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“Free parking, great location - shame about the bathrooms!”

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HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
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Manchester, UK
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9 reviews
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“Free parking, great location - shame about the bathrooms!”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

This hostel is a 5min walk from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and is situated in Fort Mason. The best thing about this hostel is the location and free parking permit, although when we arrived on a hot Saturday it was difficult to find a space and we drove around the car parks within Fort Mason for 30min trying to find a spot. Having said this, apart from that Saturday every other day we had no trouble at all finding a spot and having free parking available in the heart of San Francisco really was a bonus when staying here. The hostel itself is slightly shabby, the rooms are basic and when we stayed here the rooms were unbelievably hot overnight. It didn't help that the other travellers in the dorm that had beds closest to the windows wanted them closed all night!! The bathrooms in this hostel have a lot to be desired. There was a strong stench of urine in the bathrooms and they are in dire need of a revamp. The breakfast here was ok although there was a limit on the items you could have with little choice. At breakfast you had to present a token (given upon check-in) which enabled you to have either; 2 waffles OR a bagel, one piece of fruit, and a glass of juice and coffee. Overall, this hostel is ideal for travellers with a car who don't mind putting up with dirty bathrooms.. but it wasn't for me!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Athlone, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Nice hostel in converted WW1 army base.. Rooms were fine , nice cafe on site for breakfast which was free or u cud pay for lunch an dinner .. Lovely staff. 10 minute walk to fishermans wharf an half hour or so to union square. Bathrooms could do with an upgrade !! Other than that no problems at all 7 out of 10

  • Stayed July 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We stayed for two nights in a 4 bed dorm room, and was very please with the low price, the location in between Golden Gate bridge and Fisherman's wharf, and the very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast that is included in the price was also a nice surprise; including bagels, waffles, juice, tea/coffe, and a fruit. We did not use the kitchen area, but it was also very well equipped. But all this does unfortunately not (in our view) make up for the old beds, the poor cleaning in the room, the dirty toilets, the smelly furniture, and so on. We will go for another accomodation the next time we are in San Francisco.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Idaho
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I took a group of 15 college students along with my husband and son to stay at this hostel while we were working on Alternative Spring Break service projects in the Bay area. First of all I must say the location is absolutely incredible. The bay is literally out the back door with striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the left and Alcatraz to the right. The ambiance created by the location and history of the building is wonderful. Loved listening to the fog horns and barking sea lions. I thought many dining options and stores were withing a reasonable walking distance.

All that being said this hostel could use a good scrubbing. I realize it's San Fransisco and very humid, but the amount of mold growing in the bathrooms was overwhelming to say the least. Even my six year old son was grossed out. Now if you have a pair of flip flops and don't mind showering with your eyes closed this might not be an issue for you. That's what we did! I also thought the floors were dirty and not swept or vacuumed well, but if you keep your shoes on that's not a problem either.

Customer service was hit and miss on this trip. Some desk clerks clearly excelled at their job while others were bothered to even be working. Clerks had a hard time recommending places to dine or excursions for the students. Good thing we live in a world of smartphones. Oh and speaking of, Wifi in this hostel is terrible. Can only be received in one spot and there are so many people on it, it's terribly slow.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is a well run, clean, good value hostel, in a lovely location in the middle of trees in Fort Mason. Our private room was large, clean with a double bunkbed & storage space. Breakfast was basic but fine. Showers clean & good power. Only drawback is it is a reasonable walk to any restaurants/bars & is quiet & dark, although it felt safe.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ohio
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

the hostel location is good, you can walk to Fisherman's Wharf, close to a supermarket too.
Quiet, nice vew, Staffs are friendly, if you are budget traveler and want to stay away from a noisy area...here is the one.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2012

Great week long stay with friend using it as a base for SF exploration. Near to Wharf, Trolleycars, bus routes, GG Bridge this hostel is busy but well run. Free wifi in lounge, it was noisy and seems to have a high proportion of out of work economic refugees - that said despite the noise I found it more than adequate. Recommend a private room if you can - worth it for on site all day free permit parking!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Address: 240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123-1335
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 50 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf 2*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in a National Park overlooking the Bay at San Francisco's first and best hostel! Both shared and private rooms available, cafe serving three meals/day plus free continental breakfast, free parking, free WiFi, DSL Internet lounge, fully equipped guest kitchen, game room, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, keycard security, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. In a beautiful park setting near North Beach, Pier 39, and cable cars. ... more   less 
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