This hostel, couldn't be any more central at 5 min walk from Union square. I Stayed in a 4 person dorm, The rooms have recently been renovated to quite a high standard and the only negative about the hostel is that there is still some of this work going on. There is free wifi included. The Hostel is near to a more run down part of town and you can see that from the number of homeless people begging near by. Security is very tight at the hostel due to this and you will be asked to show your pass on each time you enter
The front door staff are very friendly and helpful and you will get to know them over time due to checking your pass.
The Dorm was large with plenty of space for luggage, there were also lockers big enough to put a backpack in but you do need to bring your own lock for these. The mattresses are not particularly thick but they are comfortable enough. The bedding is very new and was very clean. Be aware that the windows are only single glazed and being in Central San Fransisco there its quite noisy all the time. I did have a worry that a homeless guy with a steel drum and limited repertoire, may keep me up but he was moved on.
The Showers and Toilets are very clean and kept to a high standard, the only negative i could see was that one of the toilets was so small it didn't have a wash hand basin it had some weird combie toilet basin.
The Kitchen was clean enough and free breakfast is offered but part of the Awesomeness of the location is the ease at which to eat out in the many fantastic restaurants near by.
Social - There are a couple of weekly events run by the Hostel for Sightseeing and socialising with other guests from the hostel i didn't take part in these but great that they are offered,
they also run wine tasting, movie nights and a hostel pasta dinner.
I would highly recommend this hostel as a good value for money bed in SF
- 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