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San Francisco City Center Hostel

685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Staying here with our 1 year old baby / toddler. Staff have been fantastic, even when we changed our mind about needing a cot/crib they had a portacot that they brought up to us at 7pm! Comfy room, cute furniture. Free Wifi works perfectly. Will definitely stay again.

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

Thanks for staying with us Nicole, and for taking the time to leave this great review! We love having families to stay with us, so it makes me very happy to hear that we were a good fit for you and your adorable youngster! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the HI City Center in San Francisco for 7 nights in January 2016 and I loved it and would absolutely stay there again if I ever come back to San Francisco! Staff were friendly and answered all my questions. They helped me book a tour to Yosemite and gave great info on what to do and see... More 

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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything in this "hotel" was correct. From the free buffet to the rooms! The place is a bit noisy but not really bothering to sleep. The staff is friendly and helpful and the inside bar is a good and cheap place to rest after a long walking day and to begin the night (4$ a beer, that's nice!) The hotel... More 

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New York City, New York
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88 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at Hi Hostel for 2 nights before New Years. It is located in the Tenderloin which I found to be a shady hood but had absolutely no problems at all while walking on my way back as a single girl in the night 10-11pm. Just keep walking, keep your eyes open and don't talk to anyone. Otherwise the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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97 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Value for Money . Convenient location - not particularly close to any attraction , but good connectivity via public transport . Breakfast was good . Staff was helpful . Rooms were clean as well . Location was noisy though , surrounded by homeless . You could wake up in the middle of night listening to screams . If that is... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

The HI Hostel in central SF was a great stay, but we found it a bit pricey (with its hidden non-member extra charges) and in a pretty rough location, right on the edge of the Tenderloin, and not particularly close to any of SF's main attractions. The hostel security was not bad - you had to flash your guest card... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

This hostel was AWESOME! I am from Aus and this was the first place where My fiend and I stayed. The pictures show exactly what you are getting, which is a lovely, quaint hostel! We had a private room, which had a great comfy bed. The shower and toilet were small, but that was a small minor! People will tell... More 

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San Bernardino, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

For the price, the hotel is nice. The hotel is close to the union square and you can go almost everywhere from here. Although we don't have private bathroom but the common area is always clean. The neighborhood seems to be scary but we didn't have any problem during the stay

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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

This hostel was so much better than we were expecting. We were given a private 4 person room and were surprised as to just how spacious and comfortable the room was. All the staff were very helpful in checking in, leaving our bags and helping with tours. Breakfast was yum also.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

I arrived in this hostel early but can't check in yet good thing they have luggage storage. Friendly staff, strong wifi signal on 2nd floor. They only have 2 showers & toilet room separately each floors. They didn't have blow dryer in bathroom. Comfortable bed but noisy floors. Only thing I like is the location & friendly staff.

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