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San Francisco City Center Hostel

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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  • Location
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Firstly, if you have not encountered many social issues in your life such as homelessness, addiction or prostitution do NOT stay here. The surrounds of the hostel are very confronting and also intimidating. I was with my boyfriend but would not feel comfortable walking around the area alone, especially at night. It's also a bit of a walk to Powell... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hostel is in the shady part of town which concerned me initially. The staff were very understanding and showed me on a map which streets to avoid. It is located very centrally...easy walk to good cheap eating, buses, cable cars, museums etc etc. The breakfast as great with excellent coffee, bagels, etc and $2 for great scrambled eggs and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good and cheap place to stay.Staff very attentive and solicitous,very good kitchen and facilities,bathroom inside room, cool bar inside.The location is unpleasant with a lot of homeless and drugs addicted.

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

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! There are a lot of low-income residents that live nearby, but we still love our location for its central location, cheap and delicious food, fun bars, and cool art galleries. We currently working with local organizations in the neighborhood as well, in attempts to make our neighborhood a better... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a group of 21 students (aged 17-18) from Scotland staying for 3 days as part of a two week trip to California. They loved San Francisco and thought the hostel was great, though they were petrified to go outside! I knew when I booked that it was in an iffy location, but it would have been nice to... More

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

Hi there! Thanks for your kind words about our hostel! I'm glad that it worked well for your group of students. As for the neighborhood, it's definitely a bit eccentric and parts of it can be a bit uncomfortable at times, so I'll see if I can get in touch with our group sales department so that they can pass... More

Calgary, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are a young married couple from Canada who stayed at HI SF City Centre for three nights in August. We stayed in a private room with a private bathroom on the third floor. Everything was clean and the bed and bedding was SO comfortable (better than some hotels). Yes this hostel is in/close to a rough part of town... More

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

Thanks for staying with us Ally, and for your great review! We love hearing about our guests great time in SF and in our hostel, so thanks for sharing! Looking forward to having you back again soon. Happy Travels! Molly More

Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

“The hostel is located on a horrible area. Homeless people everywhere, drug addicts, pimps, dealers, etc. supposedly due to a nearby church feeding homeless people. The hostel is ok (facility-wise) and the staff was good to me (with the exception of Arjen) but I'm afraid the issue of where the hostel is located is unavoidable. If you can, avoid staying... More

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Sorocaba, SP
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's great hostel inside, there's no bugs, it's clean, people and staff is great. The mattress is too soft...kkk....but it's a good place to stay. The breakfast is very good and you can get some pancakes for 1 dollar. It's located in a dangerous place, too many homeless outside but staff teaches you how to avoid it going through other... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The staff here are great and the communal spaces and bar are excellent. I'd rate it five otherwise for the location, but it's ultimately not too bad. Just a few homeless people and the like around, but you'll be fine. Activities are organised daily and it's really easy to meet other travellers staying here. The breakfast was farely basic but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Average location, had to transit to almost every San Franciscan POI, this was really the only negative. Simple rooms and beds, it had a bar which had cheap drinks and decent atmosphere. Hostel looked very San Franciscan and had a good vibe with the people that stayed.

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

Thanks for your review Cameron! I'm glad you vibed well with the other in-house guests during your stay and hope we can host you again soon. Happy Travels! -Molly More

San Francisco, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

First of all I am not a big complainer. I have stayed in many a hostel and know both how good and bad the experinece can be. I have delt with many crumby waiters, desk clerks and employees but this manager really struck a cord with me and I really wanted to share my experinece in case it can make... More

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

Dear Amber, I want to apologize for the fact that you feel you were treated rudely at our hostel. We try very hard to help every person who walks through our doors to feel welcomed and attended to. I do need to clarify a few things though, so that other guests don't get the wrong idea about our policies or... More

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Address: 685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — San Francisco City Center Hostel 2*
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Also Known As:
Hostelling International San Francisco City Hotel San Francisco

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