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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

This hostel is pretty great. It's in an old, refurbished hotel in a fantastic location. It's a block from Union Square, and two blocks from Powell BART station, trolley/bus stops, and the big Westfield shopping mall. I caught the BART from the airport ($8) and a shuttle door-to-door to the airport ($14). It couldn't have been easier to get around.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

I booked a double room here when I found the high cost of a hotel room in San Francisco and am pleased I did. The hostel is located within an easy walk of the bart station neat the Westfield shopping complex. Check is after 2pm however if you arrive early there are free lockers next door so you can leave... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

This hostel -located on Mason St- is close Union Sq, Market St, and all the MUNI/BART stops and stations to move anywhere. If you are into walking, the Embarcadero is about 30 mins away from the hostel. It is a great place to meet new people while having free breakfast. Coffee and tea is always available and the reception offers... More 

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Kiev
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

we stay in the hostel for 2 nights. overall we have good experience. Only 2 things made me discomfort - sink is in front of the bed and very old windows that conduct much noise and coldness from the street.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

I stayed here for 4 nights and found it to be a good hostel with a few problems. To start with its in an amazing location in union square and you can easly get all over the city from within the block. The cable cars are only a few minutes away as are the classic street cars. It was very... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

We stayed here for one night in a mixed accommodation dorm that slept 6. This was my first hostel experience and I was pleasantly surprised. The location is really what makes this hostel a good option. It is within walking distance of many bars and restaurants. Cafe Mason is right next door which is open late for after the bars,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

Just got back from San Francisco. I spent 5 nights at the Union Sq (Downtown) H.I.. Fabulous location around the corner from Union Sq., Macey's. Good breakfast, or make your own, good theme nights. I enjoyed the pizza and movie and wine and cheese reception nights.(free!). Thae staff, Reuben, Matt Alex et al were very patient and helpful.

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Glassboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

We went with a volunteer group and did not have any negative experiences. We didn't spend much time in the hostel anyway since there was so much to do in San Francisco! The free breakfast is bagels, juice, and coffee. It felt pretty safe and clean! They have free wifi but you have to pay to use their computers if... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

The positives: 1) Other cool travelers that we met on the arranged tours & nights in the lounge 2) Hotel-like facilities 3) (free) Bagels & orange juice for breakfast The negatives 1) Terrible staff. Rude, don't give a crap, have no idea that the travelers pay their wages rubbish staff. When travelling, you want to feel welcome, it was far... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

They change wifi and it is not possible to get IP address there now. Front Desk lady send me to Starbucks. If you really need internet in your room, find different place for accommodation.

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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 - $168 (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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