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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

2.0 of 5 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed for five nights at the Green Tortoise in a private room. The location is fabulous- next to Columbus Avenue and a short walk to the Embarcadero and Market Street. There are great bars and coffee shops in the adjacent streets. The room wasn't actually in the hostel itself but slightly farther down the street in a self-contained house... More

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Palm Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it here. Met lots of people and everyone who worked there was very helpful and made you feel comfortable. Great place for sure! Their location is great too, bars...stores...china town..north beach. All of it just right there. The view is awesome too..good at day and night. Definitely coming back!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel is a great place to stay to experience life in San Francisco! After arriving at the airport, we used public transit to get to the hostel. It's a great location that's close to almost everything - can walk to China town, union square, the wharf - or to catch a streetca to Lombard! Lots of exciting and eclectic... More

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

Hi Christen-Anna I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time at the Green Tortoise! It sounds like you took advantage of everything we have to offer. You were able to experience the famous, incredible neighborhoods surrounding the hostel and meet fellow travelers in your room, and even have impromptu jam sessions. (I think I remember that night...it was a lot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had an absolute fantastic time here! The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. The free breakfast and dinners are wonderful and really help in saving money. Everyone I met was also very fun and the events that were run were great. The street is very loud though so if you want a quiet place this is not for you.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ted and Sarah were both welcoming and informative hosts. Great location, great atmosphere. Everyone genuinely wants you to have a good trip to San Francisco and the surrounding area. Happy to recommend to anyone unsure about hostel living. All the best to Ted - Happy donuts!!!

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! We enjoyed meeting you and your girlfriends, and of course enjoying those delicious donuts. If you're ever back in SF make sure to come stop by! Cheers, -Sarah & Ted More

Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time here! We were so busy with activities that we didn't have a chance to really party but out bed was so comfortable! I wanted to be back in those soft sheets after staying at our next hotel in another city. It's in a good location central to most things. You have to show your key... More

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place. Groovy vibe.i stayed in 23W female bunk by the window! Fantastic view of the TransAmerica building each night. My only complaint would be that the staff seem fairly disinterested in giving suggestions on what to do an were surprisingly uninformed on what to do. The one girl, cant remember her name, was the most helpful and smiled a... More

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Daocheng County, China
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4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The place is very good. It is well located. I really recommended. It is very clean, internet is fast, computers all around, really really good! However, do not expect to be treated on a friendly way... everything is too "professional" and dry. If you decide to stay one more day, and you inform that you will stay one more day,... More

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

Hey there Andy V- I'm so sorry that you didn't find the hostel to be friendly. We love and support the magic of being a backpacker and I wish you could have felt that. I hope you had an opportunity to check out our nightly events such as free dinners, pub crawls and live music. We are a good size... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My friend and I stayed here for 1 night and we thought we should stay more. Clean facilities, good location and friendly staffs. The most important point is the art style of this hostel, and that's why I put "amazing" on the title.

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New York, New York, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My wife and I stayed here as we were looking for a cheap place to stay while in San Francisco. Overall, it was clean, had good wifi, and generally served its purpose. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. Warning: it is in a so-so neighborhood (lots of strip clubs nearby), but it's a good location to some key... More

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Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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