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“Perfect location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)   |  
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Helsinki, Finland
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Stayed here 5 days, slept in 4 bed dorm w own bathroom which was nice. The street noise was quite loud but got used to it very quickly, actually it bothered only at first night. Breakfast good, also had once a common pasta dinner there, good too. Location was great, only couple minutes to Union square and Bart station etc. All house was spotless. Could stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Location, location, location, it's one of the best pro's for the hostel.

Furthermore, the hostel is one of the better options in SF if you want to sleep relatively cheap. Where other cheap hotels don't offer you thing else as a place to sleep. This hostel offers a good room, with 'private baths' if you book a full 4 person dorm. It has enough room to chill and drink coffee, a theatre to watch a movie.
The personel was also really friendly and helped with the small holiday problems we had, like looking for a good place eat.
The beds were squeaky and there is a lot of noise in the rooms from the corridors and from the streets. The upside there was more than enough space in the rooms to place your stuff.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The staff are really friendly and helpful, running activities everyday. They provide free breakfast (yay!) and mostly free activities. The rooms are good size and in a great location. The hostel allows you to book a lot of stuff at a discount.
Clean place, looked after and well run. No complaints at all. I had a great time and met great people.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
From here to the moon, thank you kindly for your lovely review. We're incredibly happy we were able to offer you a truly San Francisco experience full of fun and free activities! We look forward to having you be apart of our (temporary) family again in the future! Love, HI-SF Downtown
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This hostel is one of the best I've stayed at. I stayed in room 505 - a four bed dorm with ensuite and everything went smoothly. Can't beat the location, the breaky, the rooms were cleaned daily. Fresh sheets and you even get a complimentary towel. Nice community here too, and the wifi works great in most areas.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
WOW! Thank you kindly for such a positive review of our location. Please know that your usage of the word "breaky" genuinely brought a smile to my face. I hope the next time you're in San Francisco you'll join us for another pleasant stay and complimentary breaky.

With hugs and our hearts, HI-San Francisco Downtown
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

As hostels go, I'd put this one about mid-table. Clean, well run and pretty good staff. Although I did take exception to the cleaner persistently banging on the toilet door to clean it until I came out. Very odd! Also find the was basin in the room very strange, it disturbs everyone in the room as there isn't one in the bathroom??? Strange idea. Looked like plenty of activities are organised and was pleased that the age-range of guests was very wide. Always find that a sign of a good hostel.

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for and I although there is traffic noise, I'm a light sleeper and it didn't bother me. It's in very easy walking distance of everywhere, including Fisherman's Wharf (if you have the stamina for the hills!) & the cable car is just a five minute walk away,

Overall pretty good. Not on a par with the YHA Sydney Central (even though this one's same price), but would stay again when in San Fran.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lancashire
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Clean, friendly and safe neighbourhood. We had ensuite room, better than some ,motels. Expect it too be noisy I think it's the price you pay for the location. Good breakfast. Lots of restaurants nearby and good transport links easily walkable.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Just one block away from the Union Square and Macy's department store. Within five minutes, you can reach the BART Powell Street station, and cable car terminal. The check in counter staff is really friendly and helpful, you can get a free city map from them. Free wi-fi is available and there are kitchen available. Next time in San Francisco will stay here again!

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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Address: 312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 49 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 
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