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“O.K.” 2 of 5 stars
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AAE Amsterdam San Francisco
749 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 941098 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 69 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Hancock, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“O.K.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

The hostel is located on Nob Hill. It's great to explore San Francisco.
But there is not a lotmore good reasons to pick this hostel.
The free breakfast sounded great. What you;ll find is a pancake mix.
You will have to do pancakes with Maple syrup everyday. Some cereal or something would be a great alternative.
We stayed 7 nights in the same room and there was nobody who even vacuumed the floor or clean the bathroom. Our room was located in the basement and it got really cold the two nights temperatures dropped below 50 (outside). We could fix that with some more blankets.
The service is good. They are nice and help you right away if you have a question.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

This hostel is situated quite close to Union Square and a cable car ride to fishermans wharf (which is great fun). Hostel is located up a few hills but that is the story of the city. To get anywhere you have to climb hills. The dorms were specious with a bathroom which was good. Staff were friendly and the facilities including laundry facilities were good.
The only negatives about this hostel was that despite being pretty warm outside they kept the radiators on for hours and hours which made the rooms like ovens with no air con. The bunk beds were also fairly dangerous. They have no rail to oprevent you falling off the top bunk and ladder to climb up. You have to be very athletic to climb on the top bunk because of your not you quite simply can't get up there.
To summarise good location despite lots of homeless in the surrounding vacinity, good staff and facilities, if your a good climber I would recommend this place!

Room Tip: Bottom bunk if possible as you have to be an athlete to get up to the very high top bunk
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Quite good location close enough to Union Square to give you some up hill to bed excercise after a hard day poking around SF. Clean enough, a few cockroaches aroudn the kitchen, but so what. Good internet with 3 computers. Helpful staff. You can buy a dozen eggs at a close by corner store to add protein to the provided pancake mix. A great way to spend a day is to rent a bike close to Fisherman's Wharf and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito, have lunch, see the boat house community and take the harbor ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Longyearbyen, Norway
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

First I need to admit that my rating is biased as I have not actually stayed in this hotel. I was GOING to; however, when I entered the building and approached the office, (which smelled heavily of B.O) I was told by the worker that I am not allowed to look at any rooms before I book them. I explained that this doesn't make any sense. And he stated that everyone who has booked in this hostel has never actually seen the rooms in person before they book. He explained that I must look at the pictures on the internet as opposed to seeing what the rooms actually look like. A boy passed us hearing our conversation and told me he is more than willing to show me his room, then the worker said with a straight face that there are "no visitors allowed" so that i could not go and see what the room looked like.

The boy then preceded to explain to me about the conditions of the room saying they were "decent". I chose to stay in a different hostel (there are MANY in the same location) where I was allowed inside and showed the rooms and given a tour of the facilities.

Room Tip: Other hostels are about the same price and in the area. they are much more approachable and will sho...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

The staff members are all lazy they ignore the customers and talk on the phone with their friends. If you ask them for help they look disappointed. Moreover room were as bad as the service and it is over priced! plenty of other good hostels around. The hostel also smells like urine

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

i stayed at the amsterdam hostel in september for 5 nights.

Firstly i ordered a mixed dorm of 6 people and for 4 of the nights i was the only girl in the room with 5 other lads. this wasnt a problem for me as i was comfortable, but for other girls i suggest booking mainly female rooms if you would have a problem. also when i got there i couldnt tell which bed was free and the blankets and sheets were screwed up on the bed. i didnt realise there wasnt a quilt untill about 8 o clock, i went to the front desk and they were unable to help and said i would have to wait untill the next day to get a quilt and offered me another set of sheets instead.. luckinly it was warm so i didnt need it.

the bathroom in the hostel was lovley, however there was so much shower jel and empty pots that were left there from previous users ( understandable as the cleaners may not know whose is whos)

the breakfast was nice, plain, it was pancakes, (you have to cook youreself) however little space and you coulve been waiting a while to cook them, the staff in the kitchen (cleaners) are foregin and often talk in their own language so hard to tell what they were saying however they seemed displeased that i was still in the eating area outside after the kitchen had closed, and was moody when i baught my plate in.

the other staff on reception were lovely and eager to help you out with what you wanted

i would stay here again because overall the places and the cost were satisfactory (as i was traveling and wanted to save money)

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

My first time in San Francisco. Amsterdam was easily accessed by BART and a few block walk. Older building, but very clean with friendly, helpful staff. Stayed in a 6 bed dorm and because people were coming and going, did not get much time to meet people. Free wireless Internet, towels and pancake and coffee breakfast made it a great deal. Great Vulcan range in the kitchen. Wish I owned it.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 749 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 941098
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Downtown
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Ranked #36 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
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