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



HI San Francisco Downtown has an excelent location, Easy to get and easy to move to landscape and places of interest. I really enjoyed my stay but feels it was a bit expensive, considering a shared room and showers outside for close to $65 is not cheap. Besides that, I can recommend this place. For sure need to improve the water conservation, California really needs it


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Mon 05 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