My boyfriend and I has a rental car for a couple of days in San Fran and this place includes parking which is hard to come by. We stayed a total of five nights and were very satisfied with our stay. We were on our last leg of our road trip so it was nice to have something mellow and not like a party hostel. I noticed most guest were senior citizens and some families which is fine since we only spent time at the hostel at night an wanted quiet evenings to ourselves. Since the nightly rate is real cheap ( we booked the 22 person shared dorm room) it was a great deal and central enough we could catch the public transit to all the major attractions. It's in walking distance of fishermans wharf and Lombard street which has great little food places and wine bars. I did have a hard time sleeping the first couple nights with that many people coming in as out of the room at odd hours. I left the window open to air the place out because it started smelling like feet if it wasn't opened during the day. Our 'roommates' were all pretty considerate in keeping their area clean. Other than the loud snorer I felt comfortable. If you are a light sleeper I highly recommend getting a private room or if you have a large group it might be worth it. We dormed in room 1 and it was in the main building with the cafe, kitchen, laundry room, and movie theatre so it was all very convenient for us. Though it is older building the Facilties were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Just some tips for those staying awhile you can replace the bed sheets at anytime and sometimes blankets since the wash once a week. For girls - the rent out hair dryers and people donate hygienic stuff so u might want to ask if they have something you may need. It's little tips like that make this place easy to coupe with the heavy traffic. The people tend to travel in groups and keep to themselves. so it's not a "social" atmosphere but it works if you have a friend or group with you. Breakfast is ok but don't expect to live off one fruit and waffles/ bagels every day it gets old.
Security is ok. You need a key card in the evenings to get into the hostel. And each room has it's own swipe card. There are lockers under your bunk bed and outside in the hallway you can use, don't forget to bring your own lock
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International San Francisco Fisherman`s Wharf Hotel San Francisco