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



Our stay at the HI hostel in San Francisco was delightful. Upon check in, the host made us feel really welcome and recommended many of his favorite restaurants. We were happy with our city street view and our bed was comfortable. The sink basin was a very welcome accessory as well!


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Wed 22 Apr 2015

location is the best. but room charge is expensive little.


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Mon 20 Apr 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Lombard street, Chinatown

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Mon 12 May 2014

Attraction tip

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

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Mon 12 May 2014