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HI San Francisco - Downtown

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Voted San Francisco's Most Popular Hostel for 2017 & 2018, HI San Francisco Downtown offers a first-rate location and top-notch amenities at reasonable prices! This safe and secure hostel is at the center of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theatres, and bars. On site, we’ve got plenty of perks to keep travelers happy, including fast free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a fully equipped guest kitchen, and lots of free or cheap activities and tours. Come see why the San Francisco Bay Guardian calls us “a budget traveler’s dream in the land of pricey downtown hotels”!

Housed in a charmingly renovated 1909 hotel, HI SF Downtown offers a wide assortment of room types, many with private bathrooms. Our dorms can sleep 4-8 people, and our private rooms come with either one double bed, two twin beds, or, in the case of our '3-person private' room, one double bed with a twin bunk up top. While you are out exploring the city during the day, our housekeeping staff makes the daily rounds in order to have the place squeaky clean and comfy when you return each evening.

On-site amenities include:
*Fast free Wi-Fi
*Free breakfast
*Free linen and towels
*Free hair dryers
*Laundry facilities
*Fully equipped guest kitchen
*Theatre-style TV room
*Spacious individual lockers in each dorm
*Discounted tours to Yosemite, Muir Woods, and Wine Country available

Tempting as it may be to stay at the hostel all day, we want to help you get out and explore! We offer lots of free or cheap organized activities including pub crawls, walking tours of the Mission District and Chinatown, and bike trips across the Golden Gate Bridge. Feel like checking out the city on your own? We’re within walking distance of the Yerba Buena Gardens, the Metreon entertainment complex, Union Square shopping, Chinatown, and the cable cars that will take you to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. We’re also just 1 block from major MUNI bus lines, and 3 blocks from the BART trains that will get you to the San Francisco and Oakland airports on the cheap.

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 $4 non-membership fee per night upon check-in.
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. Taxes are added at check in. Valid government issued photo identification must be presented upon check-in. Since this is a traveller's hostel, reservations from San Francisco residents will not be honored. View House Rules

Overview

It's all about the freebies here at friendly HI San Francisco Downtown. That's everything from fast Wi-Fi to breakfast, linen and towels and even hairdryers – all on the house! We also have low-cost events like pub crawls, tours to Yosemite or Muir Woods, or a bike ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. There's a lift too for tired legs at the end of the day. In your down time, hang out in the sociable common room or make friends over a board game.

Location

You'll find us in the Tenderloin district of downtown San Francisco. From the airport take the BART train for 28 minutes to Powell Street and you'll be a 5-minute walk away. We can also help you arrange a shuttle to take you door-to-door at a discounted price. Coming from another city on the Greyhound? The bus station is 25 minutes on foot from us. Foodies, visit the restaurants around the waterfront Fisherman's Wharf neighbourhood – it's just 20 minutes away, including a 13-minute journey on one of the city's cable cars.

Rooms and Dorms

We're based in a lovely renovated 1909 hotel – the high ceilings you'll find in our clean rooms give them a traditional charm. Bunk up with new friends in the shared dorms or get some space for yourself in a private room with a double bed. You'll have free fresh linen and towels for the hot showers – we want you to feel right at home! Pop them in your locker with your valuables to keep them safe.

Extras and activities

For some cultural wine tasting, head out to Wine Country on one of our discounted tours or grab a free city map and to discover San Fran solo. Afterwards, unwind in the theatre-style TV room, browse our book exchange or chat about your adventures with fellow hostellers in the spacious lobby – the corner sofa is made for lounging. Feeling hungry? The kitchen's handy for making yourself a quick snack.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.3

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.7


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Nov 2019
    Clean, tidy, lovely staff, very good free breakfast and hot beverages available in reception 24/7. Couldn’t ask for anything more
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    10 Nov 2019
    Nice hostel in a great location near bart Powell station and in a zone full of stores. Really close to the Union Square and walking distance from Chinatown. The rooms are cozy and the staff is great. Sustainable solution for the restroom saves space and helps saving our planet. Just missed a bigger sink space, since the only sink with mirror is in the room and when you have a shared room it may not be the best option. Proper elevator turns it really accessible and the price range is great.
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    24 Nov 2019
    Hermoso lugar para hospedarse! Volveria otra vez. Gracias
    Argentina, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7

    Superb

    12 Nov 2019
    The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful! Everything was clean and I had no problems at all with the place. The comments about hearing the homeless screaming at night... literally its everyone outside. The only thing I heard the most was the cars driving and honking but it didn't really bother me. They provide ear plugs at the hostel. Otherwise, it was a great experience!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    23 Nov 2019
    Over all for the value was great experience. Some rooms facing main streets are noisy at night. My room was cold, so I couldn’t sleep well at night.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    22 Nov 2019
    very friendly staff, great location, clean bedrooms. room was small and storage was not great, but overall I was very happy.
    Austria, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    12 Nov 2019
    Excellent location by Union Square and Powell BART. Quiet hostel, didn’t really seem like many people would socialize often (pretty small common areas in my opinion), people kept to themselves. However, the people in my room were cool so that was great! Staff felt a bit absent minded at the front desk, lobby was often a bit disorganized. Got yelled at for taking breakfast like 10 minutes early by kitchen staff (had to catch an early bus). Lockers are cages under the bed... slightly janky.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    25 Nov 2019
    I was only staying there because I didn't want to commute to and from SF fro 3 days. So 2 days in a surprisingly pleasant stay at the cheapest, nearest place I could afford close to a training and certification seminar. Basically was out or was chilling in my room. Got really cold during the night so maybe they could insulate or fixed the windows. Parking Garage outside my room and recycling trucks seem to be coming by a lot. But for any SF tourist, this place is very doable.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 4.9

    Rating

    14 Nov 2019
    Worst HI Never again.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 3.4

    Rating

    15 Nov 2019
    You could train your staff to say a simple "hello how are you" instead of me saying hello with my luggage (obviously I need to check in) they looked at me and just continued to talk to each other, I then said hello I need to check in.... In which I still didn't get some sort of welcome... And then after giving my passport they continued to talk about what one another was going to have for lunch. I cancelled the rest of my stay and moved to USA hostels.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Games Room


Awards

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels San Francisco

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels San Francisco

  • 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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