HI-San Francisco Downtown is housed in a renovated hotel in the heart of San Francisco's tourist district, in a vibrant neighbourhood filled with clubs, restaurants, bars and theatres. It’s just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the South of Market neighbourhood.

The hostel has all the modern-day comforts you'd expect and provides both private and dorm rooms, with a maximum of 4 beds per dorm. Free continental breakfast is provided, there’s a guest kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and a theatre-style media room with wide-screen satellite TV and two movie screenings nightly.

HI-San Francisco Downtown is within easy walking distance of popular attractions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, the Metreon entertainment complex and IMAX theater, and the enormous Westfield shopping center. You can also catch the cable car and cruise your way up to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • Socialising
  • Culture

Green rating



I liked the environmental practices and the rooms were clean also. What I didn't liked too much was that there were too much homeless outside the hostel.


Avatar for Xavier


Mon 08 Feb 2016

Un bon séjour, l'auberge est dans le centre et très pratique d'accès depuis l'aeroport. La chambre double avec Sdb privative est très bien, confortable, lumineuse (refaite depuis peu). La chambre donne dans la rue il y a donc un peu de bruit de la circulation (normal en centre ville). la chambre est un peu fraîche en hiver (radiateur allume le matin et le soir uniquement) mais le personnel nous a donné une couverture supplémentaire sans problème. Le petit déjeuner est bien


Avatar for elsa


Sun 07 Feb 2016

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Marin area, great for cycling especially if you like a bit of hilly lands.

Avatar for Jasper


Mon 12 May 2014

Where next?

Denver or Chicago by train: take the California Zephyr from Emeryville through the Rockies. It's a long trip but definitely worth it!

Avatar for Jasper


Mon 12 May 2014