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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are in a private room. It was so clean, no noise, great breakfast! The place was friendly and the people at the hostel was very helpful to find restaurant or activity. It is near to the cable car line and à lot of bus lines. We appreciate a lot to stay there.

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

Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us Maude, and for providing us with your feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! We do our very best to ensure a safe, clean, and fun place for our many and wonderful guests, so it makes us very happy when you enjoy yourselves here! Happy Travels! More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel was our first and we were pleasantly surprised at the good levels of cleanliness in the communal areas and in the dorms. The kitchen was the largest out of all of the hostels we have stayed in and there's was plenty of room for everybody. It was great that you could get a breakfast of either pancakes or... More

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Austin, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a group of 31. 23 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and 8 staff. We had rooms of 4 or 5 to a room which worked out great for us. We were split between the 2nd and 3rd floors. The rooms were nice. There is limited space for eating and meeting for a group our size. We usually... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first stay in a hostel, and what an excellent experience we had. Firstly the staff there are great, really helpful to the point of even managing to get our recently purchased computer to work when our Tablet had broken on our first night of our stay. The breakfast that was included in the cost consisted of a... More

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Vail, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is great, the rooms are big and the bathroom is really clean. The breakfast is one of the best I had in a Hostel. The prices are really great. They also have city tour walks with guides from the hostel which we loved, the guys from the staff are really nice and helpful. Nothing bad to say about... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I booked a deluxe double room with a private bathroom, to myself, as a cheaper alternative to staying in a hotel. The room was excellent - just like a hotel, if not better! It was very clean and comfortable, and nicely decorated. The communal areas had good facilities, were fun, generally good atmosphere. The staff were extremely helpful, I loved... More

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

Dear Emily, Thank you so much for staying with us and for taking the time to leave this great review! You're right that our neighborhood is rather 'spirited,' and can be a little unnerving on your first encounter. We love that you felt so safe staying with us. The comfort and security of our guests is absolutely our top priority,... More

Oldenburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Location 2,5/5 Cleanliness 4/5 Staff friendliness 3/5 Bathroom 3/5 We stayed in a double bed ensuite for several nights. - The neighbourhood is bad (wouldn't like to be there alone at night time). badly situated on Ellis street, only leave and enter the area via Larkins street! - felt safe because you have to show your "hostel pass" on _each_... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I recently stayed here with a friend because it was the most affordable way we could stay near union square in SF. This place is nothing special, but there are friendly staff and sufficient accommodations. The only complaints I have are that there were no outlets in the bathroom so we had to blow dry our hair in the mezzanine... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

The hostel is nice. The people who work there is awesome. Very helpful and helpful. The only problem with this hostel is the location. Even if I didn't have any episode of violence there is a very unsafe neighborhood. During the night if you don't have car you have to make a lot of extra block to avoid drugs dealers.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We were well informed about the location, that being said, it is pretty dodgy if you find yourself walking down the wrong street. We always aimed to be back before dark or got a taxi. The room was lovely, having an ensuit was a bonus. We were right under the stairs though which was a little noisy. Also, people yelling... 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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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Experience budget travel at its best: Both private and shared rooms available (only 4-5 beds per dorm), all rooms with private bathroom, restaurant-quality guest kitchen, cafe serving free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet lounge, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, keycard security, plush common areas, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. Recently renovated 1920s hotel near San Francisco's best affordable restaurants, diverse nightlife, and world-class Civic Center arts district. ... more   less 
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