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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

San Francisco is a nice but very expensive city to stay,so I booked Green Tortoise Hostel because it is the best option if you were in a tight budget. Fortunatelly it is a really nice hostel. The staff is really friendly and answer all the questions the guests have about the touristic attractions. They have two buildings that are really... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this Hostel and the awesome ballroom.. foods yummy, people are friendly and stuff and Its pretty popular with the Australians!! Rooms are clean and don't really have to wait for showers. Close to everything and cools bars around the corner

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Australians love us and we love Australians too. We even have an Australia Day themed Beer Olympics in January! Just one of the many ways that we show our love for our incredible guests. Thanks for bringing your friends and for this great review. We hope to see you again soon. More

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in 3 different hostels in San Francisco (because I didn't have a reservation for all my trip at Green Tortoise). This hostel is unbeatable! Staff was VERY cool and helpful. People who stay there are really keen on making new connections and friends. This is one of the best hostels I've staying in my life.

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks for this great review - we're glad we could get you in. Tell your friends and we'll hopefully see you again soon. Don't forget about our travel company which takes fun-loving backpackers all around the country - our "hostel on wheels" More

Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

getting into the hostel is already a good surprise. Stairs covered with a beautiful flourished carpet. Then you get to the lobby and see another patterned carpet, many posteres pictures and frames on the wall and the big saloon with art nouveau big glass windows with sun rays romantically iluminating the travelers faces, a stage with a piano and a... More

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Canberra, Australia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
41 hotel reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There's not much not to like about this hostel if you're a young person looking to meet other travellers or just want a good place to sleep. The staff were helpful, there was free wifi which worked, free breakfast and free dinner three nights/week. There are 10 bathrooms over two floors so there was usually at least one free one.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

really good location - however really dodgy at night and early mornings (i was woken up one morning by a guy screaming outside)!! i wouldn't walk around on my own or just 2 girls ever. free breakfast really helps a lot and they also offer dinner monday, wednesday, friday which is really good as well. every night there is some... More

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

North Beach is indeed a great location - a stone's throw from Little Italy and Chinatown. 15 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf or if anything else the subway that can get you anywhere you need. Though North Beach is the home to some of SF's night clubs our location is safe and sound yet always buzzing with the great vibe... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Where do I even start with the things I loved about this hostel? Great location, free breakfast, free delicious dinners three times a week, free wifi. I stayed in a 5 bed female dorm and the room was clean with a great view and my mattress was comfortable. I came to San Francisco 5 days early before meeting up with... More

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Glad you found our home away from home! Our mission is to provide the best space that you need so that your San Francisco adventure can be magical and memorable. Thanks for spreading our name and we hope to see you again soon. More

Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I recently spent a week in a shared room here. The room was cute (it had a sink in it, cool) with a nice window that let light in in the morning. It was super cheap (25-30$ a night) and everyone that I ended up sharing the room with was really sweet! The staff was helpful and very friendly. There's... More

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

You're right - we definitely have all you need and like to take care of our guests in a personal, friendly and fun way! Thank you for this great review - we're glad we could make your stay comfortable and that we'll see you soon again! In San Francisco we got you covered - and if your adventure continues after... More

Brisbane
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a private double room with a shared bathroom for about 5 days recently (feb 2014). Beds were very clean and comfy, there are a heap of bathrooms I think about five on each floor. A couple are tiny but they do the job and we never had to wait long, normally not at all, for a shower.... More

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Amy, Thanks for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed our private rooms, they are well appointed with great beds and linens for a restful sleep. We also like a clean hostel and keep it tidy, even though it is perceived as an old building. We have all the modern conveniences that a traveler would wish for, including... More

Kenmare, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I stayed here with a friend last September and have to say even though our stay was short (2 nights) we had no complaints. The staff were amazing, so friendly and helpful. We felt at home straight away. On arrival we didn't know where or how to get to certain attractions in San Francisco so we asked a guy behind... More

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks Patrick, We'd love to see you again! We continue to make improvements to our hostel so guests are more comfortable and also to make it more affordable with the daily free breakfasts and dinners 3 times a week. It's really is a community of wonderful travelers exchanging stories. You won't forget the Green Tortoise once you have stayed here.... More

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Also Known As:
Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco Hotel
Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco Hotel San Francisco
Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 45 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Tortoise San Francisco hostel, USA is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a PARTY hostel, so come & be included in our social events held nightly. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please note *No elevators, *Shared bathrooms *Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment area. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" sleeper coach adventures that offer tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Cross country trips, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. ... more   less 
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