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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

2.0 of 5 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I Recently stayed here and I want to leave an honest review: 1) The first thing I noticed when entering the hostel was a bad smell - stale horrible 2) The staff were helpful 3) Stayed in a private room in the seperate block it was noisy with a homeless person sleeping just across from the entrance. 4) The room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed here for a night during my second trip to US. I was pretty nervous because I have never stayed at a hostel and I am a stranger in the city. But have to say that my experience couldn't have been better. Cheap, clean, safe, excellent location, free breakfast, very friendly staff. Two thumbs up for Green Tortoise!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first time staying at a hostel and I didn't really know what to expect. I am 30 years old and thought it may be a younger crowd and I would feel out of place. There were people of all ages and everyone including staff made me feel so comfortable. TGT offered activities to meet people and see... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great location, walking distance to just about everywhere. There's always something to do :) free dinners some nights and free breakfast every morning. Wifi signal is great. Even though the power was out in some rooms over a couple of days I didn't even notice and it was hardly an inconvenience. The shower pressure is fantastic and there are plenty... More 

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

Hi Sophie - We're glad that our electrical grid upgrade didn't affect you. Our grid is now running faster than ever and we'd love to have you stay you stay with us again. Front Desk Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this place and wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were really friendly and can answer all your questions. The free dinners several times a week are insane, massive buffet! There was one night where we had Mexican it was fantastic. The hostel itself has a really social atmosphere. The massive common room/dining room is great to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED staying at the Green Tortoise! The staff are friendly, the decor is awesome and funky, free dinner three nights a week which is lots of fun and a good opportunity to meet others, and the location is great! Easy walk to fishermans wharf, market street, and muni/Bart stations. I was also lucky enough to stay for thanksgiving and... More 

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

Hi there J, We feel proud of our hostel and the community it creates. Thanks for the feed back and so pleased that you could experience our Annual Thanksgiving dinner. We have the perfect Ballroom space to hold it in and we do go all out to make it a memorable experience for all. We hope to see you again... More 

London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thanks Fraz, Yes, parking can be an issue and you do have to account for this extra cost in a gateway city with limited hourly or metered on street parking. We do however have a deal with a local parking garage of approx $20 per night for a compact car. We also suggest if flying into SFO that you rent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Chicabuena, Being situated in North Beach (Little Italy) we are close to fantastic cafes, bars and restaurants as well as the famous city Lights bookstore and Beat Museum. We are also easy walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and public transportation. We are also on Broadway known as an Entertainment district so it does get lively in peak season. Thanks... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

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 November 8, 2014

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

Thanks Lauren, We really try to make guests feel at home at our hostel! The area can be noisy on the weekends in peak season as we are in an Entertainment District, but having said that we are a very comfortable hostel and guests can request a room at the back of the building off the street if available. Cheers,... 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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