on the websites are of their best rooms and aren’t necessarily the ones you’re getting. Not awful though
    USA, Couple, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Sauna
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi