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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

Expect the bare minimum. Personally, I don't understand some of the reviews raving about this place - sure, you meet people, but that doesn't mean it deserves a 5 star rating. The rooms are all pretty dark during the day, but bright from street lights outside during night. I had some pretty bad sleeps due to the uncomfortable mattress (felt...

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

Hi JAWS15, I'm sorry to hear that you weren't wow'd by us! It's true that our aren't as large as you'd find in a hotel, but we offer large common areas where you are always welcome to hang out, enjoy our daily free breakfast, our free dinner three times per week, as well as meet other travelers. And I am...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've booked for a private bunk-bed room for 2 nights. The staffs were friendly and was able to explain the logistics thoroughly. There's free breakfast daily and dinner on everyday other odd days (nice!). There's ample shower room and I didn't really wait long in the morning for my turn to grab the shower room. It's always lively at the...

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Thank KelVin K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent many weeks in this fantastic place ! Every time I had to book a room in SF I wasn't able to change choice and decide for another place. Staff was great, breakfast simple but perfect as it was, rooms clean even in the mixed dorm. I had the chance to meet great people and a few of them...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I planned to stay for just as couple of days and ended up staying over a week. When you step into the Green Tortoise Hostel you're welcomed with open arms. Throughout our visit here, we felt a part of a little international SF community. I met some wonderful people during my stay, some of whom I'm sure...

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Thank Steven L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here two nights and loved it. The staff was excellent and the hostel was clean and spacious. They have excellent free suppers (M/W/F) prepared by a cook and the breakfast is far above your average Continental fare. The location is right between Chinatown and the Italian district with great dining nearby. For the price you couldn't get a...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed March 10, 2017

You will get energize as soon as you check-in. there were lot of traveler, backpacker, friendly help desk, etc. Most important the hostel location, quite near to most of the place. I enjoyed the kitchen concept and had good breakfast ! They were arrange airport pick-up too, hassle free stay. I love to stay again here.

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Thank Loveguych
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

The Green Tortoise is based in little Italy at te Broadway. You can reach within 5 min Fisherman's Wharf and other attractions! Great place which offers laundry ear plugs and so on for a smal charge (ear plugs for 1$, laundry 2$). You also have entertainment programs. Nice way to meet locals and other guests just don't let you stress...

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Thank Giampietro C
Reviewed March 1, 2017

This is the best hostel I have stayed in the US. This hostel is so cozy and people are really friendly. I got to meet a lot of people through eating breakfast, and preparing dinner with the chief! I recommend you to help out with the dinner with the chief on (Monday/Wednesdat/ Friday)! You will then get to meet other...

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Coventry
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights before moving to another hostel in the area to meet friends. I had a private room in a separate building to the main one. Just 2 blocks up the road. Whilst it served a purpose, double bed, tv, clean(ish) shared bathroom, clean shared kitchen, ok breakfast, I didn't feel it was value for money compared...

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

Hi Donbon85, Thanks for taking time to review us. Sorry to hear you had a negative experience with a staff member. This is surprising, as we pride ourselves on our customer service and more often go above and beyond to help guests feel at home and welcomed. We believe our hostel is a great value compared to others, as we...

Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

Green Tortoise is an amazing hostel. They have a huge common area, with the most impressive kitchen I've seen in a hostel hands down. They have so many amenities and events that will keep you occupied for your entire stay computers to use and even a bicycle room to hold your bike. The staff is so helpful and are very...

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Hi Timothy E, It sounds like you took full advantage of our "all inclusive hostel". I hope you were able to cook some great meals in our impressive kitchen and with our awesome chef. And did you know that breakfast actually goes until 11 on Sunday so you have a "hangover hour" after going out to all the bars in...

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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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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: $53 - $185 (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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“try to get room at first floor as there is not elevator”
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Loveguych, Mar 10, 2017 | Read review
“get the window bed!”
kieuvanjuneb, Mar 1, 2017 | Read review
“Rooms in the Annex Building next to the school are quieter, bring your walking shoes...its San Francisco”
U438NAmarkt, Nov 1, 2016 | Read review
“maybe specify that you don't want to sleep on a window sill?”
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”
Ramoncyprus85, Oct 15, 2016 | Read review
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