Now viewed among my community as the expert budget traveler, the most common question I am asked is about staying in a hostel. I am asked that question, because I am from the community that views hostels as strictly for college students gone wild. For that reason, no one I know would ever consider a hostel until I did.
As a budget traveler and not a backpacker, I am particular about hostels and seek out the ones that are set-up to provide accommodations for a variety of travelers. Hostels have expanded beyond party-goers to accommodate families, business travelers, and of course budget travelers. The Green Tortoise is one of those hostels. If you have been wanting to try a hostel to save money, this is an excellent hostel to consider.
The hostel is well-maintained and managed. The private rooms may not seem like a bargain at first, but a decent continental breakfast is included, as well as massage chairs, bicycles, daily discounted activities, hot tub, a community kitchen and so forth. The private rooms look exactly like the photos on the website and the private sink is a really convenient feature. Of course, the dorm rooms are the most economical. I most appreciated was the collection of private bathrooms on each floor instead of the typically community style. During high traffic, the bathrooms may not be spotless. However, that is due to the guests not cleaning up behind themselves.
I was really pleasantly surprised about how laid-back and easy-going the atmosphere was considering the Tortoise is advertised as a party-hostel. I never had any issues with noise over the weekend even though there was definitely music going and other activities in the main room downstairs. I can not guarantee that will always be the case, but I had a fantastic stay. Some would label the area sketchy, I just considered it the local area of SanFran. You are next door to Chinatown and Little Italy and within walking distance of the Piers and market street. The neighboring bars and strip clubs were few and harmless. This is the first "party" hostel that I have stayed at I look forward to returning. For anyone considering trying a hostel on their next trip, I highly recommend the Green Tortoise.
- 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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- Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco Hotel San Francisco