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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I don't normally write reviews but I had such a great experience at the green tortoise in September. Staff were so helpful. Facilities were great- free breakfast and Internet access. Excellent location & went on a few trips through GT too. I would definitely recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Helen D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Nice hostel with helpful staff. Rooms were a bit cramped but clean. Bathrooms had good privacy. Decent nightlife and good free dinners. It's located on a fairly seedy looking street but is close to all the attractions.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Thank Teeshau
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at the green tortoise hostel and it was a good experience overall
First off; the security here is very very very good. so my sister and I felt very safe. The location is amazing; lots of bars, restaurants and public transportation so you will never run out of things to do. Place isn't that clean; but then again you're staying at a hostel and not a hotel. You need to share bathrooms which is the downside since one morning I had to wait 10 minutes until a bathroom got freed up because people were taking their time in the shower.
We shared a bedroom with 3 other girls and our room was on the main street so at night if you left your windows open; you hear a lot of outside noise (and since its beside bars; you will hear people late at night or even all night)
there's lock safes inside the bedroom too which was nice to know that your luggage is safe at any time.

Overall; good experience; would definitely go back if ever i would visit San Francisco and stayed on a budget.
but remember its a hostel and not a hotel; so you get what you pay for~

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The green tortoise hostel in deninately one of the best hostels that I have stayed in .

I finished up one the Green Tortoise road trips and I had previously hear that this place was a good hostel.

As with all hostels you are sharing rooms with other people. For me the bed were comfortable which you dont ofter get in hostels. I was staying in a dorm room with five others. If you are looking for a private room there are some available aswell. I would have no quams about going here with my girl friend as this is the kind of place that you will meet loads of like minded travelers.

The people who work in here are pretty helpful. They will help you get organised for any trip that you want and even suggest some places. They really found us a good deal for some bike hire. I cannot remember the name of the company they suggested but they were great value.

The hostel has a great lounge room which has fooz ball table and guitars dotted around the room for any Ben harper wanna be's.

The hostel organise some food trips to some resturants in the local area. All in all this is a cracking hostel and it is well worth the visit :-)

If you want to do the hostel a little favour, dont book through hostelworld as they take a very large cut. Email them directly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The hostel is large and has plenty of rooms. We visited in a busy period in SF coinciding with a large conference. Consequently there were lots of people looking for places to stay and I found the hostel staff to be very accommodating. The facilities are good here with a big lounge area to meet up with people and eat. Breakfast is served here and it's good. Bagels, fruit, drinks and plenty of eggs to cook your own. The kitchen is well equipped and they have a chef that looks after things and cooks dinners 3 times a week. We had 2 of these and they were amazing...and free! We helped the chef cook on one of these days and he's such a nice guy and pretty talented in the kitchen too. Definitely recommend the dinners! Wifi was available in most parts of the hostel along with free terminals for accessing the internet. They have a tour desk, although we didn't use it, lots of people did whilst we were there. We had an 8 bed dorm which was big enough and had large lockers under each bunk bed for your large and small bags. This kept the floor space free and made the room feel bigger. Plug sockets and personal lights on each bunk too which is always good for charging your phone at night for example. The only downside I felt was that there weren't enough toilets and showers for the number of people staying there. On our floor we had 4 toilet/showers so in the morning there was a queue outside each one. The fact that the toilet and shower are together means you get larger queues too because some people just want to nip to the toilet but have to wait for someone who's showering. That's a minor thing though and it certainly wouldn't stop me staying there again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank MarkSparrow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

Location: perfect! We stayed four night, never used a taxi or bus to get to all the SF highlights. Private room is small but if you want more space go to the common room which is called the ballroom, its huge. Never had to wait to take a shower, everything clean. Great value for money!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This hostel really encompasses the feeling you get when you explore this unique and exciting city, there is great attention to detail, there are many activities to take part in put on by the friendly hostel workers and then there is a good hill to walk up to reach it.

The rooms were clean and tidy. There were many private, clean bathrooms available, some bigger than others. There is free breakfast everyday and free dinner on monday, wednesday and friday in the big dinning area, where there is also a well equipped communal kitchen.

The only issue I saw, but I may be wrong, but it appears there is no air conditioning or fans, so if it is summer there is potential for the rooms to get pretty warm.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco
Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms along the hallways (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information, we also have a hostel in Seattle. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 
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