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
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture

Green rating



The bed in the dorm was extremely soft - made it quite uncomfortable. Ellis Street is also not a very nice road - but that is not the hostel's fault. The staff made suggestions for safer routes to downtown which was good.


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Thu 27 Aug 2015

This was a very nice hostel on the inside, but unfortunately it is located in a bit of a shady area. They had an upper level common space with board games, and would play cartoons downstairs in the morning. The room we stayed in was also very nice - even had a private bathroom which was a surprise. If you can get past the area and are comfortable enough to walk around there at night, then it's fine, but it is a bit of a walk from transit so you do have to be careful.


Avatar for Alexa


Tue 25 Aug 2015

Travel tips...

Where next?

Japan :)

Avatar for Toyoto


Mon 08 Jun 2015

Budget meal tip

Food courts in Westfield and Maceys

Avatar for kenneth


Fri 19 Jun 2015