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“Decent hostel, arranging staff, good location” 3 of 5 stars
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225 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Bordeaux, France
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“Decent hostel, arranging staff, good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I wanted to check in at that hostel upon a friend's recommendation, when I arrived there as a complete stranger (with no former reservation might I add) the woman at the reception was very welcoming and although she told me they were out of rooms to rent for the next few days, she took my reservation on the spot and recommended another hostel just down the street for me to stay at in the meantime. A few days later, I eventually got to check in and get myself a private room. I did have to carry my 20 kg luggage upstairs myself both times, but it was the last thing on my mind really, this is a hostel, not a luxury place.

The fact that the only shower in the building was next to the common room / kitchen bothered me, because the other guests in the building at the time were loud and constantly partying there and I really didn't want to meet them, so I mostly used the sink in my room to wash myself for a few days - very uncomfortable. Bathroom was clean for the most part and I liked the decoration with a lot of old vinyls and vintage flyers on the walls - apparently they change it up every once in a while, my friend who had originally recommended that place to me later told me there used to be comic book covers instead when he was staying there - whatever. My bed was a metallic bunk bed (in a single room) and was comfortable enough, with several blankets. Wifi had its ups and downs but was reliable for the most part. Overall the other reviewer who described the place as 'similar to your cousin's dirty party house' pretty much hit the nail on the head as far as the overall vibe goes. Not a place to stay at with family, but for a solo traveller it is good enough.

The staff was arranging again when I left because I ended up having to check out one day earlier than I was originally supposed to and they gave me money back in cash right away even though I only warned them at the very last minute, which could have been troublesome somewhere else. Also the location is ideal, really close to Powell St. and its many amenities (restaurants, shops, subway, BART). Of course this is close to Jones street and the tenderloin so don't go and mess around with people there, especially at night, and watch your belongings - but the hostel itself is quite safe, you really shouldn't get in trouble while staying there.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Stuttgart
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10 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

i stayed 4 nights in this hostel and i liked it. since i was traveling by myself, i expected to meet a lot of new people to hang out with.. and yes, staff was very friendly and i met many new people.

bath room was a little bit dirty, but this is what you expect for this price.
i wanted to stay one night longer, but all rooms were already booked out. nevertheless, i was offered to stay one night on the couch in the kitchen for the half price. great! thanks a lot!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Shelby, North Carolina
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Great location near busses and trains. Easy to get there from the airport by train or bus (cheaper). Staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful giving travel options (bus, train or trolley) including costs. Free computer use. Breakfast and kitchen OK. No TV in common room. Good security except no lockers. Excellent value.

Room Tip: The fewer people (4 rather than 6), the better the sleep quality (less snoreing possibilities)
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

The place is really cheap considering it's earshot to everything in downtown SFO. The street outside gets a little dodgy starting sundown, was walking towards the place and come across a man getting restrained by a couple of cops. There is no lift/elevator so not really great if bringing heavy stuff. The rooms and the place in general are a little smelly and not very clean. Staff was very helpful and managed to get us the most comfortable room (there were 3 of us, we were supposed to be separated but they managed to find a room for us). Would only recommend if you are on a very tight budget. Not planning to stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Altdorf, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

The locaton is great. The most Tourist attractions, shopping center, cinema & cable car station are in walking distance.

The staff and the people there were nice.

But there's just 1 shower next to the kitchen (a small room behind the kitchen), just 1 toilet for every floor WITHOUT a lavabo (just Disinfecting gel)! In the room was a lavabo.

If you need just a bed for the night then it's a good choice. But if you want enjoy the hostel, you should look for another hostel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Location is good but a bus driver told me Ellis St. gets dangerous from Taylor St. to the west at night. People get mugged, raped, shot... as tourist you wouldn't imagine cause it's almost in front of the Hilton!
Hostel smells bad, food sucks, bedrooms are dirty (including quilts which I really didn't like). People is nice and it's cheap.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

Located on the edge of the Tenderloin and Financial district, this location is good if you are traveling with someone else or are okay with being bothered by crack dealing hobos. Luckily (in some ways) I'm used to dealing with crack heads and hobos so this didn't bother me at all, but was rather entertaining. Overall, decently located in downtown.

The place is pretty crusty, not terrible though. It's like staying at your cousins dirty party house. The problem with San Francisco is that every hotel and hostel is expensive, so This place, $60 a night for a private room, was the cheapest place we could find. It smelled funny, and there were (apparently) no quiet hours, as there was loud singing, and instrument playing well past 2am. I like to be fair, so I'll say that the people working there were chill, not eager to help but nice. Stoned. The free breakfast? Old bread and jam, coffee, NO MORE. Not even butter. Also, don't expect to find parking anywhere if you have a car for under $25.

So, if you want a good time staying up late and partying and a cheap stay and like to eat out, this place is for you. If you want a free breakfast, and are street unwise and just want to sleep after midnight, don't come here.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 225 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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Ranked #22 of 45 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
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Also Known As:
Globetrotters Hotel San Francisco

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