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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying here for a small week with a friend while exploring San Francisco. For a hostel, the kitchen is indeed very clean and well equipped. The common area is quite nice, too. Music always playing, perhaps a knot too loudly though. Rooms are fine. People are snoring, but it is a hostel after all, and they offer ear plugs for... More 

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Marin County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Green Tortoise O, Yes! ....The Youth Hostel is located in North Beach (near most everything you want to see) also all major bus lines and Ferry Rides. The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean. The main area is ballroom this where the kitchen is as well, has 30 foot or 10 M high ceilings - you can hang out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The room was alright - we were in a private room. Felt a bit dingy and dated, but that's most places in SF. Probably wouldn't stay here again. Pros - location was good, free breakfast, free wifi. Cons - dirty, expensive, noisy. Tips- bring ear plugs, there is overnight street parking on Kearny just over the hill behind the hostel.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Green Tortoise has a great vibe. Clean rooms and bathrooms, very friendly staff and an excellent social area. Good if you don't want a sterile place to stay. It's also 2 minutes away from City Lights Bookstore, which is wonderful.

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

HI Ella! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time a the Green Tortoise! North Beach is an incredible neighborhood and City Lights is one of my favorites too :) Safe Travels! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the best location, but is a great cheap hostel and we still managed to get around, although our group don't mind walking but others might. Fairly nice rooms and had some form of dinner or entertainment each night. The free breakfast was good too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a great stay in a dorm in 2012, we returned and tried out the private rooms which are in a separate building a couple of blocks away. The building is nice, with small but comfortable rooms and a good kitchen. However, the building is incredibly noisy. We slept with ear plugs in and still got repeatedly woken up. Our... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was the second time I stayed at the Green Tortoise, but the first time in a private room. Everyone says the private rooms are in a separate building and I knew this but I wasn't prepared for how far away the building is. It didn't bother us when we didn't have bags, just be prepared its about two blocks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This hostel is for travelers of all walks of life. The building is gorgeous old SF style. The ballroom, used for meals, socializing, and fun has amazing aesthetics with great views. There are plenty of clean shower rooms with hot water. Walking in this neighborhood is very safe. The big decision is Chinese food in Chinatown or pizza in Little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Excellent location! There's a tram stop just down the street, and within easy walking distance to good cheap restaurants. We got a private twin room, and it was just big enough for 2. Only tiny drawback was the bed. Super hard, like sleeping on a wooden board. But that was it. Best part about the room was the sink. Made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

First of all, the staff are super friendly and informative, and waive fees at the drop of a hat. They organise several free activities for guests, and provide plenty of free food, too. The bathrooms are plentiful and basic toiletries are supplied.

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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