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HI - San Francisco - City Center

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

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Overall Rating 85%

From 82 Reviews

Hostel rating (82)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 68%
Security 86%
Service 90%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 81%

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

  • Dorm
    From €33.91
  • Private
    From €109.99
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



I've visited HI-City Center several times now. Other than being in a slightly "run down" section of the city, the location is perfect, and centrally located for venturing downtown, heading to SOMA, or branching out north or westward into the various neighborhoods. Mission-Castro is only a hop, skip, and a jump away, though just far enough to be worth hopping on MUNI to get there. ;-) The hostel itself is a great experience and very well kept, and the service is top notch. I'll be back!


Avatar for Karyn


Wed 19 Oct 2016

Thank you! We appreciate you sharing your experience online and for choosing us to be your home away from home. We have a lot of returning guests and it's always nice to see a familiar face walk through our doors. Come back soon and thank you for contributing to our little hostelling community. - Anthony, Front Desk Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 21 Oct 2016

Me encantó el Hostal. La coordinación con el transporte hacia el aeropuerto fue lo único que no funcionó.


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Tue 18 Oct 2016

Lo siento por el problema con su traslado al aeropuerto. Normalmente los autobuses salen a tiempo y sin problemas. Es de esperar que lo hizo al aeropuerto sin demasiado estrés. Tenga cuidado y felices viajes! - Anthony, Front Desk Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Staff very good welcome and explain where tours around


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Tue 18 Oct 2016

Thank you for your kind words. I'll be sure to pass along your feedback to our crew. Most of us are fellow hostelers and understand what it's like being on the other side of the desk. Glad you were able to take advantage of the many tours we offer. Take care! - Anthony, Front Desk Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Good handy location and excellent staff, but the relatively high number of homeless people nearby scared our children, our street facing room was very noisy and curtains didn't block sufficient noise or light


Avatar for David


Fri 07 Oct 2016

Thanks for your feedback! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our convenient location and appreciated our staff as much as we do! There are pros and cons to being located in the center of a large city like San Francisco: we get great food, cool galleries, and amazing access to public transportation, but we do have to deal with street noise and a homeless population seeking the social services that pop up in this part of town. We hope that the pros outweighed the cons and that you and your family enjoyed your time in our city! -Kate, Front Desk Lead

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Sun 09 Oct 2016


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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