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Union Square Backpacker's Hostel

70 Derby Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Mullingar, Ireland
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Absolutely horrendous place! Me and my friend landed here after a lot of travelling and were just looking somewhere to relax. 1 of the guys on the reception told us the place had been over booked but kept reassuring us we could stay as another guy told us he couldnt guarantee us a place. The only way I could describe... More 

Thank Ratheenian
Groningen, The Netherlands
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I have been here 2 weeks ago and the hostel was horrible!! The staff is strange and the hostel itself stinks. If u planning to visit san Francisco u better book a hostel beforehand. If not, u will end up here. It seems that the staff doesnt care about all the negative reviews. Due the lack of hostels in san... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

like: Location is awesome. price is ok... DISLIKE: The staff was terrible unfriendly. the hostel was freezing cold. the bathrooms super super dirty, breakfast is a joke and bedrooms a super tiny. better spend a bit more and go to the neighbour. and on the price comes 2$ per person plus 15% tax. so it's a rip off.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Myself and a good friend of mine arrived back in San Fran after a few good nites in Vegas. Next day we were flying back 2 Ireland so we just needed 2 chill out and get sum last minute presents etc. After arriving at the union square hostel, we soon realized we were in the wrong place for us! Chaos... More 

Thank Paul C
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Why cant i choose a score of 0? Please dont stay here. One of the girls im travelling with got bed bug bites and the room stunk. We checked in on time and they had no linen ready for us and they moved people out of room in front of us so we could stay in there. The blankets werent... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Stayed one night after a tour, stayed in hostels around the world & this is by far the worst I've ever seen! The mattresses are very old & stained brown, they look like they were thrown out onto the street & picked up by the hostel. Sheets are vile, luckily had sleeping bag & own pillow. Bathroom had a blocked... More 

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Buenos Aires
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Terribly bad experience, the hostel was so durty that we prefered to used public bathrooms instead of the hostels facilities. We couldn't sleep at all because a bunch of drunk people were shouting all nigh and when we woke up the durty alley was covered with puke. They charged us an extra and we end up paying like a regular... More 

2 Thank CarodeAlmagro
Santa Cruz, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Arriving in San Francisco to view the famous Bluegrass festival with three friends for one night, we expected a quick and easy bag drop-off before venturing out to the town, and returning for one easy night of sleep. Wrong. So wrong. We arrived hopeful at the hostel at around 1pm: the location in itself reminded me especially of the establishing... More 

1 Thank Jess W
Santa Cruz, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The outside should be enough to tell you not to stay here. Down a dark alleyway that stank and had no lighting. But I had no choice as I had booked the room last minute and this was the only place with a room. For good reason. It smelt awful, looked like I could catch something from being there and... More 

2 Thank Ellie H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Don´t go here. I booked this hostel just a couple of days before arriving because I had no choice. The rooms are ugly, the whole hostel does not look nice. It´s at the end of an alley. The location is good because it´s very close to Powell Station, but it´s also one block away to the Tenderloin, and that is... More 

1 Thank German G
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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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