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San Francisco City Center Hostel

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Overview
685 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-8027 See on map
AMENITIES
Free Wifi
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Bar/Lounge
Wheelchair access
Housekeeping
Free Parking
1.5 Star accommodation
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Yes, the location is pretty bad if let it get to you. I walked the streets as a solo female just by myself and was completely fine and it takes you about five minutes to get to a better part of the city. Also there...More

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a female solo traveller I had to cut my 4 night stay to 1 due to the unsafe nature of the area. On my walk to the hostel on my first day I was followed and then harassed for my phone and bag, luckily...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would not recommend (just based purely off location). I was supposed to stay 3 nights, but reduced down to 1. Could not leave hostel without being inundated with/leered at by homeless people - I felt so unsafe I ubered a one street distance. Could also...More

Thank JL201293
Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience here. I know the neighborhood can be a lot for some of our guests, and I'm sorry you found it so overwhelming. As a solo woman traveler myself, I understand the need to...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018

Pros - The hostel itself provided a great experience! It was clean, the building was beautiful, and it was a really social hostel and easy to meet interesting people. I would highly recommend getting a drink at the hostel bar and the egg & pancake...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

Staff makes sure that you sign that you have read all the rules, but the they do not care so much if someone does not stick to the rules. Girl came into our room in the middle of the night, about 2 am and decided...More

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Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for providing us some feedback Lara, and for staying with us :) I'm sorry that you had less than considerate roommates. It's one of the downsides of communal living that some people have different ideas of what is or isn't okay. While we would...More

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About
Description
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 ...More 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. Less
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Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair access
Pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Free Parking
Restaurant
Spa
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
75
Price range
$61 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Hostelling International San Francisco City Hotel San Francisco
Location
United States > California > San Francisco
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Traveler (152)
Room & Suite (29)
Dining (15)
Family and Play Areas (5)
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anski
September 11, 2018|
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Response from Molly S | Property representative |
Hi Anski! There are shuttles available from SFO to our hostel at all times, but we don't book them for guests if the trip is from the airport to the hostel. Unfortunately TA doesn't let us post links, but you can find the... More
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Reece F
December 2, 2017|
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Response from Molly S | Property representative |
Hi Reece, We have a little Beer and Wine Bar where we sell (pretty local and inexpensive!) beverages to our 21+ guests. The bar is open from 6pm-11:30pm every night, with a happy hour from 6pm - 8pm. Because of the... More
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Karine A
July 25, 2017|
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Response from CO911dispatcher | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was traveling as a single "mature" female and walked all over the city + took Lyft without a single negative encounter with homeless folks. The most interaction I had was a cheerful "Good morning!" Side note: My 13... More
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"Get your own room on the 6th floor. Good views, and quiet."
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"Nothing specific"
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"4 bed dorm was satisfactory. Lockers available, ensuite was small but enough. Bed was fine"
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"See tip in review about Ellis Street"
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