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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Me and my wife recently stayed the hostel as part of a whistle-stop three day tour of San Francisco and were not left disappointed. Naturally, it being a hostel our worries were security, cleanliness and standard of room and all points were covered fantastically well by a fabulously fun yet hotel-like hostel. We stayed in the Birds Nest room, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I first stayed here 20 years ago at the start of a road trip around South West USA. Since then, we've returned to San Francisco a few times - mostly with our sons when they were between the ages of 1-12. It's a rambling, fairly shabby building, with a 'dining room' and kitchen that's been in varying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel is amazing. The staff is super friendly, this place is massive and in an excellent area. My boyfriend and I stayed here one night, the rooms are clean and it's very comfortable. The dining area is huge like a cafeteria, we showed up on a Monday and they have free dinner on Mon Wed and Fri. In the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place to stay! Well located, near Chinatown (where you can do your grocery), Telegraph Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, Columbus Avenue which is a nice street! Activites are organized everyday, you can register if you want. The Hostel is also a travel adventure agency, you can book some tours with them if you want to visit Yosemite Park or even... More 

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

Hi ML P, I'm glad you loved the hostel and it sounds like you were able to enjoy all of the free meals we offered. Our adventure travel company offers incredible adventure travel trips year round and they're definitely worth checking out if you're here. However, I am really sorry to hear that you didn't feel the hostel vibe. Another... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A cozy converted guesthouse where the hostel creates an atmosphere of being home. With free meals 3 nights a week, large communal dining room, sufficiently sized rooms and just enough bathrooms. The green tortoise is clean, comfortable and in an awesome location.

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

Hi Baylie, What a perfect little blurb about The Green Tortoise. We love being able to be a home away from home for travelers. We have a really special backpacker community here and we're so happy you're a part of it! Hopefully we'll see you next year! --Green Tortoise More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at! Location was awesome, minutes from the quirky North Beach bars and close to Fisherman's Wharf. Ignore the people who say there's lots of strip bars nearby, to be honest, you don't notice them!! As a female solo traveller I never felt uncomfortable around the area, it was absolutely fine. Great value... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've stayed in a lot of hostels around the world and found that the USA doesn't have much of a hostel culture. The Green Tortoise isn't like that though, it's got a great hostel vibe, awesome activities, plenty of cheap and free stuff (especially the tri weekly free dinners which are awesome!), lots of other travelers to meet and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clean Hostel but smelled of stale air. Top located - Around are many bars and clubs, but in my room was it very quiet. The Breakfast was great and it gave opportunities to cook and eat together. Easy to find people to hang up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 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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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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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: $67 - $197 (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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