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“So So, but free beer” 4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco International Hostel
140 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (SoMa)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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“So So, but free beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I've stayed in way better hostels that this one, but still it isn't that bad. It's really cheap for SF and you get what you are paying for - a bed to sleep. The Wi-Fi is great you can use it in bed. I was there for 6 days, 3 of them the water presure during the day was really bad. There is women private shower on the 1 floor and common on the 3rd. They clean the rooms everyday so that's good. There is a bar with free beer. You can find cool young people there to hang around. Good location a block away from BART and 3-4 blocks from union square.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for a few days in SF, great location, close to downtown and cable car. We had a private dorm with own bath, nice room. Every night there's a small party with free beer and beerpong in the lobby and the basement. The people working at the hostel are all very helpful and easy-going. The valet parking done by another company is very slow.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

You like Heineken? Heineken is the best beer in the world. I grew up drinkin' Heineken. Heineken! If you like to party in your hostel, this is where you should go. Free beer every night, a party area in the basement where there's a party every single night. If you're into that, you can have a whole lot of fun in this hostel. But one shouldn't care too much about other things, because otherwise it's only average. There are a bit too few showers and restrooms, the rooms are packed and the kitchen isn't really clean. But there are free pancakes in the morning (do-it-yourself), also coffee, but that's it. Good location, close to Union Sq.
Don't be afraid of all the party-talk. It's mostly quiet in the upper stories, apart from the street noise. They have a beautiful lounge area on the second floor.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights in total. The rooms were average size, beds comfy, bathrooms clean, and staff very helpful. They provided free pancake mix and free beer after 10pm which is pretty good if like to party. The rooms were quiet and wi fi worked throughout the entire building so you could be online in your bed! I would recommend this hostel to any age of traveler!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We came to San Francisco all the way from the UK. We had booked a room at this hostel about one month in advance. The day we booked the room we made a mistake and put the wrong day in the booking. We immediately called to tell them about it. We were told the problem had been solved and that our booking was now confirmed. We wanted a private bedroom with private toilet and shower. They said it was fine. We called again about one week before the trip, to make sure everything was fine. When we arrived there they did not have our booking. We were offered a room with shared toilet and shower facilities, which we did not accept because it was not what we had booked. We suddenly found ourselves in SF with no place where to stay. They did not bother in helping us to find another room and never gave us a refund for the booking fee (15 dollars). The entrance to the hostel and the reception looked pretty dirty. The staff was not helpful at all. We wasted time and money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Desborough, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Avoid this hostel, there are other better, friendlier, cleaner and more organised hostels in this town. Me and a friend booked a room more than a month in advance. We made a mistake of booking the wrong date on their on-line webpage and called them immediately to rectify our mistake. We were told that everything was ok and that it wasn't necessary for us or them to verify by e-mail. It was a priority to have a private bathroom so we called several times to make sure we would get that. When we arrived from Europe they seemed to have forgotten that we would come. They could offer us a room without bathroom and seemed to think that they did us a favour of being able to give us a room at all. Also, even though they couldn't offer us the type of room that we "bought" they still won't give us our deposit back. What a waste of money and time!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This hostel seems like it is perfect for travelers in their young 20s who don't mind quality of service or convenience. The hostel has a cool vibe, and most of the people who stay there seem fun and social.

However, the staff (and in particular, the owner), made this stay unenjoyable. In fact, the owner barged into my room at 1am (where I was sleeping with my wife), and accused me of bringing someone who was unauthorized to stay in my room. I had to explain to him that both my wife and I were paying customers, and we were assigned the room. After the explanation, he simply shrugged and walked away. There were also a few instances where I literally heard him screaming profanity at his staff in front of guests--not very professional or welcoming.

The hostel does have convenience though. They allow you to store their bags after check out. The location is a bit sketchy, but there's not much the hostel can do about that.

So if you are 22 and are looking for a party spot, this might be it, but after reading other reviews, I would at least look into those places (for the location and the service).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 140 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
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Ranked #20 of 45 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
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