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HI San Francisco - City Center

685 Ellis Street, CA 94109 , San Francisco, USA
Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Nice Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Vintage character, retro cool, and modern amenities – HI –San Francisco City Center’s got it all. The City Center hostel started life in the 1920s as a boutique hotel, and while period details like a marble-tiled lobby and mahogany-railed mezzanine still remain, it’s the 21st century amenities our guests love most. Connect to fast, free Wi-Fi throughout the building, grab evening drinks and free morning breakfast at our speak-easy-chic café, and enjoy private bathrooms in every room (yes, even dorms!).

The City Center hostel is off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all. Located between the edgy Tenderloin District and the clean marble columns of the city’s Civic Center and Arts Districts, our neighborhood is a hub for some of the city’s best cheap cuisine, as well as great nightclubs and live music venues. We’re just 7 blocks from the Civic Center BART station, making it easy for our guests to get all over the city, as well as to and from the San Francisco and Oakland airports.

Best of all, whether you want to explore the city or chill at the hostel, our staff is here to help. We're always hosting movie nights, group dinners, and tons of other special events on site. We also organize free or cheap activities like pub crawls, walking tours, and museum days to help you experience everything our city has to offer.

On-site amenities include:
*Fast, free Wi-Fi
*Free breakfast
*Large, professional-grade guest kitchen
*Free linens and towels
*Daily housekeeping
*Discounted airport shuttle
“A sensational base camp for an assault on the city.” – Lonely Planet

Hostelling International is a non-profit membership organization promoting peace through hostelling since 1909. To maintain our low overhead and to be able to offer low-budget accommodations to as many people as possible, non-members will be asked to pay a $3 non-membership fee per night upon check-in.

Please note that as a hostel intended for travelers, we are unable to accommodate residents of the City and County of San Francisco. Government-issued ID showing residence outside of San Francisco is required upon check-in.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.1

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 6.5

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 8.8


Latest Reviews

  • 9.1

    Superb

    11 Sep 2018
    I personally did not feel the location was an issue at all. I went out to a few bars during my stay and walked back through middle of tenderloin by myself at 2am and had no problems. I have stayed at 3 different hostels during my time in San Francisco and this deffinatley had the best atmosphere in terms of travelers and hostels. Extremely clean facilities and the decor is awesome. Great location, abit pricy but we are in San Framcisco after all!
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    12 Sep 2018
    Lovely hostel! Very clean and comfortable (but small) rooms and cosy beds. Staff were super friendly and made sure that you had everything you needed. I rang the day before checking in as I had read the reviews about the location and the gentleman I spoke to (unfortunately didn’t catch his name) was so lovely and made me feel a lot better. I didn’t have any issues about the location when I was actually there so don’t let that put you off but still be vigilant!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9

    Good

    07 Sep 2018
    Needs bathrooms improvements
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 5.4

    Rating

    04 Sep 2018
    The facilities are Ok, but the hostel is located in a very creepy place as you cannot walk around without see people doing drugs every 2 meters, just when we arrived someone was smoking from a sort of pipe just on the front door of the hostel, and needles all around the place. Not a nice place to stay for location, but if you don't mine the feeling the facilities are correct, quite overpriced for this location
    Spain, Male, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • DVD's

Awards

  • 2016

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2015

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2010

    2nd, Hostel Chain

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Policies

  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Not Included

Things to Note

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to arrival or a 'no-show' fee equivalent to the first night's accommodation will be charged.

For bookings with 8 people or more, please contact the hostel's groups department. The property reserves the right to cancel online bookings made for 8 or more guests and your deposit will be lost.

Check in time to hostel rooms is anytime after 3pm on the day of your arrival. If you will arrive to check in after 23:59 on the night of your arrival we recommend contacting the hostel to alert them so your reservation remains in tact and you do not incur a no show fee.

Maximum stay Policy: 14 consecutive nights or a cumulative 14 nights during each calendar year.

Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Online prices do not include taxes. Daily bed rates of $40 or more are subject to a 15% tourist and hotel tax. Bed rates of less than $40 are taxed only a 1% tourist tax, per city regulations.


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