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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came to stay at HI Downtown as a lone traveller returning to SF on vacation. I needed a base in the city to visit friends and former classmates all over the Bay and HI didn't disappoint. I arrived early evening after a long flight and was welcomed in by knowledgeable and friendly staff at the reception desk. I settled... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Accomodation was ok but not great. Didn't really expect much. Breakfast was pretty plain, would suggest buying your own and cooking it there. Beds were fine, with USB points above along with us plugs and an LED light. Shower was as expected, not powerful but hot. Was very noisy overnight, no way to cool the room except for windows which... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in a 4 person ensuite room. I had to book in a week prior to arrival after reading bad reviews about the other hostel I was booked into. The staff member on the phone was very helpful and managed to fit me in. The room was modern, with a large locker and a big ensuite. The locker design... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well priced option in an expensive area of San Fran. Hostel has been recently renovated and has a modern, funky feel. Staff at front desk were very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms clean, shared spaces friendly and included breakfast a real bonus. We stayed in room 224, unfortunately the room was extremely hot, this was unbearable in September... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great experience here last month!! Perfect location, friendly staff, very very clean rooms and amenities!! Everything you need - washing facilities, massive kitchen and eating area, media room, computer room, quiet areas to read (with a bookcase no less!!!) or to catchup on facebook :) A quick stroll into the city area where you will find everything you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The only real reason keeping me from giving five stars was the lack of tours offered and the weird toilet sink that was a pain to use. Staff was friendly, breakfast was nice. Room was clean and comfortable. Most hostels I've stayed in globally had daily morning walking tours I believe this one offered 2 per week and the started... More 

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment. I'm hoping you were informed fully of the tours and activities we have and will reach out to you about what happened here. We have 5 regular tours a week: Mission District, Chinatown, Hills of SF, Social Movements, and a bike tour. Three of those start in the morning, and 2 in the early afternoon. I'm... More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had stayed two nights here in a private double room. It was nice enough and pretty clean for a hostel. The free breakfast is pretty busy but a nice addition with not many hotels offering breakfast. The hostel seem pretty keen to encourage interactions between travellers with regular evening activities. Good location and a cheaper alternative for a couple... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to some bad hostels before but this one is like a 5 star resort in comparison. Staff is friendly and answers all questions. Rooms and bathrooms were clean. Beds were wonderful and the outlets on each bed is wonderful. Breakfast consists of cereal, oatmeal, and begals. If you want to be near union Square this is the... More 

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Petersburg, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a week in a private twin with my sister. Room bare bones basic but clean. Except for unknown stain on carpet. Antiquated elevator with its own quirks but get use to it. Front desk staff friendly and helpful. Joined in only one of the planned events--movie night w/pizza. Fun. Free breakfast bagels, oatmeal, piece of fruit but helpful savings.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed 4 nights in a 4bed female room in August 2016. The room and hostel were very modern & clean. The hostel is organised and run smoothly. If you are a light sleeper like I am you may find the city noise quite loud in the evening- the windows are only single pane so it doesn't block out street... More 

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Staying in Union Square

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

Address: 312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1704
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: $68 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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