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“Free beer does not make up for lack of facilities”

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San Francisco International Hostel
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Let me start by saying that yes, it is a hostel so expectations of facilities were lower. But considering that we could have stayed at a hotel nearby for a similar price there were a number of things which could be improved on.

The place was fairly run down but kept fairly clean at all times. It has 6 floors, and one very, very slow lift. Most of the time it was quicker to walk up the 6 floors then wait for the lift. The lock on the door of the room was very flimsy looking and could probably have been barged through with no problems. However, there is a locker room where all valuables can be stored.

We were in a 4 bed dorm with attached bathroom. Shower could do with more water pressure but the main problem was that the sink took so long to drain. The room was quite hot and if you opened the window at night we could hear all the noise from the street. Also, we could not get any wireless signal in our room and the beds were not very comfortable as the mattresses were so thin.

On the plus side, there was always a good atmosphere as there were so many young people, mostly British, French or German from the ones we spoke to. The lobby and downstairs areas were lively in the evenings and there was a free pool table as well as free beer every evening. The laundry machines were very cheap and did a good job.

Had no problems with the staff and the location was great, less than 10 minutes walk from Union Square.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for one with a bathroom attached.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I've stayed in way better hostels that this one, but still it isn't that bad. It's really cheap for SF and you get what you are paying for - a bed to sleep. The Wi-Fi is great you can use it in bed. I was there for 6 days, 3 of them the water presure during the day was really bad. There is women private shower on the 1 floor and common on the 3rd. They clean the rooms everyday so that's good. There is a bar with free beer. You can find cool young people there to hang around. Good location a block away from BART and 3-4 blocks from union square.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Cvetiv
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for a few days in SF, great location, close to downtown and cable car. We had a private dorm with own bath, nice room. Every night there's a small party with free beer and beerpong in the lobby and the basement. The people working at the hostel are all very helpful and easy-going. The valet parking done by another company is very slow.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank mrsorso
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

You like Heineken? Heineken is the best beer in the world. I grew up drinkin' Heineken. Heineken! If you like to party in your hostel, this is where you should go. Free beer every night, a party area in the basement where there's a party every single night. If you're into that, you can have a whole lot of fun in this hostel. But one shouldn't care too much about other things, because otherwise it's only average. There are a bit too few showers and restrooms, the rooms are packed and the kitchen isn't really clean. But there are free pancakes in the morning (do-it-yourself), also coffee, but that's it. Good location, close to Union Sq.
Don't be afraid of all the party-talk. It's mostly quiet in the upper stories, apart from the street noise. They have a beautiful lounge area on the second floor.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank LarsABC
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in total. The rooms were average size, beds comfy, bathrooms clean, and staff very helpful. They provided free pancake mix and free beer after 10pm which is pretty good if like to party. The rooms were quiet and wi fi worked throughout the entire building so you could be online in your bed! I would recommend this hostel to any age of traveler!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Mike A
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We came to San Francisco all the way from the UK. We had booked a room at this hostel about one month in advance. The day we booked the room we made a mistake and put the wrong day in the booking. We immediately called to tell them about it. We were told the problem had been solved and that our booking was now confirmed. We wanted a private bedroom with private toilet and shower. They said it was fine. We called again about one week before the trip, to make sure everything was fine. When we arrived there they did not have our booking. We were offered a room with shared toilet and shower facilities, which we did not accept because it was not what we had booked. We suddenly found ourselves in SF with no place where to stay. They did not bother in helping us to find another room and never gave us a refund for the booking fee (15 dollars). The entrance to the hostel and the reception looked pretty dirty. The staff was not helpful at all. We wasted time and money.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Marina S
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Avoid this hostel, there are other better, friendlier, cleaner and more organised hostels in this town. Me and a friend booked a room more than a month in advance. We made a mistake of booking the wrong date on their on-line webpage and called them immediately to rectify our mistake. We were told that everything was ok and that it wasn't necessary for us or them to verify by e-mail. It was a priority to have a private bathroom so we called several times to make sure we would get that. When we arrived from Europe they seemed to have forgotten that we would come. They could offer us a room without bathroom and seemed to think that they did us a favour of being able to give us a room at all. Also, even though they couldn't offer us the type of room that we "bought" they still won't give us our deposit back. What a waste of money and time!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank CambsDK
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Address: 140 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2714
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
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Ranked #36 of 54 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range: $806 - $848 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 71
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