3rd - Best Small Hostels

North America

Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Green Tortoise Hostel

Free Cancellation Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.

2308 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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.

- FREE Sauna
- FREE Wi-Fi 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.
- FREE Dinner Sunday nights
- FREE Linens (comfy duvets) Rent your own towel
- FREE Under bed lockers (bring your own padlock, or buy one for $7)
- FREE Fully equipped kitchen.
- FREE Digital nomad work space.
- FREE Activities
- FREE Day luggage storage before check in and after check out
- FREE Maps & tour information
- DISCOUNTS on local tours Sonoma wine tours, Muir Woods, Yosemite
- FREE Organic lavender shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and use of hair dryers
- FREE Digital arcade area and pool/billiards table, ping pong table, and foosball table

- Discounts on bicycle rentals
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
- 11am check-out
- Giant Ballroom - 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.

If you have the time, hop on our hostel on wheels… for a famous Green Tortoise Adventure Travel trip to Alaska and other US National Park trips bookable at the hostel front desk through other carriers!

California Sun
May 17th-24th 2024
- Yosemite - Big Sur - Santa Cruz- Monterey - Channel Islands
2 and 3 day options available

Alaska Expedition
June 16th- July 21 2024
- Canadian Rockies - Lake Louise - Hot Springs - Denali
1 and two week options available

National Parks Loop
August 24th -September 6th 2024
- Yellowstone - Arches- Zion- Antelope Canyon - Grand Canyon
1 week options available

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.

A discount parking coupon is available at check-in for a nearby parking garage for $25-$36 depending on vehicle size. Please use our loading zone in front of the hostel to unload your luggage and collect the parking coupon first.

Reviews & Ratings

2308 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

May 13, 2024
This is a great place with fun activities! Highly recommend!!
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Female, 41+
May 09, 2024
It was a very nice stay. I would definitely do it again.
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Female, 41+
May 08, 2024
Great vibes, something just clicks here, my best hostel experience so far. Signs throughout hostel are hilarious
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Free Breakfast
    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
    • Free City Tour
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Card Phones
    • Washing Machine
    • Towels Not Included
    • Sauna
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Airport Transfers
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • ATM
    • Postal Service
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Meals Available
    • Vending Machines
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Foosball
    • Wi-Fi



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