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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012
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  • Location
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Well placed about 20 mins walk to the wharf and 20 mins into Union Square and just a stones throw to Grant Street where China Town starts. No lifts, very steep stairs which was not a problem for us but could be for some, so be warned. Staff are great and helpful, breakfast is basic but comes with the price... More

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Weird people walking around there. Too many people taking drugs and not only Marijuana... I stayed as well in Green Tortoise as USA Hostels and I strongly prefer USA Hostels. It felt much more safer and was cleaner. The breakfast was very very nice!!!! Bagels and cream cheese =)

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

This was my third time to San Francisco, and I guess that it was third time lucky. I had some bad experiences with other hostels in the city, but thankfully I found the Green Tortoise. Rooms are well-sized and beds are really comfortable. There are plenty of clean bathrooms and showers in the hallway, and I never had to wait... More

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Berlin
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14 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

OK, I admit it, I'm a cheap charlie. I also don't mind getting a bit closer to my fellow travelers. People who stay in a hostel are - often - more open towards others. So, why do I rave about this place: - Free (vegetarian) dinners 3 x a week (and it's good food) - Free breakfast every morning (fruit,... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I have stayed in a lot of hostels around Australia, asia and america and this has to be one of the best. yes theres a lot of stairs, but the staff help you with your bags. Theres free internet which is a massive bonus as we all know how much internet in hostels is these days ! The rooms are... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Now, firstly this is not the most modern hostel I have stayed in or the most secure/ clean (not that it isnt secure or clean- it is just that Wake Up is Sydney is tough to beat in those aspects). However, I can say hands down this is the hostel that I enjoyed staying in the most. The people and... More

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Antigua, Guatemala
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This is a really nice safe place to stay in SF. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and if ur alone, u will definitely meet fellow travelers from all over the world. I have stayed a few times and feel comfortable there. Not having to go out for coffee in the mornings, starts at 7am, is a plus along with fruit... More

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Oslo, Norway
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

I really liked the patina of the place and the community dinners are the best. A lot of the people staying here were seasoned travelers, the type of people I like the best. Had some nice conversations and met some excellent people.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

This hostel was one of my favourites in America. We found it easy to get everywhere especially with there cheap deals on bike hire. The hostel has an old hall as a common room and has a free keg and hermit crap racing on Friday night. Which made it easy to meet people. The rooms were a bit small but... More

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Durango, Spain
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17 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We have been and usahostel san francisco, hidowntown and Green Tortoise, and, definitibely, green tortoise is, by far, the best of them. Great location (in little italy) and great rooms. They hace 3 days a week free dinner, goord tours and fantastic staff! Simply, the best in town with PACIFIC TRADEWINDS (ALSO VERY GOOD).

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Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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