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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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Alice Springs, Australia
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

PROS: cheaper than most places. Breakfast good. More social interaction with fellow travellers. Helpful staff. Cozy. Party area close. Best mexican joint round the corner called Zorros. CONS: so many stairs. no lift. across the rd from a night club so a bit noisy over the weekend. Sometimes bathrooms were unavailable. Alittle run down. ..... All up, would still stay...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Tonielle, It sounds like you were really able to enjoy so many of the positives of the hostel. We have a large common room and kitchen and offer nightly activities so that it's easily for travelers to meet each other. It's true that we don't have lift since we are an older San Francisco building. We are always happy...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Spent a few nights here and it was spot on. As hostel it offers the same as every other place I've stayed but the building itself is what sets it apart. It's great old place and the main dinning area is perfect for meeting fellow travellers. Location was perfect in my opinion with plenty of things locally and you could...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi LifeAsABackpacker, Thanks for the review! It's great that you were able to enjoy our friendly staff, large communal areas and our central location. The North Beach neighborhood has so much to offer and I'm glad you were able to take advantage of it while you were here. I like to think that we actually offer much more than most...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel is absolutely incredible. The location is very nice, right outside of Chinatown and the Financial District, moderate walking distance from a muni metro/bart station, and very close to attractions such as the Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street. The room was very nice, the bathrooms were always clean, and the common area was spacious and lively. The employees were...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the bottom to the top you can meet very nice people. Dining room big, comfortable and useful with a very big kitchen, pool table and a little stage where people can play music! Night entertainment. Bedroom and bathroom are clean, and at the second floor you can find a very nice sauna. I'll definitely be back

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Matteo, Thank you so much for the awesome review! I'm glad that you were able to enjoy so many different parts of the hostel, like the pool table, sauna and kitchen. And the Green Tortoise is such an awesome place to meet other travelers. We're looking forward to having you stay with us again soon! Happy travels, Green Tortoise...

Reviewed December 10, 2016

We did not stay at this hostel, but did need help from their staff. The front desk was very kind and accommodating, it was very much appreciated in a pinch. We actually talked about moving a leg of our stay to here because the location was so great, but they were already booked.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed November 27, 2016

I've stayed at the Green Tortoise San Francisco location numerous times now, and it's always a good experience. While the price for a bed may be higher than what you are used to internationally, it's what you would expect from most hostels in the US, at least for decent ones. Either way, San Francisco had the highest average hotel prices...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks Steven, You summed up the City and the issues travelers face when looking for affordable accommodation in San Francisco. We are hard to beat price wise when there is so much value placed on what is included when you stay and the incentive to participate and be a part of the many events we organize. Thanks again for staying!...

Reviewed November 23, 2016

More expensive than I am used to for a hostel. Lively, colorful place for sure. Super interesting and would have loved to stay more than one night for the experience. Place was clean and safe. Parking was annoying but we got there around 11 pm and its in the middle of SanFran so that is understandable. Staff was less than...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Chloe, Thanks for the Interesting review. Traveling to a gateway city in peak season can cut into the budgets of travelers. This is why the Green Tortoise offers a fantastic free breakfast daily and free dinners 3 x a week and an authentic community of globe trotters. It's unfortunate you arrived later in the evening after the dinner and...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed November 15, 2016

I have to admit that Green Tortoise is a very interesting hostel that offers you a lot of things from the adventurous trips, free dinner, good locations near to a lot of tourist attractions, very sturdy and comfy bed, decent breakfast, clean kitchen, very big dining hall with a lot of activities going almost every day. Or maybe everyday. If...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Sophia, Thanks for the great review! We are proud of the global community we create, who come together under the one roof in our Ballroom to share food, play music and tell stories. You would be hard pressed to find another hostel that delivers such quality and the all-inclusive approach where you feel like you are getting something for...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed November 14, 2016

Not a big fan of this place however the staff were helpful and friendly. There was no elevator and having to walk up 3 flights of stairs with 3 large bags is not ideal. The kitchen and dining hall was cool, access to computers was great. Laundry was a bit pricey. And wifi was ok.

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Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

I absolutely loved my stay in San Francisco and a large part of that was because of this hostel. I met so many amazing people and made great friends! The free breakfast and dinner really cut my spending costs and were a great help! Plus, they were delicious! It is an older building, but I think there's something to appreciate...

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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The Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms along the hallways (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information, we also have a hostel in Seattle. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: $48 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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“Rooms in the Annex Building next to the school are quieter, bring your walking shoes...its San Francisco”
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“maybe specify that you don't want to sleep on a window sill?”
 of 5 bubbles tascha_hk, Oct 17, 2016 | Read review
“If you can afford it get your own room, and make sure you don't get a room next to the Laundry room. V noise”
 of 5 bubbles Ramoncyprus85, Oct 15, 2016 | Read review
“Families can reserve private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles martingY4002VA, Sep 18, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for room 23 if female dorm, great view of the city, also a window bed!”
 of 5 bubbles cherryontop293, Sep 4, 2016 | Read review
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