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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The people made this hostel great. It is a hub for travellers and facilitates this through a giant common room, computer suite and mixed as well as same-sex dorms. I was a girl travelling alone and felt totally safe and welcomed staying in a room with 7 guys. There are lockers you can either add your own lock to or... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was probably the best hostel my boyfriend and I have stayed in throughout our 2 month US travel trip. The hostel is clean, the beds and rooms are spacious and comfortable (although if you're sharing in a co-ed and you don't have a double bed, you will be "top and tail" with a stranger which is why I didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 days in a private room. The room was clean, small, it was ok. The bathrooms were ok. The staff is friendly. We liked the atmosphere there and the possibility to hang out in the ballroom. Diner is offered 3 times a week and it was really good. Breakfast is good too. The location is very convenient. I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm shocked by the overwhelming number of 4-5 star reviews this hostel is getting. I mean, seriously!?This is a very, very average hostel. I stayed in a 4 bed dorm (+ window bed, don't ask me what that is) and it was just fine. Some bathrooms were clean and spacious, while others were too small and dirty. The free breakfast... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this hostel! First time staying in a hostel we came for the outside lands music festival! The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful! I asked to change beds so I could be on the bottom bunk and they were more than accommodating. The free breakfast helped save us some money and guests can change the music in the common... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had a 4 day stay at the Tortoise, and it's safe to say it's the funnest hostel in SF. Met loads of great people in their amazing huge ballroom that guests can chill out and drink in. Jackie, one of the staff, made our stay particularly delightful, keeping us company while letting us know about the best San Fran... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just finished the Yosemite tour with this company and were due to check in to another hostel later in the day. As we'd just camped for 3 nights and slept on a bus etc we really needed a freshen up and the tour guide offered everyone a day pass to use this hostel (where they drop us off) for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The recepcionist was gross and unfriendly, But all the rest of the staff was friendly. Theres something really upseting, the stairs... I had to go up two flights of steps with my baggages, and i was pretty tired. No one from the hostel offered to help me...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Location is alright - it's within walking distance to Pier 39 but it is located in the red light district. Often heard drunk people on the streets late at night so might affect you if you're a light sleeper. Always had to wait to use a bathroom as there are only 5 single bathrooms per floor. Included breakfast was pretty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I first walked in here i thought omg what have i booked... but it was an incredible stay!! It is a old building and its not modern at all, after a while i got used to it though and it gave the place a great feel to it. Was nice to be in a not so modern building. The... 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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  • 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 94133-4515
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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