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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
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    4.5 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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York, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I stayed here 4 years ago and it was fine. It is in a good location close to good restaurants if you don't mind the red light district but you can stay in a much better place for the same money and not share a toilet! We had a 'private' double room for 3 nights end March 2013 cost $86... More 

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Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

with its perfect location, you are just in the center of the big city of SF. Stayed there for 5 nights, attended the pub crawl nights, helped making the dinner, loved the morning bagels and coffee. the living room is such a vintage, but yet full of emotions place. just in 10 mins walk from the Wharf . the staff... More 

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

thanks for adding your emotion to the ballroom too! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I stayed for 4 nights at the Green Tortoise and was very impressed with the staff attitudes and the beds are very comfy. The hostel does free vegetarian dinners and free breakfast making it very easy to meet new people and save travel money. The location is in the red light district, but its very close to great eateries and... More 

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

Thanks for your great review. Though there are a handful of clubs in our neighborhood we pride ourselves on being located on the edges of bustling China Town and culturally rich Little Italy, as well as being just a hop skip and a jump to the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf. More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

It's quite expensive compared to some other budget accomodation in SFO and to be honest i didn't think it was worth the extra money. We stayed in the other building (where the private rooms are) which was a very nice house. I liked the room and the building and it's a nice change from hotels/ hostels, however, i wasn't a... More 

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Oberalm, Austria
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60 hotel reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The green tortoise was my first hostel in Frisco! It was my very best stop when travelling thought the U.S. There is nothing more to say than just thank you! I liked the also the dorm when double rooms were booked!!

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

Glad we could find you a good space to rest and rejuvenate for your San Francisco adventure! More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

First visit to San Francisco and we couldn't have asked for a better hostel. Great location (in little Italy, close to Chinatown and only a short walk to the pier), great value, great staff and the rooms were clean. We stayed in a private double with a shared bathroom. The room was a decent size and there were plenty of... More 

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I stayed in the Green Tortoise en-route from Auckland to London for four nights in February 2011. All i can say is that out of the 40+ hostels i have stayed in worldwide, this is one of the best (having stayed in more since, it still rates as one of the best). The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, for... More 

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

Your words are truly appreciated. We try our best to ensure that each guest that passes through these doors gets to have as full rounded an experience as you did. Come back soon! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had great expectations of this place after reading reviews and speaking to other travellers. I was not disappointed! Staff were very friendly and the bed rooms were clean. The breakfast was good and free meals are provided 3 nights a week. I only sampled this one night but I was really impressed. It's a really social hostel with plenty... More 

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

Glad you had a good time with us. We try to ensure that this vibe is felt throughout the hostel. We are getting into our busiest season as travelers from around the world come to San Francisco and choose the Green Tortoise for their place to call temporary home so we do apologize if this resulted in our facilities being... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Stayed here whilst traveling and before going off on one of the Green Tortiose treks (which are also amazing and I had the best time ever!) Clean rooms, clean bathrooms, great food and a brilliant laugh. Staff were all amazing too !!

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

Thanks for your great review and glad you got to experience both our SF hostel and hostel on wheels. More 

Canberra, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Great location, close to the city and great restaurants. Staff very helpful and good internet access. Bed and bathroom facilities very good. Red light district close by but not a hassle and never felt unsafe. Only annoyance was the night club business on ground floor that stays in action until precisely 2.00am most nights and its dance music reverberates through... More 

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

Peter - thanks for your wise words. At the hostel we definitely like to create a balance for guests that are looking for all sorts of different travel experiences. Some rooms are bright and breezy and get the fabulous vibe from North Beach floating in. The Restaurant and Lounge downstairs, Horizon, holds fun events on the weekends, including our famous... More 

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