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San Francisco City Center Hostel

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I could not fault the hostel or its staff. The service was good. The breakfast was yummy. A good place to stay. The only problem is that the area around the hostel is bad. Homeless and drugs were everywhere

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I stayed in a 4 bed dorm for 3 nights. The room and bathroom were clean, comfy beds and nice linen, big lockers for storage. Breakfast was great, able to pay $1 for eggs or pancakes. Bar in the evenings sold $4 beers ($3 during happy hour) and a great place to hang and meet people. We... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one great hostel, very clean and nicely decorated, cool vibe throughout the hotel the staffs are friendly. Old and young are welcome in this property. I stayed in one of their private rooms located in 5th floor it was roomy, got "walk in" to store our 2 luggages and hang some clothing, very bright room which get a... More 

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Thank awp2005
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

AHHHH! YOU ARE SO SWEET! I can't say it enough: Great guests make great hostels. Ya'll are right there with us on the close to perfection tip, and isn't it nice to live in this hostelling world where we always have a little room to grow. Here's to endless travel, learning, and improving! I hope your journey brings you back... More 

Airdrie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at the hostel. Staff were very friendly at check in and offered us advice about where to go. We stayed in a 5 bed dorm which was basic but very clean. The hostel bar is very cheap, you can get a pint for $3! The kitchen facilities were also great and the hostel provides free... More 

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Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this sweet review Hannah! So glad you discovered our little gem of a bar, it's a nice little sanctuary from the buzzing activity of a big city. Next time you stay make sure to ask our front desk staff and bartenders for tips on other great spots in our neighborhood. While there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed staying at this hostel - 3 nights in an ensuite double - felt more like a boutique hotel! The staff were friendly and helpful. Although the area is not the nicest (don't walk far along Eddy or Ellis if you can avoid), it's easy to get to union square and around via bus / metro. The breakfast was... More 

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Thank ELMyhill
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Awwww, you make us blush! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay, I hope it's not the last time we have great guests, such as yourself, here with us. Come back again soon! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have i greatest time! Te place is super cool and the people always been friendly! Te hostel show activities and have some promotions like for rent bikes.. and sometimes the make dinner for sharing. They make a pretty good job..

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Thank Maria Paz F
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for this great little review Maria! It's nice to hear our great guests think we're doing a good job! It's all for you after all! Come back to stay with us again soon, we try to mix up our activities often so even returning guests can try something new and exciting! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

El Paso, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location is not great, a lot of homeless wandering around. But they never bothered us. Really close to bus stops. Rooms were fine, beds were comfortable. The $1 breakfast was great. So was the continental free breakfast. And they have a great kitchen. Would stay her again.

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Thank suezeke41
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! And so so glad to hear you thought our staff was 'excellent'! We like you too! Hope to see you here again before too long Happy Travels! ~Molly More 

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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I moved from their other property - the Downtown hostel - to the City Center hostel since I wanted to extend my stay and the former was already fully booked. The 4 bed dorms are pretty small but clean. Breakfast is ok too. The neighborhood is a bit shady but it didn't really bother me and I felt safe at... More 

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Thank Peter601504
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Peter! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of our hostel, I'm so glad to hear that you had a nice time! Regarding our alcohol policy: I'm sorry it seemed we were trying to drive business to our bar by not allowing outside alcohol. We actually just have a very strict liquor license, so we have to... More 

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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for just one night in a private room with a private bathroom. The room was beautiful and nicely decorate, and the mattress was heavenly!! The bathroom was nice and modern, although it's a very small, tight space. The streets surrounding the hostel aren't very nice or safe, but the hostel had security and a guest identification system... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I've stayed here twice, in June of 2010 and December of 2013; each time traveling alone. In June of 2010, I stayed in a 4 bed dorm. The other beds were occupied each night. Overall, it was a better experience than I thought it would be. Although, there are a few cons: 1) Some people were coming and going in... More 

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Thank Leah L
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Leah, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! It looks like you stayed with us several years ago, we'd love for you to come back soon to see all the great changes we've made to better accommodate our guests. While we can't change the facts of dorm living, we have improved our breakfast (more free... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience budget travel at its best: Both private and shared rooms available (only 4-5 beds per dorm), all rooms with private bathroom, restaurant-quality guest kitchen, cafe serving free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet lounge, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, keycard security, plush common areas, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. Recently renovated 1920s hotel near San Francisco's best affordable restaurants, diverse nightlife, and world-class Civic Center arts district. ... more   less 

Additional Information about San Francisco City Center Hostel

Address: 685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range: $59 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — San Francisco City Center Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 75
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