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“Just what were looking for!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco
494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515   |  
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2 reviews
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“Just what were looking for!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Location: perfect! We stayed four night, never used a taxi or bus to get to all the SF highlights. Private room is small but if you want more space go to the common room which is called the ballroom, its huge. Never had to wait to take a shower, everything clean. Great value for money!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This hostel really encompasses the feeling you get when you explore this unique and exciting city, there is great attention to detail, there are many activities to take part in put on by the friendly hostel workers and then there is a good hill to walk up to reach it.

The rooms were clean and tidy. There were many private, clean bathrooms available, some bigger than others. There is free breakfast everyday and free dinner on monday, wednesday and friday in the big dinning area, where there is also a well equipped communal kitchen.

The only issue I saw, but I may be wrong, but it appears there is no air conditioning or fans, so if it is summer there is potential for the rooms to get pretty warm.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Having free dinner three nights a week was awesome and so were the huge lockers under your bed (don't forget your padlock), however the staff were the most unhelpful and unfriendly I have experienced, the put a bit of a taint on my staff. I did have some good room mates though although most of the people in this hostel were couples or groups so it was hard to make friends. Also, the corner it is close to is not the best place to be at night in San Francisco.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

The diversity of the people is what makes this an amazing place. The free dinner was good and I was lucky enough to be there when a musical trio busted out the guitars and hand drum.

Minor hiccups were the front desk clerks talked with each other while I stood there to check in. The chef was rude about using the kitchen, but all cooking utensils were there.

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

the staff were excellent. great value, loads of free stuff and a great location. beds were really comfortable. they had a huge common area with instruments to play. free breakfast, dinners, organized events. i will deff be staying here again when i return

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Second time at the tortise, better than the first, can't wait till the third!. Review must be 200 characters haven't got any more to say! Discount on booze from the store two blocks down, breakfast burrito from around the corner, fish tacos from around the corner and up grant street.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Stayed with my bf in a private rtravelleroom with TV. Although the TV is not connected to mainstream network, it has access to a media drive full of movies and TV shows which was awesome. Free breakfast is always a plus. located close to everything and with helpful staff to assist us when we needed help . Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 47 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco, USA is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a PARTY hostel, so come & be included in our social events held nightly. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms *Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment area that can be noisy in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE) Room types available from us are mixed, female, standard private, twin bunk private, triple & quad bunk style. Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" sleeper coach adventures that offer tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Cross country trips, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. ... more   less 
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