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“Clean and cheap hostel” 4 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam Hostel
Ranked #41 of 74 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Antwerp, Belgium
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Clean and cheap hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

I stayed in a clean dorm with 4 beds and own bathroom. It takes you a while to figure out how the shower works. There is wifi in the room. The staff is very friendly. The location, close to Union Square is good. Don't expect too much of the breakfast, it's coffee, a bucket of pancakemix and jam. You can use the kitchen to make dinner and eat outside on the courtyard.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Stayed one week in early June 2014.

This hostel fully lived up to my expectations. Nothing spectacular, but exactly what I expected in this price range. My total bill for a one week stay in downtown San Francisco, was the same as a single night's stay in one of the branded hotels!

I stayed in two different rooms, as I had not booked far enough in advance (10 days prior) to secure the same room for all 6 nights of my stay.

Both rooms I stayed in had four beds, and a single shared bathroom. The bathrooms were clean, in good working order, and had hot showers with proper water pressure.

Each room had a mix of male and female guests.

The free breakfast option consisted of what seems to be the worldwide hostel standard of a large tub of pancake mix, access to the stove, frying pans, and utensils. Brewed coffee was also available. Oh yes, as is also usually the case, you are required to wash whatever dishes you use. And please do. You don't want to be THAT dude!

The location is pretty decent as well. It's about a 10 - 15 minute walk from the cable car turnaround loop on Powell and Mission. You may pass a some rougher looking characters on the street, but there's lots of car and pedestrian traffic all hours of the day and night. I felt safe at all times.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are pretty poor for the price- uncomfortable beds and pretty dirty and stuffy. Not helped by loud and intrusive building work which was not explained or apologised for. Staff rude and unhelpful.- spoke to us like dogs and demanded we didn't open a door or window to let some air in. Would never recommend to anyone.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This place was fine for a hostel, but not great. The location was good, right in the centre of the city and close to all the main sights. The hostel felt secure and they were happy to store luggage. The staff were polite, but didn't all speak great English. They also didn't seem particularly knowledgable about things to do in the city.

While everything was clean the place felt pretty run down. I stayed in a dorm room (4 people) there were no ladders or rails on the bunk beds, the decor was tired, shower didn't work and blankets smelt a bit strange.

The kitchen was a building site which was a shame. To be honest the whole place just needed a bit of a revamp, but it was pretty cheap.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Harriet K
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This hostel was smelling bad and old. The carpets weren't looking nice. The door in our bathroom was closing with a very loud noise, always waking everyone up, and didn't even have a lock. I told front desk about that, only to be woken up by a Chinese handyman who has simply walked in the next morning at 9-10 am, opened the door and turned all the lights on - I didn't even hear him knocking as I was sleeping - he said "next time answer the door", excuse me?! They never fixed it during my next 3 days of stay! It just shows how they don't care. Small, almost non-existent common area. They had construction going on in the kitchen, so it was looking terrible, I wouldn't cook anything there, I wasn't even feeling safe walking on that fragile floor!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank timetraveller555
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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This hostel was fine to stay at. It is in a cute little building, in a pretty good location, with nice facilities. We had a 6 bed with a private bathroom (private bathroom is definitely a must!) Rooms are very small, especially with 6 girls and 6 suitcases! Only bad thing is that is got quite cold in the room at night. The heaters are turned on and off automatically, so you have no control, and the bedding is not warm enough.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank cottonkandy
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

To be honest there are pretty nice bathrooms in the 4 bed mix shared dorm. Haven't tries the showers yet though so who knows. However, the service is the worst I've ever experienced. The indian girl at reception was the most incompetent person I've ever met. I've never been so frustrated in my life trying to deal with this woman. We called ahead asking if there were any empty rooms. There were no problems at all and she said to book online and ask for room 401. We book online, pay online yadda yadda and then get there, she says we haven't paid yet and double charges us. We try to explain but of course she's too thick to understand. She then says that if we want 401 we need to pay for all 4 beds. We just wanted the possibility of privacy for the night but didn't mind if others were in the room. She did not get this at all. Literally the dumbest person I've come across. I would never ever recommend this place to anyone because they'd end up scratching their eyes out dealing with the front desk staff.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Property: Amsterdam Hostel
Address: 749 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3897 (Formerly AAE Amsterdam San Francisco)
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 74 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Amsterdam Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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