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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Green Tortoise was a great place to stay during a recent trip to San Francisco. It is in a good location, has a good vibe, and the breakfasts and dinners were great. The only downside is that there are not enough showers/bathrooms. This can mean you have to do a lot of waiting in the morning.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I absolutely loved staying at Green Tortoise. North Beach is an amazing neighbourhood. The hostel staff was very helpful. The rooms were clean and comfortable and so were the bathrooms. The hostel is very big on recycling. There are 3 free dinner weekly in the huge common room. Breakfasts consist of bagels with various spreads, fruits and eggs that you... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here in August and enjoyed my time here at the hostel. The rooms are great, the bathrooms are always clean as well. There is a laundry room that you can do your laundry in and you can also join in for free meals during the week or buy your own alcoholic drinks and drink in the hall. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is conveniently located in San Fransisco, near Chinatown, the Italian district and the BART. The hostel is clean, has a kitchen that serves a good breakfast (included in the price) and offers free evening meals three times a week. Other nights group events are organized or you can cook your own. A supermarket is about 1 km away.... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Disclaimer: This is a hostel. When you book, make sure you understand the difference between a hostel and a hotel! I've stayed in a lot of hostels all over the world, but this is the first time my boyfriend had ever stayed in one. We chose this place because we are from Washington and I have stayed in the Seattle... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here for about a week and it was the perfect place for the trip I wanted - it was cheap, safe, well-located, and full of guests and staff ready to help me make the most of San Francisco. Would definitely go back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here a couple of days during my road trip. Place was nice and the staff friendly. Although the location is good, the rooms are quite small. There is events almost all evening to meet people. Worth to stay if you want to have a good time and meet people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Green Tortoise was recommended to us by a friend during our stay at another hostel in San Fran. We chose to switch places due to not enjoying the one we were in and it was TOTALLY worth it. The location is perfect - in a nice safe area of San Fran. The staff were so helpful with any queries... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time staying here for 4 nights. Rooms and bathrooms were very clean, and the kitchen was also spotless. The staff were generally friendly but I did overhear one staff member telling a guest to just use google maps when asked directions. It also didn't quite have to full on party vibe (maybe it was just a quiet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really excellent hostel , really clean and staff is really friendly and everyone is absoulutely friendly. Great location and great for a first timer in a hostel. The breakfast and the events help you to meet more new people and this is what is exciting about the hostel . most people i met there told me that this hostel is... 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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