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“Dirty Old Town!” 3 of 5 stars
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Orange Village Hostel
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Dublin, Ireland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Dirty Old Town!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The reception is a busy vibrant hub, with nice helpful female staff, armed with heaps of information on what activities to do on your journey in the city.
We chose a twin room at the front of the building that included a bathroom. The room was adequate with a flat screen tv, microwave, fridge, desk, drawers and clothes hanging area. The room was clean except for the harden vomit on the wall at head level that I had to remove before settling in for our four night stay.
Our first night was sleepless due to the noisy fire engines, loud street drunks and internal noises however the second night we had naturally adjusted and slept without interruption.
We had come from 4 star hotels before heading to San Fran and had looked long and hard for a good deal there to no avail. After experiencing this city we were delighted not to have paid ridiculously for the overpriced hotels there. I would suggest only the easy going and low maintenance people of this world book into this hostel so they can fully enjoy its spirit. Don’t book because it’s cheap and then complain like crazy.....you have been warned!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I found the Orange Village hostel to be good value for the price you pay. The location is great as you are close to Union Square and all the touristy stuff but you are also close to the good non-touristy areas like the Mission district and Castro. I have read some people say its a bad area because its right near the tenderloin which is where the homeless people are centered and its scary. Yes it is right near the tenderloin but we spent 5 nights walking through this area at all times of night and never had one remotely scary experience. Most of the time you walk through this area and none of the homeless even seem to notice you so please don't be worried about this. We stayed in a private room and it was basic but had all that you need and was clean. The staff were very friendly and helped us out on several occasions. The bed was pretty old and worn but you expect that in a hostel. Breakfast is the standard hostel breakfast and they have a good laundry that is not expensive. Would definitely recommend staying at this hostel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I'll start with the pros. This hostel is clean; our room and bathroom didn't feel dirty. They had wifi and plenty of outlets in the room. It was cheap.

Now for the cons. The main con for this hostel is the location. We were warned by a local to stay away from a certain area of the city because it has become overrun with homeless men. Little did we know the hostel was on that street. We arrived after dark and had to park two blocks away, which would have been fine in another area of the city. So there we were, two girls carrying our bags through crowds of drunk homeless men down dark streets in a strange city. I have stayed in hostels in Europe and never felt unsafe, but this was the most unsettling travel experience I have ever had. The room was also noisy- I could hear people fighting and garbage trucks on the street all hours of the night.

If it was in a different location, it would be an okay place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carolina, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

- Pros: cheap, good location, rooms passably clean, towel provided, free Internet.
- Cons: rude, rude staff. A pain to have to walk past their unsmiling faces at the reception. Beware the unhelpful guy with the greasy brown hair and sour face! Bathrooms small, with slightly frightening textured walls. Lockers in rooms but you bring your own lock.
- Comments: There isn't a big difference between rooms with private and shared bathrooms, so save your money.

Conclusion: did someone say cheap? Those of us who can't afford the neighboring Hilton can't be choosers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Great location to be able to walk everywhere. Even though this is at the edge of the Tenderloin, we didn't have any troubles. Despite the odd fellow asking for money or a smoke when I was outside, they were harmless. The staff buzz you in the door so you have a level of safety. I was in a private double room with sink (shared toilet and shower). It was small room but perfectly fine for the two of us. Great storage for clothes and added bonus of a fridge & TV (which we never did get working). I'd read other reviews beforehand about lack of power points and they weren’t joking. They provided a power pack for 3 items, the fridge took up one so we only had two power points for two people and all of our phones, iPads, and cameras. We had an internal facing room and it was dark but also quiet. The communal bathroom was clean. The private rooms don't have lockers. We were a little worried about leaving our items in the room, but we did it anyways and just asked that the room wasn't cleaned. Nothing was stolen even though we took a risk. Friendly staff.

Room Tip: The front of the hostel on O'Farrell could be noisy, being in the Tenderloin and there was club...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Macau, China
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is my second visit to Orange Village for the last 3 years.

Convenient spot. The hostel itself is somehow redecorated a bit. It is neat as i remembered. The breakfast is simple as usual. But the waffle mixture is good enough to for me while travelling with a tight budget.

Last time i stayed in a private room and found it very good. However, this time i tried a room with bunk beds. The bed is not good enough, it is not strong will move around if the one above / below is moving. this impacts a lot the sleeping quality.

The bathroom is super tiny.

There is no desk nor any chair for a 4 ppl room. and not enough power for 4 ppl charging their electronics.

Will consider changing another one when visit SF again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Had I not spent the night at USA Hostels around the corner the previous night, this place would probably receive a higher rating. I stayed in a private en-suite with a queen sized bed. Just like any other hostel, toilets and showers are shared. they do offer shuttle service to SFO but I did not use it. major selling point is that its walking distance to everything around Union Square and good access to BART and Cable Cars.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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Ranked #16 of 48 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Orange Village Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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