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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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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have stayed here twice, once with my wife and young son and once solo. Both times have been an exceptional stay. Much like many HI's this one is family friendly. In fact, we had parcels sent here before we arrived and they stored them for us. The parcel was our 'travel crib' which we purchased online!! This HI had... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is based on a private room. The room was just as good as a midrange hotel for double the cost elsewhere in the city. The location is within walking distance to several public transportation points. The one concern that may bother some is that this hotel is on the border of a district that is associated with drug... More 

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

Thank you for staying and for taking the time to leave this great review! I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found our great hostel to be a good value. The neighborhood is very eclectic. I'm glad our staff were honest with you about the realities many people face in this area, but that you were... More 

Québec
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The room was really clean. The staff is so nice!!! There's a great bar where you can meet new people!! The hostel is near to a lot of stuff!! But, the location is so so. Sometimes, we were afraid to walk at night, but nothing happen! I think it's only ellis street where it feels not safe because we didnt... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I had a great stay in the HI City Center. I was just there one night to get to the airport in the AM, and it was clean and comfortable. I would have loved to go out at night, but the location is in the Tenderloin district, which has high levels of homelessness and violence. A girl was even assaulted... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

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 October 28, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

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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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Address: 685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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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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