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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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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    3 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Mainz, Germany
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a good hostel with nice comfortable beds. The breakfast is good, with coffee, bagels and bread, juices and fruits. The space in the cafeteria though is very small and finding a place can be a task! Though the mezzanine floor space can be used and is more or less big enough to accommodate everyone. The staff is helpful... More

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

Thanks for your review! We're glad you liked us and hope you come back again sometime soon. When you do, come and chat with us about the things you're interested in. We have an eclectic group of souls here and would love to tell you all about what each of us loves about San Francisco (and some things to avoid!).... More

Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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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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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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