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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
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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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London
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29 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

So Glad you enjoyed your stay, please come again soon! Molly More

London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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

I'm sorry that you found the neighborhood uncomfortable! It is a bit eccentric, but we like it for it's central location, delicious food, fun bars, and new cool businesses popping up on our block. We understand the reality of the neighborhood, which is why we are working with local organizations to help make it a better place for locals and... More

Hamilton
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8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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 September 10, 2014

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 September 3, 2014

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

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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:
Hostelling International San Francisco City Hotel San Francisco

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