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“the best of san francisco” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 555 Haight Guesthouse

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555 Haight Guesthouse
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555 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Hayes Valley)   |  
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“the best of san francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2005

a small size Hostel, simple cozy environment, real people and friendly staff
I recommend it to all young travellers who wants to a have a good time and a real original feel of san francisco, I will definatly stay there again

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2004

I think this is a great hostel. I, coming from Britain, really enjoyed my stay at this hostel, it has a very cozy atmosphere. It has been recently painted and worked on, so its now better than before. People are real and friendly. staff here were always available to assist me in any problems, prices are reasonable and fair for haight street. The neighborhood is the best in the city, HAIGHT ST, bars, restaraunts, clubs, stores and eveything is available, the best food ever, and kool young people.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2004

I recently stayed at this guesthouse and found the staff to be friendly and informative. I had fun while I stayed here.
The house was cleaned everyday and my dorm once a week.
I will stay here next time I'm in town.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2004

The uppermost floor (3rd) appears to have had the most recent attentions, in terms of decore, maintenance, etc. There's also an impression that quiter, more responsible guests are placed there.

The "first" floor (2nd floor in bldg) is really pretty bad. Shabby, dirty, loud. A number of down-on-luck ongoing "residents" included a drunk, rude persons, possibly mentally disorderd, hostel rule scofflaw flaunters (use of kitchen, reasonable time with "shared" resources, etc.). Always dirty dishes in the sinks, bits of food/garbage on the floors. The bathrooms are mostly wet and messy, often with unflushed toilets. And some folks like the ever-present cheap radio or tv constantly going in their room.

Located directly below, on the ground level, is a loud, obnoxious bar/club with a driving, not-too-muffled beat throbbing on and on and on until closing time at around 2am. This and several other bars on the block typically attract loud, boorish people that congregate outside on the sidewalks and hoot and yell until well after bar closing, making it near impossible to really enjoyably relax or sleep.

Staff is surprisingly unfriendly and unprofessional, and appears to include a coupla' guys too broke to pay for their lodging or something so are working in trade or the like. While the place advertises 24/7 reception, the fact is that the "office" shuts down at about 10pm and there is no real onsite "management" available after that. So the "guests" (especially the perpetual ones) do as they wish... all night. This included getting fall-down drunk, repeatedly yelling in the halls, stealing food from the kitchens and banging around in there, etc.

Very poor maintenance and housekeeping work. Surfaces are unsanitary, with crud in corders and around edges. Don't go barefoot or even in socks, as most every walk through the place will pick up bits and pieces of crud on the bottoms of your feet.

The supposedly "full equipped" kitchens are a random collection of Goodwill Store grade kitchenware. Many missing items, like can openers, decent sized bowls, etc. A couple of the refrigerators are a joke. And food gets stolen.

The bathrooms are only worthwhile immediately after the cursory, poor cleaning is done. The bath-tubs don't work as the plumbing has been changed to only allow for showers and there are no plugs for the tubs.

The beds include a mongrel collection of "bunk" beds, including metal ones that creak, squeak, sproing, and twang at the slightest movement and oddly loud. The "linens" were torn, stained sheets with no replacements in a week. Towels are a mongrel, used collection they'll sell you for $5.00 each.

And it's not the cheapest deal in town, or at this level of unfortunate.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about 555 Haight Guesthouse

Address: 555 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Hayes Valley , The Haight
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 47 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
555 Haight Guesthouse Hotel San Francisco

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