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HI - San Francisco - Downtown

312 Mason St, Union Square, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 252 Reviews

Hostel rating (252)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 96%
Security 91%
Service 91%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 90%

A modern hostel with a bustling, cosmopolitan vibe, and a Union Square location that can’t be beaten.

  • Dorm
    From €38.58
  • Private
    From €105.63
10 or more people?

San Francisco Hostel

Hostel San Francisco

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby - Less than 500 m
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 15:00 to 02:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (415) 788-5604

Fax. 1-415-788 3023

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Union Square (At or next to the hostel)
  • Chinatown (500m to 1km)
  • Museum Row (500m to 1km)

See the full list of attractions





Avatar for Reiner


Tue 25 Oct 2016

public transit at this location is great. 10min walk to your closest bart station, bus/trolly stop. Cheap uber pool, didnt spend no more than 8 bucks per trip (two people). Hostel included breakfast. The bathroom was different lol, only big enough for one person so great for privacy. Toilet was eco-friendly took me a sec to figure it out haha; both were down the hall. Overall the hostile was nice, friendly guest and staff alike. I will deff come back, thank you HI SAN FRAN- Downtown


Avatar for khrystyna


Mon 24 Oct 2016

Glad you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for taking the time to write, and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to San Francisco. Safe travels! -Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

Manager avatar


Wed 26 Oct 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (3 to 5km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (3 to 5km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (3 to 5km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Swimming pool (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (Less than 500 m)
  • Distance to Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

BART train to Powell station. By Shuttle Lorrie's Airport Service (offers discount to HI guests).
Greyhound Station-MUNI bus #38 to Howard and Beale. Take MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Powell.
BART or MUNI to Powell Street station.
Park in the loading zone in front of the hostel front desk staff will direct you to permanent parking. Expect to pay around $20 per day in a nearby lot.
Emeryville but Amtrak offers a connecting bus service to San Francisco.

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