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

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Socialising
  • Culture
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



Staff were great and I like that the kitchen is open all night. (At one of the other SF hostels, the kitchen is locked until 7 a.m.) The neighborhood is just awful, though. I saw people peeing, throwing up, camping out on the sidewalk, and some who were staring at me and trying to approach me suddenly. It's disgusting. I know it's not the hostel's fault, but could there be some sort of way to help people stay safe? Organize a way for people to walk together in the neighborhood, for instance?


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Wed 04 Mar 2015

Travel tips...

Budget meal tip

Four Seasons Vietnamese Restaurant at the nearest intersection.

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Fri 18 Apr 2014

Nightlife & entertainment tip

Vertigo Bar was a blast!

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Tue 03 Jun 2014