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



The room we stayed was nice and clean. The hostel's environment/atmosphere was pretty nice (the lounge on the second floor is great). The hostel offered complimentary breakfast and the quality was quite good. The only thing I would say is the location might be kinda noisy, however, it's extremely convenient. So do bring your earplug if you are a light sleeper.


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Yi Chen,

Sat 01 Aug 2015

The room was nice and appeared clean but smelled a bit funny, perhaps the carpets need changing or it needs a good airing. The shower and toilet floors look like they need some elbow grease, very grimy. Staff efficient but not overly nice. Was told once by a guy that I couldn't hand in my key to him because he "wasn't working" even though he was behind the counter, and honestly how hard is it to take a swipe key?


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Sat 01 Aug 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