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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rooms are clean and spacious, bathrooms adequate, free breakfast and computer access, and free dinners spread throughout the week. One of the friendliest hostels I've stayed in the states, there seems to be a cool crowd that gathers here. Staff are friendly and helpful, and the location is a short walk from Chinatown or the Pier.

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Brownsville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I traveled by myself to SF and chose the Green Tortoise after reading several reviews. As far as price, yes it was pricey but consider that SF is an expensive city as it is and for the location, it is totally worth it (I stayed in the private standard room). Yes, there are a lot of strip clubs around the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped at GT for 3 days while we saw the sights of San Fran it is a Fantastic hostel with fantastic staff, good location, nice breakfast and dinner 3 nights a week, would recommend to any age traveller, would definitely like to return 1 day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything people say about this place is true- it's a hostel like no other. If you want to meet people this is the place to be. The atmosphere is fantastic with free dinners, organised activities and pool and foosball and guitars in the big common room. There is a real sense of community here. Staff are very helpful and the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel will definitely be hard to beat. Fantastic organised activities and pub crawls. Great cheap/ free food. Great location. Huge common area for meeting people. Good size private bathrooms and large storage lockers under bed (triple room). Can't wait to come back

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Tonypandy, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for two nights in July. Didn't live up to the hype at all. The hostel is well located and easy to find. Be aware that you need to climb a steep flight of stairs to get to the reception - not easy with large luggage. Interior decor is horrible but whatever. We arrived very early in the morning,... More 

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Cowes, Australia
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Private room with shared bathroom - clean and has all the amenities we needed. Soap, shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms and hairdryer in the room. No air-conditioning but windows open for a cool breeze. Helpful staff and plentiful free breakfast of juice, bagels, toast, eggs, beans and coffee or tea. Also free dinner Monday and Wednesday night is a... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in a dorm here 2 years ago. This week I was back with my husband in tow so we opted for a private room. They are in a seperate building, 2 streets away. The view from room 205 was amazing! There is a private balcony at the back of the building with views of the bay bridge. You... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it. Free minded, great get together, awesome location. Stayed there three nights and met a bunch of people but never felt obligated to take part in the activities. Like joint dinners, dancing, pub crawls and other stuff. Best breakfast i ever had in a hostel. Huge kitchen for personal use. It is cleam but i recommend shoes for the... More 

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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After walking the Pacific Coast Trail and California Coast Trail for a month I was exhausted and dirty by the time I got to San Francisco. I have stayed at many hostels and I now run one myself and I cannot speak highly enough of the Green Tortoise. The check in process was easy with very friendly staff, the rooms... More 

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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