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San Francisco City Center Hostel

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You might regret when you walk down the street where the hostel is located, but don’t worry. The hostel is a good one. Clean, simple rooms and nice public areas on two floors. They have a bar with reasonable prices and happy hours, the same place where they serve breakfast. It might be crowded during morning hours, but you can... More 

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

Nice review Mr. Norway! Thanks for all the love... I must say you are very talented at writing reviews, I like the flow! Thanks for giving some great tips to our future guests. I hope you have happy travels, and come back to see us sometime soon! ~Molly More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel itself is great. It has its own bar and also a kitchen area. Breakfast is free although you can purchase pancakes or eggs for just $1 The staff were very friendly and helpful. They suggested we try food at Tommy's Joynt and we weren't disappointed. They answered all other queries and give us maps. The hostel has a... More 

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

Hi Gareth, Thanks for staying and for taking the time to leave us this nice review! I'm sorry that our great hostel, staff and advice didn't get us a couple more 'dots' on TripAdvisor, but I understand that the area does impact each guest differently :) With so many nonprofits and social services being offered to the very needy in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a good week here. The rooms are nice with private bathrooms. The free breakfast was really good with bagels and coffee and cheap pancakes and eggs. While close to the city centre the location is the only negative here. The Tenderloin district is a little rough and not the best after dark. Once I got the hang of... More 

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

Thanks for the heads up about Lyft Chris! For future travelers, when you get to HI-SF City Center, you can download the 'Lyft' App and use our promo code to get $25 off your first ride! Thanks for staying! ~Molly More 

San Francisco, California
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel was super fun. Set up in an adorable little 20s style building with some funky art hanging on the walls and some cool people hanging out in the common areas. Dorms have bathrooms and are pretty clean and the staff are super helpful about getting around. Kitchen facilities are well equipped and there are always people around to... More 

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

Thanks for staying Aime! And for your great review! I hope the rest of your travels prove to be as fun, though I know nothing can beat our fantastic hostel! ;) Happy travels! ~Molly More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed 3 days 7/10-7/13/15. This was my first hostel stay in my home state. My friend and I found this place to have a great laid back, ecclectic vibe. The location is a little rough, but it's not so bad that you will run for the hills. It is not far from Civic Center Bart and it's close to... More 

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

Hey! This review is awesome! You must be too! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thorough and kind review... hopefully other travelers will read it and wise up to the tricks of the dorm trade... tiptoe! phone as a flashlight! no talking if you can help it! and all the other little things we can do to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed four nights and enjoyed my stay. The staff were reasonably friendly and the room and bathroom were kept clean. The street the hostel is on seems to be surrounded by a lot of homeless people. On arrival the staff advised that I shouldn't walk down one part of the street as it was unsafe. Wifi is good and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

We had read a few bad reviews before getting here so we were quite nervous about the place. Luckily we were happy surprised and had a great stay! The staff is nice, the four-bed room we slept in was clean and cozy and the breakfast was great. Bagels, toast, juice, tea and coffee (real coffe, not American coffee) was included... More 

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

Awesome Frida! Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review! Here at City Center we love love, and we're so stoked to have great guests to celebrate happy advances in social policy! Happy and Pride-filled Travels! Molly More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Amazing hostel! Very clean, very friendly staff that will help with anything (they booked bus type for us and helped us find other things top do in town), yummy breakfast... Best hostel so far on our trip up the coast!

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

Ah! MrFlook, you are the best!! I hope you're having fun out there, embracing what ever adventure comes your way. Come back and see us sometime, we want to hear about all the things you've seen and done! Happy Travels M More 

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