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Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We went with a volunteer group and did not have any negative experiences. We didn't spend much time in the hostel anyway since there was so much to do in San Francisco! The free breakfast is bagels, juice, and coffee. It felt pretty safe and clean! They have free wifi but you have to pay to use their computers if you do not bring your own.

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Reviewed February 10, 2011

The positives:
1) Other cool travelers that we met on the arranged tours & nights in the lounge
2) Hotel-like facilities
3) (free) Bagels & orange juice for breakfast

The negatives
1) Terrible staff. Rude, don't give a crap, have no idea that the travelers pay their wages rubbish staff. When travelling, you want to feel welcome, it was far from this here.
2) Cleanliness - or lack of! Stains on my mattress - yuck
3) WiFi - 90% of the time didn't work. I'm sorry, but working WiFi is a must for a traveller these days.
4) Hostel lacked in activities

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

They change wifi and it is not possible to get IP address there now. Front Desk lady send me to Starbucks. If you really need internet in your room, find different place for accommodation.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

The best HI hostel I stayed in ( & I stayed in 5 across US - a close second is the one in Santa Monica). Clean, great location, fabulously helpful & knowledgeable guys.

Only fly in the ointment - they close the cafeteria at 10pm. I couldnt fathom the reason - I would often return after a day trip or long day exploring the city only around 9pm & would have to rush to have dinner. I wish they would atleast delay it a bit to say 11pm. Also, the internet doesnt work inside rooms for some reason!

But anyway, I would stay nowhere else if I return to SF.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

Our first stop on our round the world trip, and we were not disappointed.
Great location, really accessible to a lot of attractions, either by walking or tram.
The rooms had recently been decorated when we arrived, and they were really nice and clean.
Breakfast was really nice, and the staff were very helpful and friendly, and recommended us some good places to go. If you're a single traveller there is always events going on every day to meet new people.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

In the heart of San Fran you cant really go wrong. We stayed in a double ensuite and it was comfortable and warm, the street noise was quite loud but then you are in the city and they do provide earplugs. They offer a good breakfast selection - bagels, toast and fruit. Internet was really annoying as it constantly stopped working or was very slow. When I explained this to the female staff they didnt really know what to do, but one of the guys (Matt?) was really rude to me and made me feel stupid about it....he was very arrogant and I just tried to avoid him when I could.

It was a quite hostel and I felt that nobody made an effort to speak to oneanother...but then I was in a private so maybe thats why.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

Dorms room are really ok. Internet works. Sheets are clean. The kitchen is clean and the breakfast is good (apples, bagels, creamcheese, bread, juice, coffee, jam...toasters, mw, and dishes).
Staff was kind! The price is fine for the service you get.

I particularly enjoyed being so close from Union Square and the heart of the city. Everything is by a walking distence.
i'm heading to SF soon, no more room available unfortunatly...

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1704
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range: $67 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 
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