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.
What travellers think
I've stayed at a large number of hostels during my travels, and whilst hi hostel city centre was clean with good facilities, I have never before encountered such unfriendly and unhelpful staff than during my time at hi hostel. There was one girl in particular who looked pained and annoyed when we asked her questions, and refused to even return a kindly greeting in the morning. Would not return. Would pass this message on to friends and others.
Sun 07 Feb 2016
I know that the City Center hostel is, in a sense, hostage to the fact that the plumbing system in the building was put in when attitudes towards water use were different from what they are now. But every time I flushed the toilet, I felt guilty about all the water being used during a horrible drought. I don't know that there's anything that you can do about the situation, except to encourage those staying to be frugal with water.
Sat 06 Feb 2016
Mon 08 Jun 2015
Budget meal tip
Food courts in Westfield and Maceys
Fri 19 Jun 2015