My friend and I stayed at HI-SF for 3 nights after she flew in from Australia. The location is literally right on the bay in the Marina District with a view of Alcatraz in front and the Golden Gate to your left. Can't beat that! Room was small but private, but the bunk beds need a ladder rather than trying to scale the side. Also more than 1 electrical outlet would be nice as most people travel with at least a cell phone these days and often more than 1 electrical device. The free breakfast was really good, a lot more than I'd expect from a hostel! The bathrooms were clean and I never had to wait for a shower. Free parking, which is a rare and precious thing in San Fran. They offered free bag hold service when we arrived way before check-in, front desk staff was courteous and prompt in addressing our request for a hairdryer, towels, and an extra blanket for our room.
Only complaint was the noise. We were in a room close next to the lobby and public wifi area and even though quiet hours are posted it was noisy in there with people yakking loudly well past 10pm and the front desk, which is right next to the room did not tell them to quiet down. In fact, people at the front desk were among the loudest talkers in the evenings. We could clearly hear the whole conversation from down the hall. If your own staff won't enforce quiet hours, why bother posting them?
- 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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