I loved staying at USA Hostels on Post Street in San Francisco!
The hostel is located a few blocks from Union Square with easy access to the BART at Powell and Market. There is shopping and tons of restaurants within just a few blocks. If you get up too late to enjoy the hostel's breakfast (which is small but good: toast, bagels, fruit, and make-your-own pancakes), eat breakfast at Pinecrest Diner at Mason and Geary.
THE COMMON AREAS
I liked the large basement common area, which had space to eat breakfast in the morning, play pool or foosball, and talk with friends. I don't smoke, but my friend also liked that there is a designated smoking room so that you don't have to go outside. I also liked the lobby on the first floor, where there were couches and chairs to sit with my computer and plan my day. I used the common bathrooms when my roommates were using our ensuite bathroom and found the sinks and toilets to be very clean -- much cleaner than at other hostels I've stayed in San Francisco. I also liked that the common bathrooms were separated into common toilets, sinks, and showers (instead of having those three things in one room) because it meant that there was always a toilet, sink, or shower available.
THE DORM ROOM
I stayed in a four-person dorm room (women only) with an ensuit bathroom, and I loved it! The bunk beds are metal, so they seem very sturdy and don't rock around too much when you get in or out of them. It was also really nice that they have this piece of metal surrounding one side of the bunk bed to provide privacy. The ensuite bathroom was clean. The storage lockers were huge and easily accommodated all of my luggage for a week. It was also awesome that the storage lockers and beds had power points to charge my laptop or cell phone.
THE ATMOSPHERE AND SAFETY
I didn't partake in any of the activities set up by the hostel because I was busy with my own schedule, but they had things going on every day (bus tours around the city, pub crawls at night, day trips to Yosemite, etc.). The other people who stayed at the hostel generally seemed to be in their 20s and 30s, though that really varied. Two of my roommates were 19 and one was almost 40. I also saw a few older folks with white hair in some of the common areas throughout my stay. Everyone seemed very friendly, and I never felt unsafe as a solo woman traveler. The hostel staff checks everyone's room key after you enter through the front door, and you have to use your room key to enter the main outside door after a certain hour in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 3 blocks from Union Square and close to tourist attractions, this award-winning hostel offers value-priced dorms and privates. Rates include a daily breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods, all-you-can-make pancakes and oatmeal daily along with fruit juice, coffee and tea. The hostel hosts daily free activities offering solo travelers and other many chances to make new friends and take home great memories. Most guests are young, international travelers and this is not the appropriate property for families with young children as the hostel has some late night events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Usa Hostels San Francisco Hotel San Francisco