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“Super fun” 4 of 5 stars
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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach / Telegraph Hill)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Super fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Fun hostel, amazing staff, heaps of activities which aren't just drinking. The rooms are not the tidiest but it doesn't matter, but bathrooms and everywhere else was cleaned daily. Large common room with free dinners every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Walkable location to pier 39, and downtown. But public transport preferable.
Only had to wait for a shower once. Book early, busiest hostel in Sanfran.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Hi thanks for writing. Yes it's a good idea to book direct in the spring/summer so you are not disappointed. We have many types of different room configurations that will appeal to all travelers. We have quads (2 double sized bunk beds) triples (one double bunk below and a single bunk above) twins (one set of bunk beds) Privates (one double bed) and dorms, either female or mixed. We love a clean hostel, but dorm rooms can get interesting at times when guests feel so at home! :) Glad you loved our free meals and activities. Cheers, GT Mgt
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  • 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 July 25, 2013

This was my best stay at a hostel ever! The staff was very helpful and friendly, the hostel was clean and although Green Tortoise is known as the best party hostel in SF, the annex building where our room was located was very quiet and peaceful. Free breakfast was awesome for anyone travelling on a budget, and so was the free dinner we got to enjoy on our last day. I would definitely recommend this place for everyone!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thanks for reviewing us, we hope to see you again soon to enjoy all the improvements we make.
All the best, Green Tortoise Mgt.
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I am so glad I chose this place as my very first hostel on my very first solo trip.

Clean, friendly, safe, quiet, and very well located. I was a bit hesitant and nervous as this was the first trip I've ever made alone and the very first hostel I've ever stayed at, but it was a really great experience. I stayed in an all female dorm with 3 other awesome ladies and felt great. I recommend this place to anyone traveling to SF, I will definitely be coming here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Great to have you and to know it was your first foray into staying at a hostel. We like to think we offer an authentic & unique experience where travelers get to meet each other in a safe, comfortable and inspiring community. Don't forget to Like us on Facebook & check our our Adventure tours! All the very best, GT Mgt.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Good people, excellent location. Needs more bathrooms! An under 30's place for sure.......
But I only used it to sleep and shower in and nothing more. It had great food and night activities for guests!

Room Tip: When you stay in a younger hostel it is a big party! I was too old for this place but would have LOV...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write. I will pass on the need for more bathrooms. It's rather tight space wise as it was originally an old style hotel with bathrooms off the corridor. We have 5 on each floor with toilets downstairs. We have many satisfied customers of all ages, but yes we do promote the "Party". We do have private rooms available for that extra privacy. If you decide to come again don't forget to inquire about them if you are after extra privacy and a quieter time.
All the best on your travels. GT mgt.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

visiting from australia with a group of 5. very clean hostel with heaps of activities, our favourite was the beer olympics. this hostel is in a great location within walking distance of china town, north beach (little Italy), pier 39 and fisherman's wharf. the staff are very friendly and helpful. just make sure you book this hostel through their website.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Glad you had such a great time. Seems your group didn't waste any time getting to experience many of the favorite places nearby. Stinking Rose, Tonga room, Mama's. Our events are fun, we try to create a balance of events in the hostel and outside so you also get to meet other people. Hope to see you here again in the future!
GT hostel mgt.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Me and my cousin had the best stay here! Made friends immediately as we stepped through the door! Staff were so friendly and we got a free evening meal! Beds were comfy and rooms were cozy! Pretty good location .. Rent a bike and see the city my favorite moment so far! I'd stay here again and again! Go for it if your young and fun :)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Yes, the hostel is very easy to make friends in, especially at our free dinners and events. Everyone is in travel mode and happy to meet new people. Renting a bike is a great way to explore the city, we organize discount coupons at our front desk. We also offer adventures with the Green Tortoise Adventure travel company who has their office in our building.
Have fun and see you next time. Thanks, GT mgt.
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Stayed here for 6 nights. Really nice room, free food, friendly staff and a great place to stay.

The one piece of feedback I would give to staff reading this - please put more clothes hooks in the bathrooms! Otherwise your clothes can get wet. Also, at times the bathrooms weren't free.

Otherwise, a great hostel.

Room Tip: I stayed in a 4 bed dorm, it was spacious and great.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Pass on the good word. Thanks for the feedback on the bathrooms. We'll make sure there are more hooks in them. We hope to remodel some bathrooms next year, at present we are in our busy season and it would defer maintenance until the off peak season.
Thanks again for rating us. Best GT mgt.
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Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 48 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco, CA. 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 SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 
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