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“Clean hostel, good amenities, great price” 5 of 5 stars
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USA Hostels San Francisco
711 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Clean hostel, good amenities, great price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I loved staying at USA Hostels on Post Street in San Francisco!

THE LOCATION
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.

Room Tip: I stayed in room 219, which is a female dorm room with ensuite bathroom. It doesn't face the st...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Best Hostel I've stayed so far....Very lively, full of young people who want to have fun, many activities organized, well furnished kitchen, nice and big common area where everynight something is organized, pub crawling, nice and clean rooms, helpful and fun staff, shuttle bus to airport, good price, perfect place to make friends and have fun while you visit a city . Really what else do you expect from a hostel???

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Great hostel. Good location, clean, great beds and bathroom in a 4-bed dorm I stayed at. They offer great activities like the free walking tour and the pub crawl and the parties in the basement.
Would totally recommend it, specially if you want to meet some nice fun people.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Great place to stay. Clean, nice atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast options (pancakes along side toast, bagels, oatmeal and some fruit), only a few blocks from Union Square and most public transport. The only reason you might not stay is the not so overly awesome area, but it's really not that much of a biggy. Just put your head down and keep on walking, but I didn't get bothered too much. I'd stay again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I've stayed there for 4 nights in a 4 bed female dorm, very nice, quiet and clean hostel. The only thing i didn't like was that i had to "discover" the hostel by myself, nobody showed me where was the kitchen, lounge, etc, like they do at Usa Hostels Hollywood. Otherwise it's in a very nice hostel, good location.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

This hostel is very central in San Francisco. It's not the most beautiful neighborhood, but it's very easy to access different touristic attractions from this place. The pub crawl and comedy night were amazing. City walk with Brendan was very good as well.
They even served some free drinks during some activities, wich was of course a good thing :)
The only thing they could change is the end of the breakfast time. At 10.00 everything is already cleaned. Bit too early for me, considering I'm on a holiday...
And the toilets were not always very clean.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We had a private room with a shared bathroom and were pleasantly surprised - everything was new and/or very clean, and while the rooms were small they were well equipped and comfortable. The location was fantastic for the price.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 711 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 48 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 71
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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