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San Francisco City Center Hostel

1.5 of 5
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685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were warned about the location and honestly it wasn't as bad as we expected. We didn't have any problems. However, we are two female travellers and we were always out in daylight hours, Location is crap if you like to do be out later. The hostel itself is amazing. Great breakfast and a cute little bar in the evenings.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed here whilst travelling through the US and had heard that the HI chains were good. I arrived really late at night so warned the hostel of this and was greeted at reception just before midnight. I was given the key to my room and was able to quickly find my room. The room was tidy (I was in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

City Center HI hostel is a lively place once you are inside! The lady at the desk was extremely helpful and ensured sure everyone is comfortable. Breakfast was good, a bit crowded but people are very friendly. The only hitch is the location, there are way too many homeless people outside and in large groups. Staff did mention the areas/streets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With a friend I stayed at the hostel in San Francisco for 5 nights and we had a pleasant stay. When we arrived we had very nice staff stowing our luggage for us and giving us directions. When it was time to check in to the room we were very happy to see that we had our own bathroom in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

H.I. City Center is one of the most customer friendly places I have ever seen! After staying in the Boston International Hostel last year and being impressed with the economy, cleanliness, and location my fiancé and I decided to look up the same for our vacation in San Fran. We think Hosteling is the best way to travel. Our pick... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've stayed in this hostel several times. It's conveniently located close to attractions and public transport. It's on the edge of the Tenderloin but the members of staff are very aware about security. In a previous life it was a hotel so the bedrooms all have bathrooms. It has a bar and a couple of communal areas with comfortable settees.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here in July 2015 with my husband and 2 teenage kids. We had a 4 bunk room with a bathroom. It was by far the cheapest accommodation we had on our trip to California. It was clean and well organised and the free breakfast of toast bagels and coffee was a bonus with pancakes or eggs for just... More 

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Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks Angela! It was great to have you and your family to stay! Great guests make a great hostel, so keep staying with HI so we can all be awesome :) Happy Travels! ~Molly More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good location and so clean compared to the fisherman wharfs sister hostel. Loved the atmosphere straight away. Rooms way nicer than fisherman's wharf. Location great for city centre. Pleased as punch with the room and great value. Wifi and breakfast. Boom

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Boom indeed! Thanks for the love Lou! We're so glad you had a nice stay, we sure loved having you here our own selves. Happy Travels! ~Molly More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you read any of my reviews, I am a hostel regular. This is how I do all of my traveling. I came to SF City Center after my pick from last year was fully booked up and I was apprehensive after reading the reviews about the dodgy location. It was not as bad as I thought. This is actually... More 

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Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Ah Bonnie, thanks for this great and thorough review! I appreciate that you see things so clearly, even understanding that each of our staff members is a unique individual, just like each of our guests (some of us are totally shy, while others are much more outgoing.. more like you and me I think!). I assume it's just our spectacular... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We arrived at the hostel after dark and on first sight it seemed like we had made a huge mistake picking this hostel. The street which the hostel is located on is intimidating due to the number of homeless people who walk up and down the street. However, once inside the hostel our opinions were completely changed. The staff were... More 

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