You couldn't get a better location in San Francisco than HI. It's right in the centre of everywhere you want to be. Easy to walk everywhere, or to catch the myriad of quirky transport available here.
This hostel's major downfall is that there is less of a social atmosphere compared to every other hostel I stayed at on my USA trip. Having said that, I was very fortunate in that I had awesome room mates who I made great friends with. Plus, they had a cool beer tasting session, where I met some fun people to hang out with too.
Overall, the general feel is that there's too many people there treating the place like a hotel, not a hostel.
Do I recommend the place anyway? Yes, I do. There's still opportunity to meet like-minded, young traveller's here with the right attitude. It just takes more effort than usual.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown Hotel San Francisco