Sustainability Level 1
We love this hostel! It gets our thumbs up for consistently high customer ratings and excellent quality scores.

2024 HOSCARS WINNER

1st - Hostel Chain

North America

Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

HI San Francisco - Downtown

Free Cancellation Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.

8.8
Fabulous
6956 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

In 2021, Hostelling International became a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI), led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read about our commitments here https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/organisations/hostelling-international

Voted San Francisco's Most Popular Hostel for 2018 & 2020, 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 travellers happy, including fast free Wi-Fi, and lots of free or cheap activities and tours. Come see why the San Francisco Bay Guardian calls us a budget traveller'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 four 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.
On-site amenities include:
*Fast free Wi-Fi
*Free linen and towels
*Free hair dryers
*Laundry facilities
*Spacious individual lockers in each dorm
*Discounted tours to Muir Woods

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 and walking tours. Feel like checking out the city on your own? We're within walking distance of Yerba Buena Gardens, 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 (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) airports on the cheap.

Hostelling International is a non-profit membership organization promoting peace through hostelling since 1909.
Online prices do not include taxes. Daily bed rates of $52 or more are subject to a 15% tourist and hotel tax. Bed rates of less than $52 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.

Reviews & Ratings

8.8
Fabulous
6956 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9.3
  • Location
    8.8
  • Staff
    9
  • Atmosphere
    8.6
  • Cleanliness
    9.1
  • Value for Money
    8.6
  • Facilities
    8.4

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Sustainability Level 1

This hostel has begun to introduce practices that result in a positive social and environmental impact, grasping the fundamentals of the Staircase to Sustainability.
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Latest Reviews

8.0
Fabulous
Jun 29, 2024
love to come back to this hostel. the location is nice to get around and the staff is always open to help.
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Male, 25-30
9.7
Superb
Jun 28, 2024
Great kitchen and cleaning staff, very friendly and super helpful.
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Female, 41+
8.3
Fabulous
Jun 20, 2024
I enjoyed my stay! Very safe area during the day and in the building itself, but wouldn’t walk around on my own at night (past 10pm). Staff was very nice, helpful and friendly! Loved the fact that they put things in place to be eco friendly!
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Female, 31-40

Facilities

  • Free

    • Free Breakfast
    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Elevator
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Dryer
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • ATM
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games

Awards

2024

1st, Hostel Chain North America

2020

1st, Most Popular Hostels San Francisco

2019

3rd, Best Large Hostel Chain

2019

2nd, Hostel Chain

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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