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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Vevey, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I stayed at this hostel for 5 nights and it was a beautiful experiance. You'll have to like old buildings as I do. I mean the rooms aren't realy modern but they are definitly clean. But the most beautiful thing is the Ballroom, it will be the place where you hang out, eat, listen to great music and play drinking... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I stayed at the Green Tortoise for 7 nights, after having stayed at the one in Seattle, and I loved it! The decor has great "San Francisco vibes", the staff was really nice and check-in/check-out went really smoothly. I stayed in room 9, it was really big, there was a sink, which was practical, and the lockers were big. The... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed in this hostel for 5nights and I would def stay there again in the future. I was in room one, which is at the front of the building, could be very noisy but nothing eye plugs couldn't fix. The room was very spacious and the beds were big and very comfortable, each bed had it's own light... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

G.T has definitely embraced the very meaning of a backpacker with its Bohemian themed interior and organised group activities. Our stay here was brief but semi comfortable. The private room with a bunk bed was a little cramped and exuded a rather funky smell. We spent very little time here so it was not an issue. The bathrooms could do... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Great hostel good location to most of the sites are in walking distance! Nice pub crawl! Big common room free meals and breakfasts good beer pong tournament staff were great with tours! Always a party going on nice size pool table! Good tours on offer in the tortoise bus!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Would have given more stars but the place is so unorganised. When we arrived to check in for the second time they said our booking didnt exist even though we had a confrimation email. We were told that we couldnt check in until 11 so we sat around waiting for three hours then at 11 got told no one stayed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I love the Green Tortoise in Seattle, so when I came to SF I reserved the Green Tortoise for my stay. The atmosphere was a little less social here, which was disappointing. And the rooms were so much smaller. Hardly any space to move around. And the location was decent. I was just so impressed with the Green Tortoise in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stayed here for a few nights and was pleased with everything. I booked online via a booking site and then had to change my booking due to plans changing. The lady at the counter even refunded me my booking fee at the hostel. Free meals are great and good quality. Its a short walk from Chinatown and not too far... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I booked the Green Tortoise through a third party website. I was surprised, and somewhat alarmed, to receive an email directly from the hostel afterwards with the tagline, "We are the number 1 party hostel in San Francisco". There had been no mention of this in any of the information or reviews on the booking website - I guess I... More 

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

Hey there Freshly Brewed Coffee, I’m sorry to hear that your stay was anything less than perfect. Recently, we have spent time updating our descriptions on different websites. We never want to mislead any guests. It’s true that we are in an entertainment district. We still believe our hostel and neighborhood to be safe. To help ensure this, as well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Now viewed among my community as the expert budget traveler, the most common question I am asked is about staying in a hostel. I am asked that question, because I am from the community that views hostels as strictly for college students gone wild. For that reason, no one I know would ever consider a hostel until I did. As... 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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  • 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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