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HI - San Francisco - City Center

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

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Overall Rating 88%

From 78 Reviews

Hostel rating (78)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 73%
Security 88%
Service 94%
Comfort 89%
Green rating 86%

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

  • Dorm
    From $47.00
  • Private
    From $130.00
10 or more people?
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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

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • Additional tax of 15% is payable at check-in.
  • 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.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room

Accessibility

  • 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

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
From 15:00 to 04:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-474 5721

Fax. 1-415-776 0775

sfcitycenter@hiusa.org

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

Reviews

Reviews

Hello, overall nice stay in SF, even though there was a little mistake in the room I had booked, the staff was very helpful (Brandon) and helped me to get the good room. One thing : the room price and the tax, but you already know about this! The question is how to change this, not easy, but where there is a will, there is a way...

97%

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Guilhain,

Fri 11 May 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! I'll Brendan know about your feedback and we hear you when it comes to tax. We apologize for any confusion and we're glad that you enjoyed your stay. Take care! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Sun 13 May 2018

I loved the breakfasts, the activities and the friendly and helpful staff!

100%

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Sophia,

Wed 25 Apr 2018

Thanks! We want everyone to have a great time when they stay with us and offering a great breakfast, daily activities, and having a great staff are all a part of the experience. I'm thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time with us and we very much appreciate your feedback. Safe travels friend! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 27 Apr 2018

The hostel is great, with clean, small, rooms, each with a private bathroom, and the staff is super friendly. The free breakfast is plentiful, and they also offer eggs and pancakes for only $1! However, the hostel is not in a great area, and walking to it from the BART station is a little disconcerting if you're not expecting the crowds of homeless people. Would recommend taking one of the buses that stops within a block of the hostel to get there, especially if you're arriving after dark.

83%

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Catherine,

Wed 18 Apr 2018

Thank you for choosing to stay at HI SF City Center! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay and we understand your concerns about the Bart Station, as it has sadly become a city wide issue. Guests can also get to the hostel rather easily from Powell Station which is right in Union Square, but when arriving late in the evening, we advise folks to take a taxi from their subway station to the hostel. We're always available to give directions or tips on how to get around the city because depending on the streets you take, your experience will vary a great deal. Take care and thanks for giving us a chance! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 20 Apr 2018

Staff at reception is quite cold and short. They were still helpful but not very warm/friendly. On the other hand kitchen and cleaning/room staff is very friendly.

73%

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NICOLAS,

Thu 05 Apr 2018

I loved the staff and the building, the only bump I ran into (bad dorm-mate) wasn't their fault, and they bent over backwards to help! I suppose people would take offense to it, but the only thing I can think of is to allow people to opt-in to be grouped with fellow snorers if they know they do it. I'd actually like that for night-owl activities, like, I'd love to opt-in to being grouped with people who stay up late, because I feel bad if I wake up anyone who goes to bed super early. :D

100%

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Breanne,

Thu 29 Mar 2018

Location

Location
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

Airport
BART train from the airport to the Civic Center station. SHUTTLE: Lorrie's Airport Service offers discount for HI-San Fran hostels.
Bus
Greyhound station: Take MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Larkin Streets.
Taxi
There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim.
Underground/Metro
BART or MUNI: Get off at the Civic Center Station and exit the station using the UN Plaza exit.
Car
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.
Rail
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco.

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