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“It's a great spot to be in in San Francisco....” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostelling International San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Fort Mason, Building 240, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Marina District)   |  
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Arcata, California
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16 hotel reviews
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“It's a great spot to be in in San Francisco....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

even though it is a hostel with a shared and not-so-enticing shower/bathroom. I recommend a night or two at this hostel, then splurge for a better hotel afterwards. I lived in the City 13 years and this is s good way to experience it. Stay away from Fishermans Wharf, its busy and expensive with horrible food. Fort Mason is near many of the tru SF neighborhoods: the Marina with Chestnut street, food and small shops; Union Street (between Laguna and Divisdero; all of Fillmore Street. Just walk up Polk Street from the water to Van Ness and you will see many aspects of SF. But the Fort mason Park is also beautiful. We has a "private"room for 3 here and the window had a view of the Golden Gate bridge! Priceless!
As directions to the #49 bus to take you to the Mission (mexican) or the next street over Valencia Street (all between 20th and 16th), which is the hip area for food (again!) art and nightlife. The bus too is an experience not to be missed. If you are truly exceptiional, you willl find the alley of beautiful murals--ask around..

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Had a great weekend staying here, the staff was super friendly and helpful, and it was in such a beautiful spot within walking distance to fisherman's wharf and a beautiful sunset view of the golden gate bridge.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I excited booked this hostel because of its great location and scenic views. The price was right, as well. It appears clean and there are always things for the guests to join in. For instance, on my night's stay, they had free pizza and watched the movie "The Help". However, this was my very first hostel experience. I'm 50 years old and was traveling alone. The room I was in was barren except for a badly stained carpeted floor, two bunk beds, an open closet with no hangers, and four small lockers (two of which were almost broken). I suppose you could keep a suitcase in there if you felt you could trust your "suite mates" but I didn't know what to expect so kept my luggage locked up down near the office where others kept theirs as well. There was a four inch piece of foam that served as a mattress so that when I woke at 6 AM, the outside of my legs and arms were sore where I had cuddled up and felt the pressure of the beds cross slats! I only weigh 118 so it's not like I was pressing that much down onto the foam. The two other girls in the room were also solo travelers and for the most part everyone was quiet and tried to sleep. However, anytime someone moved, the bunks would squeak and I would wake up. I swear I was awake all night, or at least every hour. I was miserable the next morning and after showering in a freezing cold public shower with no separate or private changing area, I went for the free breakfast which consists of an apple or banana, a cup of hot water for tea or coffee, and a bagel with either peanut butter or jelly. I knew my 6 day vacation would not be a happy one, so I spent the next 3 1/2 hours finding a hotel and checking out of the hostel. But this is just me. I imagine its a great way to travel and there were several kids groups there (like elementary school age) there. Lots of older travelers as well. I suppose its a great way to see different places at a discounted price, but I was on vacation and it just wasn't feeling very vacation-like.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bad Honnef, Germany
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The hostel is located in a park next to the SF bay. The hostel is walking distance from the city center and Golden Gate bridge. You would never imagine being in the middle of a big city. The hostel has great staff, lot's of activities and brecky included. I will for sure use this hostel again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hadley rille
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58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

Free wifi. Great location in old army base near water. View of gg bridge! Nice free breakfast. Basic but clen. Well run. Stayed here many times! Various sized rooms. The wooden building itself has interesting history. Restrooms usually nice and clean.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Fort Mason is a perfect spot for a hostel. Built into an old army barrack on a base that is now a designated park, it is a beautiful location as well as convenient. My 14-year-old daughter and I stayed here in early October.
- Kitchen is nice and big with plenty of room to work around other guests, even with the hostel at full capacity as it was during our stay, you do not feel crowded. Big gas stoves and lots of commercial sized sinks for washing.
- Living room is full of leather couches and natural light, as well as plenty of outlets for computer use.
- TV room is theatre style, though located beside the hallway to the kitchen makes it a bit noisy so people tend to turn the TV up. Also, if you're not interested in sports, be forewarned that the nightly movies are often cancelled to cater to the sports fanatics if a game of some sort is on.
- The rooms are a decent size and the beds are clean, and large under-the-bed lockers for your things. However, the heating system is an antiquated hot-water pipe system with worn out valves, and when the heat comes on these valves can be extremely noisy, sounding like someone from the other room is reaching into the pipes with a coat-hanger and screwdriver knocking things around. Not great when trying to sleep. The beds also need their own individual reading lamps as people are turning on and off the main light even later into the night, otherwise they could not find their way through the room.
- The bathrooms are quite clean, though I'd recommend a few more showers be added.
- Check-in is simple, the staff are friendly, and the rooms are all secured with electronic keys. However, the hostel in general is open to anybody who simply wanders in, which they may want to secure with some additional electronic key doors.
- Parking is a bit tight, and about a 2 block walk away. I'm not sure if there is a specified number of stalls for the hostel's use, however I did find there were sometimes more cars than spots available.
- Location is amazing, right beside the bike path along the bay and overlooking Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, etc. There are big, beautiful trees and easy access to downtown and Fisherman's Wharf.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I spent 5 nights here ,hostel was clean,well run.Staff are very friendly.On a good day you get a great view of the bay and wow it is great,For SF this is cheap and well located hostel.Dorms are a little crowed (6bed male) but you only sleep here.Staff are helpfull and will help you with nearly all your questions ,free maps and loads of free things to do.Breakfast is fine,the free pizza night is great.
Fire alarm went off two nights in a row and we had to wait outside as fire department came out quickly which is great to know that they do care about your safety and that it WORKS.
Thanks for a great 5 days.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fort Mason, Building 240, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 48 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf 2*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in a National Park overlooking the Bay at San Francisco's first and best hostel! Both shared and private rooms available, cafe serving three meals/day plus free continental breakfast, free parking, free WiFi, DSL Internet lounge, fully equipped guest kitchen, game room, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, keycard security, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. In a beautiful park setting near North Beach, Pier 39, and cable cars. ... more   less 
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