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HI - San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf

240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, 94123, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 109 Reviews

Hostel rating (109)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 89%
Location 98%
Security 91%
Service 93%
Comfort 85%
Green rating 93%

Set in historic buildings in a waterfront national park, with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Dorm
    From $32.75
  • Private
    From $95.50
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San Francisco Hostel

Hostel San Francisco

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Wake up to stunning views over San Francisco Bay at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel. House in historic Fort Mason at the edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of California's most beautiful and diverse National Parks, the hostel sits right on the waterfront looking out to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Offering a range of accommodation options including shared dorms and private rooms, the hostel has free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant which serves free breakfast and up to three meals a day, spacious guest lounge with wood-burning stove, theatre-style TV room, self-serve kitchen and an outdoor deck where you can enjoy the beautiful bay views.

Take a beautiful bayside morning walk or ride along the footpaths that run from the hostel, and be sure to take advantage of hostel’s daily activities including pub-crawls, walking tours and day trips to Napa Wine Country or the gorgeous Yosemite Valley.


Prices are non-member 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.
  • Children under the age of 12 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 15:00 to 05:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-771 7277

Fax. 1-415-771 1468

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Fort Mason, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Fisherman's Wharf (1 to 2km)
  • North Beach (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



I had a good time at HI SF. The breakfast is the healthiest I've had in HI USA. I really appreciate the inclusion of environmental concerns in the management. The staff are helpful but not very nice. I booked a bed in a 4-bed dorm. The room was very small and the lockers were underneath the bed. This is ok but this room should not come at an additional charge in my view – it has much less space than other rooms. Also, the shower and restroom are quite old. The social room and the dining room are very nice.


Avatar for Basile


Sun 18 Nov 2018

I paid extra for a 4 bedroom room (room 16) but it's located just next to the SUPER noisy cafe : loud music, loud discussions, dishes in a metal sink. It's supposed to close at 21h30 but the staff need time to clean the place and they just turn up the volume extra loud while they work and chat until late. I tried to complain at the desk but I was told that they could do as much noise as they wanted until 23h00. The lack of courtesy and empathy from the staff was especially alarming.


Avatar for Georges


Wed 07 Nov 2018

The dorm rooms (12) could be easily improved by putting in plug sockets, lights and a small shelf next to each bed. My dorm didn't have enough plug sockets for the number of people in the room and without individual lights people repeatedly turned the main light on on entering the room - at all hours.


Avatar for Kathryn


Wed 31 Oct 2018

Pros: I enjoyed my stay. The building is interesting. Location is awesome. Fellow travellers were not loud or disruptive. All ages. Cleaner than the hotel I stayed at the following night. Cons: I was surprised to see that breakfast was included, but disappointed when it turned out to be a tub of yogurt, add some granola, and toast. I got breakfast on my own later.


Avatar for Ted


Thu 25 Oct 2018

I think the shower heads were to low for me to take a shower, otherwise everything was ok


Avatar for Bozidar


Tue 09 Oct 2018

Thank you for your review of HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf! So glad to hear that was your only complaint - our historic building was made for people a lot shorter than we are these days I think! Did you try any of the other showers in the building? Hopefully you found one that fit you! Take care and have safe travels :) Terika

Manager avatar

Terika Tischer,

Thu 11 Oct 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

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

Getting to us

Take a BART train from the airport to the Montgomery station > MUNI bus #30 from Kearny to Van Ness > Walk 1 block west. Lorrie's Airport shuttle Service offers $14 per person between San Francisco International Airport and HI hostels.
From Greyhound Station > Walk 4 blocks > MUNI bus #30 and get off at Van Ness > Walk to end of Van Ness > Walk 1 block.
From airport look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim approx $55 to the hostel.
Get off BART at the Montgomery station > MUNI bus #30 from Kearny/Market to Van Ness > Walk 1 block west.
Free parking is available at the hostel on a first-come first-served basis.
Train station Emeryville to San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf > Walk 2 blocks > MUNI bus #47 to Van Ness > Walk 1 block.

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