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“Great Location, Unique Vibes” 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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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Great Location, Unique Vibes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I came here because of it's good review on TripAdvisor and for the price. SF hotels are not cheap.

Stayed here in a double room for one night in December. It is a youth hostel with lots of travelers from all over the world. Big time hippie, nomadic vibes. This is really not my scene, but it was a fun thing to experience. The room was fine, but we were freezing throughout the night because we didn't see a sign about the thermostat. Ack.
Dinner and breakfast were free and an interesting experience. Taked to people from Italy, Australia, England, and France who were traveling around the globe.
The location is cool. At first, I freaked, because it is filled with Strip clubs, so I assumed it would be dangerous for a woman. However, that was not the case. The hostel is near a lot of great landmarks and interesting areas: financial district, Little Italy, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Lombard Street, Vesuvio, City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio. We walked around a lot. At noght, there are some funny bars in the area.
Very good for the price.

If you are a single traveler, this place is great. Seems like they organize lots of tours and pub crawls for free, so you have the opportunity to meet many people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Great to hear about your stay with us. Each room now has a bright orange information sign about how to use the thermostat for a cozy/cool night's rest. Thank you for your review! Hope to have you again some time soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

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.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. We were notified that the bar downstairs had left their fan on by mistake the vent to which originates on our roof. We do try and pair guests to a room that we feel would be most comfortable for them, based on availability of course, and each of our rooms has its own charm: be it the artwork, location, lighting. We're glad you got to experience our unique backpackers hostel and we look forward to having you with us again should your adventures bring you to San Francisco.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Although the hostel is located amongst adult entertainment businesses, I felt safer in this area than other "nicer" tourist areas. There are always people out and about and doormen in the area. It is a little noisy at night. But overall was a nice experience. They have nice common areas, and social outings to get to know fellow travellers. Very close to bus routes, and walking distance to many tourist attractions. I would likely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

I don't normally write reviews but I had such a great experience at the green tortoise in September. Staff were so helpful. Facilities were great- free breakfast and Internet access. Excellent location & went on a few trips through GT too. I would definitely recommend this hostel!

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Nice hostel with helpful staff. Rooms were a bit cramped but clean. Bathrooms had good privacy. Decent nightlife and good free dinners. It's located on a fairly seedy looking street but is close to all the attractions.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at the green tortoise hostel and it was a good experience overall
First off; the security here is very very very good. so my sister and I felt very safe. The location is amazing; lots of bars, restaurants and public transportation so you will never run out of things to do. Place isn't that clean; but then again you're staying at a hostel and not a hotel. You need to share bathrooms which is the downside since one morning I had to wait 10 minutes until a bathroom got freed up because people were taking their time in the shower.
We shared a bedroom with 3 other girls and our room was on the main street so at night if you left your windows open; you hear a lot of outside noise (and since its beside bars; you will hear people late at night or even all night)
there's lock safes inside the bedroom too which was nice to know that your luggage is safe at any time.

Overall; good experience; would definitely go back if ever i would visit San Francisco and stayed on a budget.
but remember its a hostel and not a hotel; so you get what you pay for~

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The green tortoise hostel in deninately one of the best hostels that I have stayed in .

I finished up one the Green Tortoise road trips and I had previously hear that this place was a good hostel.

As with all hostels you are sharing rooms with other people. For me the bed were comfortable which you dont ofter get in hostels. I was staying in a dorm room with five others. If you are looking for a private room there are some available aswell. I would have no quams about going here with my girl friend as this is the kind of place that you will meet loads of like minded travelers.

The people who work in here are pretty helpful. They will help you get organised for any trip that you want and even suggest some places. They really found us a good deal for some bike hire. I cannot remember the name of the company they suggested but they were great value.

The hostel has a great lounge room which has fooz ball table and guitars dotted around the room for any Ben harper wanna be's.

The hostel organise some food trips to some resturants in the local area. All in all this is a cracking hostel and it is well worth the visit :-)

If you want to do the hostel a little favour, dont book through hostelworld as they take a very large cut. Email them directly.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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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 45 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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