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San Francisco City Center Hostel

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first time staying in a hostel and it was a great experience. Staff were friendly upon arrival and very helpful. The group of girls I stayed in a dorm with were from my city and my age, whether this was intentional or not it was nice. Beds were very comfy and it was very clean. Had no... More 

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

You know what Alicia?... YOU'RE awesome!! Great guest make great hostels, and you just made us that much better by staying. Come on back again soon! Until then, Happy Travels ~Molly More 

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11 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights in June. Hostel was clean, beds were fine. The free breakfast was ok. Better than a lot of hostels I've been in anyway. The real highlight of the hostel was the bar. Considering San Fran is generally a really expensive city the pints were pretty cheap, especially during happy hour. The beers they had... More 

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

Hi Ross, Thank you so much for this sweet review! I'm glad you found our little bar charming, we love it too and do try to keep those prices down for our guests. Every little bit of savings goes towards something else awesome to add into your trip, and we love helping out with that. Happy Travels! M More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the night of April 1, 2016, their staff falsely accused me of stealing food and evicted me. Whereas, I had ONLY relabeled certain foods after confirming from the breakfast attendant that those were free foods, so that the kitchen staff does not throw them away. Without seeking my explanation, they determined to evict me, broke my personal lock, broke... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in a private double room for 3 nights. We were pleasantly surprised when we opened the door to our lovely double room. Sunlight was streaming in onto the beautifully made bed. Everything was so clean and lovely. Much more character than a hotel room too. Staff super friendly too. Would definitely recommend 👍🏼

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

What a lovely and poetic review Katherine, thank you! We've been updating our private rooms over the past several months, so it's very nice to hear you found your room so welcoming and comfortable! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience was very nice. The staff is very friendly, and go above and beyond in their customer service. Free breakfast is quite basic, however, for $1 you can get 4 pancakes or a plate of eggs, which is more than one usually gets at a hostel breakfast. The location is good in the sense that it's not too far... More 

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Thank AnnaY_16
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay Anna! And found our staff to be so helpful. We love our guests, and you all make it very easy to be nice! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basically a good hostel, but not the best of where I've been till now. The sockets in the room were not practical at all in my room at first, because I was assigned an upper bed in the bunk and the socket was low on the wall. Due to that I asked for a change in my room and had... More 

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

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It sounds like you had kind of a perfect storm of annoyances! The electrical situation in our old building is pretty overwhelming, and we recently shifted from providing student housing to having only hostel rooms, so some of our rooms have yet to be updated. We want... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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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 July 13, 2016

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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Thank hannahyyy
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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Amenities

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
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 St, San Francisco, CA 94109-8027
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range: $58 - $165 (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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