I stayed here with my 2 friends from home. We arrived from vegas and has mistakenly only booked one night in a hostel downtown. After phoning evey hostel in San Fran this was the only one with room available, and now I know why. The local area is very quite, dirty and smells of a mixture of urine and weed. There are homeless people but they kept to themselves. Upon entering the lady in charge "Sal" greeted us with a sleepy head, opened dressing gown and night dress and no bra. We could see this because she had a big bunch of keys pinned to the collar of her nightdress and gravity as it does pulled the nightdress south. When we checked into our "Private triple room" we ended up in a 4 bedded mixed dorm and there was an extra bed shoved into the corner where the local "Kevin" used to sleep if he wasn't high on drugs and asleep on the roof. There was a really nice japanese boy who while asleep the night before had been biten by bed bugs and was covered in red, angry bite marks all over his face and hands.
The carpet looked like fluid had been matted and dried into the floor, the floor was filthy.. we even asked for a hoover to clean is ourselves but were told that it was broken and given a brush instead. It was not cleaned once while we were there for the 4 days ( we couldn't leave cause the other hostels were completely booked up and we could not afford a hotel.). There was no airconditioning, mirror, ensuite ( the light only worked in one bathroom and the one bathroom with a window did not lock), no toilet paper, clean cutlery, bed linen was grotty, old looking, not ironed and not changed, we had to beg the lady in charge for "clean" linen. If you wanted to use the payphone you haad to buy the expensive call card from the hostel because "Sal" the land lady had blocked the insert for the coins and the phone cut off after 2 minutes if you got some one to call you.
On the good side we did have laugh here, we went out every night, dragged the somewhat sane other misfortunate inmates/travellers with us. You came and went as you wanted. It was always interesting to see who was new to your room as this changed daily and you could be stuck with man, woman, beast or inbetween the next day. Sal for all her downfalls was a sweet old lady who had had a tough life and did her best when she could. I think in the 4 nights i got about 7-8 hours sleep. I had to sleep with one eye open because "Kevin" didn't like me cause I gave out to him about been messy and dirty in a room with four others and he snored loudly... i had visions of him coming at me with a knife when he was high.
One thing is for sure, if you are unlucky, naive or simply don't believe this review you would want to be drunk or at least drinking for your entire stay.
If you are staying in San Fran make sure and book early, its a very popular destination and has only limited hostels so if you're a student and can't afford a hotel, book early. The hostels are slightly more expensive than LA and San Diego. The shopping and nightlife in San Fran are excellent. Fishermans Warfh is the best in the summer.
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