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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 85 Reviews

Hostel rating (85)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 69%
Security 86%
Service 89%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 82%

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

  • Dorm
    From €37.31
  • Private
    From €102.62
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



The only thing I can save about the Hostel is the building (really cool) and the cleanliness.As soon as we arrived about 11.00 pm we felt unwelcome by the staff, not a smile or a single help with all our bags, actually they seemed quite annoyed about our questions.My best friend who's leaving in SFO wanted to pass by to say hello but they don't even allow him to stay in the hall as it's stated in policy and better to avoid the rudeness of one of them asking my wife the card of the Hostel.


Avatar for ANDREA


Tue 06 Dec 2016

I'll stay again. The security person at the door was friendly and reassuring. There were many evening gatherings of large, young groups. But by 10 pm, so very quiet. excellent! Staff was helpful. Sure the have had the same questions many times, but always engaged, helpful and good listeners. Thank you.


Avatar for Jojo


Sat 03 Dec 2016

Whilst this hostel was very clean and very modern i found the area its located in to be very unsafe. From the minute i stepped out of the hostel and started walking along the surrounding streets i immediately felt unsafe. I certainly felt scared to leave or return to the hostel at night time. I would never recommend this hostel, let alone anyone travelling alone.


Avatar for Felicity


Wed 23 Nov 2016

Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry to hear you had a negative experience in our neighborhood. The Tenderloin is home to a lot of valuable social services, so the surrounding blocks can be a bit intense, but they're doing some really great work and we're happy to have them in our diverse little corner of the world. Best wishes from San Francisco! Kate, Front desk lead

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 25 Nov 2016

very nice place and nice people.


Avatar for omar


Tue 22 Nov 2016

We agree! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we're sure glad you enjoyed your time with us. Take care and come back soon! - Anthony, Front Desk Manager

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Thu 24 Nov 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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