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HI San Francisco - Downtown

312 Mason Street , San Francisco, USA

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

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 airport shuttle available
*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 $3 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.

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Sat 23 Jun 2018 - Tue 26 Jun 2018 Change
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Room Summary

Sat 23rd June 2018 - Tue 26th June 2018

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.6

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.6


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    16 Jun 2018
    Nice spot! Kitchen was awesome and very convenient! Really safe :)
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    14 Jun 2018
    Location & Cleanliness for Hostel is great. Bed is comfortable... but pillow kind of pretty flat. Beside that, everything is good. Will come back here stay next time.
    Singapore, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    18 Jun 2018
    It was a nice stay. The private room was neat and clean. One big problem I would say is finding parking, so that's a bummer if you're driving to the hostel. The area was very loud at night, not from within the hostel, but you could hear people down in the street area (I was on the third floor), so that's saying something. They do provide ear plugs so make sure you use them if needed. Breakfast was okay. The staff was friendly, but not very enthusiastic to share information when asked.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.6

    Good

    16 Jun 2018
    I’m probably being more critical because this is the most I’ve ever spent for a hostel before. I wasn’t very impressed with the value for my money. I didn’t like the tenderloin district, but it was a fairly central location. I didn’t get a sense of community here, which is important to me. Also, this usually wouldn’t bother me, but I was annoyed to find that after a long day of traveling, I had to make my own bed. I liked breakfast and the theater room. I wouldn’t stay here again though.
    USA, 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
  • Steam Room
  • 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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Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • 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.
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.

Mixed Gender dorms range from 4,6, and 8 beds. We cannot guarantee a particular dorm size for your party when booking the '8-bed mixed dorm,' as room sizes are subject to availability. If you would like to request a particular dorm configuration for your party, please contact the hostel directly and we will do our best to make these arrangements.

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.

HI-San Francisco Downtown is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit membership-based organization. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3/night daily membership fee upon check-in.

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.
Groups larger than 7 must book directly with our group sales department to ensure availability and accurate pricing.


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