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 have been a regular customer of your hostel for many years now. I ALWAYS have a great time in SF and a great time at your hostel and have seen all the great improvements you've done to the hostel over the last few years. You have a loyal customer here!!!


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Wed 07 Oct 2015

Muy buena la atención, la gente muy amable y amigable, muy buena ubicación. Faltaría que la cocina abra de noche como en el hi de boston que uno vuelve de salir y tiene la cocina y mesas disponibles. El resto impecable.


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Ariel Hernan,

Wed 07 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

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

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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!

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Mon 12 May 2014