We stayed at the GT in Jan for 2 nights in a private room. The hostel is big and has an emphasis on creating a party oriented atmosphere. Our room was small (25), and I mean small, damp and outside the window was a generator that rumbled on until 2am. It's was like a helicopter right outside the window. DON'T expect much sleep if you stay in 25,can't comment on the dorms.
Eclectic mix of people, usual US writer/musician wannabe's right up to inde travellers in their 60's. The location, yes it's next to strip clubs etc but actually I found the location pretty decent. Next to little Italy and Chinatown. The staff here really need customer service training (except one girl), its not hard to smile and be polite. The free breakfast is very good, bagels, oatmeal, fruit, Nutella juice and strong coffee. And the 3 nights a week free dinner was even better, veggie curry cooked very well. We hardly spent on food during our stay. The ball room common room is almost regal but needs a little reorganising and tlc, it could be so much nicer. We stayed in Jan and it was uncomfortably cold in the room and common room. I appreciate it must be expensive to heat such a big room but surely it's better than having freezing cold guests.
In summary I would rate higher if staying as a inde traveller but I wouldn't stay again as a couple. The food really sets it apart though and was amongst the best free food for quantity/quality from any hostel I've stayed at.
Hope that helps and enjoy San Fran.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Green Tortoise San Francisco hostel, USA is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, 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, *Shared bathrooms *Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment area. 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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