I stayed in the Green Tortoise en-route from Auckland to London for four nights in February 2011. All i can say is that out of the 40+ hostels i have stayed in worldwide, this is one of the best (having stayed in more since, it still rates as one of the best).
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, for example, they have made small directions / instruction cards about how to find things (supermarket, cafes etc) meaning you don't have to remember the instructions.
The atmosphere is excellent as Green Tortoise, although it is a bigger hostel i found it was still quite easy to meet and talk to people. I would recommend getting involved with cooking the communal dinners as you meet like-minded people!
The rooms are comfortable and safe, each bed has a locker, reading light and power socket which is great. The toilets and showers are very good, they are all separate (i.e. one toilet and one shower in each) which brings welcomed privacy. Also a massive bonus is the free internet etc
The location is also great, walking distance from Fishermans' Wharf amongst other places.
Not sure i can say anything else to recommend it!! All in all, a great effort by all concerned :)
- 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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