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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hobart, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed here for a week with my teenage sons. We had a triple private. It was all that we needed. One or two of the staff were a bit personality-less but that didn't detract from the overall experience, and by and large most were extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast is simple but good - bagels, cereal, fruit, tea,... More

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Paris, France
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45 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a pleasant stay there ! The hostel is very well located (just a few minutes from Market Street) and staff member are very nice and helpful ! The hostel is very clean (shared bathrooms, kitchen, rooms) and my room was quite comfortable. The street is supposed to be noisy but it didn't bothered me at all. Just one negative... More

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the tremendously pleasant feedback! Street noise can definitely be seen as the only setback of being so centrally located. We try our best to combat this by offering free earplugs available to all guests located in our lobby and at the front desk. If other rooms are available, we're always happy to attempt to move guests to... More

Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for three nights and stayed in a 4 dorm bedroom. Welcoming staff was very rude and didn't care much for helping us or our arrival. Room was very small and not much room for all luggage and room was full. Very basic which was surprising considering how much we paid. My bed sheets were dirty and stained, didn't... More

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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in a private room, which was a good size and had a comfortable bed, the street noise can be a bit loud at times, but that's probably why they provide ear plugs downstairs. We didn't have the free breakfast, but it's looked good - bagels and stuff like that.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a private en suite room. Very clean and spacious. Go for it, spend a little more to have some privacy, a view and a big toilet. Felt like a hotel, but hostel price. Breakfast is FREE. Yummy bagels (lots of them with different flavours), fruits, cereals,...more than any other hostel will provide. Very nice kitchen area. Very clean... More

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you tremendously for leaving your feedback. Your kind words and assessment of our hostel and the surrounding area is 100% spot on. We're extremely excited and pleased you had such a fantastic stay with us. Please do us the honor of hosting you again the next time you visit San Francisco. With love, from the entire HI-SF Downtown Staff. More

Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right in downtown, so there is constant noise at night. Bring a power strip or a extension chord. Staff was knowledgable but not too friendly at all. Kinda got the impression that it's just bed factory. But if you want to go to all the touristy stuff it's a great reasonable spot.

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive recommendation of our hostel. I'm very sorry you gathered the impression that we are a bed factory, as this strongly goes against our hostel and organizational mission. We strive to make our hostel feel like a home away from home for all of our guests, and I can guarantee if you choose to stay with... More

Blacksburg, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're traveling on a budget but still looking for nice, centrally-located accommodations this is a great option. I stayed here with a friend for four nights and had a wonderful experience. Obviously if you are staying at a hostel you shouldn't be expecting the amenities of a five-star hotel, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of our... More

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I joined my friends over in San Francisco, and we stayed in a six-room dorm for two nights. The Australian that stayed with us was absolutely lovely; so this place is great to meet new people. We arrived at midnight as our plane was delayed. Our cab driver informed us that we ought to be careful as downtown can be... More

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate you leaving a full account of your experience of our hostel during your stay. We're happy you were able to meet some great people during your travels, as that is what hostelling is all about! It's disheartening you were greeted by such an experience upon your arrival. I can assure you, these types of situations in Downtown... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I live about two hours away and stay in the City on business a couple of times a year. This venue for now at least is the sweet spot for price and value. It pretty much has everything I need. A good kitchen, comfortable beds, great location, close to BART and MUNI lines and a reasonable price. I've stayed at... More

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your review! We're happy we can be your "go to" place when you're passing through San Francisco. We love our regulars and it's awesome you're able to see how we operate in the different seasons. It's nice to see you've tried other places and have decided to stick with us. On behalf of the entire staff... More

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a really cool hostel. They have loads going on, different social activities every night many of which are free. They also do an awesome free breakfast. General stuff - rooms are nice, bathrooms clean, location good.

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

We're glad you loved our hostel as much as we do! Thank you for participating in some of the activities we offer. From pub crawls, wine tastings, bike tours across the Golden Gate Bridge, and a tour of the Mission District, we'd like to think we have something of interested for everyone! We look forward to having you stay with... More

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Additional Information about Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

Also Known As:
Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown Hotel San Francisco
Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown Hotel
Address: 312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 45 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 
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