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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."

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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.

Why green tortoise?
- MORE for the money & a unique San Francisco experience
- FREE Sauna
- FREE Wifi throughout building & rooms
- FREE Breakfast daily
- DINNER outings $ (check events board)
- FREE Linens (comfy duvets)
- 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
--Airport Shuttle from SFO Airport--TBD/person
- Airport Shuttle back to SFO airport - TBD/person
- 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 $20-25 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


As one of the most famed party hostels in San Francisco, Green Tortoise is the place to make memories you'll look back on forever. Get started at our free events, starting with free breakfast every morning and our legendary free dinners three times a week. Head to our ballroom for a gaming session: we have foosball, giant Jenga and pool, or show off your creative side on our piano and other musical instruments. We've got a stereo, too, so you can party right here without heading into the city.


It's hard to beat our location in historic North Beach. We're an 8-minute walk from Chinatown and 7 minutes from Little Italy, as well as within strolling distance of Fisherman's Wharf. Feel the spirit of the Beat generation at City Lights Bookstore, then admire the views of the city from Telegraph Hill. It takes an hour to reach us from San Francisco Airport using public transport, and we also have a shuttle for 16 dollars per person.

Rooms and Dorms

Our mixed and female-only dorms are extra comfy, with firm mattresses and linen included. You can charge your devices while you doze – each bunk has four dedicated outlets. When you get up to shower, you'll find free organic lavender shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the bathrooms. We have private rooms, too, for those who prefer their own space.

Extras and activities

We've got fast Wi-Fi throughout so you can keep in touch with old and new friends, plus a dedicated laundry room to freshen up the contents of your bag. Check-out is at 11am – a welcome lie-in the morning you leave – and we have luggage storage too. While you're here, check the dates for our 'hostel on wheels' tours: we have multi-day trips to epic places like Yosemite National Park and around California. Amazing for getting more out of your American adventure!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    10 Jul 2021
    Excellent location near Chinatown. The staff member was super friendly at check-in. The single bathrooms were really nice, and the facilities always seemed clean. You can tell it is a place maintained by people who love to travel for people who are traveling because there were several thoughtful touches not always found at other hostels. I really loved that I could get a nice, hot cup of tea any time of the day. Definitely bring earplugs as the noise from the street is pretty clear at night.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    02 Jul 2021
    It’s a bit of a weird area with lots of strip clubs surrounding but we felt safe inside and it was close to all the places we wanted to go. Room was small but clean & bathrooms were clean with soap, shampoo, & conditioner provided. It was all we needed to rest our heads for a great price.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    02 Jul 2021
    Love it and can’t wait to go back! VERY loud street noise in our second floor bedroom but the view made up for it.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    28 Jun 2021
    Always love to save money by staying at this hotel in a fine location like SF since probably 2003. I enjoyed its cozy atmosphere where people can relax, socialize, eat, gather info, etc. in the living room by the kitchen. Wish I could play table pool but always another time. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I felt secured. Thank you for the great service. Katrina
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    20 Jun 2021
    Really liked this hostel. The staff were really nice, and the building had a ton of personality. The beds were comfortable, and the lockers were a decent size. The bathrooms were quite nice too, with one of the showers even having a rain shower head. There's plenty of them per floor, and I never had to wait on anyone else. The kitchen and common areas were decent too. The location is a little bit sketchy, but nothing too bad, and it's close to everything I wanted to see/do.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    03 Jul 2021
    Great location in Chinatown. A cool atmosphere and the staff was friendly and helpful.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    24 Jun 2021
    The vibe was off but I think it was bc it’s post-panini press. Otherwise I loved the hostels look and had fun in the city!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    18 Jun 2021
    Had a great experience here! It was my first time ever staying at a hostel. I would recommend it! I enjoyed meeting the other guests as well!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    08 Jul 2021
    Great place to stay for my holiday in San Francisco. Amazing people met in a large common room. Building itself is historic/old. Walking distance to many restaurants in Chinatown. Saw a lot of bars too but I was barely drinking the whole trip. Walking distance to bus stops that went to the many great locations in San Francisco. Short walk to Financial District where you can take the train that goes to and from SFO airport.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    03 Jul 2021
    Green tortoise is a great hostel. Nothing fancy, but decent bang for your buck. The single rooms were spacious and had a sink in the room. The bathrooms were not communal style, rather private bathrooms just accessible through the hall. The staff was very friendly and helpful and helped guide me on a couple touristy questions I had. The continental breakfast was sufficient; bagels, toast, yogurt, fruit, etc. The common room was large and spacious. The hostel is in a great location for walking.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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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
  • 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