The Pacific Tradewinds is a good hostel located in an excellent central location in San Francisco.
I love visiting this city, but one thing it does not have is a great range of hostels. The Tradewinds is a good choice, and I would rank it along The Green Tortoise as your best bets (although the two offer very different experiences!!).
The facilities at the Tradewinds are a mixed bag. Overall, I found the common area, kitchen and internet stations at the Tradewinds to be excellent and a great place to "hang out". There is great opportunity for interaction with other travellers, and the staff are super helpful and theres lots of free information (as you would expect) on what to see and do in SF.
In contrast, I found the bedding and bathroom facilities a bit below-par. The dorms are not "sealed" at the ceiling, so that you might get the feeling that you are staying in one large dorm area where sounds (snoring, coughing, other) float around. The beds were smallish, and there was a modest amount of room to move about - lockers underneath the bed is where you store your stuff, and that helped a bit. There was a REAL shortage of bathrooms - if I remember correctly only 2 were there, and it was cramped trying to have a shave at the sink while others filed past coming into or out of the showers.
The atmosphere there is a bit more laid-back and "adult" than the Green Tortoise, so choose accordingly. Certainly the tradewinds is a good place to arrive to if its your first time visiting San Fran.
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