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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ventura, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would definitely stay again. Cant beat the location. Easy access to Pike Place and public transportation. Great for a low budget stay or a group like mine where were on the go the whole time. I led a group of 18 (5 adults, 13 Boy Scouts) and stayed for two nights. The staff was very helpful and communicative before... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at the hostel at approx. 12am, after a very long day of travelling from the UK feat. many delays and glasses of wine. Morale was low. The check in, however, was exceptionally easy, even though we arrived on 4th July and butchered the receptionists' party plans. We stayed in a 5 bed female dorm which was ideal, although... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't stay in motels often.. But we had to try save some money!! Green tortoise was one of the cheapest accommodation available and had the best reviews when we had done some research. The staff are friendly, the amenities are great! Beds are clean, comfortable.... Pillows are thin-ish. Worth buying a cheap pillow and adding it on top of... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was arriving late into San Francisco on a delayed flight and had to relocate to another hostel and was recommended the Green Tortoise. The staff were incredibly helpful and efficient. Despite how quickly accommodation gets filled up in the city, the staff were able to reserve a shared bunk bed room. The facilties were clean and breakfast was free... More 

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Thank toxictwin02
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

37 yr old solo female traveler. Like to site see and party - perfect location, friendly staff, clean for a hostel, strong wifi signal, plug sockets beside bed, large storage space (bring a padlock), lots of information for trips and local information, great atmosphere, if you want quiet or party it's all available. Every night there is something on and... More 

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Thank Ack33
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was absolutely amazing and you feel super welcome here - The location is very close to everything - They have a deal with the local bike rental company (beware of the hills) - Free vegetarian dinner 3 nights a week and free treats most nights from a local bakery - Great staff which were very helpful - Awesome... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great stay at the Green tortoise for 2 nights in a private room. Don't be put off by the comments about "the long walk" to the separate building for the private rooms, it's only two blocks away and isn't a hassle at all. When we checked in the lovely lady behind the desk walked us there so... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked everything about this hostel! Location is pretty good and walking distance to many touristic attractions. Room is clean and it has a sink, so you don´t have to go to the toilet just to brush your teeth. The hostel has around 3-4 toilets per level and I could always find an empty one to use. Even at "rush... More 

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Thank Ana C
Alpharetta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot say enough positive things about this hostel. My mom (74), my niece (16), and I (43) stayed here for four days in June as part of a three-week trip. I wanted my niece to experience a hostel for the first time, and this was the perfect choice. There were people of every age and background, and while we... More 

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

Hi Rose_Who, Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope the "elephant in the room" arrived in one piece. I'm glad that your niece enjoyed her first hostel experience and hopefully she'll feel inspired to travel and experience more hostels around the world. Hopefully you can do another family... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in the green tortoise hostel for four nights in the triple private room. It was a great place to stay as the staff were so friendly. The hostel had enough bathrooms on each level for guests. Although some of the decor is dated, the hostel was always clean. The breakfast was good and there were free meals three... More 

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • 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
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: $77 - $196 (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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