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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This hostel has no elevator, only stairs. No ensuite bathroom. The kitchen/bar is very average. Bathrooms are very very small, but at least private.. but only a handful per floor. Lockers are under the beds and are pretty big. There is a sink in each room.
It is located near chinatown and the City Lights Bookstore. I highly recommend renting a car when in SF. I only stayed here one night, and then booked a hotel room for the second night. I think it was more the customer service that made me leave (and the area) than the hostel by itself.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thanks for writing. Yes, we don't have an elevator or en-suite bathrooms. We are an older building and European in style, with shared bathrooms along the hallways. There are 5 on each floor & private use and more toilets downstairs off the lobby. We appeal to International travelers under the age of 30 primarily and promote ourselves as a Party hostel in a busy area of North beach. We do not recommend hiring a car while in San Francisco, parking is expensive and tickets are worse. If you are flying into San Francisco first, hire your care when you are leaving to continue your journey. Public transportation is easy in the city. Hope this information helps other travelers. All the best, GT management

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Great hostel.
Good free breakfasts every morning and good free breakfast three nights a week.
In a safe district but surrounded by adult entertainment shops and clubs.
Can be hard to sleep due to street noise, especially if your room is facing the Main Street.
Not enough bathrooms though. Some mornings waited up to 30 minutes to use a toilet or have a shower.
Staff are friendly and very helpful :)
Overall good experience and would recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Hi, thanks for reviewing us. Yes, it does get busy and street noise can be an issue on the weekends in Summer. Our neighborhood is dynamic with so much to offer. We hope to remodel our bathrooms in the off season. Hope to see you again soon. GT management.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

The hostel in it self is wonderful, the crazy carpets, the cosy halls and the home-feel to the whole place made this one of the best stays on my nine weeks holiday! As other have mentioned, every bed has its own power plugs which is super convenient and the rooms I stayed in was either a five or four bed dorm, and I find that a perfect size. The lockers under the beds are really big so there's no problem to store your stuff. In stead of blankets and sheets, they have proper duvets, and I had a good night's sleep every night.

The free breakfast is a major pluss, and the free dinners three nights a week is really good, and the chef is a wonderful character. All the staff is super helpful and they're willing to help 24/7. Do look into their Adventure Travels, it's the best way to meet people and to see the beautiful sights of California.

All in all this is a great place to stay, and a big reason for that is all the other people staying there too - I made great friends!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thanks for the glowing review! We are definitely unique in what we offer. The free dinners and breakfasts as well as all our social events encourage people to get together and have fun. That's what it's all about! See you next time. GT management

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is definitely one of my favourite hostels, in terms of meeting people and activities this hostel is unparalleled :)

Social aspects aside the hostel itself is good. I stayed in the six bed dorm, they have nice dorm beds (unlike almost every other hostel, they're sturdy women frames). There's a lot of bathrooms on each floor, I sometimes had to wait but never more than 5-10 minutes. The staff in this place are great as well, well over half are great... there's a couple who are perpetually grumpy. The other bonuses were -free breakfast and -free dinner three nights per week. The free dinner is really good and it's good to help out in cooking; it's fun, you meet nice people, and you get free alcohol. These things aside, they have a pool table, the location is very good (next to China town) and there's some very nice restaurants nearby.

There's really nothing bad for me to say about this hostel, If you want to party, have a good time and meet some cool people then book this hostel.

Also, if you're there for a few days then don't discount the Green Tortoise adventure travel company in the building even if just for a short day tour, I did some of these longer trips and they were the best of my life :)

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Good:
comfortable beds, good environment, enough plugs in the rooms, excellent breakfast, good dinner three times a week, good ubication.
Bad:
Bathrooms disgusting, ailes too narrow, smelly (all the place), small rooms, noises (doors opening and closing all the time, people running through the ailes, false fire alarms etc)
But taking into account the price, well.....it's acceptable !!!!!!

Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fun hostel, amazing staff, heaps of activities which aren't just drinking. The rooms are not the tidiest but it doesn't matter, but bathrooms and everywhere else was cleaned daily. Large common room with free dinners every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Walkable location to pier 39, and downtown. But public transport preferable.
Only had to wait for a shower once. Book early, busiest hostel in Sanfran.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

Hi thanks for writing. Yes it's a good idea to book direct in the spring/summer so you are not disappointed. We have many types of different room configurations that will appeal to all travelers. We have quads (2 double sized bunk beds) triples (one double bunk below and a single bunk above) twins (one set of bunk beds) Privates (one double bed) and dorms, either female or mixed. We love a clean hostel, but dorm rooms can get interesting at times when guests feel so at home! :) Glad you loved our free meals and activities. Cheers, GT Mgt

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was my best stay at a hostel ever! The staff was very helpful and friendly, the hostel was clean and although Green Tortoise is known as the best party hostel in SF, the annex building where our room was located was very quiet and peaceful. Free breakfast was awesome for anyone travelling on a budget, and so was the free dinner we got to enjoy on our last day. I would definitely recommend this place for everyone!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

Thanks for reviewing us, we hope to see you again soon to enjoy all the improvements we make.
All the best, Green Tortoise Mgt.

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Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, Cross street - Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 54 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range: $34 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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