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HI - San Francisco - City Center

685 Ellis St, San Francisco, California, 94109, United States

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Overall Rating 87%

From 83 Reviews

Hostel rating (83)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 94%
Location 71%
Security 87%
Service 91%
Comfort 89%
Green rating 85%

A stylish hostel with boutique amenities, top-rated service, and a location that’s central but off the beaten tourist track.

  • Dorm
    From $52.00
  • Private
    From $140.00
10 or more people?

San Francisco Hostel

Hostel San Francisco

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Set in a 1920’s boutique hotel, San Francisco City Center Hostel has a vintage feel with bags of charm and character. Off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all, the hostel is between the edgy Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the Civic Center; a neighbourhood with some of the best cheap cuisine, great nightclubs and music venues.

This stylish hostel offers shared dorms and private rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The on-site cafe, Ivy's Place, serves free breakfast as well as $1 all-you-can-eat pancakes or eggs; in the evenings there’s beer, wine and snacks. Connect to the free Wi-Fi in the marble-tiled lobby, or relax in a common room on the mahogany-railed mezzanine.

San Francisco City Center Hostel organises free and cheap activities for guests including pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits and day trips to places like Muir Woods, wine country, or Yosemite.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 500m to 1km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby - At or next to the hostel
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 15:00 to 04:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-474 5721

Fax. 1-415-776 0775

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Asian Art Museum (Less than 500 m)
  • Union Square (500m to 1km)
  • Chinatown (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



Location is good and centric, but there are a lot of homeless people surrounding the hostel, also at night i got confronted by a guy a block away asking for something (didn't engage and nothing happened, but wasn't so nice)


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Fri 21 Jul 2017

I loved the hostel itself but not the location. Would definitely hostel with this company again but if I returned to SF I would do so at a different location.


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Sun 16 Jul 2017

Hey there! Thank you for choosing to stay at HI SF City Center. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we understand your concerns with the neighborhood. We are a non profit organization and we are located in one of SF's most culturally diverse communities. We are very passionate about our local community and we strive to share an authentic slice of San Franciscan life with our guests. We also work closely with other non profit organizations in the area, who are working everyday to uplift and support some of SF's most vulnerable and under served communities. If you ever find yourself back in SF we'd love to host you again, but more than anything, we want to you to enjoy your time in our beautiful city. We have three locations in SF and I would encourage you to look into our Fisherman's Wharf and Downtown locations, as each property offers a unique experience. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you soon. Safe travels! - Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Staff awareness of potential problems excellent.


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Wed 12 Jul 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are very committed to providing our guests with an authentic and enjoyable experience. Most of our staff members are SF locals and we all enjoy sharing what we like and don't like about specific parts of SF. We provide a lot of information about the hostel and the surrounding neighborhood at check in, and I'm happy to hear that you found this information to be useful and beneficial to your trip. Safe travels! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 14 Jul 2017

No improvements needed


Avatar for Geoffrey


Fri 07 Jul 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're definitely flattered by your comments but I'm sure there's something we can do better! Thank you for giving us a chance and we hope to see you soon. Safe travels! - Anthony, Guest Services Manager

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Sun 09 Jul 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (2 to 3km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

BART train from the airport to the Civic Center station. SHUTTLE: Lorrie's Airport Service offers discount for HI-San Fran hostels.
Greyhound station: Take MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Larkin Streets.
There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim.
BART or MUNI: Get off at the Civic Center Station and exit the station using the UN Plaza exit.
Park in the loading zone in front of the hostel; front desk staff will direct you to permanent parking nearby. Expect to pay $12-$15 per 12 hours.
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco.

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