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San Francisco City Center Hostel

2.0 of 5 685 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a private room for 5 people. It was adequate and exactly what you would expect from a youth hostel. The staff were nice and very helpful, but the location is, colourful, to say the least. Many in my party felt unsafe in the street surrounding the area and we were advised not to walk at night in a... More

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

Thank you for your review! I'm sorry you didn't love our location, though glad to hear you found our staff friendly (they are!) and seem to have had a good time with us anyhow. That earthquake was a doozy! I know it was scary for all of us, but we will still take credit for helping you to have a... More

Oshawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel is a converted hotel and has an amazing kitchen. At breakfast I felt like I was living in a movie, so many people, so many walks of life all enjoying fresh bagels, fruit and decent coffee. The rooms have mini lights, chargers (even USB chargers) and a mini shelf at each bed (AMAZING feature btw) and private bathrooms.... More

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our nonprofit has been using City Center Hostel for the past few years after tiring of the too-cool-for-you staff attitude and (newly renovated) hideous decor at the Union Square hostel. The CC hostel staff are super friendly, very accommodating, and the overall atmosphere is very chill. There's a nice bar, well-stocked kitchen, and inviting lobby and mezzanine. OK, the location... More

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

Thanks for the great review! We love having you guys to stay, keep coming back! Happy Travels Molly More

Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely one of the best hostels in which I've stayed in my life. The staff is very very friendly and helpful (seriously, they're awesome!) and the environment encourages contact between guests, with movies and other attractions. There are no TVs in the rooms, for example. So people can focus on knowing each other. The breakfast is quite decent.... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My husband and I stayed there for a weekend and I have to say, this hostel with a vintage character is pretty better than I've imagined. Our private suite was great and tidy, good space and comfortable bed. The staff are awesome! They were warm and friendly. The place has a great vibe, good facilities and there was plenty of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Despite the bad and smelly environment on the sidewalk in this area, the location of the hostel is very convenient to go to everywhere. Rooms with bathrooms are tidy. Great free breakfast, 24 hours coffee and tea. A very big kitchen, big lounges on two floors. The wifi signal is strong enough. All the staffs are very warm. I'm sure... More

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

Oh! What a lovely review! Thanks so much for staying with us and taking the time to give us some feedback. We love our amazing and varied guests, you guys make us what we are... awesome! Happy travels! Molly More

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29 hotel reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed only one night - a night that was blisteringly expensive in the whole of San Francisco because a huge conference was on - before moving on to a four star hotel. I have to say, our private en suite room was great. Very pleasantly furnished and quite large. The staff are fantastic and the place has a great... More

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Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The good parts about this hostel are the central location, good security practices, and an affordable bar on sight. The neighborhood is not good at night. While certain streets seemed safer than others, I would not feel safe walking by myself at night. However, the hostel itself is very secure and there is an affordable bar where you can meet... More

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

Dear Karalyn, Please accept my apology for the circumstances of your stay last month. While we make every effort to prevent pest invasions, most lodging establishments face the unfortunate occurrence of bed bugs from time to time. In fact, while you were staying with us I was travelling in Portugal and found some bb's in my bed the morning after... More

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

So a lot of people have commented so far on the location. Yes, the area isn't great, but as long as you have your wits about you and don't go around flashing your latest gadgets and wads of cash you'll be fine. The hostel itself was lovely, the staff were warm and friendly and there was plenty of arranged activities.... More

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

Hello! Thank you for your glowing review! You seem to have the intrepid traveler spirit that we love so much, and really made the most of your time in SF. I hope more awesome adventures come your way, and that they lead you back to San Francisco, and to City Center, sometime soon! Happy Travels Molly More

Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Very nice hostel in the centre of San Francisco. Rooms with a private bathroom. Tasty breakfast. Nice bar. Staff always helpful. We spent there good time and I recommend this hostel to all travellers.

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So Glad you enjoyed your stay, please come again soon! Molly 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*
Number of rooms: 75
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Also Known As:
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